SWE By the Numbers

Regions: 10

Region C’s one of ten regions named after the first ten letters of the alphabet and divided by geographic region. Region C spans four states: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Strategic priorities: 3

Newly adopted last year, Society SWE aims to improve its membership through the following channels

Goal 1: Professional excellence – SWE will develop women engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives.

Goal 2: Globalization – SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, promoting diversity and inclusion and serving women engineers wherever they are.

Goal 3: Advocacy – SWE will advocate for the inclusion and success of women, present and prospective, in engineering and technology.

Members: 30,000

More than half of SWE is comprised of collegiate members across 300 collegiate sections. Professional sections number approximately 100 and make up 45% of overall membership.

Founding Year: 1950

The 1940’s saw a labor shortage in technical fields due to the draft of men for WWII. Women began pursuing engineering jobs but were still less than 1% of the workforce in 1950 when 60 women met in New Jersey to establish the Society of Women Engineers.

Texas A&M SWE’s 39th Annual High School Conference

By – Sophia Zhang, SWE High School Conference Co-chair

SWE High School Conference

The Society of Women Engineers at Texas A&M coordinates an annual High School Conference to expose high school students from across Texas to engineering and Texas A&M. The 2015 High School Conference took place January 30- 31. We were delighted to have over 100 participants on campus for the two-day conference including 95 students and 17 teachers and parents

This year’s conference was Lego-themed, inspired by the 2014 LEGO MOVIE. On Friday, participants toured campus, met Miss Reveille, attended engineering courses, competed in design challenges, engaged in Q&A sessions with students, explored the college fair, engaged in a company session, and attended our evening banquet with guest and keynote speaker. Students had the opportunity to spend the night in dorms hosted by our Aggie engineering students.

On Saturday, attendees participated in lab tours, yells with our junior yell leaders, a company luncheon, and the final design challenge.

Through the activities and tours, each conference attendee learned about the culture and traditions of Aggieland, the opportunities to pursue engineering at Texas A&M, and the importance of their career choice.

We look forward to continuing this tradition within the Society of Women Engineers at Texas A&M and hope you enjoy watching the video summarizing the conference:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_bh_GBmQ-LXamx0ak5JZVFPMnc/view?usp=sharing

FY16 Collegiate Ballot Slate

Please view the FY16 Collegiate Ballot Slate including candidates for Region Collegiate Senator, Region Collegiate Communications Editor, and Region Collegiate Representatives (2 will be elected for this position).  Collegiate Section Presidents will be voting on the candidates for the Region Collegiate Team, more information on voting to come.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qe7lvj0500tfjfg/Region%20C%20Collegiate%20Slate%20FY16.pdf?dl=0

Upcoming Webinars for SWE Collegiates and Professionals

Effective Communication
Tuesday March 17, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)

About the Webinar: 

From the workforce to academia or personal life, communication is important to every role we hold. This webinar will help you understand how to properly communicate with colleagues or other professionals in various forms. We will go in depth about how to properly write an email, when to discuss items face to face, and proper phone etiquette. It will also describe the proper ways to shake hands, manage a conference call, and leave a voice mail message for incoming and outgoing calls.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

– Convey the right message with words and body language in face-to-face communication

– Write clear and professional emails

– Make effective phone calls

Who should attend:

Professional and Collegiate Members are welcome to attend. RCRs, RCCEs, RCSs, and SWEFLs are highly encouraged to attend.

Register here:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3501889923171261441

Speakers:   Olivia LeBlanc and Inga Bentley

Collegiate Representation Needed on Nominating Committee

We need 3-6 collegiate presidents (or someone in their section that would like to volunteer) to participate on the region nominating committee. You will be working with Carrie Ballester, our Region Nominating Committee Chair, to review region collegiate team candidates (RCR, RCCE, RCS).

The time commitment is minimal – it should be a couple of hours over the next 1 1/2 – 2 weeks. You will review the candidate applications and 2 references, and then provide feedback on qualification for the role.
Please email Carrie Ballester, Region Nominating Committee Chair, carrie.m.ballester@lmco.com, if you’re interested!
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