SDSU Student Organization End of Year Survey


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Dear Student Organization President,

We want to thank you for a wonderful year full of student organization activities and events! As part of our continued efforts to provide quality services toward your student involvement we are conducting a Student Organization Survey, for 2013-2014. The survey helps us to evaluate the effectiveness of our services and to improve the quality of services delivered to students and organizations.

This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on student organizations, advisement, development, policies and procedures. The survey will also evaluate areas such as Student Life & Leadership, ASUB, A.S. Banking, Union Programs and Services, SDSU Catering and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Your feedback is important to us because it offers vital information about services provided to you and your organization.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We encourage you to participate in completing the survey, no later than Friday, May 9, 2014.

If you complete this survey your entry will be submitted into a random drawing to win a $50 Gift Card at the SDSU Bookstore!

To access the survey please click the link below: http://studentvoice.com/sdsu/sp14studentorg

Thank you in advance for your time – we value your time and opinion in completing this Student Organization Survey.


Blog written by Patsy Armstrong, Student Life & Leadership – Student Life Advisor


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Study Tips for a Successful Finals Week



What’s up Aztecs! With finals quickly approaching, here are some helpful study tips:

  1. Organize your materials: Getting organized it the first step when getting ready for finals. Before learning the material, you need to make sure that you have all of your notes, old exams, and other important resources organized neatly by subject. This makes it much easier to begin studying. When studying, be sure to pay attention to the large concepts and big ideas
  2. Make a study schedule: Studying for multiple exams can be overwhelming and stressful. One of the best ways to get prepared and stay on top of your work is to make a study schedule. By doing this, you can plan out each day and make sure that you spend enough time on each subject. It is always good to break up work into sections and do a little bit of studying each day. This can be easily done by following a schedule.
  3. Use colors: One thing I always do when making study guides or reading through my notes is to use highlighters and colored pens. By doing this small, seemingly insignificant thing makes a big difference, as it makes it more fun for me to study. It is much nicer to look at a piece of paper that is brightly colored than one that is just in plain black text.
  4. Find the right space: Finding the right space to study is one of the most important things to do when studying. It is critical that each person knows when and where they study best. Whether it is in a private cubicle or a large study room, finding the place where you study best is essential.
  5. Take breaks: To ensure that you protect your sanity and remain composed throughout the week, it is important to take breaks. Bringing headphones with you to your studying can be a good idea so that you can watch a quick TV episode or just listen to some calming music.
  6. Sleep: It is estimated that college students need at least 8 hours of sleep each night. While this may be hard to do every single night, it is important to make an effort to get to bed at a decent hour during finals and avoid pulling any “all-nighters”.
  7. Participate in the Test Taking/Final Prep workshop: Both workshops will take place inside our office, Student Life & Leadership, room 210 in the Aztec Student Union.
  • 4/17, 2pm, Center for Leadership & Community Service
  • 4/30, 10am, Commuter Resource Center

Blog written by Anthony Meadows, Student Life & Leadership – Front Desk Student Writer

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The Campus Life Movies Series Presents: Which Way Home. Tonight! Tuesday, April 15th, at 7pm

Movie Campus Life Series - Which Way Home


Come join us tonight Tuesday, April 15th for a very special free screening of  “Which Way Home” at the Conrad Prebys Student Union Theater at 7pm! Everybody is invited! Come to connect with your fellow Aztecs and engage in a meaningful conversation.

“Which Way Home” is a documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans, who are desperately trying to reach their parents in the U.S; Kevin, a canny, streetwise fourteen year old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S and send money back to her. These are the stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the children you never have heard about; the invisible ones.

This event is hosted by SDSU’s Undergraduate Social Work Association

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SDSU Highlight: Price Community Scholars Program


Price Community Scholars


The Price Community Scholars program emerged from the idea of having SDSU student leaders from the local City Heights area give back to their community through tutoring. Each student takes part in a 4 year contract where they are each assigned 3 mentees whom they will tutor on their homework, SAT vocabulary, and other supplementary subjects. In return, the students are rewarded with up to $7,500 towards tuition/housing per year. The tutors also take part in several community service projects such as Watershed Avengers, a canyon clean-up project. The program has been such a success that Robert Price has decided to extend it and has invited a new 15-member cohort for the upcoming year. The price community scholar program looks forward to meeting the new cohorts and continuing with the program’s success.


Blog written by Victoria Hernandez, Student Life and Leadership – Front Desk Student Writer

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Get Involved With These Great Community Service Opportunities!

Community Service

Hello Aztecs!

Give back to the San Diego community by participating in these fun community service opportunities.

  • The Earth Fair on April 27th at Balboa Park aims to educate people about the wonders and beauty of the planet we inhabit. This community service opportunity exists for anyone 16 years of age or older. Educating the audience about important things such as recycling, green waste, and nature protection are among just a few things that will be offered through this opportunity. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-fair-2014-registration-8299721691.
  • The San Diego Fringe Festival is happening from July 3-13th in Downtown San Diego. This is a wonderful event that aims to bring out your inner performing arts. Learn more about yourself, as well as share this amazing time with others who are there for the same cause. Volunteer through http://www.sdfringe.org/volunteer_registration.html.

Learn about other wonderful community service opportunities by visiting http://studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/SLL/leadership/service-opportunities.html, or the Student Life & Leadership office, located at the second floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

Blog written by Steven Hoffman, Student Life and Leadership – Front Desk Student Writer

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San Diego State University’s First Annual Trans* Week of Empowerment (April 7th – April 11th)

Trans Empowerment Week (1)


Hello Aztecs!

Come join us for San Diego State University’s FIRST ANNUAL Trans* Week of Empowerment, a collaborative series of events geared toward celebrating and learning about the transgender community. The Pride Center will be hosting the following events during the week of April 7th – April 11th


  • Monday, April 7th: Transgender Flag Raising Ceremony, where in addition several SDSU Community members will speak about the importance of Trans* visibility on our campus, their Trans* experiences as well as Kick Off Ceremony! This event will take place at the Hepner Hall Flag Pole from 12pm to 1pm


  • Tuesday April 8th:  Safe Zones at SDSU will be hosting a Trans* Panel Discussion Forum featuring a variety of topics from Intersectionalities, Diversity in Transitioning, to Trans* Enough, among others. Come participate in the discussion and get your questions answered!  Safe Zones TRANS* Panel Discussion. This event will take place at Scripps Cottage from 5pm to 7pm


  • Wednesday, April 9th: The Queer Student Union is hosting a film screening of the recently released Trans the Documentary. Bring your friends and come check it out! QSU hosts Trans Film Documentary Film Showing and Discussion Panel. This event will take place at the Aztec Student Union Theater from 6pm – 9pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1432248643687662/


  • Thursday, April 10th:WOA will be hosting their historic Take Back The Night event. Come share, participate and help us make it a wonderful night! WOA’s Take Back The Night! at the Aztec Student Union Courtyard from 4pm to 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/497020890407127/


  • Friday, April 11th:
  1. Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) is hosting an LGBTQIAA Awareness Forum with a focus on Trans* and the Day of Silence. This will take place at Hepner Hall 221 starting at 4pm
  2. QPOCC hosts The Trans*-centric Day of Silence tabling event. This event will help disseminate information to raise awareness about the Day of Silence and it’s relationship to Trans* People of Color.  The event will take place at the North Grand Hall Entrance in the Aztec Student Union Courtyard from 10am -3 pm


  • DAILY: What is Trans*?  Do you have any Trans* related questions???? Come join us for Trans* 101 workshop hosted daily (the entire week) at The Pride Center at SDSU.  The events will take place at The Pride Center at SDSU on Monday and Tuesday: 1:00-2:00pm/Wednesday-Friday: 12:00pm -1:00pm.


FOR MORE INFORMATION - please visit pridecenter.sdsu.edu


Included below is a Facebook profile picture icon. Please join us in solidarity and to honor our transgender communities and to help spread awareness of our week-long event on campus by changing your profile icon for the duration of the week!


Week of Empowerment FB Profile Pic


Information provided by SDSU’s The Pride Center.

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SDSU Taking Strides to Supporting Commuter Students!

SDSU Trolley


According to SDSU’s Student Life & Leadership website, over 85% of todays’ college students commute to campus. Students commuting to campus face various challenges, but their commitment towards their education encourages them to continue with their everyday routine of getting to SDSU.

There are many opportunities for students to get involved on campus, including being a member of one of over 300 student organizations. However, there are many commuter students who do not take part in school activities. Why? For students who commute from far distances, staying longer on campus can mean arriving home at a later time. Additionally, some commuter students have an off-campus job which can take up most of their hours during their time outside of class.

Here at SDSU, we are creating different centers and activities to encourage all students, including those who commute to campus, to get involved. For instance, the implementation of the Commuter Resource Center, in the Student Life & Leadership office, has given commuter students a place for them to connect with other Aztecs, to study, eat lunch, or simply relax. The Student Life & Leadership office, is offering many leadership workshops throughout the semester. The Commuter Resource Center also offers a variety of helpful workshops on topics ranging from time management to study abroad opportunities and test-taking skills. We are glad to see that many of students are starting to make connections on campus. We are observing that more students are becoming aware and interested in the services we offer.

For more information regarding the Commuter Resource Center, Student Life & Leadership, and campus involvement opportunities visit http://studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/SLL/. You can also “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDSUstudentlife and https://www.facebook.com/SDSUcommuterlife.


Blog written by Karen Velazquez, Student Life & Leadership – Front Desk Student Writer

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