Welcome To The Region G Blog

Hello All! Welcome to the SWE Region G blog as run by your FY 15 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 Sarah Marie Robb, and I am the Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for Region G in FY15.  I am a first year PhD student in biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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SWE Section Spotlight: Lorain Community College Collegiate Interest Group

Group PhotoThe Society of Women Engineers Collegiate Interest Group at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) was proud to host and support The Cleveland Engineering Society’s fall conference.  Held all day on Thursday, October 30, 2014, the event was attended by over 200 professionals and students.

LCCC staff and students served as volunteers beside many SWE members.  Volunteers received free admission to conference, lunch, T-shirt and a certificate of appreciation. The conference provided opportunity to inform about the emerging trends in manufacturing, expand professional horizon, network with industry leaders.

In addition to other events, there was also an information panel for the students. Arshiya Anand (President SWE CIG at LCCC), from The University of Toledo’s Computer Science Engineering program, spoke as panelist at the conference. Faculty Advisor, Ramona Anand at Lorain County Community College served as a member of planning committee.

Thank you to Lorain County Community College’s SWE Collegiate Interest Group for hosting and supporting The Cleveland Engineering Society’s fall conference this October!

Call for Region G Awards Applications and Judges/Mentors

We hope you are just as excited as we are that registration for the 2015 SWE Region G Conference is now open!  (Check out http://regiong.swe.org/region-g-conference.html).  During the Awards Banquet, we will be honoring collegiate and professional members and their sections through the Region G Awards program. This year, we will be accepting applications/nominations for the following awards:

o   Advancing Leader (Collegiate and Professional Member)

o   Gem Award (Professional Member)

o   Aspiring Program (Collegiate and Professional Sections) – Categories: Advocacy, Professional Development, Globalization

o   Outstanding Collegiate Section (Collegiate)

Email Region G RCCE (Sarah Robb, srobb@cmu.edu) for a detailed overview of this year’s awards and their corresponding applications

Please note all applications (and letters of recommendation, as appropriate) are due to the Region G Awards Chairs no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

We look forward to receiving your Region G Awards Applications and to celebrating the success of Region G at our 2015 Region Conference hosted by WVU & the Pittsburgh professional Section.

If you have any questions about the awards packets or awards procedures, please feel free to reach out to the Region G Awards Co-Chairs
Call for Region Awards Judges & Mentors

The Region G Awards Co-Chairs are seeking both collegiate and professional members to be a part of the 2015 Region Awards Committee. Members of the committee will be asked to help judge the Region Awards (~5 hours total or less during the first few weeks of January) and/or serve as a mentor on an ad hoc basis to individuals and sections seeking mentorship as they prepare their awards applications for 2015 Region and Society Conferences. Judges will be provided with judging criteria and score sheets – no previous experience required!

Those who are interested should sign up via the following link: SURVEY. We are asking that all interested judges and mentors respond to the survey (~5 minutes) by Monday, December 29, 2014.

Thank you in advance for your help in making this year’s Region Awards Program a success!

Call for Region Collegiate Leaders

Are you interested in taking your SWE leadership to the next level? Do you want to make a difference in programs for collegiate members or assist in developing the strategic direction of SWE in the Senate; this is your opportunity to apply!  You could be Region G’s next Region Collegiate Representative (RCR), Region Collegiate Communication Editor (RCCE) or Region Collegiate Senator (RCS).  FY16 leadership position terms run from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

The RCR, RCCE and RCS positions receive invaluable interaction and coaching from SWE leaders. These leadership opportunities sharpen your career skill-set in the areas of leading and facilitation, group dynamics and communication, and project leadership.

Apply now by emailing me (Sarah Robb, srobb@cmu,edu) to receive application and complete for one of the positions that are described.   All of the information is contained in the document so you only need to supply one form back to the Region G Nominating Committee chair (Helen.Patricia@kennametal.com) by February 1st, 2015.

  • To apply you will need:
    • Member number
    • Section/Region
    • School and Permanent Address
    • Position of interest
    • SWE leadership positions
    • Other leadership positions
    • Why you want to be RCR/RCCE/RCS
    • What you bring to the RCR/RCCE/RCS position
    • What SWE means to you
    • Interest outside of SWE
    • Reference to confirm GPA/academic standing

Submit a photo and a candidate statement of no more than 400 words that will be used on the ballot should you be named a candidate by the Region Nominating Committee.  Suggested items to include: your name, major, year in school, why you want the position/qualities you will bring, past leadership experiences (within SWE or other).

Applications are due February 1.  An application does not guarantee appearance on the ballot.  The Region Nominating Committee will determine the slate no later than February 21 and notify all applicants of their status prior to March 1.  Elections will be conducted by SWE Headquarters; collegiate section presidents vote for Region Collegiate Leadership.

Region Collegiate Representatives:  As voting members of the Region Council, the RCRs represent collegiate members’ interests among region leaders. The RCRs facilitate collegiate meetings at annual and region conferences, and maintain communication with collegiate section presidents throughout the year.  There are 2 RCR positions available for FY16.

Region Collegiate Communications Editor: The RCCE is responsible for communicating important SWE events and best practices through the region’s blog and other social media.  Per the bylaws, the RCCE also serves as the alternate for the RCR.

Region Collegiate Senator: The RCS serves on the Senate, which is responsible for charting the strategic direction and adopting long-range goals for the Society.

All leaders are expected to:

  • Attend the Region Leadership Summit (date TBD – usually late summer/early fall)
  • Attend the Society’s Annual Conference, WE15, in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Attend 2016 events:  RCS at the Winter Senate meeting typically late January/early February, and RCR/RCCE at the 2016 Region Conference (date and location TBD)
  • Participate in webinar and teleconference training sessions offered over the summer
  • Actively participate with the Region Collegiate Team, led by the Lt. Governor

Email the Region G RCCE (Sarah Robb, srobb@cmu.edu) for the application material.