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Rabbit Report

The weekly Rabbit Report from the SDSU Students' Association

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Jackrabbits, there are lots of people and resources here to help you as we all work together through these unprecedented times. Please visit the resources below for more information about commonly asked questions from students:

Please don’t hesitate to reach out the university’s COVID-19 response team at SDSU.COVID-19.Response@sdstate.edu with any questions.

Read on for this week’s student organization events, campus resources, and involvement opportunities.


This week’s edition of the Rabbit Report includes:

  1. Students’ Association Senate Meeting
  2. Admissions Ambassador Applications
  3. Academic Advising & Student Success Services
  4. Counseling Center & Telehealth Services
  5. KSDJ Radio 2020-2021 Staff Applications Open
  6. KSDJ’s Virtual May Day Concert
  7. Reporting Information

1. Students’ Association Senate Meeting

The Students’ Association Senate will hold its regular weekly meeting tonight at 7:00pm via Zoom video conference. Information about how to join the Students’ Association Senate meeting via Zoom is provided on this web page. Please contactSDSU.SACommunications@sdstate.edu with any questions about joining the SA Senate meeting via Zoom.

Tonight’s meeting agenda is linked here. Topics for the meeting include open forum presentations from Jody Own from the Wintrode Student Success Center, Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer McLaughlin, SDSU Athletics leadership regarding Athletics finances; student organization report from the Political Science Club; second readings and debate on resolution 19-19-R regarding recognition of Vice President for Technology and Security Michael Adelaine, resolution 19-20-R regarding composting on campus, and ordinance 19-01-O regarding a change to SA’s Index Sweep Policy for FY20-21; and first readings of amendment 19-08-R regarding the SA Senate attendance policy for ex officio members, resolution 19-21-R regarding recognition of university faculty, staff, and administration during the COVID-19 pandemic, and resolution 19-22-R regarding recognition of SDSU students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All SA Senate meetings are open to the public. Students or members of the public are welcome to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting or during discussion on relevant agenda items. Please contact SDSU.SAChiefOfStaff@sdstate.edu with any questions about SA Senate meetings or agenda items.


2. Admissions Ambassador Applications

Applications for SDSU Admissions Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available! Admissions Ambassadors are hired to represent and promote SDSU to prospective students and their families, as well as the general public. Ambassadors are critical to the successful recruitment of students to SDSU.

The online application, full position description, and requirements can be found online. Information sessions will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 1st, at 4:00pm and Tuesday, April 7th, at 3:00pm. Zoom meeting links for the information sessions can be found here. Application screenings will begin on Friday, April 17th. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom on Tuesday, April 21st, and Wednesday, April 22nd.

More information is available online. Please contact Ryan Vande Kieft (Ryan.VandeKieft@sdstate.edu) or Carley McMacken (Carley.McMacken@sdstate.edu) with any questions.


3. Academic Advising & Student Success Services

Resources and services are available to SDSU students to support academic success during the university’s transition to online learning.

Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction

Smarthinking is an online tutoring program available to SDSU students. Additionally, many academic support programs at SDSU are offering online tutoring services or supplemental instruction. Please visit the student information page about online learning or contact the First Year Advising Center at (605) 688-4155 for more information.

Registration Help Sessions

The First Year Advising Center is offering registration help sessions for students who need assistance with navigating course schedules or registering for classes through Self Service. These drop-in sessions are offered through Zoom. Students must meet with their academic advisor to discuss fall 2020 and/or spring 2021 courses prior to attending a registration help session.

Registration help sessions are available on the following dates. Use this Zoom link to drop in at any point during virtual sessions to get help with registering for classes.

  • Tuesday, April 7th – 9:30-11:30am
  • Wednesday, April 8th – 9:00-11:00am

Success Coaching

The Wintrode Student Success Center is offering success coaching appointments to help students with the transition to a new course delivery format. Any undergraduate student who needs assistance with the transition to online courses can schedule a success coaching appointment through ConnectState. Students are also welcome to contact the Wintrode Student Success Center at (605) 688-4155 or via email at SDSU.AdvisingCenter@sdstate.edu to schedule an appointment. The Success Coach will help students with navigating D2L or online resources, time management, course/assignment management, and developing study skills to support online learning.


4. Counseling Center & Telehealth Services

Counseling Services will continue through telehealth. All telehealth services will be offered remotely through Zoom Health. We want you to know that we are here to support all of our students through this unexpected transition. If you would like to continue services, schedule a new appointment or receive help finding resources in your community, please call (605) 688-4157 or email SDSU.SHC@sdstate.edu.  You can also stay up to date by following our website.

Managing Your Mental Health during COVID-19

Recent COVID-19 precautions have greatly impacted our SDSU campus community. Between moving back home, transitioning to online learning, social distancing, and facing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, some students are likely experiencing heightened stress. For students with mental health conditions, these changes may trigger increased frequency and/or intensity of symptoms.

Adjusting to change and increased stress can affect people in different ways. You may want to contact a mental health professional if you find it difficult to manage the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Self-care is crucial during this time of transition and uncertainty. Here are some ideas the CDC offers for managing your own physical and mental health during this challenging time:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

For students who are struggling with COVID-19 stressors and concerns, SDSU counseling services will be available. Please see the information above about telehealth counseling sessions. To learn more about Counseling Services, contact us at (605) 688-6146.

For more information about managing stress and anxiety during this time, please visit the CDC website.


5. KSDJ Radio 2020-2021 Staff Applications Open

SDSU's student-run radio station is now accepting staff applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Most positions are paid. Positions include News Director, Sports Director, Communications Director, and more! At KSDJ, you will gain new friends and valuable leadership experience all while growing in your communication skills on-air and off. As a staff member, you will host your own personalized two-hour radio show every week in addition to staff meetings and other tasks. The time commitment is about 5+ hours per week and is very flexible!

Apply at KSDJ today, and join a fun staff that aims to make KSDJ 90.7 the prime radio station for all Jackrabbits! Learn more on the KSDJ website and apply today! Please contact Renae.Vinzant@jacks.sdstate.edu or Susan.Smith@jacks.sdstate.edu with any questions.


6. KSDJ’s Virtual May Day Concert Set for Friday, April 24th

KSDJ Radio and the University Program Council will be hosting a virtual May Day concert on Friday, April 24th—free of charge! The main performance will be the band Telehope. You can find the band’s music on YouTube and Spotify.

The concert will be hosted virtually so you can enjoy the performance from home! Stay connected with KSDJ's FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to learn more as the concert date approaches.


7. Need to report a concern?

You have great resources available right at your fingertips to help you through your experience at SDSU, one of which is the online Student Handbook. Here you can find policies, processes, information on how to get involved and details about student services and supports to make you successful. You also have many ways to report a concern, both related to academics and non-academics. Finally, if you need assistance, know that we are here to help and our Student Ombudsperson and the University Ombuds Office are both resources to assist you in many different ways.


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To submit an event for consideration to be featured in the Rabbit Report, contact SDSU.SACommunications@sdstate.edu by Thursday at 11:59pm. Please include all event information written similarly to the format above. All submissions are subject to the Rabbit Report Submission Guidelines.

Have a great week! Stay safe and healthy!