Empowering students to serve in their departments, serve students

During Monday night’s Senate meeting, discussion focused on empowering students to serve in their academic departments and, consequently, to serve the students of the SPU community.

Preceding further business, Senate opened in prayer as they do every week. This week in particular, however, Senate members had a moment of silence for Erin Kimminau, who passed away last weekend.

Several members of Senate, including Academic Senator for the Schools of FCS and Sociology Joelle Morris and Academic Senator for the School of Health Sciences Rachel Andrews, said they have made progress in connecting with the faculty and constituents in the departments for which they are serving.

Vice President of Campus Activities Bilen Yitbarek announced that two student nominees from each class for the People of Promise award will be presented before the student body during the talent show on Friday, Feb. 10.  

Nominees can be chosen by faculty members and must meet all four of the requirements. Nomination forms can be accessed via the OrgSync page.

On behalf of the Theater Department, Humanities Representative Athena Duran announced that the student-led play Eurydice will be opening Thursday, Nov. 10, continuing through the weekend and next weekend Nov. 17-19.

Senator for Science and Engineering Jeanna Ramirez announced the upcoming events for science majors and events designed specifically to empower women in science.

STEM Mega-Meet up will be this Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and students are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress appropriately for professionals who are looking to hire SPU students.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) will be taking students for lab tours, which will be hosted on Friday, Nov. 18, and bus fare will be provided for all attendees.

The Women of Engineering and Computer Science will be hosting an event open to all majors who are interested in programming on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Since the event is limited to 25 people, students are encouraged to sign up if they are interested.

Ramirez also announced that there will be a BioCore Scholars Welcome session on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The BioCore Scholars program is dedicated to promoting academic success, career direction and an outlet for student networking.

The SPU Dental Society will be hosting an event entitled The Journey and Life of a Dental Student, where the department will be hosting a guest speaker and a current dental student speaking about their personal experience in the career that they’re pursuing.  

This event will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Potential Candidate for the Chief Justice position on the Constitutional Advisory Board (CAB) JJ Aylyng expressed his interest in the CAB Chief Justice position, as well as his prior experience and familiarity with the CAB, which he believed made him well-equipped for the role.

The Chief Justice position serves to monitor Senate’s performance in following the Constitution and the steps to be taken if the Constitution is not being followed.

Senate voted on appointing Aylyng as CAB Chief Justice and the vote was unanimously passed.  Additionally, CAB is still looking to appoint three more individuals to serve alongside Aylyng for this academic year.

On behalf of the School of Health and Sciences, Andrews asked Senate for input on forming a health care center on campus for nursing students to practice taking blood pressure, heart rates and other operations that can further their expertise in preparation for a career in assisting and saving lives.  

Ramirez addressed The Engaging Homelessness event, encouraging students to take part in the effort to reduce homelessness in Washington state.  

Students have been encouraged to take part in leadership on SPU campus, and the state of homelessness can be changed on the local and state level.

In Other Business:

  • ASSP President Lola Sosanya announced the first of what will be a quarterly event: State of the Association (SOTA), which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the SUB Gazebo room at 6 p.m.
  • STUB will be hosting the SPU Talent Show on Friday, Feb. 10 and all applications will need to be turned in before the deadline of Friday, Nov. 11, to the STUB office located on the first floor or the SUB building, preceding auditions which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19.
  • Yitbarek announced that the Senate Board of members can be expecting a proposal in the upcoming weeks for the annual Christmas Tradition event on Friday, Dec. 2.  Tradition is a campus wide event where all students, alumni and family are welcome to take part in the festivities of free hot beverages, music, photos and more.  For any other budget proposals, the form required to make proposals can be accessed on the OrgSync page via the Treasury link.

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