As the year winds down, take some time to reminiscence on all that we accomplished this semester.  This post is dedicated to this last year, including our accomplishments and goals for next year.


Read about what our committees have accomplished this semester:

Fundraising Chairs

This year the fundraising chairs for SWE organized two main events.  The first large event was the second annual SWEat 5k; it took place in the fall semester and the track began on campus and traced a path throughout downtown Houghton.  Our largest fundraising event was the food sale on the All-Nighter of Winter Carnival, during which we sold individual bags of puppy chow.  Both of these events required intricate planning and delegation of tasks in order to be successfully arranged. We worked with many officials and faculty to complete these goals.  This year, we collected a significant amount of money for the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Foundation through the SWEat 5k as well as provided another food option for people partaking in Winter Carnival activities.  


Campus and Community Year in Review:

SWE’s Campus and Community committee had another very busy and successful school year. We started off the year with our tie-dye event during orientation week and we had a successful showing at K-Day where we had games and prizes and met tons of new women interested in joining SWE. We also painted pumpkins and brought them to the residents at Cypress Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hancock. This spring semester brought on many more events and kept the members of SWE very active in their community. We had several women volunteer at the Get WISE outreach event which was created to get middle school girls interested in STEM fields. We also visited a local elementary school to do our Big Mac program with the fourth grade students. SWE also participated in the Annual Western UP Science Fair; many women volunteered as judges and many helped host an egg-drop activity for young students and their families. A new project taken on this year was a service project at Cypress Manor; several members of SWE teamed up with Delta Zeta Sorority to give their dining room a fresh new coat of paint! Within a week of painting their dining room, SWE made and delivered Easter baskets full of candy to the residents. Finally, we have been very active in helping coordinate the annual Girl Scout STEM Day taking place on Michigan Tech’s campus in April. The Campus and Commmunity team has again had a very successful and rewarding year, and we look forward to seeing all the great things SWE can do in the future for the Michigan Tech community.


This was an outstanding social year for SWE. We were able to accomplish at least one social event every month and had a substantial attendance rate increase from the previous year. At the start of the year we had a SWEet Spikers IM Volleyball team, built and raced a cardboard boat during Homecoming and pressed apple cider at Dr. Hein’s house. We created a broomball team, attended a hockey game and FilmBoard movie. On top of building a statue during carnival, we went to a show at the Rozsa and painted pottery. We had a lot of fun growing together as a group and being an encouraging and supportive organization for women in STEM. The social committee adequately provided fun and diverse activities for all of the SWEsters to bond during the 2015-16 school year.


Breanna: It was fun being a co-webmaster this year for SWE.  I discovered how much work goes into maintaining an organization website and learned a lot about wordpress and hosting servers along the way.  I am glad that SWE allowed me to do this.  Over the year I have created a new template, updated the logo, and a slew of other things.  Quite an interesting experience!  It was also fun collaborating with all of the other committees — we were like a SWE machine!

Jocelyne: Being a webmaster co-chair this year was a great experience. I knew nothing about maintaining a website or even HTML coding before I received the position, so it’s been fun learning about everything. Keeping things updated on the site definitely helps in keeping up to date on all of the awesome opportunities MTU SWE has to offer too! I also enjoyed getting to know all of the other CHEB members better as well. It has been a fun year!


As historian, I had so much fun capturing all the awesome memories from this school year. I loved putting pictures on Facebook so everyone could see what we are up to in SWE! Furthermore, it has been super rewarding creating the digital scrapbook for everyone to see at the Spring Banquet. Overall, its been a lot of fun and I love being able to take pictures of all the lovely and awesome SWE members!


This has been another 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 section, including Black & Veatch, General Motors, Arcelor Mittal, Nucor, John Deere, Jackson National Life Insurance, and Toyota.  Evening with Industry was a great success, profiting over $5,000, 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 $500 to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Women’s shelter, $750 to the Keweenaw Color Run and $200 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 seeing this upward trend continue for SWE next year, and seeing Rachel excel in this position!


I designed and distributed posters for all of the general meetings and put out table tents for the bigger meetings that we had, like when there was a guest speaker for example. I also made/distributed posters and table tents the publicize Evening with Industry.


With that note, next year’s CHEB members will be:

Communications Director: Carly Gloudmans
Historian: Carly Gloudemans
Newsletter: Sarah Hielsberg
Publicity: Erica Coscarelli
Webmaster: Christi Wohlford
Outreach Director: Laura Schimmel
Certificate of Merit: Stephanie Peterson and Katelyn Buchalski
Community and Campus: Hannah Cunningham and Lauren Sandy
EWI: Jocelyne Denhof, Laura Schimmel and Baileigh Zimmerman
Fundraising: Leah Bectel
Social: Romana Carden and Karsyn VanLaanen
Awards: Emily Meuers
Thank you too all of you who had an active role in our section this year! You may be surprised to hear, but this section would not be able to function without the dedicated individuals mentioned in this post and all other active members.  Thank you for making this year exciting and eventful!
Take a break this summer, so you can come back full swing in the fall!


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