MARCH 25, 2015 – 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 3:35 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, Jose Muguerza, Lance Brooks, Megan Sealy, Jason Taresh, Kelsey Moss, Owen Burton, Josh Drayer, Jane Kwon, Jaynie Lee, Shawn Tenny, Maneet Deol, Marc Hess, Alexandria Johnstone, Jonathan Cole, Kevin Hancock, Jacqueline Karczewski, Alex Padua.
B. Voting Members Absent: Keeler Johnston, Kalani Perez, Ahmad Sanatyar, Osama Alkhawaja.
C. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Clarice Mendoza, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, Christy Samarkos, Christina Brown.
D. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: None.
E. Visitors Present: Patty Masengale, Sean Sheppard
IV. MODIFICATIONS TO AGENDA:
It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda of March 25, 2015.
V. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES:
It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes of March 11, 2015.
VI. PUBLIC COMMENT:
A. Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard, reported:
- Embrace is a nonprofit organization rooted in mobilizing college student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of civilian and military veteran communities. Sean described the philanthropies that Embrace supports throughout the year, including Ex4Vets. This year, 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.
VII. UNIVERSITY REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
A. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, reported:
- A new Graduate Council policy has been made to limit Graduate Students to complete their Master’s Degree in six years.
- A policy has been made to ensure that all materials put forth by a professor must be handicap compliant.
- An online waitlist is set to be launched next spring.
B. University Vice President for Student Affairs Designee, Christy Samarkos, reported:
- The Economic Crisis Response Team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Rose Pasanelli at (619) 594-6323. Loans and other resources are available to students experiencing financial difficulty throughout college. Please contact if you know of any students that may need this assistance.
IX. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. General Consent Agenda: None.
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. Action Item Review for Appointments & Review Committee: (Action)
It was moved and seconded to open nominations.
University Council Nominees:
It was moved and seconded to close nominations.
It was moved and seconded to open elections.
University Council Votes:
Jaynie Lee - 14
Rudy Reyes - 19
Shawn Tenny - 18
Megan Sealy - 14
Due to the tie between Jaynie Lee and Megan Sealy, there was a revote.
University Council Re-votes:
Jaynie Lee – 12
Megan Sealy - 10
It was moved and seconded to close nominations for the three University Council member positions on the Appointment and Review Committee.
Congratulations to Rudy, Shawn, and Jaynie for being elected as members of the Appointment and Review Committee!
X. INTRODUCTION OF NEW LEGISLATIVE MATTERS:
XI. REPORTS OF UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
A. Corey Polant, Vice President of University Affairs:
- The scholarship applications are due on Thursday, 4/9. Please complete the remainder of your requirements by this Friday, 3/27.
- At the next University Council meeting, there will be two resolutions to be approved by the University Council.
- The university-wide Take Back the Week is from 4/13-17. Monday is Sexual Violence Awareness Day. Tuesday highlights how consent is mandatory. Wednesday will focus upon masculinity. Thursday will be a day of healing with a showing of the film, The Hunting Ground. Friday will have the Take Back the Night university-wide event in the evening in the Lee & Frank Goldberg Courtyard at 4 PM.
B. Kevin Hancock, Executive Vice President:
- All the winners for the Aztec Achievement Awards were chosen last Friday at Awards Committee. The ceremony will be on the evening of Thursday, 4/23 in Montezuma Hall.
- If you are interested in planning next year’s Aztec Dance Marathon, applications are available.
C. Jacqueline Karczewski, Vice President of External Relations:
- The External Relation Board’s "It’s On Us" Campaign has started. Come and visit their table to sign the support the "It’s On Us" Pledge and receive a bracelet. Sign the Pledge online at https://as.sdsu.edu/itsonus/.
- Please follow all of A.S. social media sites, including our LinkedIn page for updates and important information.
- External Affairs Board will be writing letters to Governor Brown concerning more funding for universities in the CSU system.
D. Alex Padua, Vice President of Financial Affairs:
- The Financial Affairs Committee has received the feedback needed to allocate funds to the college councils for next year.
E. Maneet Deol, Board of Directors Student-at-Large:
- Thank you to everyone who had a part in the A.S. Mentorship Program this year. We hope to see this program in the future.
- If you have any recommendations on an end-of-year activity for A.S. Leaders, please talk to Manni.
F. Alexandria Johnstone, Board of Directors Student-at-Large:
- Please focus on properly transitioning the incoming student leader taking your place next academic year! It is important that they are set up for success.
G. Christina Brown, Executive Director:
- The marketing efforts for the Student Initiative Referendum have been very extensive throughout this process. Posts on the A.S. social media page, Daily Aztec ads, quarter sheets, A-frames erected across campus, and a campus-wide e-mail has been sent out to notify the student body about the upcoming Referendum vote.
- Christina briefed the University Council members of the Referendum process and allowed the members to ask questions.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
Vice President of University Affairs Corey Polant adjourned the meeting at 5:32 PM.