Dear SASSE members!
March has come to an end and I suppose it must have been quite a turbulent month for each and every one of you. Project groups and committee boards have had to act quickly and adapt from holding meetings in the SASSE premises, to moving them online. It has been more difficult to host team-building activities; however, from what I’ve seen, you have done very well on that part, despite the challenging circumstances (eloge to you!).
It makes me so happy to see how close many of the committee boards and projects groups already have become. Furthermore, I wish to welcome all new recruits aboard: Welcome to the Handelsdagarna Committee, the Student’s Nobel Night Cap’s Project Group, the BSc Introduction Committee, the new Project Leader for SASSE Sustainability Group, the Alumni Mentorship Project Group, the Tutor Center Project Group, and the Women’s Finance Day’s Project Group! And last but not least: Welcome to Oscar, our new interim Social Committee President. I am confident that all of us will accomplish great things together this year. <3
Especially in these times, I am happy to be writing this monthly newsletter, and thus give you more insight into the board’s work. If there’s anything you and your project group would like me to share with all members (or external parties), just reach out – we’re more than happy to highlight the amazing things you do every single day!
To share some of what the SASSE Board has been up to, I would like to start with our operational goals which we have written for the first period. Up until June, we will focus on:
1) improving the communication within SASSE
2) understanding and improving SASSE’s business model
3) kicking off the new year and increasing SASSE unity
4) improving student health
Each of these objectives will be described in more detail in the coming operational plan (which we have to compile into a presentable format…). We have chosen to work with the “OKR Model” where OKR stands for “Objectives and Key Results”. The committee presidents will share their personal objectives with their respective committee boards so we together can work towards accomplishing the goals. Of course, all independent projects will be looped in as well, especially on the communication objective.
March has been permeated by equality work from the SASSE board’s part. We have started planning for the upcoming Equality Week (19-23 April) together with the Equality Group, had a kick-off meeting with the Academic Pride group as well as had the annual Equality Workshop with Karol Vieker.
We have also started looking into various ways to enforce the contact between SSE students, different companies – from other sectors than the usual banking and consulting – and alumni. I look forward to sharing this with you as soon as we have made more progress!
Additionally, the process of renovating the premises has been initiated and we have examined the possibility of getting external funding for it. Speaking of premises: as you might know, I am currently working on the Studentpalatset situation. SSE believes it is too costly to rent (or buy) the entire building, which is the only option Akademiska Hus provides. I want you to know that I’m working hard on this, as I know how much Studentpalatset means to some of you.
Axel (Vice President) has fixed the heating issue at Enoksro (it was really cold out there before) and looked into using your access card as a key to Enoksro when you have booked it. Melvin (IdU) has initiated the organizing for this fall’s Surf Trip and Lovisa (UU) and Cindy (IntU) has, together with CIVICA, started planning for the upcoming European week in June. In March, a Swedish Language café was also hosted by IntU; we’re looking forward to the next one!
Lovisa has, together with you members, evaluated the different alternatives for implementing rest day(s) after exams. She has in addition to this compiled a guideline document for what a role-specific handbook should include. This so each of you can learn your new role more efficiently, and hence start with the fun stuff faster!
Thanks to Clara (MedU), SASSE will soon have a drone license – make sure to sign up for the upcoming session where you can learn how to use it! Markus (TechU) has looked into a potential new website for SASSE.se with new features, such as a career portal. Matilda (BC) has together with her board renewed plenty of company contracts for the committee sponsors and the introduction weeks, ensuring that we have the revenue we need to create as magical events as possible!
With that being said, I wish you a fantastic new month! Feel free to reach out to me or any in the SASSE Board if you have questions – how big or small they might be.
President of SASSE 21/22
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