Hello All! Welcome to the SWE Region G blog as run by your FY 14 Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE)! Region G is the Ohio Valley Region, which contains sections from Kentucky, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
My name is Ruth Williams, and I am the Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for Region G in FY14. I am a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering major at West Virginia University, where I am also the treasurer of our SWE section.
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On Friday, November 1st 2013, the WVU section of SWE participated in Trunk-or-Treat, an event that was held by the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE). The event was inside and outside of WVU’s Coliseum from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The setup and preparations started before the kids and parents came over at 5.30 pm. It was a nice event to celebrate Halloween with the kids around campus.
For Trunk-or-Treat this year, SWE teamed up with NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and SPACE (Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration). Every organization was encouraged to wear costumes and make decorations, and we agreed on using “101 Dalmatians” as our theme. About 20 volunteers from our group passed out 1,000+ pieces of candy. The children were very excited to grab candies in their cute costumes. At 7 pm, the event was done, the candy was gone, and we wrapped up everything. The event went very well and we look forward to participating next year!
Every year since 2001, the University of Akron’s SWE section participates in the Holiday Tree Festival at Akron Children’s Hospital. The festival is free to attend, and features Christmas trees that are donated by various organizations and individuals alike. All of the trees have themes, and this year, UA’s SWE section went with a “geome-tree” (read: geometry) theme. This theme was nominated and selected during our Fall Planning Retreat, and was expanded upon throughout the semester. The theme allowed the section to create ornaments made from holiday scrapbook paper in various geometric shapes, as well as have other similarly themed decorations and gifts beneath the tree. This event is a great way for the UA SWE section and Akron community to come together to better the lives of those at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Region G Section 076 President, Society of Women Engineers, FY13-14
Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron Class of 2014
For collegiate SWE sections, fundraising can be a big part of what we do. For any activity we want to do, trip we want to take, or outreach event we want to hold, we first have to have the money to do it. WE14 is in Los Angeles next year, so if your section needs to fundraise to send people to conference, it’s best to start now! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Discount cards- An example is shown below. The first step is to ask local businesses to participate. Since it is free for them and can bring in business, many business should be willing to do so. You can sell the cards on campus, to friends, to family, etc. When you purchase a card, you can use it as many times as you want until the card expires. It’s a pretty good deal, and a win for all those involved!
- Corporate sponsorship- Put together a corporate sponsorship packet explaining the details of the arrangement. You can have different levels, depending on the amount of money donated. For example, if a company donates the money to buy food for a general meeting, maybe they can come in and speak to your section. If a company helps pay for your section’s t-shirts, maybe their logo can go somewhere on the back of the shirt.
- Program Development Grants (PDGs)- PDGs are offered by SWE to help your section with an event. You should apply by the first of the month, at least 45 days before your planned event. For example, maybe your section wants to have a business etiquette dinner. You could apply for a PDG to help cover the costs of food and the facility where the dinner is held. More information can be found here: http://regiong.wordpress.com/resources/
- Other ideas- Bake sales, raffles, t-shirts, engineering formals, and many more!
Region G RCCE