You’ve made it! Yet another semester completed. Some of you are off to the real world to get a job, others are continuing school somewhere else, and some are still here with a few more semesters to check off their list. No matter where you’re at, congrats! Not only did you make it through another school year, but you made it through another Houghton winter!
Anyways, this is the final blog post for this school year and since we’re in the digital age, we don’t send out newsletters anymore. SO, alumni, SWE members from around the region, even people in the chapter now, keep reading to get a great overview of how this semester went for SWE. (I’ll give you a sneak peak…it’s all pretty fantastic news!!). It’s a crazy long post, but I promise it’s worth it! Here’s what’s included:
Farewell letter from our section president..Sam Kallman
A few words from some our advisors (we couldn’t do it without them!)
Quick overview from committee heads and executive board members of significant happenings in our section. (A lot goes on behind the scenes, so check this out to see new developments this year!)
a peak into who will be leading SWE next year
and Finally, a farewell to all our seniors will be included in a soon to follow blog post!
A Farewell from our President, Sam
Where has the time gone? And the snow?
As I sit here trying to grasp the ventures of the Section over the past year, I simply think about what made the year a success, and a memorable experience. Throughout this past year, the Section has integrated new events, as well as strengthening traditional events. The year began with hosting the Tie-Dye event on Walker Lawn during Orientation Week. Compared to last year, Mother Nature blessed us with a beautiful evening in the Keweenaw and approximately 300 people showed up to tie-dye some SWEet t-shirts.
Before we knew it, Homecoming was here and it was time to share and encourage ‘Husky’ spirit. This year the Section hosted the first ever SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint – A 5k for Charity. The event began on campus and ran (no pun intended) through downtown. Over 90 people participated and $700 was donated to the Barbara Gundlach Kettle Shelter in Calumet. With my love and passion for running, I was really excited to the large involvement for the event.
With our continued involvement in the community, we hosted a Girl Scout Day in Wads Annex where over 65 Girl Scouts from throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin ventured to Tech. The day was filled with engineering, science, and collaboration. Activities included a self-constructed sink or float boat challenge, followed by a lunch in the dorms, and then colored flower transformation. It was great to see members interact directly with young girls and to hear each of them share their passion for outreach.
These are a few of the successful events from this year. SWE continued to expand Evening with Industry with 173 students and 133 recruiters in attendance and an epic Chrysler sponsorship. During Winter Carnival we sold out of pasties and build a guitar statue in recognition of WE15. The Certificate of Merit expanded from just Michigan and Wisconsin to now Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. And, how could I forget the launch of a brand new Section website. I highly recommend you taking a moment to go check out both the website and blog!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank each person that made this year a success; advisors, counselor, committee heads, members, College of Engineering, and continued corporate and university support. As the Section President, this year has been an opportunity to grow individually, but it was also an opportunity to do what I love and that is help individuals grow. As a soon to be alumnae, I look forward to the future growth and success in the years to come for the Section.
Best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
A Word from our Advisors
An Overview from some of our Leaders
This year, was a great year for our section. Over the years we have seen a lot of growth in our members, which drove the challenge of finding a new room to hold general meetings in. Fisher 138 and EERC 103 were the main rooms we choose because there was less travel time for our on campus members and the room layouts were conducive to mingling between members.
Looking back on this year we hosted so many awesome events everyone had such a great time pressing cider with Gretchen Hein and building the guitar during overnight statue building to promote WE15 in Nashville. I had so much fun dog walking, going to the hockey game together, and going to movies and Applebees with everyone!
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
This year was similar to past years, I put up flyers for every general meeting and table tents for the first meeting! I design the posters with creative images and designs on them to attract people to our meetings! Sometimes I assisted other CHEB members to publicize their events, for example I design and put up the flyers for the new student org, GradSWE. I had a lot of fun being on CHEB and getting to know everyone. One of my favorite memories on CHEB was the holiday party where we all brought food and traded gift’s at Sam’s house!
This is the first year awards has been a committee and many lessons have been learned! We nominated over 10 events and women for the student activity awards. Our president and Julie Way, one of our faculty advisors, were both nominated for the SWE individual awards. Writing award nominations helps show the great aspects of our section. Thank you to everyone who helped out this year!
As this years Fundraising Chair, I was responsible for a fall and spring fundraiser. In the fall, we hosted our very first “SWEat Homcoming Spirit – A 5k for Charity” which raised over $700 for a local charity. For our spring fundraiser, we sold pasties at the Winter Carnival All-nighter. The pasties were a huge hit, selling out before 11 pm! Thanks to everyone who helped us succeed with both of these fundraising events!
This was a pretty major year for the webmaster position. We transitioned into the new website about three weeks into the Fall semester. We made drastic improvements leading up to the national conference and will be looking to apply for best website next year out of all the other sections.
EVENING WITH INDUSTRY
Next year in SWE
President Elect–Maggie Urben
VP For membership–Lacey Kaare
Webmaster–Breanna Merrits and Jocelyne Denhof
Certificate of Merit–Carly Gloudemans and Elizabeth Wohlford
Campus and Community–Kate Boyles, Jessica Geroux, and Kate Fletcher
Evening with Industry–Dylaina Fiebing, Laura Schimmel and Baileigh Zimmerman
Fundraising–Madison Mroczynski and COurtney VanWagoner
Social–Lily Williams and Erin Murdoch
Advisors–Gretchen Hein, Elizabeth Hoy and Julie Way