This Weekend at SDSU

Aztecs! Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further than SDSU!

Thursday September 4, 2014 meet in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union for an engaging keynote speaker and presentation entitled Turn Down For What? Creating a Culture of Consent. Jamie Utt, the speaker of the night, seeks to engage the SDSU community in dialogue around sexual violence in a way that empowers individuals to take action. He will discuss social culture on college campuses and identify ways students can work towards creating a safer environment. Click here to find out more about the speaker!

The weekend kicks off with a brand new Aztec Nights event called ‘Lights Out’ from 10pm-2am on Friday night. Meet at the ENS 700 Field to experience a LED light show like you’ve never seen before. This high powered glow party will feature all types of music and is definitely an event you don’t want to miss!

On Saturday, instead of heading to the beach, come on out to Hepner Quad to join us for a Late Night, Beach Night experience. The evening will be complete with a DJ, sand and a night full of fun! This event takes place from 10pm-2am.


San Diego State’s Place as a Leading Public University

Yesterday, President Hirshman posted in the President’s Blog about the advances being made at San Diego State University. This fall, 42 new initiatives will be taking place at SDSU as part of the university’s Strategic Plan. ‘In short, (these initiatives) will move us forward as a leading public university.’ You can find President Hirshman’s blog here: President Hirshman’s Blog Post 8/26/2014. Be sure to check out his post and learn about the continued implementation of the SDSU Strategic Plan.


SDSU Homecoming 2014 is Around the Corner!

HomecomingIts almost the Fall semester here at State, which means Homecoming 2014 is getting closer and closer!

Now is your chance to get a say in this year’s festivities!

This year’s potential themes are:

  1. Aztecs Ignite the Night

In the spirit of the KGB Sky Show following the Homecoming game, and to recognize the Aztecs’ fiery passion throughout homecoming week


  1. Aztec Heroes: Past, Present, Future

To honor the passing of Aztec greats, the recent accomplishments of Aztecs and to have hope for future Aztecs


  1. Sol (Sun) of the Aztecs

Sol, meaning “sun” in Spanish; a dual meaning in this phrase celebrating the passion of Aztec souls and embracing the diverse campus heritage SDSU has


Past Homecoming themes have included “Rise of the Aztecs” (2013), “Paint the Town Red” (2012) and “Aztecs Run Deep” (2011).


In order to cast your vote for the 2014 Homecoming theme, please make your selection by Monday July 14, 2014 by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KY2VB2J





Check out President Hirshman’s new blog post and see whats in store for SDSU’s Campus expansion! 


Attention Recognized Student Organizations! The Renewal Process is Now Open

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Dear Student Organization President,

Congratulations on another wonderful year filled with student organization activities and events!


Currently, your student organization is recognized through the end of April. Beginning May 1st, your student organization may re-apply for recognition for the upcoming 2014-2015 year.

Please visit the following link starting May 1, 2014:


Below are some of the benefits of getting recognized early:

  • Participation in Student Organization Expos
  • Applying for Student Organization Office & Storage Space
  • Tabling during the first few weeks of school
  • Nominations for Homecoming Court
  • Early Aztec Student Union and University Classroom submissions
  • Organization tailgating at football games
  • Emails announcing important campus events, such as Aztec Nights and other opportunities for involvement

End-of-the-Year Survey

It’s also that time of year where we ask student organization presidents to complete our end of the year survey: http://studentvoice.com/sdsu/sp14studentorg

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We encourage you to participate in completing the survey by Friday, May 9, 2014. Your feedback and suggestions are imperative for us to continue to improve our services to you!

 After you complete the survey, you will be submitted into a random drawing to win a $50 Gift Card to the SDSU Bookstore!

 **NEW** Event Approval System (EAS)

In an effort to better streamline the event approval process beginning May 1, 2014 Student Organization’s will be required to submit their EAS application at least 3 weeks in advance from the event date.

EAS Steps:

  1. Complete and submit the online EAS application.
  2. Request a location or facility
  3. Add event details
  4. Meet with a Student Life & Leadership Advisor to review event logistics.
  5. Once reviewed, an email will be sent regarding the status of the event.

**NEW** Student Leader Diversity Training

New student organization training requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year will include Student Leader Diversity Training.  SDSU Leader Diversity Training is offered in collaboration with the National Conflict Resolution Center, an organization that promotes collaborative dispute resolution and conflict management to individuals, organizations, and society.

There are two SLDT sessions that are both required for all student leaders documented as your top five leaders in the Recognized Student Organization online database.  Session A must be completed before Session B (can be done in the same day).  A certificate of completion is awarded at the completion of Session B.  Both sessions are highly participatory and engaging.  Each session is approximately three hours long.

Session A

This course will reinforce positive communication skills to student leaders so that they can more effectively manage the inevitable conflicts that arise in their roles as campus leaders.  A strategic approach to navigating tense situations and respectfully working through differences is taught.

Session B

Building on the learning from Session A, students will explore how identity impacts communication, and how to reach common ground in an intercultural world.  A look at how effective leaders respect and engage students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences is highlighted.

You can sign up for the sessions online at http://studentvoice.com/sdsu/studentdiversitytrainingsp14.  Several sessions are offered in the month of May.  Go online to sign-up for sections that meet your schedule.  Please note that sessions will fill up quickly.  Seats are available on a first-come first served basis.  As well, a minimum of ten people are needed to fill each section.

Organizations that do not have their new leaders attend these training sessions are subject to losing their recognition status at SDSU.  So, sign up soon!  Avoid the rush for fall and attend a session this spring.

Session A

  •          Tuesday, May 13 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
  •          Tuesday, May 20 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Session B

  •          Wednesday, May 14 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
  •          Wednesday, May 21 from 3:00om to 6:00pm

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication this past year. The Student Life & Leadership office looks forward to working with you again in the fall and wishes you all a safe summer.



Student Life & Leadership Advisors

Patsy Armstrong, Melissa Gonzalez, Anthony Keen, Jordan Lewton, Chelsea Winer, Richard Eberheart


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Applications for the Fall 2014 Academic Mentor Positions are Now Open!

SDSU Leadership Starts Here


Applications are now available for the Fall 2014 Academic Mentor positions for the Casa Azteca and Aztec Freshman Connection Commuter Learning Communities in Student Life & Leadership.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 4.

The application is available online at:


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Apply for the Rising Star Scholarship! Open until May 2



Are you a rising star in need of money for school? Looking for a great scholarship that also gets you involved on campus? Enjoy public speaking? Well then you need to apply for the $1,000 Rising Star Scholarship! You must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. SDSU undergraduate students with full time enrollment can apply, first time freshmen are not eligible. The recipients will be trained to give workshops to student organizations/groups on campus. You must attend workshop training in order to serve as a Peer Leadership Consultant. This is a great way to get involved! A minimum of 40 hours of service and workshops is required during the school year. Apply now!

Applications open until May 2, 2014 at www.sdsu.edu/scholarshipsearch

Learn about other scholarship opportunities at http://studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/ofas2/scholarship/index.html

Blog written by Janera Montano, Student Life & Leadership – Front Desk Student Writer

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