Sep07Newsletter by methyae


									September Events
Business Card Social Thursday, September 13 6:00 - 8:00 pm Hacienda Mexican Restaurant 9748 Manchester Road St. Louis, MO 63119 RSVP: Mita Garasia

Engineering Career Day Volunteers needed to work shifts at SWE booth Saturday, September 29 9:30am – 3:00pm St. Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110 RSVP: Maggie Suter

Email to be added to the SWE St. Louis email list Look inside for more details on these and future events. -1-

Message from the President: Welcome to another season of SWE! There are a number of events coming up, and a variety of ways to get involved with SWE. Plans for the year include opportunities for networking, professional development, education and community service. Keep an eye on the website, and your email for upcoming events. Involvement can be as simple as attending a monthly social and networking with your fellow local SWE members. We do have some changes in leadership this year. Sarah Henry has stepped down as SLU counselor, and Anne Sommer has moved from Secretary to take on SLU counselor. After helping out for one more year than she planned, Heidi Houghton is also leaving the role of Alternate Section Rep. I would like to extend a big THANKS and congratulations to Sarah, Anne and Heidi for their outstanding service in these roles, as well as their continued support and involvement in SWE. Our officer line-up for the year includes some familiar as well as some new faces: President - Maggie Suter Vice President - Tracy Chamberlain Secretary - Jolene Washick Treasurer - Laura Riegel Section Representative - Valerie Holland Alternate Section Rep. - Krista Hopper Membership Chair - Mita Garasia Educational Outreach Chair - Sara Hyatt Collegiate Counselors: Washington University - Sara Hyatt St. Louis University - Anne Sommer SIUE-Edwardsville - Tyria Riley UM Rolla - Jill Farenholtz Maggie Suter Society of Women Engineers (SWE) St. Louis Section President (2006-2008) President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Section Rep. SWE OFFICERS 2007-2008 Maggie Suter H 636-527-2449 Tracy Chamberlain H 314-993-1905 Jolene Washick Laura Riegel H 314-726-4065 Valerie Holland W 314-241-8510 -2-

Upcoming Events & Activities
Business Card Social

Join us for our first event of the fiscal year! This networking social is a fiestathemed business card exchange. So, don’t forget your business cards!     Meet the New Officers Network with Professionals and Students Discuss, Plan, and Discover the New Events For This Year Win Door Prizes!

Thursday – 9/13/07 – 6:00 pm Hacienda Mexican Restaurant – 9748 Manchester Road – St. Louis, MO 63119 Mita Garasia St. Louis Section Membership Chair

Engineering Career Day The St. Louis Science Center is hosting an event to teach children, and other Science Center visitors, about Engineering Careers! The St. Louis Section will have an interactive display at the event. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering, as this event will run all day. Saturday – 9/29/07 – 9:00am to 3:00pm Maggie Suter St. Louis Section President


Habitat for Humanity The St. Louis SWE Section is volunteering with Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build on Saturday, October 6th from 7:50 am to approximately 4:00 pm. We will be working on the inside of House #17 for a single mom and her three children in the Mark Twain neighborhood. I am looking for 8 to 10 volunteers who can be there for the entire day. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please contact Sara Hyatt by Friday, August 31st. If you are unsure if you will be available but are interested let her know, and she will contact you if there spaces are still available. If you are unable to volunteer on October 6th, but are interested in volunteering on another Saturday, Women's Build has several volunteer openings between this Saturday, August 25th and October 20th. They are especially looking for several people for landscaping and interior painting this Saturday. E-mail Sara Hyatt for more information about available dates and contact information for the Women's Build committee. Sara Hyatt St. Louis Section Outreach Committee Chair Washington University Counselor

SWE National Conference 2007 In October, engineers from around the U.S. will gather in Nashville, Tennessee to share their industry experiences. At this event is one of the largest career fairs in the nation, as well as sessions and seminars revolving around technological advances, the work-life balance, and bringing engineering into the community. If you have any business that you would like presented at the Council of Representatives meeting at the SWE National Conference, please submit this by September 12th. This will give the St. Louis officers time to review before submission to National. Also, if you have an interest in getting more involved with SWE, check out the focus interest groups (FIGs) on page 5. Valerie Holland St. Louis Section Representative


COR Governance FIG Since the COR meeting in Kansas City in October 2006, there have been many suggestions and recommendations for improving the effectiveness of COR. These ranged from increasing participation to changing the number of members, length of term, and structure of COR. In evaluating each of these suggestions, the first questions asked were: "What is the role of COR?" and "What should the role of COR be?" Without answering those questions, any recommendations or changes to COR would be either simply a band-aid solution or possibly exacerbate the existing issues. In addition, we wanted to understand the training and funding desires of COR along with its current responsibilities. In June 2007, the Governance FIG conducted a survey for COR to answer these questions. As mentioned in the announcement, the survey responses are formulating the basis of a white paper on COR's role in SWE. This issue has been selected as the topic of the mega issues discussion to be held on October 25, 2007, in Nashville, TN. The Governance FIG members are working to complete the white paper, which will include COR's history and its role within the Society, trends for membership and COR's size in the future, strengths and its weaknesses, and key recommendations based upon the survey. This white paper, along with the survey results, will be published to COR on August 27. Specific questions for use in the mega issues discussion will be posted in September. If you are interested in the work of the Governance FIG and would like to join, please contact Diana Joch at COR Environmental Scanning FIG If you are interested in the Environmental Scanning FIG, please email Amy Bednar at so that she can provide you with further information. COR Governance FIG COR Governance FIG members have been preparing the mega issue white paper posted on August 27. If you plan to participate in this FIG, please email Diana Joch at for further information. COR Communications FIG The Communications FIG members is preparing for the October 27 COR meeting. They are also looking for help taking the meeting minutes during the COR meeting and would specifically like to have representation on the FIG from the following Regions: A, C, D, F, G, I, or J. If you plan to participate or are interested in joining this FIG, please email Mary Steblein at so that she can provide you with further information. -5-

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2007-2008 We will fill in dates, activities, and details during the SWE-esta on September 13th! DATE September 13 29 October 6 25-27 November TBD TBD December TBD January 25-27 TBD February TBD TBD 29-3/1 March TBD April TBD May TBD June SWE Banquet TBD Technical Tour Local University (TBA) SWE Social TBD Engineering Open House Engineering Career Day Region I Conference SIUE STL Science Center Boulder, CO Region H Conference Professional Development Activity Bradley Univ. TBD Lunch Social TBD Technical Tour SWE Social with SLU Tums (Downtown) TBD Habitat for Humanity SWE National Conference TBA Nashville, TN SWE-esta! Engineering Career Day See Page 1 STL Science Center TOPIC LOCATION

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