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Student Spotlight: Psychology major David Nava

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As a student leader in organizations such as Aztecs for Awareness, FratMANers and fraternity Phi Gamma Delta, senior David Nava has made connections that have helped him break out of his comfort zone. Over the past four years, his work to raise awareness of sexual violence prevention has earned him praise across campus – and at the state level. David credits his Aztec Experience – connecting with students and his involvement with the Health Promotion Department at SDSU – for helping him discover what is important to him as an individual.

Watch David Nava’s Aztec Experience.

SDSU April News in Brief

We want YOU, graduating seniors!

photo of a group of graduatesJoin the Aztec alumni community in showing that you’re ready to be a leader in the workplace by taking the annual Undergraduate Outcomes Survey. If you are graduating in May, watch your email this month for an invitation to participate in a brief survey, which helps measure employment, graduate school and other outcomes for our SDSU students. The survey, provided through Career Services home page, helps demonstrate the success of our newest Aztec alumni upon graduation. Take the survey between April 12 and May 13 to help us demonstrate the true value of an SDSU degree.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Aztecs for Autism posterTo help raise awareness of those with autism, Student Disability Services (SDS) is participating in the global campaign Light It Up Blue. Throughout the month, Hepner Hall and the Aztec Student Union will be lit blue to recognize Autism Awareness Month. 

On April 6, speakers Chantal and Jeremy Sicile-Kira will share their experiences with autism from 6 – 7 pm in Scripps Cottage, followed by a lighting ceremony in front of Hepner Hall. Jeremy is a local artist with autism who graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2010. He is a Youth Leader for the Global Autistic Initiative and was a youth representative for the Autism Research Institute for the United Nations. He and his mother, Chantal, co-authored a book about young people with autism and the transition to adulthood.

Honor Chavez in a contemporary context

Struggle in the Fields event posterCelebrate the legacy of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez by taking part in a conversation about present-day transnational issues. One SDSU Community and the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department host "The Struggle in the Fields" at 4 pm on April 5 at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

University of Texas-Arlington professor and author Christian Zlolniski will discuss the inequality faced by farm laborers in Baja California while Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, Research Director of the National Latino Research Center at California State University San Marcos, will explore the plight of farmworkers in San Diego and Imperial Counties. There will also be a screening of a segment of "The Struggle in the Fields", part of the PBS documentary series "Chicano!"

Start planning to study abroad in '17

photo of a student in ThailandIt’s never too early to begin planning for a transformative international experience. If you’re looking to study abroad in 2017 – whether for a couple of weeks, a semester or a full year – now is the perfect time to talk to an advisor in the International Student Center Study Abroad Office. Planning ahead is the key to helping you find the right program, and finding the best scholarship opportunities and financing options to fund your program. Information sessions are also held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout April.

Meet your new A.S. Executive Officers

photo of Jamie MillerIt was a record-breaking Associated Students elections season, marking the highest voter turnout in A.S. history. Jamie Miller, a junior business major, was elected to serve as your newest A.S. President for the 2016-17 academic year. Patty Masengale will serve as A.S. Executive Vice President, and Dillon Colliflower as Vice President for External Relations. Alex Shapiro was elected as Vice President of Financial Affairs and Chimezie Ebirekwe as Vice President of University Affairs, in addition to many representatives elected for the A.S. Councils. The newly elected representatives take office in May.

Avoid the wait, get your passport

poster of Uncle Sam - I Want YOU to See the WorldPlanning on doing some traveling abroad this summer? You’re in luck - getting a passport has never been easier for SDSU students. The SDSU Passport Office is now open at the International Student Center, located at 55th Street and Aztec Circle Drive, down the hill from the Aztec Recreation Center. The new facility is one of only four passport acceptance facilities in San Diego County open on a walk-in basis. The Passport Office is open to students and community members for processing of passport applications, taking of passport photos and copying services. Visit the SDSU Passport Office website for information on hours, fees and what to bring.

You’re invited: Electronic Music Marathon

Photo of instrument to be used during San Diego State University's Electronic Music MarathonElectronic music students are gearing up for the Electronic Dance Marathon on April 30, a free event made up of four-one hour concerts featuring the work of electronic music students at SDSU. Director Joseph Waters from the SDSU School of Music and Dance will lead the performances from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Smith Recital Hall. The School of Music and Dance has its own electronic music studio and has showcased the work of students at the Electronic Dance Marathon for the past 15 years. SDSU was ranked among the Top 10 universities for electronic dance music by Thump in 2014.

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