While many students are crashing classes and begging instructors to add them to their roll sheets, a few have been checking out classes they donâ€™t plan to add.
Thatâ€™s because theyâ€™re just stopping by to introduce themselves.
Theyâ€™re students who want to tell the story of what itâ€™s like to be involved in the campus community and inform their peers about what Fresno State has to offer. And they only need a few minutes to tell students what Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) can do for them.
For incoming freshmen, or apathetic students who may not know, ASI, formally Associated Students, is Fresno Stateâ€™s student government, which includes senators who represent each of the colleges or schools on campus.
â€œWe basically bit the bullet,â€ ASI President J.P. Moncayo said of this semesterâ€™s tedious new method of reaching out to the student body.
Now in his second term, Moncayo said ASI realized it has to be more aggressive about communicating its message to students by outlining what they do for the campus.
Going from classroom to classroom is â€œthe hardest wayâ€ to spread the ASI word, yet itâ€™s a â€œvery strong way for us to get the word out on top issues,â€ Moncayo said.
The visits offer information about ASI funding thatâ€™s available to campus clubs and organizations, low-cost health insurance and the phone number for the campus police department.
These start-of-the-semester presentations will continue to hit classrooms, Moncayo said, â€œuntil we exhaust it.â€
So far, ASI officers have presented themselves to 800 students in this manner. They plan to increase that number to at least 2000 students over the next two weeks.
But ASI doesnâ€™t intend to have the student body at hello. The group plans to use classroom presentations proactively to educate students on hot topics such as a possible increase in parking fees that may eventually require a student vote. From there, ASI will inform students what options they have when it comes time to vote.
â€œWeâ€™re gonna get our hands really dirty,â€ Moncayo said.
Erica Dement, ASIâ€™s communications director, said some of the new ways they plan to increase student involvement is through Bulldog Squad, a new campus spirit group she anticipates will launch in early October.
While Dement discussed ways students can improve their campus experience by applying for positions in ASI and the Bulldog squad, she said students who arenâ€™t members of any campus organizations can still see ASIâ€™s impact on the campus community through scholarships they fund, the library laptop program and the Pick-a-Prof service, which allows students to rate and review professors.
She also hopes ASIâ€™s office will be a welcoming one for the student body.
According to Moncayo, students can turn to ASI if they come across issues such as problems with professors.
â€œThe office is a great place to start,â€ Moncayo said, since ASI is â€œmore prone to know who to contactâ€ when complaints about instructors arise.
He also hopes the ASI office will be a â€œgood front desk for the university and student lifeâ€ so students can drop by whenever theyâ€™re looking for answers.
â€œThe problem we have on campus is students not being aware of whatâ€™s going on,â€ said D.J. Clovis, ASIâ€™s director of student involvement.
He said he hopes to alleviate the â€œI didnâ€™t know what was going onâ€ mentality by creating a calendar of events to give students advance notice of events happening on campus.
Clovisâ€™ goal is simple: he wants everyone â€œto be excited to be a Fresno State student.â€
ASI has a central point they hope to get across to the student body.
â€œEvery student is a member of ASI,â€ said Mackee Mason, ASIâ€™s senator of athletics.
The belief is one Moncayo hopes will push students who want to see change around campus.
â€œMy hope,â€ Moncayo said, â€œis that people who are really angry will join ASI.â€