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You’re Invited: Welcome Week and Aztec Nights

crowd shot of students at hepner hall and crowd shot of students at Aztec Nights with ferris wheelThousands of new students will celebrate their first official night as an Aztec on Friday, August 21 at Templo del Sol at Hepner Hall. This first celebration is just one of many chances during Welcome Week for students to meet fellow classmates and participate in some of the most treasured SDSU traditions. The late-night fun of this first Welcome Week/Aztec Nights event begins at 9 pm and goes until midnight. Whether you’re a new or a continuing student, Welcome Week is for you! Check out all of the events at the Welcome Week website.

The after-dark excitement of Aztec Nights continues through September 19 and includes Aztec Nights events such as the Campus Carnival on August 28 and Lights Out on September 19. All Aztec Nights events are FREE for SDSU students with a valid Red ID, and those attending Aztec Nights events can bring one guest, age 18 or older, along for the fun.

One SDSU Community Kickoff

One SDSU Community kick-off event, Aug 25, 5-7pm, Montezuma HallDon’t miss out on your first chance to take diversity to the next level at the One SDSU Community Kickoff on Monday, August 24 from 5-7 pm. Come together with students and other members of the Aztec community to embrace the diversity in our campus community. Grab your friends and head to Montezuma Hall for free food, live entertainment and cultural performances! Visit the One SDSU Community website for more information on the initiative and event information.

It’s Time To Get Social: Community Receptions

photo collage of students for Community ReceptionsConnect with your community at San Diego State, one reception at a time. All students are invited to Community Receptions planned for the first week of classes, beginning on Tuesday with the Hispanic Community Reception from 3-4:30 pm in Templo Mayor in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Supported by the Center for Intercultural Relations, student groups host receptions to give students an opportunity to connect with others who share similar backgrounds or identities, whether it’s through race, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation, or shared experience. Community Receptions are open to all members of the Aztec community, though new students are strongly encouraged to attend. Some of the Community Receptions planned celebrate women, members of the LGBTQ community and allies of the community, students of varying abilities, and Asian Pacific Islander students, among many others. Check out the Center for Intercultural Relations website for a full listing including dates and times of all receptions!

SDSU, Let’s Talk!

Let's Talk logo - SDSU Rape and Sxual Violence ResourcesLet’s Talk about keeping each other safe! As a community, we should be talking about campus health and safety resources to prevent sexual violence. If you want to learn more about what bystander intervention and consent look like, attend one of the upcoming workshops!

Let’s Talk Bystander Intervention!
We will discuss campus resources and then talk about “the bystander effect” to learn the skills and tools necessary to determine when a situation requires intervention and how to safely and effectively intervene. 

Wednesday, 9/2/15, 7-8 pm, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre
Thursday, 9/3/15, Noon-1 pm, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre

Let's Talk Consent!
Join in a conversation about what consent is, what it sounds and looks like, how to obtain and interpret consent, and why consent is so important. Consent is all about good communication, so let's get talking!

Wednesday, 9/9/15, 7-8 pm, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre
Thursday, 9/19/15, Noon-1 pm, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre

Check out for information on where to go and what to do to help stop sexual violence in our community.

Enter Your Great Study Abroad Photo in the International Photo Contest

photo of boy walking in GhanaHave you studied or volunteered abroad…or are you about to? If so, NOW is the time to begin thinking about that perfect shot to enter in the ninth annual SDSU International Photo Contest. The contest takes place during Family Weekend, October 2 and 3. This year's International Photo Contest theme is: Experience Energy. Submit your study abroad photo that you feel best illustrates this theme: Images that portray energy in its myriad cultural forms and expressions, as it defines a culture, sustains our lives, and powers a global environmental system. Photos submitted must be accompanied by a maximum, 50-word narrative that connects the photo to the contest theme and explains why the particular cultural artifact you have highlighted holds meaning for you. Prizes totaling more than $500 will be awarded. Photo submissions are due September 21, 2015, by 4 pm. To read about the contest details, find submission guidelines, or view last year’s winning entries, visit the International Photo Contest website.

Need Money for School? Maybe You Qualify for Federal Work Study?

aidlink logo Federal Work Study (FWS) is a great way to help pay for your education while working part-time. If you are a work-study student, you can work up to 20 hours a week on campus and have the flexibility of creating a work schedule around your classes. If you are interested in applying for a work-study job, please refer to our 2015-2016 FWS job list. Also, if you are interested in an FWS position tutoring students and earning academic credit while working, please visit the Pre-College Institute website or come by North Education 280. If you have any questions about the FWS program or FWS opportunities on campus, please email

What’s New, What’s Renovated and What Construction is Underway

photo of new construction Zura hallSee some new buildings on campus, or wonder where one of the buildings you had classes in disappeared to? Lots of construction is happening all around SDSU. Notably, after an extensive renovation, Zura Hall is reopening its doors to residents this semester. The Zura living experience is now better than ever with an expanded outdoor patio and increased program activity space throughout the building. Students living in Zura will also have access to surfboard storage and outdoor showers after a day at the beach. Construction on one of the biggest university’s projects, South Campus Plaza, started earlier this year and continues on the south side of campus. Set to open in Fall 2016, the building will house 600 students, as well as 35,000 sq. ft. of retail space for shops and restaurants. Demolition has also begun to make way for the new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex. This complex will be home to several institutes and notable labs at the university and is expected to be completed in 2018.

Register for the Aztec Mentor Program

AMP logo - Aztec Mentor ProgramRegistration is now open for the Aztec Mentor Program (AMP)! Juniors, seniors and graduate students get paired with established alumni in San Diego and nationwide and make meaningful connections with people working in your field. AMP gives students the opportunity to gain insider knowledge on a variety of career-related topics, and receive one-on-one advice, networking opportunities, mock interviews and job shadowing. AMP requires an 8- to 12-hour time commitment from students over the course of a semester. The program runs during the fall and spring semesters. In 2014-15, more than 800 AMP matches were made during the academic year! Register by September 10!

Power Up At The Love Library

3 students conversing in front of Love LibraryCollege is challenging - so take advantage of the services offered at the Love Library! Whether it’s the library’s Student Computing Center or quiet study rooms, there are plenty of resources to help you succeed at SDSU. For new students, here are three tips from the SDSU Love Library to help you maximize your library study time:

  1. Find your favorite study space. Student fees support the library’s 24/7 Study Area, complete with a coffee cart for those late nights and early mornings. If you crave a quieter environment, the library has three quiet study areas. Group Study Rooms on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors are typically in high demand and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Use quality information. Using Google search barely scratches the surface of the enormous pool of knowledge made available for SDSU students working on projects and papers. You can find “peer reviewed” information via the library’s website. If you really want to up your game, visit the library’s Special Collections department to find one-of-a-kind source materials.
  3. Ask for help. SDSU librarians love helping Aztecs! Did you know there is a librarian assigned to your major? Contact a librarian for help by visiting the library's help website. The library also offers free tutoring services for students in the Math Center and Writing Center, both of which are staffed by the respective departments.

Don’t Forget About Add/Drop Deadline

Fall Add/Drop Deadline logoIn case you haven’t heard, the Add/Drop deadline for fall classes is September 4. Any changes or adjustments to your fall schedule need to be completed by that date. Students are responsible for making their own schedule adjustments by the deadline. Adding or dropping classes must be done through WebPortal. Double-check your schedule in the WebPortal to make sure you are enrolled in the right classes before the deadline.

Meningitis and Flu Prevention Available on Campus

photo of patient with doctorVaccinations are some of the best ways to protect yourself from many illnesses and infections. Student Health Services offers vaccinations for several types of meningitis, chicken pox, and influenza, amongst other illnesses. The vaccine for meningococcal meningitis serogroups A, C, W, & Y (Menactra or Menveo) is recommended for all 11-18 year olds, and also for freshmen living in on-campus housing as they are at increased risk of contracting this potential deadly infection. A booster dose is recommended at age 16-18 for those who received their first vaccination at age 15 or younger. Other students wishing to reduce their risk of meningitis may also choose to be vaccinated with A/C/W/Y vaccine. If you haven't been vaccinated for influenza, measles, meningitis and other vaccine-preventable infections, it's not too late. Log into Student Health Services' HealtheConnect site and make a vaccination appointment, or call 619-594-4325.

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Aug/Sep 2015

August Dates and Deadlines

August 22: New Student and Family Convocation. Welcome Back Dance.

August 24: First day of classes. One SDSU Community Kickoff.

August 28-29: Campus Carnival.

September Dates and Deadlines.

September 3: International Music Festival.

September 4: Last day to add/drop classes for fall semester.

September 4: Last day for payment of fees for late registration.

September 4: Last day to officially withdraw from the university without penalty fee for fall 2015 semester.

September 4: Last day to apply for December 2015 graduation.

September 4: Labor Day holiday. Campus closed.

September 4: Fall Career and Internship Fair.

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