Crabb takes on leadership role

Senate reviews associate justice application of Chelsea Crabb

Senate confirmed junior Chelsea Crabb as an associate justice of the ASSP Constitutional Advisory Board in addition to discussing various upcoming events at Monday night’s meeting.

ASSP President Lola Sosanya began officer reports by announcing that the current ASSP Core will be hosting an informational forum on Feb. 7.  Those interested in being a part of next year’s ASSP Core are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be held in the SUB Gazebo Room from 5 to 7:45 p.m.

Also in her opening announcements, Sosanya spoke about Switchboard, a new networking tool, which she says is “like a LinkedIn, but more SPU focused.”

“[Switchboard is] similar to that of Job Link, but it’s more for … alumni and current student relations,” Sosanya said. “If you have a question that you want to ask someone that’s been through a similar situation or that’s an alum of SPU, you can do that via Switchboard.”

Switchboard is currently in beta testing, and will be released under the web address
spu.switchboardhq.com soon.

ASSP Executive Vice President Mara Kramer announced that Leadership Week would begin on Monday, Feb. 13.

This Student-Leadership-Development-Committee-sponsored event serves as a “promotion of leadership sponsored positions,” according to Kramer.

As part of Leadership Week, a fair will be held in Martin Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13. Current ASSP members will be sharing their experiences about serving on ASSP.

Vice President of Ministries Shongi Motsi spoke about the upcoming Seattle Story event, which is coordinated through Latreia.

Seattle Story is a two-day immersion program connected with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The event will take place Friday through Saturday, Jan. 27-28.

Additionally, Motsi spoke about next week’s chapel speaker, Rev. Randy Woodley. Woodley is a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee Tribe whose work is focused in new church movements, racial and ethnic diversity and social justice issues.

The chapel service featuring Woodley will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at First Free Methodist Church at 11:10 a.m.

Vice President of Campus Activities Bilen Yitbarek is looking for volunteers to help with set-up for the talent show on Friday, Feb. 10.

Volunteers who work on the night before the show will receive a free ticket to attend the talent show.

However, volunteers who assist the day of the talent show will receive free pizza, a free ticket to the show and a free t-shirt. Those who are interested in helping should contact STUB.

Also during the meeting, Campus Program Coordinator Kristen Voetmann announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of the academic year.

“I have loved my nearly five years here, and I’m very committed for our department being set up for success,” Voetmann said.

As an order of new business, Sosanya introduced Crabb, a potential associate justice of the ASSP Constitutional Advisory Board.

“Chelsea’s very interested in being an active participant within our community, and that she would like to do that by ensuring our constitution is respected and adhered to,” Sosanya said.

Crabb, a junior transfer student, is currently studying mathematics at SPU but hopes to pursue a career in law. She also works as a laboratory aid at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

“[I’m] really interested in law, so this [position] particularly seemed like a really interesting thing to pursue for me,” Crabb said.

Crabb also has prior leadership experience through the Washington State Hunter Jumpers Association, as she served as a member at large for a year. She also spent the last eight years as an equestrian trainer, where she was involved in show jumping.

Senate voted unanimously for the approval of Crabb for associate justice.

In other business:

President Lola Sosanya announced that students and alumni can log volunteer hours for the 125,000 hours of service project as a part of SPU’s 125th year celebration.

Kramer announced that the Student Leadership Development Committee’s In-Service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Upper Gwinn from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Motsi announced that SPRINT applications are still open. She also spoke about the Cascadia Worship and Arts Conference, which will be held off-campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25.

Yitbarek announced that quarterly passes to Vertical World are still available through Outdoor Recreation Program office. Space for the Twin Falls hike Saturday, Jan. 28 is still available. A $5 deposit is required.

Vice President of Intercultural Affairs Jess Sloan announced that she is partnering with students with disabilities to highlight issues of accessibility and elevate students’ voices.

Motsi announced that there is still available spots in this quarter’s In Context program.

School of Health Sciences Senator Rachel Andrews announced that there will be a sock drive benefiting Tent City 5 starts Monday, Jan. 23 and goes to Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Moyer Hall Senator Justin Palaganas announced that the Experience Moyer Project will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

The SPU MODE group is beginning its model search for the SPU Spring Fashion Show. Contact Stephanie Taylor for more details.

Hill Hall Senator Erkin George announced that the Decade Skate will be held on Friday, Feb. 27.

Ashton Hall Senator Mary-Kate Gleason announced that the tentative date for Ashton Cup is Sunday, Mar. 5.

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