Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


Vice President of University Affairs Chris Thomas called the meeting to order at 3:36 PM.



  1. Voting Members Present: Chimezie Ebiriekwe, Vanessa Girard (left early), Hayden Willis, Chris Thomas, Carmel Alon, Farris Nabulsi, Michelle Sabin (late), Victor Uwakwe, Matthew Blutinger, Ronnie Cravens, Lauren Louie, Natalie Martinez, Christian Onwuka, Tomi Osinfolarin, Alice Orozco, Nikolas Marquez, Michael Glassman (left early), Brandon Goodwin, Kurt Hoffmann, Harsh Varshney (left early), Warsan Artan, Daia Brewer, Emily Jachec, Mia Panlilio, Quinn Toohey, Alanna Sparks, Justin Venckus (left early), Will Wiseman, Zakkiya West, Nikki Zargari.
  2. Voting Members Absent: Karthik Gangadharan.
  3. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Julia Karczweski, Andrea Dooley, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski (left early), Aileen Wei.
  4. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: Christina Brown.
  5. Visitors Present: Sofia Bert, Lane Yazzie, Nicolai Mlodinow, Michael Wiafe, Kim Alli, CJ Wessel, Dania Brett, Miriam Castanon, Shareka White, Jennifer Esquivel-Parker (for Christina Brown).


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

There was a friendly amendment to move the Time Certain for the Education Opportunity Programs Presentation to 4:30 pm and to add a Time Certain for College Council Video Competition – Dania Brett at 4 pm. There were no objections. 
The agenda was approved as amended.      CARRIED


It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes.


  1. Nicolai Mlodinow extended the invitation of Hillel’s meet and greet to A.S. leaders.


  1. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski: 
    1. The Academic Policy and Planning Committee decided to include Sunday as an exam day in Spring 2019. Instructors should continue to accommodate religious observances.
  2. University Vice President for Student Affairs Designee, Dr. Andrea Dooley: 
    1. Served on the delegation for the Basic Needs Conference. $45,000 in funding was received and will be used to assess the basic needs of the campus.
    2. The first edition of the Student Health 101 newsletter will be released March 1 and will address topics of health and wellness.
  3. Gallo Winery Presentation (Time Certain 3:45 pm)
    1. CJ Wessel, representative from Gallo Winery, discussed the positions available in their management development program. The deadline to apply to their internship program is February 21.
  4. Education Opportunity Programs Presentation (Time Certain 4:30 pm):
    1. Miriam Castanon, Director of Educational Opportunity Program and Ethnic Affairs, and Shareka White, Assistant Director, introduced the EOP office updates, students demographics, and discussed services and resources they offer.
    2. Their goals are to improve the student’s academic success and empower students to learn and grow through programs such as the Summer Bridge and Transfer Bridge, which promotes student success.
  5. College Council Video Competition – Dania Brett (Time Certain 4:00 pm):
    1. Dania Brett, Administrative Coordinator of Academic Affairs, introduced the college council video competition. The three topics include (1) how to clear holds, (2) how to confirm eligibility, and (3) benefits of the New Registration Timeline. The deadline to submit the video is March 1.


  1. General Consent Agenda (Action):
    It was moved and seconded to approve the General Consent Agenda.
  2. General Consent Report (Information): The general consent report was reviewed via electronic copy. For further reference please request a printed copy of the General Consent Report copy from the Government Secretary.




  1. Chris Thomas, Vice President of University Affairs: 
    1. Positions are available on the University Senate committee.
    2. Gave an update on the Dean search for the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Sciences. The Deans for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and College of Engineering are going through their five-year review.
    3. Will continue presentations for the ARC Referendum.
    4. The summer registration date is available online.
    5. There are new chairs in the 24/7 area in the library. Will address the 10:30 pm closure of Love Library.
    6. “Your Voice Matters” will provide comment cards at upcoming council meetings to gather student feedback.
  2. Chimezie Ebiriekwe, President:
    1. Spoke of the Leadership Summit with Hayden, Chris, and Kim.
    2. The final candidates from the student trustee interview will be forward to the Governor.
    3. The names of the members serving on the Aztec Mascot Taskforce will not be released to prevent disruptions during the process.
    4. Discussed the meeting with President de la Torre.
  3. Vanessa Girard, Executive Vice President: 
    1. Campus Safety week will be April 2-6. The following meeting will discuss bike safety.
    2. Aztec Achievement Awards applications are open tomorrow.
    3. GreenFest is next week! Flyers are available in Vanessa and Veronica’s offices. Concert tickets are still available.
    4. Aztec Dance Marathon will feature more time periods and themes.
  4. Carmel Alon, Vice President of External Relations:
    1. Attended Cal State Student Association (CSSA) at CSU, Maritime. They presented two campaigns. The Back to Basics campaign discussed bills involving food, mental wellness, and housing. The Choose CSU campaign discussed the decision to postpone the proposed tuition hike to May. Choose CSU will advocate for a fully funded CSU with no tuition hike and no budget cuts.
    2. Seventeen students will attend the California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) to advocate for funding from the state for the CSU on March 10-12 in Sacramento.
  5. Hayden Willis, Vice President of Financial Affairs: 
    1. Reviewed the Quarter 2 Financial report. There were no significant findings.
  6. Christina Brown, Executive Director (Jennifer Esquivel-Parker reported):
    1. Dustin Adkin’s presentation at the Basic Needs Conference was a success!
    2. Christina is sorry she cannot be here. She has some personal business to take care of.
  7. Victor Uwakwe, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. The Inter-fraternity Council will host a Greek carnival to fundraise for each chapter. They are excited to create a fund environment on campus.
    2. Encouraged members to increase voter turnout on March 6 and 7 for the ARC Referendum.
    3. The Black Resource Center (BRC) will be opening next Wednesday at 2:30 pm.
  8. Michelle Sabin, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. Will work with the Leadership Team to promote the ARC Referendum.
    2. Excited to collaborate with the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts on their pop-up event that is open to everyone.
  9. Farris Nabulsi, ASBOD Student-at-Large: 
    1. None.
  10. College of Arts and Letters:
    1. The CAL Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) will be tabling in the Union on February 28 from 9 am- 12:30 pm in the Courtyard.
    2. Will host a non-profit and government career fair.
    3. There will be a Black Panther Discussion on February 26.
  11. College of Business:
    1. An Apple Event will take place on April 18 from 5-7 pm in Montezuma Hall.
    2. The deadline for Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funding is on March 16.
    3. Will host a College of Business Career Fair and table at Explore SDSU.
  12. College of Education:
    1. Congratulations to Julia, our A.S. Representative!
    2. Student California Teachers’ Association (SCTA) will take place on April 11.
    3. There will be an Earth Day event at Balboa Park on April 22.
    4. A volunteer event for Feeding San Diego will take place on March 2.
    5. A CPR certification workshop will be available on March 10. The cost is $30.
  13. College of Engineering:
    1. This week is Engineering week!
    2. There will be a Hidden Figures showing today at 5:30 pm and a bowling event on Thursday.
    3. The time and place of the Dean’s Ping Pong Tournament will be determined.
  14. College of Health and Human Services:
    1. Introduced the new interim advisor for CHSS.
    2. The deadline to dance at Aztec Dance Marathon is Friday at 2 pm.
    3. The California Nursing Student Association (CNSA) will have a fundraiser at Yogurtland on March 5 from 11 am-11pm.
  15. College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts:
    1. Office Hours will be on February 28 and 29.
    2. Executive board elections fro PSFA will be on April 18.
    3. The “Lend a Hand” campaign will take place from March 28-April 20.
  16. College of Sciences:
    1. “Discover Your Dream” will take place in Templo Mayor on March 14 from 4-7 pm.
    2. Will table for Explore SDSU on March 17.
  17. Graduate Student Association:
    1. None.
  18. Undeclared College:
    1. Gave an update on an event on April to speak on different internships.


  1. The Grand Opening of the Black Resource Center will be next Wednesday at 3:30 pm.
  2. The Black Panther discussion will be Monday, February 26 in Hardy Tower at 530 pm.
  3. The Campus Development Committee will meet in November.
  4. There will be an event next Tuesday in the Center for Intercultural Relations to discuss anti-blackness.


It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Vice President of University Affairs Chris Thomas adjourned the meeting at 6:05 pm.

APPROVED BY: Chris Thomas, Vice President of University Affairs 

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