SWEekly : Week of November 30th


Become a SWE National Member!
Check out the SWE Calendar!
Committee Meetings:

Recruitment -
December 3, Thursdays 6:30 pm @ 106B3 EH

Community Service- 
December 6, Sundays, 3:00 pm @ SWOffice

Fundraising -

December 1, Tuesdays, 7:30 pm @ EH

Professional Liaison -
December 1, Tuesdays, 8:00 pm  @106B1 EH

December 1, Tuesdays, 7:30 pm @ 243 MEB

Membership Enrichment & Social 

Team Tech
December 1, Tuesdays 5:00PM @ 106B EH

Info & Marketing
December 3, Thursdays, 5:00 pm @ SWOffice

Upcoming Events:

LGBTQ Ally Training

Community Service
Relay for Life Bake Sale on the Quad

Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

Professional Liaison
♦ T&M Minor Info Session and Panel

CU Special Rec

Membership Enrichment & Social
Self Defense Workshop

Team Tech

Information & Marketing

Grad SWE
♦ weSTEM 2016 Conference


Monday, November 30th, 2015

Upfront and Center
2016 Region H Conference Application
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
The 2016 SWE Region H Conference will be held February 26-28, 2016 at University of Wisconsin in Platteville, WI. SWE will be organizing transportation to and from the conference for selected attendees. This is a great opportunity to see what SWE conferences are like, attend fascinating workshops, network with other collegiate SWE members and professionals, and bond with amazing UIUC SWEsters! Apply here. The application closes on Sunday, December 6th at 11:59pm. NO late applications accepted! Contact Ashley Williams at awill35@illinois.edu.

December General Meeting (1 Points)
Wednesday, December 2 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM at Altgeld Hall 314
Come see the upcoming events for the semester as well as hear from John Deere. Contact Grace Pakeltis at swe-evp@illinois.edu.

Bagel Break (0.5 Points)
Thursday, December 3 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at SWOffice (EH 110A)
Come eat free Panera delicious bagels and drink juice with other SWEsters in the morning! Contact Ashley Williams at awill35@illinois.edu.
Leadership Buddy Program Sign Up (1 Point)
Fill out this form here. The SWE Leadership Buddy Program is back for its second year! This mentoring system was started last year for members within SWE to learn more about how to be more involved and succeed in SWE and how to obtain and maintain leadership roles within SWE. Mentees, which include freshmen, sophomores, and anyone else interested in becoming more involved, will be paired up with a mentor, such as a juniors or senior who has been active in SWE, served as an officer, and / or has been on the Exec Board. This program is highly encouraged for underclassmen who would like to learn how to get more involved in SWE, especially with leadership positions! Our first event will be at the end of January, so stay posted for more information to come! Contact Andrea Lucas at ablucas2@illinois.edu

Professional and Alumni Brunch RSVP
Saturday, December 5 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Illini Union
Come join us for an opportunity to network with professionals and alumni from various companies! The event will be held in the Illini Union from 11AM-1PM on Saturday, December 5. There will be a brunch served. Please RSVP here by Tuesday, December 1. There will be a $5 deposit for national SWE members which will be given back at the end of the event. If you are not a national member, then there is a $5 fee that you will not get back. Contact Sherry Yu and Alli LaHood at smyu2@illinois.edu and alahood2@illinois.edu.

SWE Coffee Mug Interest Form
Fill out this interest form here to commit to buying a SWE coffee mug! You can buy as many as you want! The design is at the bottom of the form, and won’t change too much, if at all, when we order the mugs! Let me know if you have any questions! Contact Katie Garibaldi at garibal2@illinois.edu.

Officer Position Interest Form
Interested in being on the officer board next year? Fill out this short interest form to let the nominating committee know! Questions? Contact swenomcom2016@gmail.com

Fundraising - Spirit Jersey Sales
SWE's got spirit, how about you?
SWE's got spirit, so should you!
Come buy a spirit jersey to show off your swe-rit!
Contact Katie Garibaldi at garibal2@illinois.edu.

SWE Resume Database
Companies are searching for talented women in STEM. Submit your resume to the SWE resume database so employers can find you! If you have any questions, contact Anjolika Bhadra-Dave at  bhadrad2@illinois.edu .

SWE Leadership Certificate
The SWE Student Leader Certificate was created to recognize outstanding members for their contributions to the organization and their participation in many of the main areas of SWE.

Eligibility for the SWE Student Leader Certificate is based on attendance at a variety of SWE events and completion of the application form (sent out in Spring 2016). For a list of the required events, see the attached flyer
here. Contact Chamila Amithirigala at amithir2@illinois.edu.
SWEet Events
Community Service - EC Food Drive (0.25 point/donated item Points)
The Service Society Food Drive has started! RSOs compete to see who can donate the most food by December 4th. All proceeds go to the Central Illinois Food Bank. Boxes are labelled in the Swoffice, and whichever RSO donates the most gets a prize! Community Service will also be collecting cash donations which will be used to purchase canned foods. Let's win!!
Contact Lillian Roderick Buescher at lilyrbuescher@gmail.com.

Community Service - Relay for Life Team (3 Points)
SWE is taking action to help eliminate cancer. For the Relay event, we will raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society in their lifesaving mission. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, one dollar at a time. Join our team here. Contact Matthew Sim at marysim2@illinois.edu.

Community Service - Relay for Life Bake Sale on the Quad (1 Point/Hour)
Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM On the Quad
SWE is looking for volunteers to sign-up to sell baked goods on the Quad on Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st from 12pm-4pm. Even one hour of your time would be a great help. All proceeds go to the Relay for Life fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society. Sign-up today hereContact Matthew Sim at marysim2@illinois.edu.

T&M Minor Info Session and Panel (1 Point)
Monday, November 30 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in 106B6 Engineering Hall
Interested in the Technology and Management Program? Come learn more about applying for the T&M Minor and the opportunities it offers students. Following the informational presentation, we will have a panel of T&M students to answer questions! Contact Ambika Dubey, Geethi Loganathan at adubey3@illinois.edu, geethi.loganathan@gmail.com

Membership Enrichment - Self Defense Workshop (2 Points)

Monday, November 30 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at ARC Multipurpose Room 5
Come learn the basics of self defense with your fellow SWEsters from the University of Illinois Police Department in this interactive two hour session! This training will be targeted at female students, but anyone who feels that they may benefit from attending is welcome to attend. Contact Tonisha Thacker at tthacke2@illinois.edu.

Recruitment and Membership Enrichment - Diversity Event: LGBTQ Ally Training (1 Points)

Thursday, December 3 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at 106B8 Engineering Hall
The Recruitment and Membership Enrichment Committees are teaming up to present a workshop about how you can be an ally for the LGBTQ community on campus and in the workplace. Tara Cullerton and Tonisha Thacker will be presenting "The Future of Inclusion: How Millennial Allies Can Make a Difference for LGBTQA+ Inclusion on Campus and in the Workplace," a workshop that was presented this year at WE15. Contact Nicole Vail at nvail2@illinois.edu.

Outreach - CU Special Rec (1 Points)
Friday, December 4 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM at CU Special Recreation Center
We are volunteering at the C-U Special Recreation Center once per month to do science demos and activities with special needs students of all ages! We NEED a driver for this event, so please let us know if you would be willing to drive. Contact Blake Banks at jbbanks2@illinois.edu.

Community Service - Relay for Life Movie Night (film: Elf) (2 Points)
Friday, December 4 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at 1310 DCL
Join in the fight against cancer by coming to watch everybody's favorite holiday film, Elf! Refreshments and tissues will be sold; $2 entrance fee goes towards SWE's Relay for Life team and the event in March. Contact Matthew Sim at marysim2@illinois.edu.

Fundraising - Gingerbread House Decorating Competition (2 Points)
Wednesday, December 9 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at TBD
Destress before finals! Sign up here in teams up to three. $10 for registration. If your team wins first place each participant will will a $5 gift card. Honorable mention and participants favorites will also win a prize. Contact Shreya Santhanam at smsanth2@illinois.edu.

GradSWE - weSTEM 2016 Conference
Saturday, February 6 | Illini Union
Registration to attend weSTEM 2016 is now open. Join us for weSTEM 2016 on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Illini Union. The Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, GradSWE's flagship initiative, provides graduate students with access to current and future STEM leaders, lending insight into diverse career paths stemming from a graduate degree. This one day conference will help you beINSPIRED, stayMOTIVATED, and growPASSIONATE. Visit here for more information. Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot! Contact Jin Kim at hkim257@illinois.edu.

General Surveys
EOH Interest Survey (0.5 Points)
The Outreach committee is starting to prepare for Engineering Open House in March! Our exhibits this year will be Girls' Club, Pinball Machine, and Air Hockey Table. If you're interested in helping to build some awesome science/engineering projects when spring semester starts, please fill out this form here! We will be holding an information session soon (TBD) to tell you more about our project plans. Contact Quyen Nguyen at qnguye@illinois.edu.

World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Interest Form (0.5 Points)
Please fill out this interest form here. This is a form to see who would be interested in participating in this chocolate bar fundraiser. Contact Jasmine Kwon at jazkwon95@gmail.com.

Safety New Product Survey
Want to provide some input for a potential product for a real company? Complete this survey here to provide feedback on a safety product that is targeted for women ages 18-24. Contact Nick Binkus at nickbinkus@gmail.com

IGED Professors Survey (0.5 Point)

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) is a major Outreach event in the spring for high school girls. We need your help to find some awesome female engineering professors to be design challenge judges for this event! We are also looking for labs that the attendees could tour. Fill out this form here to let us know about any professor(s) you would recommend, or if you work in a research lab that would be fun for the girls to tour. Contact Abbie Gerth and Rebecca Ficht at agerth2@illinois.edu and ficht2@illinois.edu.

Meet and Eat Interest Survey (0.5 Point)
Passionate about a subject or topic that makes you unique? Help us get to know you by presenting the November Meet & Eat! Fill out this survey here if you are at all interested in presenting. Contact Katerina Economou at keconom2@illinois.edu for more information! 

External Announcements

Volunteers needed for the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Tournament
FLL is a Lego robotics competition for middle school students. They build and program a robot, research a solution to a real world problem, and develop their teamwork skills. It's truly inspiring to watch these kids at work!

The tournament runs from about 8-4, in addition to setup the night before. The positions we need people for are:  table resetter and hallway monitor (8-3), practice table monitor (7:30-12 or 11-3), Timer/Music AM/PM (8-12 or 12-4). This year the tournament will be located at Parkland College: there are buses that go there and we can set up some carpooling. Email nothof2@illinois.edu with any questions. Register here.

Global Opportunities for Engineers
Thursday, December 3 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | 1310 DCL
Are you interested in putting your engineering degree to use outside the US? There are plenty of opportunities for you while you are still an undergrad and after you graduate! Join various RSOs, get scholarships, or participate in school-sanctioned programs to send you abroad on adventurous engineering tasks.

We’ll be bringing in Engineers Without Borders, one of the premier RSOs on campus designed to get engineers involved with international engineering projects; the National and International Scholarships Program, a UIUC office designed to publicize scholarships and help applicants write their applications; IPENG, the program through the university to send students abroad for a semester or over the summer; and LINC, introducing an opportunity to get involved with the Global Health Initiative on campus!

We’ll have free food while you learn about great opportunities to make a difference outside the US.

ISAWWA Safe Water Scholarship Program
The ISAWWA Safe Water Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees or certifications related to the water industry.  Our goal is to encourage more people to consider career paths in the water industry, which is critical to preserving public health and our most important natural resource – clean, safe drinking water.  In 2015, we distributed $5,000 in scholarships among five very deserving winners.
Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted into a water-related secondary or continuing education program for the 2016-2017 academic year (including summer term 2016) by the application deadline of January 31, 2016.  Applicable secondary education programs include water-related operator training programs, technical school, community college, four-year college, masters, doctoral, and business/management degree programs. 
The application form is available online at 
http://www.isawwa.org/?ScholarshipApp.  At the top of the page you’ll find a link to a recorded webcast that provides tips for completing your scholarship application.
Applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2016.  Recommendation letters, transcripts, and anything else mailed separately must bepost-marked by January 31, 2016.  Good luck!

Summer Internship opportunities for Geotechnical Engineering Master’s students
SME is offering special Summer Internship opportunities for Geotechnical Engineering Master’s students.  Students must have already completed one semester of their Master’s program to qualify for consideration.  The Summer Internship lasts from May 2016 through August 2016 with the possibility of part-time employment thereafter. We offer competitive wages and a $500 per month housing allowance to those selected to participate in our program.

Here is a job posting we would like you to share with your Master’s-level students.  Thank you for forwarding this information to them.  We look forward to hearing from your students. Contact Jennifer L. Davis at davis@sme-usa.com.

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