San Diego City Council proclaims July 26, 2011 to be A.S. Good Neighbor Program Day!

District 7 City Councilmember Marti Emerald and The San Diego City Council declared today, July 26, 2011, to be “San Diego State University Associated Students Good Neighbor Program Day” in the City of San Diego.

The Good Neighbor Program (GNP), which was established as a program of the A.S. in the early 1990’s, works year-round to improve the quality of life on campus and in the neighborhoods surrounding the SDSU campus. The communities that make up the College Area are some of the most diverse in the city, and adding to that diversity is the mix of student residents that live amongst families, senior citizens, and other non-student residents.

With the help and oversight of the A.S. Vice President of External Affairs and A.S. staff, a committed team of student volunteers keep the program running, assisting their peers and working with community members to make sure that everyone who lives in the College Area maintains the high quality of life that exists in the neighborhood. Volunteers regularly distribute a brochure called “Getting Along with Your College Area Neighbors” to student residents; attend community meetings; listen to concerns from residents; and participate in community beautification projects such as regular trash pick-ups.

The Good Neighbor Program operates a hotline in which community members can voice concerns about neighborhood issues or ask questions. Messages to the hotline are checked daily by A.S. staff and routed to student volunteers who promptly respond to all inquiries.

The program has has only been a benefit to the campus and surrounding community and GNP leaders are planning to continue the program’s tradition of service to the community in the upcoming school year.

A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Krista Parker (center) receiving the proclamation along with College Area Community Council President Doug Case, A.S. Executive Director Dan Cornthwaite, City Councilmember Marti Emerald, A.S. VP of University Affairs Mina Azim, and A.S. Executive Vice President Darin Ruiz.

The full text of the City Council proclamation is below:

Proclamation of the City Council
City of San Diego

San Diego State University
Associated Students
Good Neighbor Program Day
July 26, 2011
Presented by Councilmember Marti Emerald

WHEREAS, student enrollment at San Diego State University (SDSU) has steadily increased over the last two decades to its present enrollment of approximately 30,000 students; and this has led to increased impacts from student occupied housing on the neighborhoods surrounding the campus, such as noise, litter, and parking congestion; AND

WHEREAS, SDSU Associated Students, recognizing the above impacts, founded the Good Neighbor Program in 1990 with the mission of increasing the students’ awareness of the relationship between their behavior and the quality of life on the SDSU campus in the surrounding neighborhoods; AND

WHEREAS, the SDSU Associated Students Good Neighbor Program has engaged in numerous community service activities in the neighborhoods around the San Diego State University campus, such as educational campaigns, community outreach, and neighborhood clean-ups; AND

WHEREAS, the Good Neighbor Program has assigned a representative to the College Area Community Planning Board/Community Council who has consistently served said body honorably; AND

WHEREAS, the Good Neighbor Program has demonstrated a special commitment to the welfare of the community, improving the character and the quality of life in the neighborhoods adjacent to the school, and the greater San Diego community; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Council of the City of San Diego, that this Council, for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby declare July 26, 2011 as “SDSU ASSOCIATED STUDENTS GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM DAY” in the City of San Diego.

*The resolution was signed by all eight San Diego City Councilmembers and Mayor Jerry Sanders.

For more information about the Good Neighbor Program, visit the program’s page on the A.S. website.


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