SEPTEMBER 10, 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 Corey Polant called the meeting to order at 3:32 PM.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL:
A. Voting Members Present: Corey Polant, Maxwell Louie, Jordan Mishlove, Dustin Pina, Dominic Bilotti, Austin Dean, Emmanuel Uwakwe, Nick Wright, Kristina Brown, Keeler Johnston, Jose Muguerza, Lance Brooks, Megan Sealy, Jason Taresh, Kelsey Moss, Kalani Perez, Owen Burton, Josh Drayer, Jane Kwon, Jaynie Lee, Shawn Tenny, Maneet Deol, Alexandria Johnstone, Jonathan Cole, Kevin Hancock, Alex Padua.
B. Voting Members Absent: Ahmad Sanatyar, Jacqueline Karczewski.
C. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Christina Brown, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, Clarice Mendoza.
D. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: None.
E. Visitors Present: Michelle Lopez, Kathy Lamaster.
IV. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA:
It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda of September 10, 2014.
V. PUBLIC COMMENT:
VI. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
A. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, reported:
- After an introduction of his background and excitement for the upcoming year, Dr. Ornatowski expressed how the University Senate is focusing on the issue of large classrooms and the possibility of a unified evaluation form for classes and professors in the future. There is currently a Faculty Evaluation Task Force that is looking for ways to ensure that the students are being heard and valued.
B. Scholarships – Assistant Dean for the Division of Undergraduate Studies, Michelle Lopez, reported:
- The National Scholarships and Fellowships Office aids SDSU students seeking assistance in applying for national merit scholarships and information on the endorsement process. She distinguished the difference between the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the National Scholarships and Fellowships Office and invite all students to visit their website at http://oas.sdsu.edu/dus/scholarships/.
C. Student Success Fee Review – Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kathy LaMaster, reported:
- $300,000 has been allocated by the Campus Fee Advisory Committee to fund new or expand existing academically-related programs or initiatives at the college level. Outreach has been put in place towards the faculty, staff, and students of SDSU. College councils were asked to create a draft of policies and proposals to be turned into the Campus Fee Advisory Committee. Please send any feedback you have to any of the A.S. representatives that sit on the committee.
VII. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. 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.
B. Appointment and Review Committee – ASUC Appointments: (Action)
The Appointment and Review Committee serve as the selection committee when there are vacancies on ASBOD, ASCLC, and JAC. Regular membership includes three representatives from ASCLC, three representatives from ASUC, the Executive Vice President, the Vice President of University Affairs, the chairperson of the commission with the vacant seat, the A.S. Chief of Staff (non-voting), and the A.S. Executive Director or designee (non-voting).
It was moved and seconded to open nominations for the Appointment and Review Committee.
ASUC Representative Nominees/Votes:
Josh Drayer – 21
Lance Brooks – 3
Owen Burton – 13
Austin Dean – 16
Kristina Brown – 6
Kalani Perez – 4
Kelsey Moss – 9
It was moved and seconded to close nominations for the Appointment and Review Committee.
Congratulations to Owen, Austin, and Josh for being elected as ASUC Representatives of the Appointment and Review Committee!
C. College Break-out Session and Sharing: (Information)
The ASUC members were given the chance to break-out with their fellow college representatives and meet together to talk about their goals for the semester. They were then asked to share their goals with the rest of ASUC.
VII. INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE MATTERS:
IX. REPORTS OF CAMPUS LIFE COUNCIL MEMBERS:
A. Corey Polant, Vice President of University Affairs:
- Please encourage the general members of your college to come to your college council meetings and keep your great conversations going.
B. J. Cole, President:
- The Aztec Mentor Program is accepting applications for students to connect with alumni on a one-on-one level. Students in the program will receive guidance in networking, interviewing, and job shadowing to assist them with knowledge for the future. Only eight hours of commitment required. To apply, visit http://amp.sdsu.edu/. Registration closes on Mon., 9/15.
- Working groups were created to implement the many aspects of SDSU’s Strategic Plan. J. Cole asked ASUC to see if any members would like to fill any of the vacant A.S. Representative seats on these task forces.
- Students are needed to give their feedback and perspectives on the building of the new Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Building.
- Don’t forget about the University House event on Monday, September 22!
C. Kevin Hancock, Executive Vice President:
- Super Saturday is September 27 at the Union. It is an opportunity for all students serving on Associated Students to meet together and learn about Associated Students’ values and goals for this year. Please encourage the members serving on your college councils to attend! We will all be going to the home football game against UNLV right after.
- Homecoming is on Saturday, November 8! Amongst your student organizations, please select your nominees and turn in the application. More information can be found at http://homecoming.sdsu.edu/.
- A survey about the A.S. Leaders’ Retreat retreat will be sent out soon. Please complete it to improve future retreats.
- Your tabling requirement is due on Friday, September 12.
D. Alex Padua, Vice President of Financial Affairs:
- College council orientations were last week. Hopefully all your presidents and treasurers were able to attend and receive information on expectations, bylaws, and funding.
- Next week, there will be student organization funding orientations on Monday, September 15 at 2 PM in Park Blvd. and Tuesday, September 16 at 3 PM in the Legacy Suite.
F. Jane Kwon, College of Sciences Representative:
- There are currently open seats on the College of Sciences Student Council for a math representative and an environmental science representative.
G. Josh Drayer, College of Science Representative:
- Applications for the College of Science Representative seat are due Monday, September 5.
H. Christina Brown, Executive Director:
- Please bring the topics and presentations discussed at the ASUC meetings back to your college councils’ constituents.
- If you ever need any assistance, please stop by Christina’s office in the Associated Students Office.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
Vice President of University Affairs Corey Polant adjourned the meeting at 5:10 PM.