Vice President of Finance: Ben Prinster
VPF Candidate Application Statement
- Prior to attending Seattle Pacific University, I never would have guessed the
diversity of student interests and beliefs present in the SPU community. This
diversity is what initially led me to become involved in different programs at
SPU. After three years I continue to enjoy being involved with the variety of
educational, extracurricular, and on-campus opportunities that SPU has employed
and promoted under a welcoming Christian atmosphere. Yet after serving and
being involved with the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific for the past year, I
believe that the next and most effective way for me to continue serving the
student body is to take on the roles and responsibilities of the Vice President of
Finance. Serving in ASSP would allow me to serve not just subsets of the SPU
community, but rather the entire SPU community. I am passionate about
leadership and the different interests and stories each SPU student is able to tell.
Serving in ASSP as the VPF would adequately allow me to help give financial
communication and assistance to the variety of student interests—the student
interests that make up our SPU community—the community I know as home.
- I believe that I am qualified for the ASSP VPF position for several reasons, the
first being very contextually important. I am currently a junior studying Business
Management. While studying for my business major at SPU, I have learned
realistic fiscal applications as well as the language of business. Both of which I
believe to be very important in managing financial activities in ASSP.
In addition, I currently work and have the opportunity to be involved in ASSP as
the Office Assistant. This has given me insight into the details and the potential
complexity of different processes, specific office responsibilities, and efficient
office communication. It is through this insight and knowledge that I believe
proves to be advantageous for me to serve in ASSP.
I believe myself to be organized. In my daily life, it is imperative that I keep
organized digitally, physically, and mentally. Dealing with numbers, money, and
managing fiscal responsibilities is a task that requires careful organization. I
believe that my ability to maintain orderliness and manage my time appropriately
and effectively is a necessary skill for the position of VPF.
Naturally, money is both a touching and touchy subject. Therefore, the VPF
position requires strength in communication, with peers in the ASSP office,
faculty, and students. Whether through email, phone, or face to face, I believe that
I have the ability to communicate efficiently and clearly with all levels of
individuals while maintaining professionalism, honesty, integrity and desire to do
so in a collaborative yet informative way.
I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been previously given to learn
about leadership and management. Through both my prior work experience and
leadership positions, I feel I have learned how to effectively manage people and
resources and successfully lead groups to a larger goal.
Explore and Create Efficient Financial Processes: Students, student clubs, and
student organizations constantly need fiscal approval and management in order to
provide better programs and services in tune with the variety of on-campus
student interests. Currently, these processes which students utilize can be delayed
and slowed due to pending approval or a high number of requests. While serving
in ASSP, I will strive to explore opportunities and search for ways to create more
digitally relevant fiscal processes by which students can access and track financial
requests as well as more efficient ways to submit and gain approval for financial
Develop, Facilitate and Encourage Team Communication: Within the financial
sphere, poor communication can be detrimental to fiscal processes. During my
term, I will look to develop positive and improved communication with students,
faculty, and other ASSP members in order to better serve the financial needs of
students at Seattle Pacific and create continuous lines of positive, yet factual
communication while keeping key members informed of all critical issues.
Strive to Efficiently Utilize and Save Student Money: As students seeking a higher
education, we all have experienced the effects and financial stress of paying for
such education. All students pay an ASSP fee every quarter that is directed
towards providing both old and new student services and programs. As I serve in
ASSP, I will strive to represent the wallets of an average SPU student. I will do
this by budgeting and fiscally planning how to use this ASSP fee most efficiently
for future student savings, such as seeking out additional discounts in our
community. As Vice President of Finance, I will work with Finance Board and
Allocation Board to be good stewards of your money. In addition, I will strive to
save student money and wisely utilize student financial contributions in
collaboration with SPU faculty, administration, and a variety of SPU leadership
positions. Paying money is not easy, yet I will focus my efforts to make sure your
payments are felt and visible during my term and well into ASSP’s future.
Work With ASSP Officers to Advance Student Opportunities: The student
programs and services ASSP currently provides are great opportunities for
students to utilize both academically and recreationally. Many of these student
opportunities are now a stitch in the fabric that is SPU student culture. VPF’s role
in these opportunities affects all students groups from ministries to multi-ethnic
programs, student senate to campus activities, and from student clubs to student
medias. Therefore, I am excited for this unique opportunity to work with other
ASSP Officers in brainstorming to create new and popular student services and
programs for students to utilize. With the additional opportunities in an area you
as a student may be passionate about, we as the SPU community can thrive,
flourish, and expand!
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