Monday, April 20, 2015 – 4:00 PM
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
I. CALL TO ORDER
A.S. President, J. Cole called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM at the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
II. ROLL CALL
A. Voting Members Present: J. Cole, Kevin Hancock, Jacqueline Karczewski, Alex Padua, Corey Polan,.Keagan Casey, Maneet Deol, Marc Hess, Alexandria Johnstone, Marilyn Martinez, Kyle Murphy, Jessica Rentto.
B. Voting Members Absent: Christy Samarkos.
C. Non-Voting Members Present: Clarice Mendoza, Christina Brown.
D. Non-Voting Members Absent: None.
E. Visitors: Brenna Culliton, Carlos Careaga.
III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda for today’s meeting.
Corey made a friendly amendment to add a Judicial Affairs Council Update as Item C under University Reports and Presentations. Jacqueline made a friendly amendment to table the Annual Evaluation of the Executive Director under Closed Session until next Monday’s Board of Directors meeting. There were no objections.
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 4/13/15, as attached.
V. PUBLIC COMMENT:
VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS:
A. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: Associate Vice President for Administration Jessica Rentto reported on the following:
- Thank you to all who participated in the Take Back the Week programming and a special thanks is due to Corey and Jacqueline for all their hard work to put on last week’s events. The Sexual Violence Task Force will be discussing ways to improve the programming for next year, as this will be an annual initiative at SDSU.
- Jessica spoke on the lawsuit filed against the university by a suspended student found as a suspect of sexual assault last semester. The whole evidence file has been requested in claims that the school has not provided the necessary information to defend the case.
B. University President’s Designee:
C. Judicial Affairs Council Update: Vice Chief Justice Brenna Culliton reported on the following:
- Sam Beltran has been removed as the Recreation and Wellness Commission Representative for failure to meet with the Judicial Affairs Council about his hearing concerning his attendance and duties violations.
- Bylaw amendments from the Sustainability Commission and Aztec Student Union Board will go to action at the Judicial Affairs Council meeting this Friday.
- All Board of Directors and Judicial Affairs Councils candidates will be notified of their selection by this Wednesday.
VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
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. A.S. 2015-2016 Consolidated Budget Review (Information):
Vice President of Financial Affairs Alex Padua reviewed the 2015-16 Consolidated Budget Review and discussed the reflected highlights and assumptions found by the Financial Affairs Committee,
VIII. CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members):
IX. EXECUTIVE REPORTS:
A. President: J. Cole reported on the following:
- The Aztec Culture Project has made moves to add a mural on the west-facing wall of Council Chambers, constructed of remnants from the old sycamore tree that was in the courtyard of the previous Aztec Center. The mural will be a colorful mosaic by the artist Aieta Valencia.
- Ex4Vets will be held on the steps leading into the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on Saturday, 5/2 at 11 AM. It will be the first ONE SDSU event that honors veterans. It’s only $20 to register online at http://www.ex4vets.org/ until May 1. Registration on the day of will be $45. 50% of funds raised will go back to the organization to registration you sign up with.
B. Executive Vice President: Kevin Hancock reported on the following:
- The Aztec Achievement Awards are next Thursday, 4/23. Doors open at 4:30 PM and the program will begin at 5 PM. Suggested attire is casual cocktail. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP if you haven’t done so already.
- The last ASCLC meeting is this Wednesday!
B. Vice President of External Relations: Jacqueline Karczewski reported on the following:
- More than 700 individuals have signed the It’s On Us pledge as of last Wednesday. Please sign the pledge here if you haven’t done so already: http://as.sdsu.edu/itsonus.
- External Relations Board went over all the legislation the CSU supports at their last meeting.
- CSSA San Diego is the weekend of May 2nd! Please contact Jacqueline if you’d like to volunteer!
C. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Alex Padua reported on the following:
1. Currently, Alex is just working on transitioning with Dominic Bilotti!
D. Vice President of University Affairs: Corey Polant reported on the following:
- Take Back the Week is an example of the great start to the strong emphasis on sexual violence education will continue to have at SDSU.
- Corey has been focusing on properly transitioning Andrea Byrd into his position.
- The University Affairs Board will be having their end-of-year celebration at the Aquaplex.
E. Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following:
- The A is for Art Fundraiser was held at the Mingei International Museum last weekend.
- Plans will be finalized this summer for the student lounge that will fill the large space at the south side of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The recent Union survey reported that a lounge space for students in high in demand, so it has been placed first on the priority list.
- Improved display screens have been purposed to help with marketing around the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
- This Wednesday, April 22, is also Earth Day. Winona LaDuke, a Native American environmentalist will be speaking at 4:30 PM in Montezuma Hall.
- Seth Mallios, an SDSU Professor of Anthropology, will be speaking about his new book, Rock of State, highlighting the history and evolution of music here at SDSU.
- Thank you to the Board of Directors for working hard on my evaluation. A response will be composed by next week’s Board of Directors meeting for approval.
X. REPORTS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
A. Keagan Casey reported on the following:
- Marilyn and Keagan will be conducting exit interviews with commissioners and commission representatives about their progress this past academic year.
B. Maneet Deol reported on the following:
- The Appointments and Review Committee will be doing a second round of interviews for the individuals who are applied for Board of Directors Student-at-Large seats.
- The current Board of Directors Student-at-Large representatives will be meeting with their successors to ensure a great transition into next year.
C. Alexandria Johnstone reported on the following:
- 300 people participated in last week’s Fight for 15 protest.
- The Real Estate Society will be having their last event at the top of Diamondview Towers on Wednesday, 5/6, from 5-7 PM.
D. Marilyn Martinez reported on the following:
- Discussions are being had about adding an EOP/ESAB seat to the Student Diversity Commission. Marilyn and Keagan will be meeting with Blaire and Grace on Wednesday.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:07 PM.