SDSU has always played an important role in the history of San Diego but last week’s appearance by the Dalai Lama had to be one of our high-points.
As a community, SDSU has had the opportunity to host some incredible people. Israeli president and former prime minister Shimon Peres spoke at retired SDSU president Stephen L. Weber’s inauguration the summer of 1997, the semester I started as a freshman. In 2008, I was on hand when Hillary Clinton addressed students, faculty and staff as part of a campaign visit to San Diego. And long before I was around, SDSU had the honor of hosting Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy (on separate occasions).
Some of the biggest moments in the history of this city have weaved through the SDSU campus. So to be in Viejas Arena when His Holiness the Dalai Lama inspired a crowd of more than 12,000 to embrace positivity and encourage San Diego to become America’s ‘most compassionate city,’ that was a special privilege.
But to hear him speak of the importance of being a good mother–when I myself just became a mom for the first time last year—well, that is something that will live with me forever.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on the San Diego State University campus.
Here’s a nice article by one of SDSU’s students that captures the essence of what His Holiness shared during his visit.
No matter when you attended San Diego State, in recent years, one of the highlights of the spring semester is the annual festival put on by Associated Students. When I was an undergraduate student, it was called Spring Fiesta and AzFest.
Fast-forward to 2012 and that festival has morphed into GreenFest, a week of events celebrating sustainability — a core value of Associated Students — and Aztec pride. Associated Students has worked hard to green its facilities and promote programs that espouse an eco-friendly lifestyle in recent years, and GreenFest is no exception.
This year’s GreenFest — which takes place April 22 – 28 — will host several events, including:
- Earth Day 5k and Kids’ Fun Run
- E-waste Drive
- SDSU Takes Over the Ballpark
- GreenFest Festival
To learn more about Associated Students’ sustainability efforts, visit as.sdsu.edu/thinkgreen or the GreenFest website, “like” Green Love and GreenFest on Facebook or follow GreenFest on Twitter.
In the four months and one week since I’ve started work at SDSU’s Marketing & Communications Department, a number of thoughts have popped into my head – both pertaining to my position and to just being a part of academic life for the first time in a while.
So far, I can honestly say that I’ve been overwhelmed by the SDSU experience. In a good way.
In a short period of time, I’ve met and worked with faculty members who are both dedicated to their students’ learning and to their craft, eager to show the world what Aztecs are capable of. I’ve worked with student interns who are hungry to learn more and excel in a field that is frequently changing. I’ve worked with a local media who seem to be truly interested in all the innovations and discoveries coming out of the laboratories, classrooms and observatories on campus.
As someone who served in the armed forces, there is one aspect of San Diego State I took notice of almost immediately. Very quickly, I saw a university ardent in its support of veterans and active duty military, something that hits close to home. Some of the programs and facilities for veterans put in place here on the Mesa are not common anywhere in the U.S., and it makes me proud to be part of SDSU.
I’ve come to realize that it’s a privilege to work at San Diego State, among thousands of enthusiastic students, a faculty passionate about their respective fields, and a devoted administration and staff. I may not be an Aztec by degree (don’t hold it against me), but I can say I definitely it’s been a great ride so far and I am proud to be — in some small part — part of the SDSU family.
David Rozul is a junior studying Public Relations at San Diego State University
My beach gear is put away, bags unpacked and like the other 30,000 plus SDSU students, I have returned to good ol’ 5500 Campanile Way.
Within only a few days of returning to classes and going back to the normal routine, I can already tell there’s a different feeling on campus than from when I left for spring break.
People are happier, I see more smiles and the eyes of students glazing over in class have disappeared. Spring break does magical things.
For the longest time I’ve tried to pinpoint what exactly about spring break brings us all back so refreshed, and I finally think I’ve got it:
- The weather- Happier and no longer heavy with rain, I like to think the clouds are finally taking their own break, making way for the blue skies that I’ve come to love about San Diego this time of year.
- The memories- Everyone has more energy because the happy memories of the past seven days out and about are fresh in everyone’s mind.
- The ‘almost done’ factor– Look at a calendar; I don’t know about you, but the thought that SDSU spring 2012 semester is quickly coming to a close is putting a smile on my face.
No matter the reason or explanation, I like this feeling back; I like this renewed energy I see and feel when I walk from Manchester Hall to the Arts and Letters building.
But nothing really has changed; I just perceive everything in a new light and I publicly would like to thank Mr. Spring Break for that. I don’t know who invented spring break, but I want to give them a high five. “Thank you, you’re awesome.”
Now it’s back to classes with a room full of students with brightened faces and the urge to learn fresh on their minds, or maybe it’s their adventures in Las Vegas last week that is still making them smile.
Did your bracket come crashing down — and your season come screaching to an end — when the Aztecs lost to North Carolina State in the 2nd round of the NCAATournament last week? Are you already itching for next season to start? Are you thinking to yourself ‘Now what? What will I do with my Tuesday and Saturday nights, if not watching college basketball at the Madhouse on the Mesa?’
Well, you’re in luck, because, as I learned a few years ago, life does go on after the basketball season and, at SDSU, there are actually plenty of other things to do outside of Viejas Arena.
For instance, a former United States Ambassador to Israel is on campus today, speaking about the Middle East. If Peace in the Middle East is a little too political for your taste, the School of Music and Dance is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and has something fun and entertaining going on all the time.
And the Farmer’s Market … ohhhh the Farmer’s Market.
But if you just must get your sports fix, there are still lots of spring sports going on, like baseball, softball, golf and tennis.
I guess the point is, sometimes we take for granted all the activities we have going on right under our noses here on campus. Take a minute and check out the events calendar and try an event you’ve never done before. The upcoming Jazz Ensemble at Smith Recital Hall isn’t the same as The Show. But it’ll be a good show none the less.
Students camped out on Campanile Walkway for prime campaign signage spots.
While many attribute the madness of March to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, many SDSU student leaders deal with another, more personal, version of it, as well.
Just last week, SDSU students elected a new group of executives and college representatives for Associated Students for the 2012-13 academic year.
And it’s no “simple” election — as part of the process, students sit through orientation meetings, sleep outside overnight to stake prime campaigning sites and debate their opponents in an open forum. Even then, the slim margin between victory and defeat can be as thin as a dozen votes.
This is outside of their normal lives as students, too. There’s still midterms, part-time jobs, volunteering during Explore SDSU, and cheering on men’s and women’s basketball.
But, that’s what makes these students leaders — their commitment to campus, their classmates and the San Diego community is what sets them apart. They’re advocating on behalf of students, overseeing the many facilities and services students enjoy, and partnering with other organizations to help the San Diego community.
If the “madness” of students’ busy lives seems a bit much, just remember the end of March is just around the corner — and spring break along with it.
It’s only been a week, but it feels like I’ve been with Associated Students of San Diego State University much longer (and not just because I’ve had a sweet name tag since day one).
Part of that affinity is due to the warm welcome I’ve received, and part of it is due to my work with many of the auxiliary non-profit’s staff members and student government executives during my six years with the SDSU Department of Marketing and Communications. In my former positions as media relations specialist and editor of new media, I developed and told stories that affected a wide range of Aztecs – from faculty and staff to alumni and community members.
In my new role as Associated Students’ marketing and communications manager, I focus on the issues that affect students and the on-campus organization that serves them. Whether it’s upcoming student, local and national elections, highlighting student-led sustainability efforts, construction of Aztec Student Union or A is for Art, I will tell the AS story and the folks who – so often – work behind the scenes to provide the services and maintain the facilities students enjoy and expect.
Of course, it isn’t all about students – community members will get an “education” on AS, too. Whether it’s connecting the dots between our organization and facilities like Viejas Arena and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, I want San Diego to know that AS, in its own way, can serve them, too.
So, you’ve been forewarned – the next time you see me on campus, I’ll still be in my customary red and black, but I’ll have a snazzy little AS badge, too!