Storm, Nasatir Halls Getting a Makeover

Two of the older buildings on the San Diego State University campus are about to get long-needed makeovers.

Renovations will begin June 1 on Storm and Nasatir Halls, bringing the 1957 buildings into the 21st century with modern energy efficiency and current health and safety standards.

We’ll post construction updates on this blog to keep our readers informed about the progress of the project. For more information about the project, read this SDSU NewsCenter story.

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Commencement Stories

Commencement is finally (almost) here for a number of students.  Nearly 10,000 students have toiled over the last few years to earn their degree and approval to walk in their respective commencement ceremonies.  I was asked to learn some of their stories so we could show the local community — and places farther out —what our graduates have accomplished and where they are headed.

So, to that end, I’ve worked over the last two weeks compiling information on a number of graduates to write short biographies for SDSU News Center. Wow. From working to help stroke victims and kids suffering from cerebral palsy, to fighting against the bullying epidemic in schools, and the sincere hope from many of them to give back to their communities in a number of ways.

And that’s just their character, without even mentioning the intelligence that these students have to be on the Dean’s List continuously, being named Outstanding Graduates for their respective colleges and a number of other honors and accolades.

And these are just a handful of the many who are going on to do great things.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

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GreenFest Offers Students Different Opportunities

Jennifer Conners is a senior, majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications. She will be graduating this Month.

While most students went to GreenFest this past weekend to enjoy the music and rides, a few of us had another purpose. My student-run marketing agency, Asimo Integrated Marketing, successfully executed an integrated marketing communications plan designed to increase awareness of the Honda Civic Coupe at GreenFest as part of our Marketing 472 class.

We created a campaign consisting of a sponsorship with SDSU’s GreenFest, social media efforts, event flyers, a contest among students, and a short questionnaire designed to show off the  fun, appealing attributes of the Honda Civic Coupe to the Generation Y market. The campaign reached more than 4,000 campus and community members. At GreenFest, thousands of students got an exclusive look into all of the features the 2012 Civic Coupe has to offer, including eco-
friendly initiatives and gas-saving options. We hosted a photo booth and passed out reusable water bottles to support GreenFest’s campaign to go green.

To wrap up the program, our team will be presenting our results to Honda representatives in a formal, agency-style presentation. Overall, it was a great experience and we were proud to sponsor such a huge campus event on Honda’s behalf.

Other team members, who will all graduate this month, included Ashley Daily, Marketing; Eliza Cuevas, Integrated Communications; and Ryan Walczuk, Integrated Marketing Communications.

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Dalai Lama leaves a lasting impression

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.

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Celebrating Spring with GreenFest

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 or the GreenFest website, “like” Green Love and GreenFest on Facebook or follow GreenFest on Twitter.

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My first four months

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.

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Thank You Spring Break

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The memories- Everyone has more energy because the happy memories of the past seven days out and about are fresh in everyone’s mind.
  3. 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.


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