The “enhance, evolve, innovate” student programming referendum was approved during the spring 2008 semester by the SDSU student body. The student body free increase provides funding for the following initiatives:
- Increased funding for CASE events to evolve the SDSU college experience
- Study abroad scholarships
- Annual Green Festival (GreenFest)
- Aztec Botanical Garden to enhance the campus we share and connect with the history of the Aztec culture
- New Legal & Financial Services for SDSU students
- Sustainable upgrades to innovate our existing AS facilities with environmentally friendly technologies
2008-2009 REFERENDUM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Increased funding for Cultural Arts & Special Events (CASE) and student organization events and activities programming
This past year, CASE created the Student Organization Program Funding (SOPF) program in response to the Spring 2008 Student Fee Referendum. This program was designed to allocate funding to recognized Student Organizations, College Councils and AS Boards & Committees for their programming efforts on campus.
During the 2007-2008 fiscal year, CASE funded a total of four (4) Student Organizations, allocating just over $8,000. This year, CASE proudly funded thirty-six (36) Student Organizations, allocating a total of $118,704.91.
The new SOPF program features three levels of funding. The first tier, Co-Sponsorship, allows for student organizations to apply for up to $1,500 for their programming needs, if all funding requirements are met. CASE funded twelve (12) first tier Co-Sponsorships during the 2008-2009 school year.
The second tier, also Co-Sponsorship, is a slight variation of the first tier. Student Organizations can apply for up to $3,000 if the program meets one of two options; 1. The program is a late/night or weekend program or 2. The program incorporates a principle (educational development, community engagement, or cultural aspect). The same funding requirements apply for the second tier as the first. CASE funded seventeen (17) second tier Co-Sponsorships during the 2008-2009 school year.
Finally, CASE initiated the Co-Collaboration third tier as a part of the SOPF program, in which Student Organizations can apply to work collaboratively with CASE in planning and executing an event. These programs included 2 concert events, the inaugural PrideFest, Battle of the Bands, Student Organization Mega Mixer, and a Student Tailgate. CASE approved seven (7) Co-Collaborations during the 2008-2009 school year.
Overall, CASE approved and funded thirty-six (36) Student Organization programs and events. These programs ranged from educational, cultural, community engagement, campus outreach, and social events. Programs included 2 film series, 2 Patio Concerts, several lectures, Zen Days, Cultural Funk, the annual APSA Fashion Talent Show, Earth Day Business Faire, Vans and Cans Concert, Health Expo and more.
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International Study Abroad Scholarships
The goal of the Study Abroad Scholarship is to assist SDSU’s mission to increase the number of SDSU students studying abroad. For the academic year 2008-2009, 355 SDSU students were awarded $275,100 in Study Abroad Scholarships.
To learn more about the scholarship for the academic year 09/10 including selection criteria and application deadlines, please refer to the Scholarship Office webpage.
Major Spring “Green” Festival Event
CASE hosted the first annual GreenFest event, geared to promote sustainability, green awareness, and Aztec Pride. GreenFest 2009 incorporated student organization competitions, educational workshops, a green awareness faire, a tree planting ceremony (coordinated by the Green Love Sustainability Advisory Board), campus sustainability tours and an evening festival.
The three-day festival event was extremely successful; given that this is the first year a program of this magnitude has been introduced to the SDSU campus. Festival programs included an Enviro-Fashion Show, Tie Dye Extravaganza, Nooner Concert, Bike Breakfast, Dance Competition, Recycled Art Show, Film Screening, and a Community Clean-up Project.
The Friday Night evening concert included a conscious carnival, two music and entertainment stages, a marketplace full of food and craft vendors, Rad Hatter craft table, the Sustainable Living Roadshow, a Henna Tattoo booth, solar power, a solar stage and more. Over 1,700 students and staff attended the evening festival. CASE is extremely proud of the success of the inaugural GreenFest and looks forward to an even bigger and better next year.
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Support of Aztec Culture Project
The goal of the Aztec Culture Project is to educate San Diego State University students, faculty, staff and local community on a historically accurate representation of the Aztec culture. This goal is to be achieved through three main components: ethno-botanical gardens throughout campus; through art pieces including but not limited to murals and sculptures throughout campus; and finally through an educational component that will include but is not limited to guest speakers, workshops, exhibits and special events for the entire campus community to participate in.
Currently there is a committee made up of SDSU students, faculty and staff working on the various components of this project. The goal is to have at least one ethno-botanical garden with art work in it by the end of this academic year and to have educational programs begin during the summer of 2010.
New Student Legal Consulting and Financial Services
The program completed its inaugural year with a number of students accessing the services for a wide range of legal and financial issues.
A high percentage of students who utilized the service were satisfied with the service and were able to seek resolution to their issue, as surveyed in follow-up calls made by the vendor.
Students have access to a wide variety of legal and financial information on CLC, Inc.'s website, which is accessible through the A.S. home page.
SDSU was the first university to contract with CLC, Inc. for this type of services (they normally work with corporations and employers as an employee benefit). CLC, Inc. has been contracted to provide services again for the 2009-10 year, and has agreed to add additional features based on student feedback (such as a "warm transfer" system where, after an initial consultation with a customer service representative, callers can be immediately transferred to an attorney).
To increase student usage of this free service, the A.S. External Affairs Board met in February 2009 to create a marketing plan for the service that will be rolled out in the 2009-10 school year.
Sustainable upgrades to innovate our existing AS facilities with environmentally friendly technologies
Please refer to the Green Love website for updates to sustainable upgrades: http://as.sdsu.edu/greenlove/index.html
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