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Associated Students


A.S. University Council

Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University


FEBRUARY 19, 2014 – COUNCIL CHAMBERS
CONRAD PREBYS AZTEC STUDENT UNION – 3:30 PM
A.S. UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MINUTES

I. CALL TO ORDER:

Vice President of University Affairs Morgan Chan called the meeting to order at 3:40 PM.

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL:

A. Voting Members Present: Morgan Chan, Stav Geffner, Cindy Lopez, Jordan Harrison, Jack Losey, Sean Zaher, Onochie Ani, Alex Ben, Lindsey Schaefer, Marya Edgar, Tasnim El Mezain, Kristina Morales, Raquel Martin, Katelynne Willis, Joshua Beverly, Cameron Wilmore, Jonathan Cole, Chad Karczewski, Josh Morse, Javier Gomez, Mariah Kelly.

B. Voting Members Absent: Blaire Ward, Michelle Mitchell, Becca Cohen, Jessika Seekatz.

C. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Christina Brown, Clarice Mendoza, Dr. Cesar Ornatowski, Dr. Timothy Quinnan.

D. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: None.

E. Visitors Present: Jennifer Esquivel-Parker, Zainab Badi, Corey Polant, Nick Serrano, Linda Le, Alex Johnstone.

IV. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA:

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda of February 19, 2014.

MORSE/COLE

Josh Morse made a friendly amendment to add a Judicial Affairs report under University Reports and Presentations as Item C.

The agenda was approved amended.

V. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES:

It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes of February 5, 2014.

HARRISON/EL MEZAIN CARRIED

VI. PUBLIC COMMENT:

A. Students for Justice in Palestine, Nadir Bouhmouch, reported:

1. Nadir spoke on the act of divestment and encouraged the University Council members to attend the open forum.

B. UCSD A.S. Vice President of Student Life, Linda Le, reported:

1. As the UCSD A.S. Vice President of Student Life, Linda encouraged SDSU students to engage in the act of divestment and be more educated on it. She expressed that she was disappointed in the University Affairs Board for failing the resolution and for their lack of engagement.

C. UCSD Student, Zainab Badi, reported:

1. Zainab spoke on divestment and read a statement supporting divestment from the A.S. President from UCSD.

VII. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

A. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cesar Ornatowski reported:

1. The University Senate will be taking action on the making of an Honors College. After the donation from Conrad Prebys towards scholarships and academic programs, a proposal has been made for an Honors College and will seek approval at the March 4th University Senate meeting.

2. A task force for course evaluations has been made and Morgan Chan and Chad Karczewski currently sit on it. The task group will be checking the viability of the number obtained from the course evaluations that students fill out and will seek more efficient ways to measure the performance of professors at SDSU.

3. Dr. Eadie has made the suggestion of rewarding students a certificate that will give students recognition for the general education courses they take. It is expected that employers will look at these certificates like an extra credit bonus when looking at the resumes of SDSU graduates. A formal proposal is being created by Dr. Eadie and will be presented at the next University Affairs Board meeting.

B. SDSU Vice President of Student Affairs Designee, Dr. Tim Quinnan reported:

1. There were 400 attendees at the Leadership Summit this past weekend and the programming and engagement from these students was phenomenal. Dr. Hirshman spoke, as well as Dave Shaw, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Fox Home Entertainment.

2. Carlos has created a form about requesting money from Student Affairs, to clear up the confusion students have about where to request money.

3. Dr. Quinnan and the staff working on the co-curricular transcript have found Simplicity Reflections, a company that will be able to produce this superfluous resume for students.

4. In the Lipinsky Hospitality Room from 4-5 PM, there will be a meeting about the Big Brother, Big Sister program that SDSU has in partnership with the Monarch Schools in San Diego. Participants will be working with students throughout the entire semester, have a summer break, and resume in the fall. The elementary to high school students are very excited for this program.

C. Judicial Affairs Report – Justice Alexandria Johnstone reported:

1. Tabling records and retreat attendance have been updated on the attendance sheets.

2. Please don’t forget to fill out your forms for upcoming requirements.

VIII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:

A. General Consent Agenda: (Action)

It was moved and seconded to approve the General Consent Agenda, as attached.

LOPEZ/KARCZEWSKI CARRIED

It was moved and seconded to approve the 2/19 University Affairs Board minutes, as attached.

MORALES/GOMEZ CARRIED

Cindy Lopez abstains.

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.

IX. INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE MATTERS:

None.

X. REPORTS OF CAMPUS LIFE COUNCIL MEMBERS:

A. Morgan Chan, Vice President of University Affairs:

1. The Provost open forum times will be announced soon. Do your part and attend these forums to help determine which candidate will be our new Provost.

2. The Resolution in Support of Divestment for the Human Rights of the People of Palestine failed at University Council today. Anticipate the Resolution coming to University Council in the near future, if the Resolution is passed at the Student Diversity Commission.

B. Javier Gomez, Vice President of External Relations:

1. CSSA Chico is this weekend.

2. Next Monday to Thursday, Javier will be going to Washington D.C. with the President’s Office to let officials know about how the CSU system needs money.

3. A commemorative issue of The Aztec will be published in the fashion of a Time Magazine. It will feature Aztec Center and the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The marketing working group is working on videos aiming to get the name of SDSU out nationally.

4. The Good Neighbor Program has planned a community clean-up day with Marty Emerald’s office in City Hall.

C. Joshua Beverly, College of Science Representative:

1. Discover Your Dream: Thurs., 3/12 from 4-6 PM in the Theatre at the Aztec Student Union.

D. Cameron Wilmore, College of Science Representative:

1. Black Social Work Student Caucus Mixer/Open Mic: Fri., 2/21 from 5-7 PM in Scripps Cottage.

2. Something for the Honeyz: Sun., 2/23 from 7-9 PM in Scripps Cottage.

3. CSSC Council Open Forum: Wed., 2/26 from 1-1:50 PM. Location TBA.

E. Christina Brown, Executive Director:

1. Tickets for the Mountain West tournament at UNLV are on sale at the Viejas Ticket Office.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

HARRISON/WILMORE CARRIED

Vice President of University Affairs Morgan Chan adjourned the meeting at 4:40 PM.