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Associated Students 120th Year Anniversary
Our legacy continues with you!

“Hurrah for the Students’ Association!  It is now fairly started and with the efficient officers elected, promises a bright future.” ~ Harriet E. Quilty, The Normal Pennant, May 1898

In 2017, Associated Students marks 120 years of students serving students! Throughout its history, Associated Students of San José State University has been inextricably connected to student affairs and life on campus as we know it today.

It was evident from the beginning that a small group of passionate students could effect change, perhaps serving as an early precursor to the rich history of student activism and diversity that SJSU would eventually pride itself on.

In the humble beginnings of 1897, students of the soon-to-be Student Government organized to hold elections and establish a collective student voice focused on representation, advocacy and improving the student experience, which today remain tenants of the Associated Students mission.  

Anniversary Events
Celebrations will kick off in spring 2017 and continue with a series of events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • March 1, 2017, 11:30am - 2:30pm: Way Back Wednesday, A.S. 120th Anniversary Kick Off Event, Tower Lawn
  • May 2017: Old Cinema Night (date coming soon)
  • Fall 2017: A.S. History Exhibit and Past Presidents' Dinner (dates coming soon)
  • Spring 2018: A.S. Alumni Gala (date coming soon)

Event details to be confirmed and shared with the Spartan community as these become available.

History Project
Associated Students launched the A.S. History Project in summer of 2016 to document our rich history and connection to campus as we know it today. The project is led by students and staff in the organization in collaboration with a research assistant from the MLK, Jr. Library Special Collections team.  

In addition to celebrating our past, Associated Students is also looking toward the future to establish an ambassador program and engage past presidents’ to bring former and current student leaders together for mentoring and networking.  

We will also be organizing the donation of materials from the last decade to add to the existing A.S. archive collection of 54 boxes already housed at MLK, Jr. Library.

We invite you to occasionally visit as.sjsu.edu/history as we continue to add more information and details surrounding our 120th year celebration and history.

To view A.S. Resolutions, click here.
To view the list of past A.S. presidents, click here. (Coming soon!)
To learn about the 120th Year Project Committee, click here. (Coming soon!)
To view the A.S. History: Full, click here. (Coming soon!)
To view A.S. History: Highlights, click here. (Coming soon!)
To view A.S. History: Timeline, click here. (Coming soon!)
To view a video interview featuring A.S. employees, click here.

Join Us
Opportunities to get involved and volunteer are available. Questions? Contact Kelli Williams Reid, Associate Executive Director, at (408)924-6219, kelli.reid@as.sjsu.edu or visit A.S. House.