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Associated Students


A.S. Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University


Monday, November 18, 2013 – 4:00 PM
Arena Meeting Center • Room A

I. CALL TO ORDER

A.S. President, Josh Morse called the meeting to order at 4:08 PM at the Arena Meeting Center, Room A.

II. ROLL CALL

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

B. Voting Members Absent: Nancy Demich, Eric Rivera

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

D. Non-Voting Members Absent: None.

E. Visitors Present: Tom McCarron

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

COHEN/HANCOCK

Morgan Chan made a friendly amendment to remove Item E under Items for Consideration.

The agenda was approved as amended.

IV. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 11/4/13, as attached.

COHEN/SEEKATZ

Washington Navarrete made a friendly amendment to his report in the previous minutes, making it so his report reads that the Recruitment and Retention Working Group is analyzing budgets put towards programs to increase student retention, not decrease it.

The agenda was approved as amended.

V. PUBLIC COMMENT:

None.

VI. UNIVERSITY REPORST AND PRESENTATIONS:

A. Business and Financial Affairs: Tom McCarron reported on the following:

1. "No Smoking" A-frame signs and other methods of implementation will take place in the next month as a way of social enforcement of the new smoke-free policy on campus.

2. The renovations to Storm and Nasatir Hall are going smoothly. The buildings are set to be completed in spring 2014, while the new eating area will be completed in 2015.

3. The plans for the new basketball practice venue are being discussed.

4. California Coastal Credit Union has purchased the naming rights of the Open Air Theatre. Upgrades to the venue will be possible from the funding of this partnership.

5. Sally Roush, former Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs, has been asked by the CSU to be the interim Vice Chancellor of Finance. Congratulations Sally!

B. University President’s Designee: Dr. Timothy Quinnan reported on the following:

1. The draft for the Integrated Student Diversity Plan is being created.

2. There will be a Commuter Student Success Implementation group. The new commuter facility and programming will be discussed by this group.

3. The SDSU Pride Center is in the process of hiring full-time staff and student assistants and visual renovations to the building on Campanile shall be completed December 18.

C. SDSU Children’s Center Update: Robin Judd reported on the following:

1. Robin provided the Board of Directors with a brief history of the A.S. facility and how it has been a great service to the students of SDSU. An explanation of their goals and procedures were also explained and Robin answered questions of Board of Directors.

VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:

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

COHEN/NAVARRETE CARRIED

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. Proposed Bylaw Amendments (Information):

1. Judicial Affairs Council has reviewed all submitted bylaw amendment proposal. The Board of Directors were given a packet listing all the proposed amendments and were asked to review it in preparation for taking action on it at the next Board of Directors meeting.

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

None.

IX. EXECUTIVE REPORTS

A. President: Josh Morse reported on the following:

1. Josh attended a great luncheon to celebrate the Cal Coast Credit Union’s new partnership with A.S. in naming the Open Air Theatre.

2. Serving on the search committees for both the College of Business Dean and the Vice President for Student Affairs is going well. There are currently six candidates for the Vice President for Student Affairs.

3.It was an honor to be able to speak on behalf of former Vice President Sally Roush with Javier at the last CSSA meeting.

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

1. February 1 is the day of the A.S. Spring Retreat taking place in the new Aztec Student Union. Mark your calendars now to prevent any conflicts.

2. Awards Committee has finalized the theme for this school year’s AAA’s: Masquerade in Red and Black. The event will highlight the new Union.

3. A discussion addressing student parking concerns in relation to the potential green space for Aztec Recreation will take place at the next Campus Life Council meeting.

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

1. Tomorrow is Election Day! There is a poll site at the Parma Payne GoodallAlumni Center, so be sure to turn in your ballot!

2. The Good Neighbor Program clean-up event this past weekend was really successful. The next canvasing event for GNP will feature caroling to the families in the college area neighborhoods.

3. The Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach had a great discussion on enhancing education for students in the CSU system.

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

1. There was so much Aztec Pride was in the room today at the Aztecs Rock Hunger ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel. A total of 244,689 pounds of food was collected for the San Diego city-wide philanthropy, with 227,000 of those pounds being raised by SDSU. These proceeds will be going to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, responsible for feeding low-income families of the Greater San Diego area.

2. PSFA will be increasing arts visibility on campus.

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

1. University Council discussed the purposes, goals, and impacts they currently have and can potentially have as college council representatives. All of the representatives agree that they want to make a difference and change the culture of college councils. This refocusing and repurposing will hopefully bring a big improvement in the college councils next spring.

2. For more information on the new smoke-free campus policy and its implementation, visit http://smokefree.sdsu.edu.

3. University Affairs Board will be hosting a bike safety awareness day on Wednesday. The following day, there will be a forum for students to voice their issues and concerns, so UAB can find out what students’ views are on the bike and pedestrian safety. The forum will be at Scripps Cottage from 2-3:30 PM. Come and participate so the SDSU community can learn to "Ride Together, Walk Together."

4. Dr. Eadie is working on the redesign of teaching evaluations. These changes are aiming to benefit students and their future learning experiences.

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

1. Aztec Nights is beginning its planning for its spring events. A.S. and ASUB will be working together to publicize these events to students.

2. Planning for the Union’s grand opening week is underway. Christina is specifically working on the night of the open house and the Legacy of Leadership dinner.

X. REPORTS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

A. Joshua Garman reported:

1. The International Program Working Group has created a new initiative. The group will be focusing on helping students apply for more money for education. There were great discussions taking place at the last group’s meeting.

B. Kevin Hancock reported:

1. Kevin has been attending CFAC meetings and Campus Internship meetings.

2. The opening of Storm and Nasatir Hall will be great for the College of Arts and Letters.

C. Washington Navarrete reported:

1. Marketing for Greenfest will begin during the grand opening week of the Aztec Student Union. The committee is currently finding an artist to headline the show.

2. The Recruitment and Retention Working Group is working on programs for African American and Native American students, focusing on campus climate and student retention in relation to that.

D. Jessika Seekatz reported:

1. There is a Research Taskforce meeting tomorrow.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:50pm.

GARMAN/NAVARRETE CARRIED