So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu!!

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


Thank you for the opportunity be part of one of the strongest student orgs on campus. I am so incredibly proud to tell others that I’m a SWE advisor. The strength of our section is a result of the strength of our members, and also how well you work as a team to take advantage of your diversity of skill, perspective, and personality to collaborate to achieve your significant goals, which ultimately results in impressive accomplishments. Your commitment, hard work, and the high standards you hold yourself to as a representative of our SWE section are not always easy, but always exemplary and inspiring. I am amazed at how much you all do, and how you do it all so well. Each of you should be very proud of yourself and the organization you help bring a level of prominence, not only on our campus, but on a national level in the Society of Women Engineers.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors. While I genuinely wish you all the best in your next step, I absolutely know that you will experience greater success than you’ve ever imagined, that you’ve earned all of it, and that you completely deserve it.
I very much look forward to working with our returning SWEsters next


Thanks for another great year with our SWE Section. A highlight of  my fall is when you come out to our farm for cider pressing. I like seeing everyone off-campus and getting to know more of the members. I enjoyed going to Nationals with you. It was impressive to see the accomplishments of our section. I can’t wait wait to go to the banquet and learn what everyone will be doing this summer.
Congratulations to the graduates. I hope you enjoy your new jobs and graduate school or whatever you have decided to do. I hope you keep in touch with the section and let us know about how your lives are going.
For those of you who are returning, I look forward to another fun year. We have submitted several proposals for WE15 and I look forward to attending sessions where our members will be presenting.
Enjoy summer – and the leftover snow.

An Overview from some of our Leaders


This year was a great year for our SWE section financially, and we are ending the year well prepared for the future. 
This year we had many corporate sponsors donate to our SWE sections, including Marathon Petroleum, ArcelorMittal, and Schlumberger ($2,400 from Stilettos to Steel-toes). 
Evening with Industry was a great success, profiting over $11,000, and ALL of the student tickets were sponsored by companies! 
We were also able to give back to our community this year. We were able to donate $700 to the Barbara Gundlach Women’s shelter and $500 to the Pavlis Women’s Health Project. 
After this year’s budget hearings, we were awarded $3,000 from USG to send members to the Societal Conference. 
I look forward to continuing this upward trend for SWE next year, and seeing what the the fall semester brings!


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!


This year Certificate of Merit had the opportunity to recognize over 330 girls from Michigan and Wisconsin. We also manage to add a hundred Minnesota schools to the list and bring the total up to 1621 schools!
We reached out to high schools and asked them to nominate junior and senior female students who are excelling in science and math. We then send these students certificates encouraging their pursuit of STEM and showing not only Michigan Tech, but also SWE’s support of their efforts.


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.


This year the Historian took pictures at all the events, helped the website out by taking pictures of all CHEB members and some of the general members. I had a lot of fun going to the events and getting pictures to post to the Facebook wall and to share with everyone at the Holiday Potluck and Spring Banquet! I also redid the poster board that we bring to events to let people know what SWE is about.


Evening with Industry was a success yet again, raising over $10,000 for our section to use to continue to develop the section and members! Changes to the event are continuing to be implemented to make it easier to manage and coordinate. Hopefully these updates will help the event continue to provide valuable opportunities for employers and students to connect and make the event even better in the future!

Next year in SWE

Executive board

President–Brittany Frost

President Elect–Maggie Urben

VP For membership–Lacey Kaare

Secretary–Rachel Kolb

Treasurer–Anna Marchesano

Committee Heads

Historian–Cassie Bobard

Publicity–Stephanie Peterson

Webmaster–Breanna Merrits and Jocelyne Denhof

Newsletter–Hannah Cunningham

Awards–Hannah Lyons

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

Counselor–Britta Jost

Advisors–Gretchen Hein, Elizabeth Hoy and Julie Way


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