Belen Crisp, Recorder: "This semester, I'm most excited about being more involved and having another position in cabinet where I get to basically see what every committee does and I get to just listen and take a lot of notes on what's going on with cabinet and within the university."
"I'm really excited about being historian too, because that was new bill enacted last semester so I'll be able to look back and be able to pick apart different things in SA, all of the different presidents we had and really dissect how many female presidents we had, what majors they were in and things like that."
Jenny Choi, chair of Academic Affairs: "I hope to see more tangible and long-lasting results from Academic Affairs. I also hope to take a complete review of underutilized spaces on campus in order to create more study spaces for students. Another thing that Academic Affairs was working on last session but was not completed was busing students to graduate testing locations. This is something that I hope to see completed during my time as Chair of Academic Affairs."
Ben Jones, parliamentarian: "I think I have a lot of work cut out for me. Student Association has a lot of rules and I think they all need to be looked at really closely. I think part of it is, so that any student, any of our constituents can go right into our office, pick up a copy of our codes and know exactly what they mean. That's going to be a lot of work, but this is a passion of mine. I'm kind of a nerd."
Janine Savage, chair of Student Engagement: "I plan to reconstruct SA tabling and encouraged our representatives to initiate conversations with students rather then wait for students to reach out to SA. It is our job to reach out to the students rather than wait for them to come to us. I am also excited to coordinate the second annual Impact Week, a weeklong community service event open to the entire student body. Impact Week will occur during the fall semester."
PJ Alampi, chief of staff: "As the Chief of Staff for the 57th Session I plan to work directly with the members to provide them with the necessary support to excel in their initiatives. With our members constantly reaching out to administration, I plan to use my connections to facilitate the work of the Assembly Representatives."
Ivan Rosales, chair of Student Life Committee: "I want to streamline the initiative process so that we can complete as many as possible throughout the session. I want to do this by providing contact sheets for key administrators as well as presenting on them during committee meetings. Additionally I want to redirect the boards within the committee to fit the work that they are doing and to make their results known to the students. As chairman I also want to work on my own personal initiatives, such as those that I mentioned during the meeting, so that I can set an example to assembly members through actions not just words."
Colin Crowley, public relations co-chairperson: "I really want to focus on finding and exposing those small initiatives that representatives will do from time to time, that really do make a big difference for students, but often go unnoticed. It's so important that students know about every resource they have available to them. Additionally, I want to see us putting out more content – videos, pictures, blog posts, even a newsletter – so students are constantly hearing about what we're doing on their behalf."
Allie Curtis, president: "I hope to aid our members in completing their initiatives and to become even more effective in their roles. I also want to inspire other students to join us in making a difference on campus. Most importantly I want to leave a legacy of Student Association truly being ‘students helping students.’"
"I want students to know we are here to cut through bureaucratic red tape – not add to it. We are here to create solutions."
Stephen DeSalvo, comptroller: "I aim to foster new opportunities for student organizations to apply for funding for campus events and programs. I am working toward redefining the financial process to allow student organizations to access greater amounts of student activity fee funds to enhance the experiences and participation opportunities for all students on the Syracuse and SUNY-ESF campuses."
Cara Johnson, public relations co-chairperson: "Colin and I really want to focus on connecting the students to SA as well as opening a better and more accessible line of communication. I will focus more on the social media aspect because it is such a valuable resource for reaching out to the students. I would like to see more information being pushed out to the students so they know what resources and support they have available to them through SA."
Duane Ford, vice president: "I want to get at least one initiative done in each committee. I also want to work on recruitment efforts in SA because I feel like it's very important for us to be internally really strong and also well represent our student body."
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