Dear A.S. Family,
Happy Holidays! I cannot believe we are at the holiday season already! At the forefront of my thoughts this year is "heart." As you know, our A.S. President, Chris Thomas, has named this year "the Year of Heart," and I am so excited that it has become a movement on campus. Leading with heart is the premise that everyone in the A.S. family, whether they have only started this semester or have been here for 101 semesters, can positively impact others by focusing on heart, compassionate collaboration, and action in all the work that we do. I am proud to be a part of an organization where both the full- and part-time staff live the A.S. mission each day and, by doing so, creates a positive impact on others' lives, especially the lives of our students, which leaves a heart-print that cannot be erased. Thank you for this.
This holiday season, my wish for you is that your hearts be filled with whatever brings you joy, peace and comfort.
With cheer and much gratitude,
Open Study Room and Extended Hours
Aztec Student Union
At the Aztec Student Union, students will be able to find additional quiet and group study space within meeting rooms during finals this semester. During normal building hours the student union will make different meeting rooms available for studying throughout finals. Study break opportunities will also be available so students can watch some comedy shows or play some video games to relax their minds. In addition to expanded study spaces, the student union will again expand its hours. The student union’s Student Lounge will be open from 7:00am on the 12th until 11pm on the 14th, 7:00am-11:00pm on the 15th, and 7:00am on the 16th until 11pm on the 18th. During these extended hours the same study break opportunities will be available in addition to snacks and energy drinks! The additional programing and services are provided by the ASUB Operations Committee.
Submitted by Kyle Zive, Assistant Director of Operations, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
A.S. Staff Awards
Back row, from the left: Glen Brandenburg, Tom Granucci, June Barreras, Lorilyn Lord, Barbara Bowen, Kim Dunlap. Front row, from the left: Jane-Ann Carroll, Chris Thomas, Christina Brown, Amy Schiller
On Friday November 16, the full-time A.S. team members came together in the Mezzanine at Viejas Arena to celebrate over 180 years of combined service at the annual A.S. Staff Awards. This inspiring event honors full-time employees who have given 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35+ years of service to Associated Students.
Glen Brandenburg – Director of Facilities & Sustainability
Barbara Bowen – Office Supervisor, Children’s Center
Lorilyn Lord – Supervising Teacher, Children’s Center
Tom Granucci – Production Manager, Viejas Arena
Amy Schiller – Marketing Coordinator, Aztec Recreation
Kimberly Dunlap – Supervising Teacher, Children’s Center
Jane-Ann Carroll – Assistant Director of Programs, Children’s Center
June Barreras – Ticket Office Manager, Viejas Arena
Amanda Grant – Office & Marketing Supervisor, Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Congratulations to all of our inspiring teammates! Thank you for all that you do for Associated Students, SDSU and our students!!
Submitted by Stephanie Dathe, Director, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
ACUI in San Diego
The Association of College Unions International (ACUI), Region I conference was held in San Diego from November 15th-17th. The conference was a huge success and conference attendees from around the west coast were able to see what Associated Students of SDSU and the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union had to offer. To open the conference, attendees were treated to a classic San Diego outdoor reception where our very own Chris Thomas and Christina Brown welcomed everyone. Later in the evening the reception was serenaded by the SDSU’s own Sirens of State. Over the next two days, attendees visited our campus and attended Keynote presentations and educational sessions held throughout the Aztec Student Union. On-campus highlights included a bowling fundraiser, Steal This Idea competition, a reception highlighting the Backdoor Studio, a silent auction, and more. To close the conference, attendees gathered before the closing banquet to the music of Soundwave with dance performances during the banquet by Afrique Dance and Ballet Folklorico Xochipilli, all SDSU student groups.
ACUI Region I prides itself on having a large student delegation and this year was no different as almost half of the total attendees were undergraduate students. A.S. was fortunate to have fourteen students attend the conference as well as present educational sessions. Thulani Kachingwe, Kyla Blaylock, Nate Zaslove, and Kaylah Abdullah of ASUB presented, “Ayoooo, Let’s Plan! Event Planning from the Student Perspective” and Kathrine Root and Michaela Hurlbut, student union operations staff, presented “PEAKing in Peer Supervision: It Starts With You”. Student union part-time staff also assisted with tours of the student union and during the Backdoor Studio Reception the staff demonstrated how the studio works and even recorded several different people singing on the spot.
During the Steal This Idea competition, the A.S. graphics team won several awards (independently judged by a different region):
- Lyubov Horne - 2nd place for Websites for her work on the Student Union website
- Jenna Castillo 1st and 2nd place Student Videos for The Backdoor Studio Promo and the Rock the Vote Promo
- Luis Valenzuela - 2nd place for Print Advertisement (student submission from when he attended CSULA)
- Quentin Skaggs - 2nd place in Brochures & Pamphlets for the Mission Bay Aquatic Center Class Brochure
A huge thank you also goes out to the A.S. Graphics Team for their help designing the logo, creating the Steal This Idea award certificates, and helping with the conference signage. Additionally we would like to thank Liza Bennet, Veronica Perondi, and Kyle Zive for serving on the Conference Planning Team, and the entire student union full and part-time staff for providing a high level of customer service throughout the conference.
5 Interesting Fun Facts
Photo credit: Scott Hargrove, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
- Since 1921, there has been 375 student executive officers elected to lead the Associated Students auxiliary.
- There has only been two 2-term A.S. Presidents in all of A.S. history, Tom D’Agostino (‘74-‘76) and James Poet XI (‘07-‘09).
- Previous A.S. leaders include:
George Sunga, President (‘54-‘55): Television producer for Three’s Company, The Jeffersons, and All in the Family, to name a few.
Norman Brinker, President (‘56-’57): Restaurateur who was responsible for the creation of new business concepts within the restaurant field, such as the salad bar. Brinker International consists of over 1,600 Chili’s Bar and Grill and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Kevin Faulconer, President (‘89-’90): The 36th and current mayor of San Diego, California
Ricardo Lara, Executive Vice President (’97-’98): Served in the California State Senate, representing the 33rd Senate District and elected Insurance Commissioner of California in the November 2018 election.
- There are currently 500 students leading and participating in shared governance through A.S. boards, committees, Councils and University Senate committees.
- The Aztec Recreation Center (1997), the Viejas Arena (1997), the Aztec Aquaplex (2007) and the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union (2014) each began as a vision student leaders wanted to make a reality for the benefit of future generations.
A.S. MarComm November Overview
The A.S. student Marketing and Communication Commission (MarComm) has created a monthly overview and highlights from their work with the A.S. digital presence in their effort to Tell the A.S. Story. The overview provides statistics from A.S. social media platforms and the A.S. website as well as highlights key student-designed graphics from the past month.
This month they are highlighting a tweet from Apple CEO, Tim Cook, about an amazing MBAC story regarding blind surfer Scott Leason. The original story appeared on the Apple News website.
The article centers around Scott and his use of the iPhoneXR and Series 4 Apple Watch to help him navigate through life and surfing at Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC). The article goes on to talk about his participation in the programs at the MBAC, with quotes from Paul Lang, MBAC Instructional Coordinator and Kevin Waldick, MBAC Assistant Director. Check this amazing story at apple.com/newsroom.
Additionally A.S. MarComm collaborated with the SDSU Bookstore in an effort to gain more student followers by giving away three Hydroflask water bottles. The contest helped the A.S. account gain 490 new followers!
Check out the entire MarComm Overview (PDF).
Books and Tacos!
Help the Children’s Center
The SDSU Children’s Center will be holding two fundraising events on December 13th, both conveniently located in Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
3:00 – 8:00pm
Present a voucher/flyer at check out and a percentage of the net sale will be donated to the Children’s Center.
For you cyber shoppers, you can shop online and still help out the Center. Visit bn.com/bookfairs from December 13th to 18th and enter the Bookfair ID# 12469995 at check out. Free shipping for orders over $25!
Rubio’s Coastal Grill
3:00 – 8:30pm
Present a flyer when you dine in or take out and 50% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the Children’s Center.
Enjoy a good book and a great taco and help the Children’s Center!
Garrett Emas, Accounts Receivable Assistant, Finance
Garrett Emas, Accounts Receivable Assistant, Finance
- What is your name, job title and major?
Garrett Emas, Accounts Receivable Assistant, Finance
- Which A.S. department do you work in?
I work in the Business Services Department and my job as the Accounts Receivable Assistant is to assist the Accounts Receivable Technician with data entry, account reconciliations, producing billing requests, among other things.
- How long have you worked for A.S.?
I have been working at the A.S. office since September 2017.
- What was the last movie you saw? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
“A Star is Born” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Thumbs way up.
- If you won $5 million what would you do with it?
I would invest about 80% into a personal retirement account, then I’d use the rest of the money to pay off my parent’s mortgage balance and if anything else is left over I’d go out and buy myself a brand new Tacoma.
- What is your favorite dessert?
Coffee ice cream. It’s just too good.
- What city would you most like to visit or visit again?
Boston. I’d go to see a baseball game at Fenway.
- What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?
Favorite ride of all time would be Space Mountain at Disneyland. I’ve always liked space and think it’s a really cool experience every time.
- What is your favorite sports team or who is your favorite individual athlete?
Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout because he’s arguably the greatest baseball player ever and he has not once bragged about it.
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I graduate, I want to become a financial advisor. I’ve always been good with numbers and understanding financials and I also want to have a job that I can positively impact a person’s life. Financial advising allows me to use my skill set to do just that.
- What type of pets do you have and what are their names?
I have a four-year old Australian Shepherd named Remi.
- “Most people don’t know that I like to…”
I go off-roading in the desert.
- If you could have a superhero power what would it be?
Teleportation, I would never have to worry about being late or traffic.
- Is your favorite part of working for A.S.?
As a student, I couldn’t imagine a better work environment. They are more than willing to work around my school schedule and have also given me the professional skills I will need when I get my first “real job.”
- Which A.S. staff member has inspired/supported you the most?
Fran Hasterok. Fran was the most understanding and nicest person I have had the pleasure to meet. She always came into the office with a big smile and a great attitude and I’m sure I’m not the only one in the Business Services Department that misses her.