Associated Students

A.S. Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Monday, November 4, 2013 – 4:00 PM
Stephen L. Weber Boardroom


A.S. President, Josh Morse called the meeting to order at 4:04 PM at the SLW Boardroom at the PPG Alumni Center.


A. Voting Members Present: Josh Morse, Becca Cohen, Javier Gomez, Mariah Kelly, Morgan Chan, Jonathan Cole, Josh Garman, Kevin Hancock, Washington Navarrete, Jessika Seekatz, Eric Rivera, Nancy Demich

B. Voting Members Absent: None

C. Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Clarice Mendoza

D. Non-Voting Members Absent: Dr. Timothy Quinnan

E. Visitors Present: Mark Zakrzewski, Jake Siegfried, Vicki Greene, Kevin Straw, Sean Guardian, Adam Burkhart


It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda for today’s meeting.


Christina Brown made a friendly amendment to add a time certain at 4:30 PM for the A.S. Facility Presentation by Mark Zakrzewski, Aztec Recreation Director.

The agenda was approved as amended.


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 10/21/13, as attached.





A. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: Nancy Demich reported on the following:

1. The San Diego Fire Department is having a disaster drill this week at the MTS station on campus on the night of November 6. There will be a strong presence of emergency vehicles and individuals wearing make-up in accordance with this drill.

2. The No-Smoking Policy Implementation Group will be meeting on November 13 to discuss the procedures they will be going through to transition to the new policy.

B. University President’s Designee: Eric Rivera reported on the following:

1. Dr. Pamela Starr, our newest Student Disabilities Director, will be invited to speak at a future Board of Directors meeting. She truly understands the diversity of our campus and is a great addition to the university.

2. Heather La Perle is our newest Internship Coordinator.

3. The Integrative Diversity Strategic Plan Working Group has been meeting together and ensuring that they’re staying focus on their charge. The uniqueness of our campus calls for improvement on this aspect of our university.

C. A.S. Facility Presentation: Mark Zakrzewski, Aztec Recreation Director, reported on the following:

1. The senior staff members present at the meeting were introduced to the Board of Directors, including Jake Siegfried, Vicki Greene, and Kevin Straw.

2. Mark gave a presentation on the overview of Aztec Recreation’s programs, strategic goals, student success and employment opportunities, sports clubs, and collaborations with the campus.

3. Kevin Straw, Director of the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, introduced the facility he directs and its programs.


A. General Consent Agenda (Action): It was moved and seconded to approve the General Consent Agenda, as attached.


B. General Consent Report (Information): The General Consent Report was reviewed via electronic copy. For further reference please request a full agenda copy from the Government Secretary.

C. Judicial Affairs Council Update (Update): Sean Guardian, Chief Justice, reported on the following:

1. Applications for the open Board of Directors Student-at-Large seat have been reopened. They are due this Friday in the Government Affairs Office.

2. Aztec Student Union Board representative interviews will be happening this Wednesday.

VIII. CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members):



A. President: Josh Morse reported on the following:

1. Josh is serving on the Dean of the College of Business Administration search committee as well as the Provost search committee. The members of these committees have been discussing qualities they would like to see in the individuals who assume these positions.

2. A future meeting will be organized for all students sitting on working groups to attend and follow up on the progress of their groups and what they’re involvement has been like.

3. CSSA Fresno State was this past weekend. There was discussion about students who are under the jurisdiction of the AB 540 bill and legislation that CSSA will propose to protect their education.

4. If you have any problems with your boards, committees, or commissions, please contact the executive officers.

B. Executive Vice President: Becca Cohen reported on the following:

1. Campus Movie Fest, hosted by the Aztec Student Union Board, will be present on campus in the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity for student talent to be highlighted.

2. Aztec Nights will be meeting soon. If you have any feedback to provide to the committee, let Becca know!

3. Aztec Pride Day is being organized at the moment. Look out for flyers about this future event!

C. Vice President of External Relations: Javier Gomez reported on the following:

1. The Board of Directors meeting in Long Beach will be highlighting the topic of bottlenecks and distant learning.

2. The Rock the Vote event was a success. 41 students registered to vote in that day alone and it was very exciting. Thank you to all the student performers and volunteers who made the event possible.

3. There is a community clean-up event on November 16, hosted by the Good Neighbor Program. Meet at the Viejas turnaround at 10 AM. No sign-up required and there will be no canvasing this time.

4. Don’t forget that November 19 is Voting Day!

D. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Mariah Kelly reported on the following:

1. The announcement ceremony for Aztecs Rock Hunger is on November 18 at 10 AM. The location is to be determined, but President Hirshman and the mayor’s office will be there.

2. The Fall Rebudget Cycle started today! Look for rebudgets of certain A.S. departments in the next few weeks.

3. Mariah will be focusing on improving SDSU’s high school conferences and looking at their effectiveness on the incoming freshman who attend.

E. Vice President of University Affairs: Morgan Chan reported on the following:

1. PSFA is looking to integrate more arts on campus. There will be a chance to meet them and the library staff at Arts Under the Dome and other showcases throughout this semester.

2. UAB is working on the Bike/Skateboard/Pedestrian Day on November 21. Meetings will be held in the next weeks to hash out details and find out what is the most effective way to reach out to students.

3. Academic Affairs Council has figured that there is lack of incentive for academic organizations to update their rosters, so they are figuring out how to motivate them to do so, in order to measure the success of college councils in engaging the students in their college. The organizations are updating their websites though, since prospective students will be applying for colleges in the next few weeks.

4. At the last University Council meeting, college representatives discussed their purpose and concerns they have with their position.

5. Academic Affairs Council will be hosting a soccer game this Friday at 4:30 PM on the ENS field.

F. Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following:

1. A bank deal in the Union has been closed, so a press release shall be happening in the near future. The Open Air Theatre naming contract shall be signed soon and that money will be going towards upgrading the venue.

2. The work done with Aztec Recreation is a great display of shared governance. The department is a great model for what makes A.S. successful.


A. Joshua Garman reported:

1. The Appointments and Review committee made a rubric for all the positions with guidelines for the interviews happening to fill A.S. government’s open positions.

B. Kevin Hancock reported:

1. The Aztec Mentorship Program is going very well.

2. Heather LaPerle has been hired as our university’s internship director.

C. Washington Navarrete reported:

1. The GreenFest Executive Committee is currently working on the events happening throughout the week, guaranteed to be utilizing the Union.

2. The Recruitment and Retention Working Group is analyzing budgets put towards programs to decrease student retention.

D. Jessika Seekatz reported:

1. The University Research Task Force Group is working on updating the direction of research at the University, under the guidance of Dean Chase.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:57pm.