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SDSU December News in Brief

Finals Events Round-Up

The Final Blizzard, Commuter Study Zone and Baxter the therapy dogThe time has come for “The Final Blizzard!” Take a much-deserved break from studying for finals with free breakfast, test-taking tips, contests and giveaways on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 9 pm to midnight in Montezuma Hall. This event is open to all SDSU students with a valid Red ID.

Also, grab your books and head over to the Commuter Resource Center during finals week! You will find a quick, free treat in the “Study Zone: Study Tips and Candy Wall” between December 10 and 16, on the second floor of Aztec Student Union in Room 210P.

Last, but certainly not least, Counseling & Psychological Services’ loveable pet therapy dog, Baxter, will be available to students in Love Library during finals time. Come de-stress with Baxter on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 10 am - Noon
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 from 10 am - Noon
  • Friday, Dec. 11 from 9 am - 11 am
  • Monday, Dec. 14 from 1 pm - 3 pm

Get Your Research On: Student Research Symposium

photo: Student Research SymposiumAztecs, have you been involved in research at SDSU recently? Registration is now open for the ninth annual Student Research Symposium celebrating Aztecs’ accomplishments in research, scholarship and creative activities. Whether it’s a poster presentation, a 10-minute oral presentation, or a creative arts, theatre or musical performance, students from every college and major are encouraged to participate! Cash prizes and awards will recognize outstanding research presentations and performances, and those who receive Presidential Awards will represent SDSU at the CSU Student Research Competition in May. This year’s symposium, which will take place March 4 and 5, 2016 in the Aztec Student Union, is open to all undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. Register now on the Student Research Symposium’s website.

Get Financial Help to Study Abroad

photo of a student in MoscowStudying abroad doesn’t have to cost you much – especially if you make these upcoming deadlines to apply for aid. The Fund for Education Abroad offers awards of up to $10,000 for applicants traveling in summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017. Preference is given to students from groups underrepresented in studying abroad and students headed to non-traditional destinations. Apply here by January 18 at 9 am. The Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, offer funding of up to $10,000 per semester and $20,000 for a full academic year for students studying less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interest. Scholarships are available to students traveling to Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. SDSU’s campus deadline is January 8. Contact Ryan McLemore at for information on how to apply.

Let’s Honor The Dream Together

Join the SDSU DelegationThis January celebrate one of our most prominent civil rights leaders by representing SDSU in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade! All Aztecs are invited to walk alongside President Elliot Hirshman, Provost Chukuka S. Enwemeka and Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Starting at 11 am, participants can begin checking in outside the SDSU Trolley Station and join the campus' delegation as it heads to downtown San Diego where the parade will begin on the Embarcadero at 2 pm. Show your SDSU spirit by wearing red and black! Those who register with their Red ID by Thursday, Dec. 17 will be eligible to receive a free t-shirt and trolley pass! Availability is limited, so register now! More details about the event can be found on the MLK Parade website.

Support World AIDS Day on December 1

photo: the AIDS quilt on display in Washington D.C.World AIDS Day is December 1. This global day of awareness gives people the opportunity to show support for those living with HIV and unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The day also serves to commemorate people who have died as a result of AIDS, which is caused by the HIV virus. In partnership with the One SDSU Community initiative, Student Life and Leadership and The Pride Center will host a campus movie screening of “The Normal Heart,” to help students understand the devastating impact of the disease. The film will be screened on December 1 from 5 to 8 pm in Montezuma Hall, where the AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on display on December 1 and 2. [Photo courtesy of The NAMES Project Foundation]

Advance Your Career: Log Into Aztec Career Connection

photo: a student and an employer at a career fairHave you updated your Aztec Career Connection profile lately? If not, have no fear – Winter Break is the perfect time to create or update your profile! By creating and keeping your profile current, you can access the latest jobs, internships and career events offered through SDSU Career Services. Also, for seniors graduating this spring, it’s extremely important to log into Aztec Career Connection so you don’t miss out on any on-campus interview opportunities. In this program, Career Services brings employers interested in hiring students to campus, because before you know it, graduation will be here! Log into the Aztec Career Connection website using your Red ID now to get started.

International Peer Mentorship Program

photo of International studentsFar from your support network and navigating an unfamiliar culture, life as an international student new to the U.S. presents unique challenges. Fortunately, international students can turn to classmates to make that challenge a lot less daunting. The International Student Center Peer Mentorship Program provides cultural, social and academic support to international students for one hour per week. This is a learning experience for mentees and mentors alike, offering an opportunity for cultural awareness and exchange. If you are an international student who would like a mentor - or if you are an international or domestic student interested in helping students make this transition – sign up here.

It’s Time To Start Thinking About Graduation!

photo: students at CommencementAre you eligible for graduation? If the answer is yes, congrats! Now that you’re on your way, make sure to apply for graduation online through SDSU WebPortal by clicking on the “Apply to Graduate” menu option. A non-refundable $55 fee is also due to Student Account Services along with your application, and you can clear up any outstanding bills on your account through their office as well. All applications for May graduation are due by February 2. Plan ahead for graduation by visiting the SDSU Commencement website for important dates, and mark your calendars for SDSU Gradfest, which will take place March 22 to 24, 2016, in Montezuma Hall.

Reminder: Important Campus Dates

Important Campus DatesAztecs, campus will be closed for Winter Break starting on December 22nd – we repeat, campus will be closed December 22 through December 25, and on January 1. For those of you who live on campus, as you pack up and get ready to leave for Winter Break, here’s a complete rundown of important dates to remember:

  • Last day to use Meal Plan: December 17
  • Residence Halls (except over break halls) Close: December 18
  • Winter Break Begins (campus closed): December 22
  • Residence Halls Reopen and Meal Plans Begin: January 18, 2016
  • First Day of Classes : January 20, 2016

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December 2015/January 2016

Dates and Deadlines

December 10: Last day of classes before final exams.

December 11-17: Final exams.

December 18: Residence Halls close for Winter Break at 10 am.

December 22-25: Winter Break, campus closed.

January 1: New Year’s Day, campus closed.

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, campus closed.

January 18: Residence Halls reopen at 2 pm.

January 20: First day of classes for Spring 2014 semester.

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