Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


A.S. President, Chris Thomas, called the meeting to order at 4:06 PM in the Council Chambers at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.


  1. Voting Members Present: Chris Thomas, Nickolas Wohlman, Michael Wiafe, Christian Onwuka, Ronnie Cravens, Warsan Artan, Cat Kricorian, Tomi Osinfolarin (left early), Latrel Powell (late), Chloe Sabio, Beck Svensson, Christy Samarkos.
  2. Voting Members Absent: Jessica Rentto.
  3. Non-Voting Members Present: Christina Brown, Aileen Wei.
  4. Non-Voting Members Absent: None.
  5. Visitors: Glen Brandenburg, Carlos Careaga.


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


It was moved and seconded to approve the Board of Directors meeting minutes of 8/13/18, as attached.




  1. Business and Financial Affairs Designee: No report.
  2. University President’s Designee: Christy Samarkos resported on the following:
    1. The first-year student event was a success. There were 5,541 students who moved in this weekend.
    2. There was an estimate of 11,500 students and their families who attended the New Family and Student Convocation.
    3. There have been two medical transports. She provided an update on efforts made to educate the SDSU community on safety at student events.


  1. General Consent Agenda (Action): None. 
  2. General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed, as attached.
  3. Appointments and Resignations (Action):
    It was moved and seconded to approve the Appointments and Resignations, as attached.
  4. A.S. Reserves Update (Action):
    It was moved and seconded to approve the A.S. Reserves Update/ARC Expansion Interim Funding, as attached.W

VIII.   CLOSED SESSION (Closed to Non-Members)



  1. Audit Committee: None. 
  2. Facilities Board:  None.
  3. Financial Affairs Committee: None.
  4. Marketing and Communications Committee:  None.


  1. President: Chris Thomas reported on the following:
    1. Met with people regarding serving on the A.S. Presidential Advisory Committee. The first meeting will take place late-September.
    2. Excited to move forward from A.S. Retreat.
    3. BOD Retreat
      1. Discussion about what it looks like
      2. How do we continue discussion on heart-led leadership
    4. Convocation
      1. Once in a lifetime experience
      2. Exciting start to the year
    5. President’s Cabinet Update
      1. New AVP for Diversity and Inclusion-Dr. Luke Wood
      2. IT Governance Structure
      3. Mission Valley News
    6. Freedom of Expression Project
      1. Student website with resources
      2. Moving forward conversation
    7. A.S. Orientation (8/29)
      1. Panel with President and Vice Presidents
      2. All-council meeting
    8. University Leaders Reception (9/5)
      1. At University President Residence
  2. Executive Vice President: Nickolas Wohlman reported on the following:
    1. Thank you to all for being awesome during AS Retreat!
    2. Setting up regular meetings for Homecoming Steering Committee and Aztec Game Experience for the rest of the semester.
    3. Filming Homecoming Video this week
    4. Formulating A.S. Mental Health Week Leadership Team to get started on planning the events and set goals.
    5. Meeting with Christina Brown, Jen, Mark, and Steve to create our holistic data survey to be able to assess A.S. as a whole.
    6. The Red and Black Shuttle is up and running!
    7. ARC ‘til Dark tabling went really well!
    8. Looking to set up meeting with the CLC Board of Directors for the second week of school.
  3. Vice President of External Relations: Michael Wiafe reported on the following: 
    1. CSSA- Graduation initiative 2025 symposium October 17-18 in San Diego. All 23 campuses will have representation at this event including Chancellor Tim White, Executive Vice Chancellor Blanchard and other CSU executives and statewide leaders.
    2. The CSSA Board of Directors have voted to support the following bills and will be advocating for them until the Assembly and Senate vote on them.
      1. Assembly Bill 1895 provides California AB 540 students more flexibility in repayment of their DREAM Loans by requiring UC and CSU campuses participating in the state DREAM Loan Program to adopt procedures which allow a borrower to select an income0based repayment plan for the repayment of their loan.
      2. Assembly Bill 2015 would require schools to ensure that each of its students receives information on how to properly complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act (CADA) application at least once before they enter 12th grade
      3. Assembly Bill 2735 would improve access to rigorous content for middle school or high school English learner students by
        1. Ensuring these students have access to core curriculum courses needed for graduation, grade promotion, or UC/CSU eligibility, and
        2. Ensuring these students are not denied access to advanced courses, such as honors or advanced placement courses, on the sole basis of a student’s classification as an English learner.
    3. Rock the Vote:
      1. Video filming has been happening for the past week and the video should be done within the next 2 weeks and ready for distribution. Will be going live next week with tabling and with the first event happening on September 13. Please start asking some friends if they would like to volunteer so we can put a list together and get students registered!
  4. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Christian Onwuka reported on the following:
    1. Aztecs Rock Hunger
      1. Meeting with Jen and Brandi to go over the approval of the ARH video, will be aiming to shoot within the next week or two
      2. Met with Jim Schneider about the College Area Business District, how to incorporate them into the ARH campaign
      3. Weekly ARH Leadership Team meetings will be held Wednesdays at 8 am
      4. Finalizing a time and date where the Leadership team can tour the San Diego Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank, as well as volunteering at the site
    2. Funding
      1. With the Check Request video being finalized, I am looking to start on the funding details (SSF, IRA, CPF, etc.)
      2. Have been circulating with Carlos about hosting the Financial presentations, student outreach and education has been stronger.
  5. Vice President of University Affairs: Ronnie Cravens reported on the following:
    1. Working with Anya to assign both AS leaders and students-at-large to university senate committees.
    2. Working on University Senate presentation #2
    3. Finalizing marketing material for both University Senate and Your Voice Matters.
    4. Meeting with Brandi tomorrow to discuss University Senate appointments, University Affairs Board, Your Voice Matters, and to schedule one-on-one meetings with college presidents and representatives.
  6. Executive Director: Christina Brown reported on the following:
    1. Attended an annual safety day with a focus on mental health.
    2. There will be a discussion about extending the Student Union hours.
    3. Will look to hire a part-time student to help with the Food Pantry.


  1. Warsan Artan, Student-At-Large: 
    1. Will work on the “Rock the Vote” video.
    2. Looking forward to meeting with college representatives.
  2. Cat Kricorian, Student-At-Large
    1. Will meet with boards and commissions.
  3. Tomi Osinfolarin, Student-At-Large:
    1. Met with Christian and Brandi to discuss the Aztecs Rock Hunger campaign. The logo has been finalized.
    2. Will meet with Christina.
  4. Chloe Sabio, Student-At-Large: 
    1. Will work with Michael and Christian on the “Rock the Vote” and “Aztecs Rock Hunger” campaign.
    2. Will set up a meeting with the commissions that she will oversee.
    3. Will discuss the mobile food pantry with Christina and Dustin.
    4. Expressed her thankfulness for the A.S. Retreat.
  5. Beck Svensson, Student-At-Large: 
    1. Excited to work on Aztecs Rock Hunger.
    2. Met with Christina.
  6. Latrel Powell, Student-At-Large:
    1. Discussed updates from California State Student Association (CSSA) regarding bills.


It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:36 pm.

APPROVED BY: Christopher A. Thomas , A.S. President

PREPARED BY: Aileen Wei, A.S. Government Secretary