Meeting Minutes
Associated Students | San Diego State University

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:30pm
Council Chambers • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


Vice President of University Affairs Chris Thomas called the meeting to order at 3:42 PM.



  1. Voting Members Present: Chimezie Ebiriekwe, Vanessa Girard (late), Hayden Willis (left early), Chris Thomas, Carmel Alon, Farris Nabulsi (late), Victor Uwakwe, Matthew Blutinger, Julia Karczweski, Lauren Louie, Nikolas Marquez, Natalie Martinez, Christian Onwuka, Tomi Osinfolarin, Alice Orozco, Michael Glassman, Brandon Goodwin, Kurt Hoffmann, Warsan Artan, Emily Jachec, Mia Panlilio, Justin Venckus, Will Wiseman, Zakkiya West (left early).
  2. Voting Members Absent: Daia Brewer, Ronnie Cravens, Karthik Gangadharan, Michelle Sabin, Alanna Sparks, Quinn Toohey, Harsh Varshney, Nikki Zargari.
  3. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Present: Dr. Andrea Dooley, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski (left early), Aileen Wei, Christina Brown.
  4. Ex-Officios (non-voting) Absent: None.
  5. Visitors Present: Sofia Bert, Ezra Delbick, Crystal Sanchez, Vicky Evans, Daniel Waterman, Casey Rothenberger.


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


It was moved and seconded to approve the previous minutes.




  1. University Senate Designee, Dr. Cezar Ornatowski: 
    1. The Chancellor discussed the possibility of a tuition increase or a reduction in academic and non-academic services due to insufficient funding. Trustees have been considering a multi-year plan. The four major goals of the CSU include (1) maintaining fair compensation for faculty and staff, (2) , (3) hiring four hundred additional faculty, and (4) increasing access to CSU to help the state reach their goal of 1.1 million degrees by 2025.
    2. Current resolutions include surrounding topics of securing sufficient funding, increasing mental health professionals, and Participation in Peaceful Protest.
    3. Executive Order 1110 removed remedial courses for students to be considered degree-bearing courses. Incoming students will be categorized into either having completed their General Education requirements prior to attending SDSU, ready for work, requiring support, or requiring additional courses during the year.
  2. University Vice President for Student Affairs Designee, Dr. Andrea Dooley: 
    1. Looking for student input on the Economic Crisis and Response Team (ECRT) Committee for a new communication plan and outreach strategy.
    2. The Calpulli Center will build a partnership with the Library for wellness efforts.
    3. Students Affairs Office will participate in Campus Safety week.
    4. Acted as the executive liaison during the NCAA tournament.
  3. Winter Intersession- Daniel Waterman, Associate Dean for CES and Casey Rothenberger, Executive Director of CES Programs
    1. Daniel Waterman and Casey Rothenberger discussed the possibility of the Winter Intercession as an opportunity to offer courses in a two-week window with a four-unit maximum. They will decide which courses will be available and suitable for Winter Intersession. Students who take courses during this intersession are required to be highly motivated.


  1. General Consent Agenda (Action):
    It was moved and seconded to approve the General Consent Agenda.
    LOUIE/JACHEC      CARRIED, (20-0-1)
  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. There is a shared governance discussion for Associated Students.
    2. Will continue to discuss the comments received for the “Your Voice Matters” campaign.
    3. Reminded members of the New Registration Timeline.
    4. Have a great spring break!
  2. Chimezie Ebiriekwe, President:
    1. Explore SDSU was a success.
    2. Will meet with the Provost Committee on Friday to review the final draft of the Provost review that was recently submitted.
    3. There will be a Black Resource Center tour before Campus Life Council on April 18.
  3. Vanessa Girard, Executive Vice President: 
    1. Explore SDSU was a success. Thankful for the A.S. leaders for attending.
    2. The BRC tour will take place on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:30 pm before Campus Life Council.
    3. There were 205 applications submitted for Aztec Achievement Awards with 79 nominations. The Awards Committees selected the winners and awards will be announced on April 19 at 5-7 pm. This year’s theme will be “Your Adventure Awaits”.
    4. Gave an update on the Red and Black Shuttle and the final proposed plan for the pilot program. The hours of operation for Fall 2018 will be Monday to Friday from 5 pm-midnight with four vans on the rotation.
    5. April 10 will be “Ride your bike to school day”. Will partner with the Ofo bike company.
    6. Campus Safety week will be April 2-6. Encouraged members to attend events. They will film a promo video to educate students on different resources.
  4. Carmel Alon, Vice President of External Relations:
    1. California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) was on March 10-12. They met with legislators and attended the rally at the Capitol to lobby for the CSU’s “Back to Basics” campaign. Senator Glazer, a past SDSU A.S. president, hosted a press conference in support of a fully funded CSU.
    2. “Rock the Vote” will be April 9-27. They will email the A.S. boards to gather volunteers to get students registered to vote. Stressed the importance of educating students to vote for a governor in support of a fully funded CSU.
  5. Hayden Willis, Vice President of Financial Affairs: 
    1. None.
  6. Christina Brown, Executive Director:
    1. Proud of the students, faculty, staff, and volunteers on their participation during the NCCA tournament.
    2. The campus email for faculty and staff will be unavailable this weekend. Emails will change from “” to “”.
    3. Will take a tour through the Backdoor Studio with University Council and Campus Life Council. There will be an official celebration in the Fall.
    4. Elections Night will take place in Café Dining Thursday at 8 pm.
  7. Victor Uwakwe, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. Good luck on finals!
  8. Michelle Sabin, ASBOD Student-at-Large:
    1. None.
  9. Farris Nabulsi, ASBOD Student-at-Large: 
    1. None.
  10. College of Arts and Letters:
    1. Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) will table on April 5.
    2. Will host an event with the College of Engineering in the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex courtyard on April 19 from 12-3pm.
  11. College of Business:
    1. Business Achievement Award (BAA) will be on April 5 from 5-7 pm.
    2. Will pilot a tutoring program for accounting courses.
    3. Will host an Apple Event on April 18.
  12. College of Education:
    1. Will serve food to the families at the Ronald McDonald house on April 22 from 4-8 pm.
    2. There will be an event with the National Teacher’s Association on March 21 from 6-8 in Templo Mayor.
    3. Congratulations to Leslie Moreno, the new College of Education president for next year!
  13. College of Engineering:
    1. The Dean’s Ping Pong Tournament will take place April 12.
    2. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday.
    3. Will collaborate with the College of Arts and Letters on April 19 from 12-3 pm in the Courtyard of the College of Engineering in the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex.
    4. Will host an Apple Event with the College of Business on April 8.
    5. There will be a discussion about a scholarship award for administrators who demonstrate care for the students.
  14. College of Health and Human Services:
    1. Discussed campus safety week.
  15. College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts:
    1. “Spring into PSFA” was a success.
  16. College of Sciences:
    1. “Discover Your Dream” was a success.
  17. Graduate Student Association:
    1. None.
  18. Undeclared College:
    1. Will collaborate with Career Services on an event that will take place on April 3 from 3:30-4:30 pm to introduce internships.
    2. There will be an event on April 18 at 7:30 pm with Undeclared Student Success and Career Services.
    3. Will collaborate with the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.


  1. There will be a health fair on April 7 from 3-5 pm in the East African Community Center in the City Heights Area.


It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Vice President of University Affairs Chris Thomas adjourned the meeting at 5:57 pm.

APPROVED BY: Chris Thomas, Vice President of University Affairs 

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