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new and improved catalog hits shelves

Catalog CoverThe new SDSU 2010-2011 catalog has just been released. It may not sound like the biggest news of the century, but this tool is possibly the most important part of planning student education at SDSU, and this year’s catalog was done a little differently.

New Design

The new catalog sports a fresh new design, complementing recent updates to other sites like the Prospective Student Web page and printed recruitment materials like ViewBooks and San Diego State posters. The new design was created with students in mind, pulling opinions from current students to create the most eye-catching material.

New Outlook

In creating this year’s catalog, SDSU also found out how much this reference is being used by students and staff. Feedback found that counselors and advisers utilize this tool on a more regular basis than the average student.

As of now, each new student receives a full copy of the SDSU catalog at New Student Orientation. But following SDSU’s other efforts to go green, the campus is considering an option to forgo passing out catalogs to every new student to avoid waste. The complete catalog is available online so printing books for every student is becoming unnecessary. This paperless access gives students and staff the flexibility to reference the catalog from anywhere and print only specific pages that are needed.

The 2010-2011 catalog is just one example of how SDSU embraces innovation and adaptation. The university is always looking for new ways to improve student education, protect the environment, and keep ahead of technology trends.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services


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honorary degree ceremony puts it all in perspective

Earlier this week, nearly 70 years after an executive order called for the unjust relocation of coastal Japanese Americans, San Diego State held the first Nisei Honorary Degree Ceremony to honor those students whose higher education was interrupted by Executive Order 9006.

Bob H. Suzuki, a formerly-interned Japanese American and President Emeritus of Cal Poly Pomona, offered a poem that put the entire event in perspective and made me realize why this ceremony doesn’t just impact Japanese Americans, citizens caught up in the war, or families of relocated students; it impacts all of us.

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Catholics
and I did not speak out because I was not a Catholic.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

-Pastor Martin Niemöller, 1946

We still live in a world where discrimination rules certain groups and sitting back until we’re the victim is no way to make a change in the world. The degree ceremony represents a step forward to offer retribution to this group of students and honor their accomplishments. Projects such as this provide hope that a voice can be found for persecuted groups who deserve honor and respect for what they have gone through.

Although their time at SDSU was interrupted, a majority of the students persevered, earned their college degrees, and went on to create thriving businesses, raise healthy families, and pursue their dreams. Today students fall back on excuses – such as not being able to get classes, paying higher fees, and sitting in old facilities – that hinder our educational goals. But imagine the passion and drive it took these students to overcome such an undeserved obstacle and break through barriers to move on and not let anything stop them.

Congratulations Nisei Honorary Degree recipients! It’s a long time deserved.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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Paying for College

The 2010 California College Guide (released from the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine) highlights 62 California colleges and offers great insight for prospective students. Their article “Paying for College 101” caught our eye, so we’re sharing the best tips with you.

There are many options for paying for college aside from grants and loans; it’s all a matter of planning ahead and taking advantage of the systems in place.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are one area many parents and students overlook when paying for college. Most tax credits have higher income cutoffs than other forms of financial aid, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t qualify for certain loans or grants. California currently offers three tax break programs for students. The Lifetime Learning credit covers 20% of family tuition costs up to $10,000. Recently the IRS added the American Opportunity tax credit, offering up to $2500 per student. The third credit is a more restrictive version of the American Opportunity credit, called the Hope credit, and awards up to $3600 per student.


Scholarships are possibly the most underutilized suggestion for paying for college. Community organizations often offer scholarships to graduating seniors, utilize your career center or college counselor to tap into these under applied for awards. Your application essay can often be used for multiple awards so stretch the limit. Apply even if you don’t completely fit the applicant description. There are tons of stories about males getting awards where preference goes to women or a slightly lower GPA making the cut. Certain awards receive very few applications so taking a chance could pay off big.


On-campus jobs, found on your own or through the Federal Work Study program, are one of the easiest ways to offset college costs. At SDSU, students are employed in every sector of college business. Dining Services is the largest employer of college students in San Diego and many students land assistant positions in various departments or campus service areas. Associated Students also employs students each semester in various types of positions. Working on campus not only gives you money for school, but offers flexible schedules and a convenient commute to fit into your schedule.

Filling out the FAFSA is the first step to receiving any type of financial aid. Visit SDSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to start earning college money today.

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the top 10 reasons to choose sdsu – here’s 1-5

We’ve narrowed down the countless reasons you should choose SDSU to ten solid points that show how great it is to be an Aztec. Here are reasons 1-5.

1. I want hands-on experience.

Learning at SDSU happens as much outside of the classroom as it does in it. Political science students collect food for the homeless to learn about political fundraising while other programs, like the WebCompass internship, bring together students from multiple majors to learn skills and give back to the community.

2. I want the best programs at the best price.

At SDSU there is a program for every interest. Check out these video clips of current students who found the perfect fit in their major.

3. I want to see the world.

Study abroad is a big deal at SDSU. With the help of SDSU’s advisers you are sure to find a program that fits your major, desired destination, and budget. Whether it’s an alternative spring break, 6-week summer trip, or semester long experience, time abroad gives you a chance to see the world and gain an edge in your future job search.

4. I want to make things happen.

Students were the first to take action on the SDSU Green Love initiative, which has led to the creation of an annual Earth Day celebration and a weekly Farmer’s Market on campus. The Entrepreneur Management Center recently hosted SDSU’s first-ever Entrepreneur Day that gave students a chance to showcase their businesses on campus.

5. I want to continue a legacy.

There is a good reason that SDSU alumni are so active on campus: they know it’s always a great day to be an Aztec. Aztec connections run deep to local businesses and community leaders who get you involved with internships, job opportunities, and scholarships in every area of study. With all SDSU has to offer, it’s no wonder everyone wants to be an Aztec for life.

Check back early next week for reasons 6-10 to choose SDSU. Admitted students – don’t forget that your Intent to Enroll is due by May 1! You’re spot is waiting for you, what will you do with it?

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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EMC Opens the Door for Aztec Businesses

Last Wednesday was SDSU’s first-ever Entrepreneur Day. Students and alumni set up booths along Centennial Walkway to network and showcase their products. Among the participants were some familiar companies started by Aztec alumni including Costco, Rubio’s, and Volcom. The event was planned by SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC) which equips students with skills and opportunities to create their own business.

Coming up next week, we’ll be posting video clips on Twitter from some of our student entrepreneurs. Here are a few of their stories to get things started:

Tim King Photography

Tim King Photography at Entrepreneur Day

Tim King Photography at Entrepreneur Day. Click photo to see a video.

Tim King is an international business major at SDSU. He started his own business as a photographer, specializing in pictures of people.

Tim is an active part of the EMC and says that Entrepreneur Day has given him a sense of business in the real world that he couldn’t get in any class.

Click here to see video of Tim King Photography

Aztec Deals

Aztec Deals at Entrepreneur Day

Aztec Deals at Entrepreneur Day. Click photo to see a video.

Aztec Deals is a student coupon book started by an SDSU communications student. With help from the EMC, Sennett Devermoney networks with local companies to bring students the best deals and give exposure to local restaurants and shops.

He has also teamed up with The Daily Save, which brings San Diegans one huge coupon every day.

Click here to see video of Aztec Deals

Dr. Comp SD

Dr. Comp SD at Entrepreneur Day

Dr. Comp SD at Entrepreneur Day. Click photo to see a video.

If you’ve ever accidently sat on your iPhone or dropped your laptop you know the heart wrenching feeling of realizing your fumble has ruined your gadget’s screen. Dr. Comp SD is just what the doctor ordered to get all your computer problems fixed.

The company was started by an SDSU student in the College of Business who later teamed up with a Computer Science major to fix your Mac or PC.

Click here to see video of Dr. Comp SD

The EMC places a big emphasis on bringing together students from different majors and programs to create dynamic companies with the right blend of skill and creativity. Their Lavin VentureStart Program requires teams to have representation from multiple colleges and encourages collaboration about students from various areas of study.

Follow the EMC on Twitter and keep up with what the center has to offer.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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