Student Senate Makes Mission a Priority

Monday, February 18, 2008

The University Student Senate (USS) has created a new position on their Executive Board, the Vice President for Mission, which will be a crucial link between the ideals of Saint Joseph's University and its main student organization.

Elise Baker '10 is the first Vice President for Mission. She was appointed to the job after an interview process among current student senate members.

"The Jesuit mission and identity are a crucial aspect of our school," said Baker. "If you leave Saint Joseph's without an understanding of the Jesuit tradition, then you are leaving without the full SJU experience."

Baker, a first-year senator, was chosen from several students who applied for this position. Student Body President Hollyanne Pronko '09 established the position to ensure that the Jesuit identity is prevalent on campus.

"This position provides an official link between Campus Ministry and Student Life. One of the goals for this new position is to involve more students in service initiatives and also to further promote our Jesuit ideals," said Pronko.

Baker will work to initiate programs that are centered around the Jesuit ideals. She will also oversee the Mission committee. This group, presently consisting of both students and student senators, will have a key role in devising and implementing programs that are centered around the Jesuit ideals. The committee is open to all, and students interested in joining should contact the USS.

"As Vice President for Mission, I will be working with the committee to ensure that our Jesuit ideals will be prominent on campus," Baker said.

--David King '08

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