FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – COUNCIL CHAMBERS
CONRAD PREBYS AZTEC STUDENT UNION – 3:30 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER:
Vice President of University Affairs Corey Polant called the meeting to order at 3:33 PM.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL:
A. Voting Members Present: Corey Polant, Maxwell Louie, 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, Ahmad Sanatyar, Osama Alkhawaja, Owen Burton, Josh Drayer, Jane Kwon, Jaynie Lee, Shawn Tenny, Maneet Deol, Marc Hess, Alexandria Johnstone, Jonathan Cole, Kevin Hancock, Jacqueline KarczewskiAlex Padua.
B. Voting Members Absent: None.
C. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, Clarice Mendoza.
D. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: Christy Samarkos, Christina Brown.
E. Visitors Present: Patty Masengale, Sergio Cisneros, Michael Tran.
IV. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA:
It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda of February 11, 2015.
J. Cole made a friendly amendment to add a JAC update as Item D under University Reports and Presentations, with a time certain at 4 PM.
The agenda was approved as amended.
V. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES:
It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes of January 28, 2015.
VI. PUBLIC COMMENT:
VII. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
A. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, reported:
- Senate committees have been made to address the issues of large class sizes and the need to reform the current course evaluations system.
- Auxiliary college organizations across the CSU system are to be reviewed. Associated Students will be reviewed next fall.
- After the recent addition of bachelor degree programs at community college, there was concern that certain programs may overlap with preexisting programs at SDSU, but no overlap was found.
B. University Vice President for Student Affairs Designee:
C. Enrollment Management Update – Dr. Sandra Cook, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, reported:
- Dr. Cook introduced herself and her work with enrollment management at SDSU. It is important to keep enrollment statistics in mind to efficiently distribute the university’s resources in order to ensure SDSU students receive the best quality education for their tuition. Statistics describing headcount summaries, total applications, average test scores, and percentages of four-year and six-year students were presented to the representatives. These numbers and percentages contribute to our ranking status, increasing more interest in SDSU by current high school students and community college students looking to transfer.
D. JAC Update – Sergio Cisneros, Justice, reported:
- Please complete your tabling and submit your paperwork before this Friday, 2/13.
- The remaining requirements and bylaw amendments for approval are due on Friday, 3/27. If you wish to have your bylaw amendments reviewed prior to being sent to the Judicial Affairs Council, Alex and Keagan would like to receive your minutes by Friday, 3/15.
IX. 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. College Council Forum Breakout: (Discussion)
The college council representatives broke out into their respective colleges and brainstormed ideas for their forums this semester.
X. INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE MATTERS:
XI. REPORTS OF UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
A. Corey Polant, Vice President of University Affairs:
- Corey will be meeting with Dean Chase to discuss opportunities for undergraduate SDSU students to be involved in research. A presentation will be coming to University Council.
- Provost Emwemeka will be presenting at University Council on 3/11 to speak on the SDSU-Georgia initiative and about the department grants that SDSU received through it.
- Please send the requested information for your college council’s rave cards to Corey as soon as possible. These rave cards will be used as promotional items for your college council and will hopefully increase membership and interest.
B. J. Cole, President:
- A follow-up e-mail will be sent out in the next week to give the university an update on the entire university’s effort to prevent sexual violence from happening on campus.
- Register for the Aztec Mentorship Program at http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/career/amplandingpage.aspx. It is recommended for current juniors and seniors. The last day to register is Friday, 2/13.
- Josh Vaughan has been appointed as ASUB’s new Vice Commissioner of Operations. J. Cole will be meeting with Josh to discuss putting up plaques and other commemorative pieces up throughout the Union.
- Don’t forget to outreach to the learning communities in the residence halls and let them know about the leadership opportunities available through A.S.
C. Jacqueline Karczewski, Vice President of External Relations:
- External Relation Board’s sexual violence prevention campaign will begin on Monday, 3/2.
- If you have any pictures from your board or committee meetings, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they could be used by the Marketing and Communications Committee for future social media posts or other promotional items.
- The Student Involvement & Representation Fee (SIRF) has been approved by the Board of Trustees officially last Wednesday. CSU Students will be directly paying for their university’s membership in CSSA. SDSU students will begin to see an opt-out option when paying for their student tuition.
- Jacqueline will be going to Washington D.C. to lobby for higher education in two weeks. She will be absent at the next University Council meeting.
- Tweet #chance2win to get GreenFest tickets! The concert will be on Thursday, 3/5.
D. Alex Padua, Vice President of Financial Affairs:
- Please remind the organizations that are in your college councils to use all their allocated funds. That money will not rollover into next year.
E. Maneet Deol, Board of Directors Student-at-Large:
- The development of a mentorship program within A.S. is in the works. If you know any younger Aztecs interested in developing themselves as leaders, please send their information to Jon Davidi at email@example.com. The goal of this mentorship is to push younger Aztecs to be better leaders on campus.
F. Marc Hess, Board of Directors Student-at-Large:
- Greek Sexual Violence Prevention week planning is underway and has officially been named "Join Us." The purpose of the week-long event is to conduct healthy discussion among all genders in order to help the campus progress as a whole. Two film screenings will be a part of the program, one being "My Masculinity Helps" and "Miss Representation." Although this event is hosted by the Greek community, participation from students, faculty, and staff across the university is encouraged.
G. Alexandria Johnstone, Board of Directors Student-at-Large:
- Alex and Keagan are working on a master template for the bylaws of the college councils and campus life council commissions. The implemented guidelines will regulate formatting, more than content of the bylaws. If you would like your bylaws reviewed by Alex or Keagan prior to the bylaw amendments deadline, please contact them and send your bylaws in by Sunday, 3/15.
- Two notes to keep in mind while going over your bylaws: please refrain from using limited "his/her" pronouns and ensure that a statement is included, noting your college council representatives’ vote and whether or not it’s a representative of their entire college.
H. Kristina Brown, College of Education Representative:
- The Student California Teachers Association will be holding an event titled, "Unconscious Bias- Diversity Training Seminar" on Friday and Saturday, 3/13-14 in North Education, room 273.
I. Jane Kwon, College of Sciences Representative:
- Michelle Gross, patent attorney, will be giving a seminar on "having a science degree but not a career in it," on Thursday, 2/19.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
Vice President of University Affairs Corey Polant adjourned the meeting at 5:36 PM.