“We want to see you get involved,” ASB President Carrie Bernard told attendees.
iServe was the first of many initiatives ASB is taking to partner with students as they plan events, form organizations, and unite the student body. Bernard hopes that students willing to serve alongside ASB leaders will gain the skills it takes to become future officers.
Bernard, who served on ASB last year, said that officers are often elected with no prior experience or knowledge of what their jobs will entail. When a new ASB team steps on campus, the transition is often shaky and uncertain.
“We want to see smoother transitions between years,” Bernard said.
After loading up plates with free pizza, filing into seats, and receiving a warm welcome from Bernard, students were encouraged to break up in groups and meet individually with ASB officers.
Bryce Phelan, ministries coordinator, and Amy Drake, activities coordinator encouraged students in their circles to join committees that will plan and help orchestrate events.
Students interested in further involvement signed up with their name and e-mail. Bernard plans to e-mail those interested in ministries and activities with applications to join respective committees.
Phelan is enthusiastic to form a committee that will aid him in coordinating ministry opportunities on and off campus.
“I’m all for change,” he said. “Without change, I don’t think growth can happen.”
In addition to forming committees, Organizations Coordinator David Holcomb is also looking to increase students’ involvement with ASB. He hopes to boost student awareness of organizations on campus.
“We want to expand our organizations…ones that focus on outreach and those that focus on serving our community on campus,” he said.
Holcomb plans to equip students to form organizations that will last more than a few years. Oftentimes, he explained, an organization is one student’s vision and “when they graduate, it dies.”
He is encouraging students to partner with preexisting off-campus organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Holcomb is enthusiastic to support student organizations that will actively “make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”
There are many other ways students can be partners with ASB. Jesse Belleque, communications coordinator, and Jessica Baughman, media arts coordinator, need help hanging up posters and promoting campus events via Facebook.
Vice President Kevin Coriano is also looking for assistance as he plans events at Corban sports games to promote school spirit.
According to Bernard, iServe was a way for ASB to evaluate how many students were interested in participating.
“It’s a better showing than we expected,” she said enthusiastically.