San Diego State University Associated Students

A is for Art – Exhibition

April 2017 Newsletter

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13th Annual A is for Art Exhibition

SDSU Children's Center

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Birthday Freebies

Mission Bay Aquatic Center

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A.S. Elections Results

The votes are in!

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Student Presents at SDSU Symposium

Lauren Thayer, A.S. Front Office Assistant

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15 Questions

Jamie Spector, Aztec Lanes Coordinator

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At Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

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April 2017

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13th Annual A is for Art Exhibition
SDSU Children's Center

A is for Art painting

One of the eleven paintings available in a live auction at the Exhibition.

A is for Art, a program of the SDSU Children's Center, showcases the amazing potential for creative expression by children between 6 months to 5 years of age. Each spring, special A is for Art events are held for the public to view paintings created by the children in collaboration with local community artists and classroom teachers. Local guest artists visit the classrooms to discuss their own art, demonstrate some artistic techniques and mentor children in creating a painting created by children in each classroom.

This year each classroom selected an artist living and working in the United States to study and then used that artist's painting techniques and style to create their own masterpiece.

Every child at the Center also had the opportunity to participate in the creation of one final painting. This Center-wide masterpiece was created using a large variety of techniques.

Also, this year there is another special "painting" — a surfboard — painted by the Elephants classroom. Thanks to Sergio Martins' generosity (he's a parent at the Center), the Pre-K class got to paint an actual surfboard, which will be auctioned off at the Exhibition, which is taking place:

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, Balboa Park

The evening will include a live auction of 11 paintings — and a surfboard — created by the children and their teachers, hors d'oeuvres, opportunity drawings, wine and live music, all in the beautiful setting of the Mingei International Museum. Tickets: $5 suggested donation. Tickets are available at the exhibition and at the SDSU Children's Center. This adults only event is open to the public. Your $5 donation includes entrance to all the museum's exhibits that evening.

All proceeds from the Exhibition will go directly to the Center.

Special thanks to all our Exhibition sponsors:

  • The Frame Maker
  • Mingei International Museum
  • San Diego City Beat
  • Toast Catering
  • FLUXX San Diego
  • Caroline's Flowers
  • Costco
  • Gaglione Brothers

Free on your Birthday
Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Stand-up paddleboarding

Enjoy a free paddleboard or kayak rental on your birthday!

Nothing beats getting free stuff on your birthday. So for those of you who have scoured through the online lists of birthday freebies (yes, they exist and you should check them out!), here's another to add to your list.

MBAC is happy to offer a free paddleboard or kayak rental to you on your birthday! And the best part? All you have to do is show up on your birthday during operating hours with your photo ID and we will happily celebrate with you by giving you a free 2.5 hour rental! We can't think of a better way to spend your special day.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is one of the world's largest instructional waterfront facilities located in beautiful San Diego, California. Last year, more than 30,000 participants experienced surfing, sailing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, stand-up paddling, waterskiing, rowing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Tens of thousands of people have learned to safely enjoy watersports at MBAC over the past 45 years.

Source: MBAC

A.S. Elections Results
And the winners are...

Vote at AS General Elections


A.S. General Elections were held March 13–16, with 6,055 SDSU students voting online — a 20% voter turnout.

The A.S. Judicial Affairs Council certified the election results at their March 22 meeting.

The 2017-18 executive officers and representatives will be sworn in on April 26, including the following:

  • President-elect: Chimezie Ebiriekwe
  • Executive Vice President-elect: Vanessa Girard
  • Vice President of External Relations-elect: Carmel Alon
  • Vice President of Financial Affairs-elect: Hayden Willis
  • Vice President of University Affairs-elect: Chris Thomas

For complete official elections results, visit

Part-time Employee Presents at SDSU Symposium
Lauren Thayer, A.S. Front Office Assistant

Lauren Thayer

Lauren Thayer, A.S. Front Office Assistant

The Student Research Symposium (SRS) is a two-day event recognizing the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of SDSU students. The SRS provides a public forum where SDSU students present their research, scholarship or creative activities.

Lauren Thayer, A.S. Front Office Assistant (Government Affairs), is a psychology undergraduate that participated in the 10th annual SRS in Montezuma Hall. She presented the research that she and her mentors have been studying in the Infant and Child Development Lab at SDSU run by Dr. Margaret Friend. Lauren was mentored by Stephanie De Anda, a doctoral candidate student in the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program.

The research focused on how bilingual children process language differently from their monolingual peers. They used multiple measures to assess word processing, and concluded that bilinguals total vocabulary size across both of their languages had a significant effect on their language processing. This makes them unique from monolinguals since their individual vocabulary size did not have a significant effect on language processing.

When asked what motivated this research, and why it should continue, Lauren answered: "This study, and previous research into bilingualism, has shown a distinct difference in how monolingual and bilingual children acquire and process language. It is important to continue this research so educators, pediatricians, and parents can better understand how the bilingual brain develops and functions so as to better cater to their specific education needs. This knowledge can help further improve early intervention techniques specifically for bilingual children with learning disabilities or delays in their language and speech development."

Congratulations and excellent job to Lauren for presenting at the SRS!

15 Questions
Jamie Spector, Aztec Lanes Coordinator

  1. What is your name and title?
    Jamie Spector, Aztec Lanes Coordinator
  2. Which A.S. department do you work in?
    Aztec Recreation! I'm the mastermind behind everything Aztec Lanes. My office is the fishbowl/interrogation window.
  3. How long have you worked for A.S.?
    I have worked for A.S. since 2010 when I was an undergraduate student in the OLD Aztec Center before if it was demolished. I have been full-time in my current position for 3 years in the NEW beautiful Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
  4. What was the last movie you saw?
    A Lifetime Original Movie called Custody with Viola Davis and Hayden Panettiere. It revolves around three women brought together when a hard-working single mother has her children taken from her after she is suspected of injuring her son. 5 Stars!
  5. If you won $5 million, what would you do with it?
    Pay off my recently acquired grad school loans. Then, invest in property and donate to my cousin's movement to build awareness around Alzheimer's called Hilarity for Charity.
  6. What is your favorite dessert?
    Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Cookies! Because it is the one thing I can successfully bake and they are rich, sweet, and savory!
  7. Which three people (living or dead) would you like to have dinner with?
    My grandma, Shirley Temple, and Lucille Ball! All three women are beautiful, courageous and iconic.
  8. Would you rather build a sandcastle or a snowman?
    Snowman, so I can throw snowballs! Sand just sounds too dangerous.
  9. What type of pets do you have and what are their names?
    I wish! I stalk adoption agency websites constantly. My pups back in L.A. are JAX, a smiley and cuddly Golden Retriever and STELLA, a little black miniature Schnauzer, whose eyebrows are on fleek!
  10. What three things are always in your refrigerator?
    Diet Coke in three types of bottles and sizes... because we're a Pepsi campus and I can't give it up!
  11. "Most people don't know that I like to..."
    "...fall asleep every night to the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Oh... My... God."
  12. When you visit the Zoo, which animal do you make sure you see?
    I just went to the San Diego Safari Park and loved visiting the Lion Camp. They were affectionate, territorial, gorgeous felines.
  13. If you could have a superhero power what would it be?
    Teleport, so I would never have to pay for a flight! I can pop in and out of places and travel.
  14. If you could be any color in a box of Crayola Crayons, what color would you be?
    GOLD – It represents compassion, prosperity, and glamour. Have you seen my office?!
  15. What do you like most about working for A.S.?
    Everyone is so friendly and genuinely enjoys the work that they do!

at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

A Perfect Cirlce

A Perfect Circle with Prayers

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Lil Wayne

Lil' Wayne

Thursday, April 20, 7pm, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Pixies Concert

Pixies with Public Access TV

Saturday, April 22, 7pm., Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
The 1975

The 1975

Tuesday, April 27, 7pm, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

April 2017

4/3 - Monday Night Movie – The Lobster

4/5 - A.S. Part-time Employee Scholarships Application Deadline

4/6 - One Be Lo

4/13 - Take Back the Night

4/17 - Monday Night Movie – Star Wars: Rogue One

4/18 - Art Gallery Night: Art Pop

4/19 - Nooner

4/20 - Open Mic Night

4/24 - Timothy DeLaGhetto

4/24 - National Jellybean Day


Jellybeans date back to at least the 1860s. Advertisements have been found promoting sending jellybeans to Union troops fighting in the Civil War. The original candy maker is unknown.

4/26 - Glow and Bowl

4/27 - Reggae Night

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