Well Howdy SWE-sters

I hope you all had a fantastic summer filled with all the warmth and sun you could handle!

Now that the school years finally starting off (whether we want it to or not), there are a few events that should go right on your calendar.  This Wednesday, yes, tomorrow, is the first SWE meeting.  And there’s ice cream.  So grab your friends, acquaintances, roommates, and fellow peers and head on over to EERC 103 at 6:00 pm for general SWE information, ice cream and an overall good time!

Adios!

Congrats Seniors!!!

Graduating Seniors

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in yours shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”-Dr. Seuss

A huge congratulations to all of you as you finish finals and get ready to walk next weekend! Good luck in your future endeavors and thank you so much for all you contributed to SWE!

Those not graduating…check out below, the graduating seniors have left some fantastic advice for you! Those who have “been there, done that” are the best people to get advice from, so read up there’s some good stuff in here! After that, continue reading and check out each senior’s bio.

“The more you put into SWE, the more you’ll get out of it, but get involved on your own terms! Don’t seek out a leadership position because you think you it’s the “right” next step, or because you’ll get some perks out of it, or because your friend wants to… get involved because you want to contribute, to bring your unique perspective to the table to help better our section and our members. (This is not to say that you have to know what you want to contribute, or that you need to be overly accomplished before you get more involved – there are plenty of people to help you out along the way, so if you want to get involved but aren’t really sure that you know what you’re doing, do it anyway! The biggest pre-req to bigger role in SWE is enthusiasm.)”

“Communication will open (or close) so many doors for you it’s not funny. Get really good at it. Learn to write your emails carefully so what you say is consistent with what you mean. Give status updates every opportunity you get, even if it’s only to say that you haven’t gotten anything done. Sometimes what you’re saying isn’t as important as the fact that you’re saying it. Keep everyone involved excessively informed. I don’t know anyone who’s gotten mad about having too much information about what’s going on, but when people have no idea what’s happening tensions can run high. Moral of the story, communication is just as important as the cliches say it is, so get used to it and learn to master it.”

“It is never too early to start going to the career fair. Practice while therei s no pressure!!”

“Take the chance and become involved, it’s worth it, don’t just be passive, be an active part of SWE!”

“don’t be afraid to participate in SWE at Tech and be ready to meet new people”

“Live. Love. Laugh”

“Be involved and attend conferences as they are a great way for people to really see and understand the true meaning of SWE”

“Get involved! You will meet new people, make new friends and connections, and you will be able to try so many new things. All of this leads to you developing who you are, whether it is with SWE or not, the more involved you become, the more opportunities for leadership you will have, which ultimately leads to a well rounded person.”

“get involved early. SWE really is a great network of people that can really help you be successful in the classroom, in industry, and in your social life.”

“Become involved with as much as you can while you’re here. You won’t regret a minute of it!”

“Go to any or all conferences! It helps put things it better perspective and you will create friends and memories that will last a life time!”

and their bios….

SAM KALLMAN

Hometown: Gladstone, MI
Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Plans: Chrysler Institute of Engineering Program Professional in Auburn Hills, MI
SWE Involvement: Member for 3 years, Section President from 2014-2015, Vice President for Membership from 2013-2015,  Representative for the Mechanical Engineering Student Adivsory Committee during 2012-2013, and WE15 Collegiate Leadership Institute participant.
Future SWE Plans: I will be transitioning from a Collegiate Michigan Tech member to a Professional member of the SWE-Detroit Section. I am excited to join a new section and to watch the growth of the Michigan Tech Section.

ADRIENNE PIRON

Hometown: Escanaba, MI

Major: Electrical Engineering
Plans after Graduation: Work with Dematic
SWE favorite memory: Going to the SWE Conference in Minnesota and getting the bid to have the next Conference at Tech. As well as being a part of the Conference Committee for Tech.  I have met and made some amazing friends through SWE!
Future Plans in SWE: to Continue on as a professional

ERIKA POLI

Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Major: Civil Engineering + Certificate in International Sustainable Development Engineering + Minors: Municipal Engineering, German Language, Communication Studies
Plans after graduation: Start working for Consumer Energy in July!
SWE involvement while at tech/favorite memory: Served as fundraising co-chair, president, and EWI co-chair. My favorite memory was probably attending my first regional conference in Minnesota – it was my first real exposure to the SWE community outside the section, and it was pretty amazing to see how much support there was available from fellow women engineers.
Future Plans in SWE: Get involved in the professional section in my area. Not sure exactly where that will lead, but I guess I’ll find out.

ALEXANDRA ROCHE

Hometown: Highland, MI
Major: Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering
Plans after Graduation: Start as a FCG (Ford College Graduate) at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI and move in to a house with my boyfriend in Plymouth, MI.
SWE Involvement: Was Webmaster Co-Chair during 2014-2015 academic year with Elizabeth Wohlford.
Future Plans in SWE: Hope to represent Ford at next SWE conference

JANELLE RUPKALVIS

Hometown: Andover, Minnesota
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Plans after graduation: Starting my career as an Applications Development Engineer at Saint Gobain
SWE involvement while at tech/favorite memory: Fundraising Chair & putting on the first ever SWEat Homecoming Spirit 5k!
Future Plans in SWE: Become involved with the local section in my area and hopefully help inspire and teach young girls about engineering

HANNAH ALTSCHEFFEL

Hometown: Midland, MI
Major: Geological Engineering with an International Spanish minor.
Plans after graduation: I will be working for Baker Hughes Inc, in Pennsylvania.
Favorite SWE memory: Being a part of the planning committee for 2014 Region H conference. It’s was really cool to be a part of something so big and to see all the little details that go into such a big event.

MOLLI ANDOR

Hometown: East Jordan, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Plans after graduation: Working for Ford in Dearborn, MI

SWE involvement while at tech/favorite memory: I joined SWE in my second year, and I was fortunate enough to become Secretary on the executive board this year. I would have to say that my favorite SWE memory was attending the SWE national conference in LA in the fall.

BRITTA ANDERSON

Major: Electrical Engineering with a Power Engineering Certificate

Plans after graduation: Entry Engineering Program with Consumers Energy

SWE involvement while at tech: Active member since Fall 2010, Conference co-chair 2013-2014, Evening with INdustry co-chair 2014-2015, Outreach Director 2014-2015
Favorite Memory: Planning and orchestrating the SWE Region H 2014 conference here at Michigan Tech!
Future Plans in SWE: To be involved and attend regional and societal conferences.

KRISTIN FLICKINGER

Hometown: Brimley, MI

Major: Biomedical Engineering with a minor in French Language and Polymer Engineering

Plans after graduation: Validation Engineer at Precision Edge Surgical Instruments in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, eventually getting a graduate degree.

Future Plans in SWE: Help with the SWE section at Lake Superior State University

MICHAEL D’ANGELO

Hometown: Chesterfield, MI
Major: Chemical Engineering
Plans after graduation: Work as a process engineer for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).
Favorite SWE memory: Going to the national conference in Los Angeles this past fall
Future Plans with SWE: Stay involved with SWE with a professional section in Illinois

PATTY THOMPSON

Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Major: Civil Engineering
Plans after graduation: Grad school at Iowa State
Favorite SWE memory: Having a successful conference that I helped plan
Future Plans with SWE: Get involved with GradSWE at Iowa State

DEEPIKA JAYA PRAKASH

Hometown: Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India
Major: Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Plans after graduation: Looking for a job in the United States
SWE involvement at Tech: Pasty seeling for winter carnival and Region H conference
Future Plans with SWE: Would love to be a part of SWE after graduation

GALINA BERESTETSKY

Hometown: Rehovot, Israel
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Plans after graduation: Work as a design/manufacturing engineer
Favorite SWE memory: I enjoyed the opportunities for community involvement. It was nice to work on a project with other SWE members.
Future Plans with SWE: Continue being a member and take advantage of webinars/networking opportunities, and explore involvement opportunities at my future workplace

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!

Sam

A Word from our Advisors

JULIE WAY

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

GRETCHEN HEIN

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

TREASURER

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!

SECRETARY

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.

SOCIAL

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 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.

PUBLICITY

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!

AWARDS

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!

FUNDRAISING

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!

WEBMASTER

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.

HISTORIAN

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

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

2015-2016 Election Results

Next year’s executive council is……

President: Brittany Frost

President-Elect: Maggie Urben

Vice-President for Membership: Lacey Kaare

Secretary: Rachel Kolb

Treasurer: Anna Marchesano

Counselor: Britta Jost

Congratulations! This is going to be a very strong executive board,you all bring so many great strengths and talents to the table!

The Luck o’ the Irish!

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone. Hope you’re sporting some festive green clothing!

In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, let’s talk about the Region H Conference which took place at Notre Dame over spring break!  regionh notredame

About 20 Tech SWE students started their Spring Break off right and hopped on a bus (even equipped with bunk beds!! fancy fancy!) at 2 am to begin the 9 hour, 500 mile trip down to Notre Dame. To give you a first hand experience about what happened at conference, Sam Kallman answered some questions below. There are also several FAQ’s answered about SWE Conferences in general that would be great to look at if you’re thinking of attending the National or Regional conference next year! 

First, let’s start with this, What is a SWE Conference?

 The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region H Conference is an annual event attended by collegiate and professional members of Region H. The Region H conference supports diversity in engineering, provides networking opportunities with prominent companies and includes personal, professional, and SWE development activities. The theme for the 2015 Conference is “the Brains and the Beauty.” –SWE Region H Conference Website http://2015sweregionhconference.nd.edu/

Conferences, both Regional and Societal, provide members with the opportunity to develop professionally, personally, and understand the Society. Each conference inspires members to become more involved with their sections and promotes development. 

Do students and professionals attend?

Yes! This is a fantastic networking opportunity!

How many people attend this conference?
I am not sure about the exact number, but I continuously heard approximately between 700 – 800 collegiate and professional members were in attendance from the Region. The Region H includes SWE sections of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It is the largest region of SWE with about 2,800 members, 45 university sections, and 13 professional sections.

Are there plenty of things to keep you busy the entire time?

Absolutely! – We had the opportunity to go on tours of the Chocolate Factory, Honeywell Factory, Campus, and Stadium the Friday afternoon after our arrival. That evening we had the opportunity to meet and greet other attendees over dinner and dessert. Later that evening our section participated in the photo booth, free back massages, manicures, and pedicures. A sponsor of the Conference was Keurig, so the DoubleTree hotel where Tech stayed had Keurigs all over and prepped for brewing beverages. Saturday morning began bright and early and we were at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center by 8 am for the Welcome, State of SWE Address. That remainder of that morning was filled with Collegiate and Professional Meeting and the school hosting the 2016 Region H Conference was determined. The University of Wisconsin – Platteville will host the next Region H Conference. The day was then broken up by a Keynote lunch in Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall (this hallway inspired the production of Harry Potter film productions) sponsored by Boeing. The afternoon was then filled with breakout sessions and a career fair. Sessions that I specifically attended were “Managing the Opposite Sex”, “Persuasion”, and “Building A Team and Making It Work.” Our section counselor, Britta Jost presented a session called “Interviewing with Success” and many of our section members attended her session.

Are there a variety of sessions based on where I am in my career/my future plans?
You bet! The conference planning committee works hard to make sure that there are sessions for all levels of skill-sets. A few example sessions are “How to Have a Successful Internship”, “Hit the Ground Running”, “What’s Next? Is Graduate School a Good Fit for You?”, “Energy Industry”, and “Being a SWE Mentor or Advisor”.
What were some popular activities for exploring the local area?
This year at the Region H Conference, the Keynote Speaker spoke at lunch, so Saturday evening was filled with an evening out on the town where we were able to spend our “Downtown Dollars” at local participating restaurants. Many members tried sushi, thai, fine dining, and most made sure they checked out and made some prime purchases at Yummy Cupcakes and the Chocolate Factory.regionhsam
What were some of the most memorable things for you at conference?
I LOVE campuses! The University of Notre Dame was gorgeous, plus I think it was the first time anyone from Tech saw sunshine since last fall. This conference had a lot of members in attendance that were not a part of CHEB and I enjoyed bonding with each of them – there is something special about spending personal time with members that just makes conferences that much better. With this being my last conference as a collegiate member, I could not have imagined a better conference. I also had the opportunity to meet with the other collegiate section presidents in attendance and we shared best practices and were able to collaboratively discuss how to progress each of our sections.group 15regionhconference
What was the most valuable thing you learned from a session?
The most valuable thing I personally learned from this Region H Conference was the differences between persuasion and advocacy. I learned the importance of being an advocate for what one believes, but to always consider the other parties perspective. 
Where will conference be held next year?
University of Wisconsin – Platteville. This conference will be 380 miles away from Tech – woohoo!
How can I get to attend conference next year?
Become an active Michigan Tech SWE member and you can sign up to attend conference. This year the Michigan Tech College of Engineering were the primary sponsors for our section. If it were not for the College of Engineering, not all of the members would be able to attend. Huge thank-you to the College of Engineering
Do you have to be involved in CHEB to be able to attend conference or can I go as a general member?
Any active general member can attend the conference. It is actually highly encouraged for general members to attend the Regional Conferences in order to learn more about the Society and the personal opportunities each will have.

All kinds of good stuff

This past weekend a few SWE members participated in Girls & Engineering Exploration Day. This was a day for middle and high school girls to visit Tech with their parents and participate in great hands-on activities to get a feel for what Engineers really do. There were several presentations and several of the SWE members spoke to give the girls a better idea of some of the little known facts about Engineering and some unique areas of the field that isn’t as well known as the typical stereotypes. The girls had a great time and we got lots of positive feedback from the parents! Good work inspiring young women and breaking down those stereotypes ladies!

In other news, nominees for the executive board for next year are currently being slated. Make sure you come to our general meeting NEXT WEDNESDAY to hear the speeches from those running for the executive positions. Help create a strong E-board for next year and come out and hear from the nominees.

Speaking of leadership. Start thinking about any committee head positions you may like to be a part of and contact the current chairs. These are great positions to get you more involved in SWE and they’re a lot of fun!

Also, we have recently started up a GradSWE section for our graduate student population on campus. Some members from this section will be speaking as well at the next general meeting about grad school and opportunities within GradSWE. Current grad students and those looking to become grad students in the near future are encouraged to become a part of GradSWE. Just email easheera@mtu.edu for more information and to be added to the mailing list.

Carnival 2015

Well, I hope you’ve all recovered from Winter Carnival and are back in the swing of classes!

As most of you know, we sold pasties as our fundraiser at Carnival this year. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers and for everyone getting the word out, we sold ALL 300 pasties! In the end, we raised $540 for our section. Even more amazing, we sold out by 10:45pm! So the pasties were quite the hit to say the least.

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Another big event during the All Nighter was statue building…Here are some SWE members who helped with statue. It was quite the chilly night, but they’re still all smiles!

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And lastly…the finished product with our good-lookin section president! The theme for Winter Carnival this year was travel so we did a guitar since WE15 will be held in Nashville later this year.

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We hope you all had a fun night. This was yet another successful Winter Carnival. Both in terms of fun and fundraising! Can’t wait till next year!