14th Annual A is for Art Exhibition
April 21, 2018
Children in the Otter classroom creating their masterpiece.
Each classroom at the SDSU Children’s Center studied an artist, who lives and works in the United States. The children used the materials, techniques and processes that the artists use to create their own masterpieces. Materials included acrylics, oil pastels, markers, glue, water, tempra and even sounds. The children experienced several different ways of applying paint to their canvases, such as, dripping, scraping, sponging, drawing, brushing, they used their hands, spoons, brushes, leaves, rollers and even their feet.
Each of the inspiring artists were contacted and told how the children were studying their art and the methods used in creating their art. Several of the artists have responded:
To see these 11 amazing paintings, join us at the Exhibition, you will even have a chance to bid on a painting in a live auction.
The A is for Art Exhibition, an adult only event, is open to the public on April 21, at the Mingei International Museum at Balboa Park. For a small donation of $5.00 you can enjoy wine, appetizers, the children’s artwork, explore the entire museum, participate in the live auction and the opportunity drawings.
To learn more, visit A is for Art.
Submitted by the SDSU Children’s Center
The Backdoor Studio Opens in the Union
Your Campus Media Studio
Built for students by students, the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union offers a variety of programs, activities, services and facilities that represent the community of campus life. This month, several new services and new programs will be added as the much-anticipated Backdoor Studio opens its door for student use!
The Backdoor Studio idea was conceived during the 2014-2015 school year, as a concept to fill the last vacant space in the Aztec Student Union. The A.S. President at the time, J. Cole, brought the concept of the Media Studio forward based on his involvement with the Aztec Music Group. This concept was intriguing due to its uniqueness of offering a service to all students without being tied to any one academic program. The Backdoor Studio may very well be the first of its kind within a student union.
The Backdoor Studio will allow students a space to reserve where they can record video projects using props, backdrops and a green screen. They can also record their band or produce a new album. During student pilot testing, the Backdoor Studio has been used to record music, produce instructional videos, fashion photoshoots, professional headshots, and YouTube content. Further there are dedicated editing bays so students can modify their recordings or create animations on high-speed iMacs with the most modern and up-to-date software. Current A.S. President Chimezie Ebiriekwe says "the opening of the Backdoor Studio is an exciting time for Associated Students. It is a one of a kind recording facility being offered to all SDSU students for free."
The Backdoor Studio will also serve as another programming outlet for the Aztec Student Union. Some ideas include master classes on various techniques, performing video resume sessions, offering headshots during careers fairs, student film festivals, and educational sessions from industry professionals on subjects surrounding the recording and film industry. These programs will be offered through the Aztec Student Union Board and will be available to all SDSU students.
For the most up-to-date information regarding the Backdoor Studio, please visit as.sdsu.edu/thebackdoorstudio.
Submitted by Kyle Zive, Aztec Student Union Assistant Director of Operations
Campus Safety Week
April 2-6, 2018
Check the Self Defense Fair on Wednesday, April 4th.
The SDSU campus community will come together for a weeklong series of events focused on key campus safety issues.
San Diego State University, led by Associated Students, SDSU Police Department and Well-Being and Health Promotion, is hosting a weeklong series of events focused on addressing key campus safety issues including transportation, alcohol and drugs, self defense, mental health and safety.
Campus Safety Week is a collaborative effort of students, staff and faculty to spread awareness around current campus safety topics at SDSU.
- North Library Walkway
Skate & Bike Group Ride
- South Campanile Walkway
AOD Awareness Expo
- South Campanile Walkway
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Panel
- Aztec Student Union Courtyard
Self Defense Fair
- South Campanile Walkway
Active Shooter Response Training
- Templo Mayor, Aztec Student Union
Self Defense Instruction
- ENS Field
Self Defense & Mental Mindset
- ENS Field
Mental Health Expo
- OAT Walkway
- Montezuma Hall, Aztec Student Union
Coffee with the Chief
- Starbucks Patio, Aztec Student Union
Submitted by Steve DiPaolo, Associate Director of Programs & Marketing
Community Service Fair
On Tuesday, March 13th, the Community Service Commission hosted their annual Community Service Fair. The event took place along San Diego State’s Centennial Walkway, where organizations and commissions who dedicate their goals of serving those in need in their communities.
As many as 20 service based organizations set up their booths on SDSU’s campus, excited to inform students on the opportunities for community service that their organization’s provide. One organization that attended the event was Words Alive, a program committed to promoting the skills of reading and writing to children and young adults, from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Another such organization was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of San Diego, which raises awareness of the disease and puts on events in order to raise money for research on the disease.
The Community Service Fair embodied the San Diego State student attitude of service and brought a wonderful sense of generosity to campus for the afternoon. Hopefully that sense of selflessness will continue to live on through the San Diego student body throughout the semester.
Submitted by Max Johnson, Community Service Commission
A.S. Employees save 20%
at The Watersports Camp!
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
As part of Associated Students employee benefits staff members receive 20% off at The Watersports Camp! This is a great opportunity for staff members with kids or grand kids to enjoy San Diego's best youth camp at our own Mission Bay Aquatic Center! Financial aid is also available for families in need of assistance.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
To take advantage of this benefit, enter coupon code ASEMPLOY during registration at watersportscamp.com! We hope to see you this summer!
Submitted by the Kevin Waldick, MBAC Assistant Director
Quincy Belcher II, Human Resources & Risk Management Assistant
Quincy Belcher II
- What is your name, title and major?
Quincy Belcher II, Human Resources & Risk Management Assistant, Human Resources Management
- Which A.S. department do you work in?
I work in the Business Services department, where I'm responsible for drafting all Aztec Nights and ASUB Event contracts.
- How long have you worked for A.S.?
I have been with A.S. since May 2016.
- What was the last movie you saw?
The most recent movie I saw was “Black Panther”! Not was it just a phenomenal movie, it showcased the African continent and culture in such a beautiful, strong light. Wakanda Forever!
- If you won $5 million what would you do with it?
Before spending any on myself, my mom would be able to get anything her heart desired. And then I'd treat myself to a Range Rover… or two.
- What is your favorite dessert?
Shangri-La from Extraordinary Desserts, hands down!! Before I go, I even call to make sure that it's available that day. (They have a rotating dessert menu, so your favorites may not always be available that day.)
- What city would you most like to visit or visit again?
The Big Apple has always been a dream vacation. I've never been and I know I am missing out on a lot! As a graduation gift to myself, I am finally getting to go and experience what New York City has to offer!
- Who is your favorite singer / musician / musical group?
Easy: Beyoncé. Her talent is beyond explanation. Her presence is bigger than life. And to quote Adele, "The artist of my life is Beyoncé."
- What is your favorite book?
My Favorite book is “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. The essays included in this book give you a whole new perspective on various phenomena that occur in your everyday life.
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be the best dad I can be to my (future) kids and just be genuinely happy when I am grown. Those are my two biggest goals in life!
- Do you like to cook and what is your specialty?
I find cooking to be very therapeutic! One of my favorite dishes to cook (because I love eating it afterwards) is Buffalo Chicken dip! Anytime I take that to a party or gathering, it is unfortunately one of the first things gone.
- If you could go back or forward in time, where would you go?
If I could go back in time, I would go to Beyoncé & Jay-Z's On The Run Tour, specifically the Paris show. During that show, Beyoncé surprised everyone and brought out Nicki Minaj to perform their song “Flawless.” If I had witnessed these two perform together, my life would have been complete that night! (If you couldn't tell, I am a HUGE Beyoncé fan!!)
- What was or is your favorite subject in school?
Much to my surprise, Business Law and Human Resource Law have been my two most fascinating classes I've taken while here at SDSU. Should I had known that Business and Employment Law was something that would have been a major interest of mine, I would have set on a different path that led me to law school. However, it's never too late to achieve your dreams and aspirations.
- What is your favorite part of working for A.S.?
Not to sound cliché, but my favorite part of working with A.S. is the close bonds I've made with my coworkers. While working here I have made amazing memories, new friendships and countless strides in my professional development. My two years with A.S. will for sure be cherished for the rest of my life.
- Which A.S. staff member has inspired/supported you the most?
Raven Tyson is a phenomenal supervisor and mentor. She has provided me countless learning opportunities and moments to really show off my strengths. Through her guidance and expertise in Human Resources & Risk Management, I have found my calling and discovered what it is that really makes me happy. There are not enough words I can say to thank her for all she has done for me! I will always be indebted to her, as I would not be where I am today without her! Thank you Raven for everything!
- Bonus Question. What three things are always in your refrigerator?
On any given day, you will always find milk, cheese and chorizo in my fridge. Chorizo is one of my favorite breakfast foods, cheese is an absolute must have, and milk is just great! I really like strawberry milk.
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4/5 - Paint pARTy 2.0aztecstudentunion.com
4/11 - Aztec Art Contestaztecstudentunion.com
4/12 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
People have been consuming the ever-popular grilled cheese sandwich for seemingly ever. Its roots go back to ancient Roman times, when bread was topped with cheese and melted. It wasn't until the 1920's that sliced bread was created. Shortly after that, today's grilled cheese sandwich began to be enjoyed by millions.