SWE Club History

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Club History

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2018-2019 Academic Year

Planned Fall 2018 Activities:

  • Engineering Day
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Movie night
  • SWEshi
  • WE18 National Conference in Minneapolis
  • Dinner Fundraiser
  • Bowling night
2017-2018 Academic Year

SWE 2017-2018 Officers

  • President: Kelsey Burrell
  • Vice President: Jennifer Turk
  • Secretary: Margaret Koval
  • Treasurer: Rebecca Burke
  • Publicist: Megan Moore
  • Project Manager:  John Brown
  • Outreach Co-Chair: Jenna Davey
  • Outreach Co-Chair: Lynn Brown
  • Fun Coordinator: Terran Hilden

Club Activities for Spring 2018:

  • SWE Social
  • Bowling night
  • Assist with MATHCOUNTS
  • Mentoring program with prof SWE
  • Rita’s fundraiser
  • 2018 SWE Regional Conf in Portland
  • Girl Scout Day
  • Resume Workshop w/ prof head shots
2016-2017 Academic Year

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                                SWE 2016-2017 group photo

  • President: Amanda Lagasca
  • Secretary: Jordan Goad
  • Treasurer: Julia King
  • Professional Development Chair: Lexie Folkerts
  • Outreach Co-Chairs: Kaileigh Vincent-Welling & Lynn Phebe Brown
  • Project Manager: Jennifer Barranco Rendon
  • Publicist: Jennifer Turk
  • Department Café Liaison/Manager: Kelsey Burrell

Fall Events

  • Engineering Fest
  • AutoCAD Workshop
  • WE16 Societal Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Skate Night
  • SWEshi

SWEshi-night-Fall-2016

                                    SWEshi night in Fall 2016

Spring Events
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • WE Local Conference 2017 (San Jose, CA)
  • Skate Night
  • Enchilada Fundraiser at Rita’s Margaritas
  • Thai Tea Tuesdays (ERE Coffee Table)
  • SWE Social
  • Mentor Meet-and-Greet (with proposed California Redwood Coast professional section)
  • SWE Leadership Summit 2017 (Berkeley, CA)
  • StrengthsQuest Workshop
  • Cover Letter Workshop (with SHPE)
Awards and Recognition

SWE was recognized with the following awards at the WE16 Societal Conference held in Philadelphia, PA:

  • Outstanding Collegiate Section Award (Silver)
  • Membership Recruitment Program Award
  • Outreach Partnership Program Award
  • Professional Development Award
  • Communications Program Award
Outreach

Every year, HSU SWE puts forth efforts in promoting STEM subjects to grade-school students. Girl Scout Day is one of the major outreach events that SWE hosts. For Girl Scout Day this year, SWE members worked with the local Girl Scouts troop to build Rube Goldberg mechanisms. This activity was organized by Jennifer Barranco Rendon, the section’s project manager, and was inspired by the Rube Goldberg projects that ENGR 215 students must complete in the HSU ERE program. Scouts were exposed to the design process and team work that engineering students and engineers encounter with a project.

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                                           Outreach Co-Chairs 
                                    at the 2016 Engineering Fest

In addition to the annual Girl Scouts Day event, HSU SWE introduced Engineering Fest, a new outreach event, spearheaded by the section’s two outreach chairs, Kaileigh Vincent-Welling and Lynn Phebe Brown. Engineering Fest had over a dozen hands-on activities that local grade-school students could explore. The activities presented different engineering concepts, including static and dynamic forces, electromagnetism, and fluid mechanics. SWE hopes to make Engineering Fest an annual event to encourage more STEM involvement in grade-school students and bring together other ERE clubs and organizations on campus.

Professional Development

One of HSU SWE’s goals is to help students enhance their technical and professional skills. Throughout the year, HSU SWE offered a variety of workshops for ERE students, including cover letter, StrengthsQuest®, and AutoCAD workshops. The cover letter workshop aided students in understanding the purpose of a cover letter and the content that makes a strong cover letter. The StrengthsQuest® assisted students in identifying and applying their natural strengths in social, academic, and professional settings. The AutoCAD workshop provided students with basic CAD skills and knowledge to develop plans.

HSU SWE’s professional development Chair, Lexie Folkerts, also teamed up with the local California Redwood Coast professional section to develop a new mentor program. Although the program is still in its early stages, Lexie was able to host a mentor meet and greet to help build a relationship between the local collegiate and professional sections. Through the event, members were able to get to know the professionals in a comfortable social environment.

The section also funded and sent ten students to the annual WE Local conference in San Jose, California, and three members to the local SWE Leadership Summit in Berkeley, California. At these events, members were able to participate in workshops, meet other collegiate SWE members, meet professionals, and attend career fairs. HSU SWE plans to continue to send members to conferences and leadership summits. With funding from the Enchilada Fundraiser, hosted by the California Redwood Coast section, SWE hopes to send students and professional members to the upcoming WE17 Societal Conference in Austin Texas.

Advisor: Dr. Kerri Hickenbottom

2015-2016 Academic Year

President: Laura Wallace
Vice President: Lexie Folkerts
Secretary: Amanda Lagasca
Treasurer: Toni Castillo
Outreach Coordinator: Terran Hilden
Professional Development Chair: Heidi Otten
Project Manager: Andrea Pedroza

At the national SWE conference, HSU SWE won Best Small Section Outreach Event, Best Small Section Professional Development Event, Best Small Section Membership Retention, Best Small School Communications, and Outstanding Collegiate Section for the 2015-2016 school year. For the Best Small Section Outreach Event, Best Small Section Professional Development Event, Best Small Section Membership Recruitment/Retention, and Best Small Section Communications awards HSU competed against all other small schools (under 50 members). For the Outstanding Collegiate Section awards, HSU competed against all other schools in the nation, regardless of size, and won Silver!

HSU SWE won the Best Small Section Outreach Event for their annual Girl Scouts Day. Around 40 elementary school aged girl scouts came to Science D on HSU’s campus and participated in 4 different engineering themed stations organized by HSU SWE and the Schatz Energy Research Center. This year's event was organized by HSU SWE member Terran Hilden and took place on April.

The 2015-2016 Best Small Section Professional Development Event award was received for the professional-student networking event, the SWE Social, organized by HSU SWE member Heidi Otten. During the 2015-2016 school year, HSU SWE retained 100% of its membership which award them the Best Small Section Membership Retention Award. For the 2015-2016 school year HSU SWE won the Best Small Section Communications Award. This award recognized the development of the HSU SWE website and other social media communications. This award winning communications effort was spearheaded by the then Publicist and Secretary Amanda Lagasca.

In the spring, SWE welcomed ERE’s new faculty member, Kerri Hickenbottom, as their new advisor. In February, over a dozen HSU SWE members attended SWE’s annual regional conference in Seattle, Washington with the help of funding from the club’s office, the ERE department, and the dean’s office. This was a first-time experience for many HSU SWE members and it allowed students to network, gain insight on the engineering field, grow professionally, and learn about SWE’s mission. HSU student Heidi Otten, received recognition as an outstanding collegiate leader within the region.

Due to long time support from HSU SWE, local professionals have to come together to start a local professional chapter of SWE.

In April, HSU SWE held the annual Social with the developing professional section, where both collegiate and professional members were be able to connect and network. There was record breaking attendance with around 50 attendees, including almost 25 professionals!

2014-2015 Academic Year

The awards HSU SWE won for the 2014-2015 school year include: Best Small Section Outreach Event, Best Small Section Professional Development Event, Best Small Section Membership Recruitment, and Outstanding Collegiate Section.

For the Best Small Section Outreach Event, Best Small Section Professional Development Event and Best Small Section Membership Recruitment/Retention HSU competed against all other small schools (under 50 members). For the Outstanding Collegiate Section awards, HSU competed against all other schools in the nation, regardless of size, and won Silver.

HSU won the Best Small Section Outreach Event for their annual Girl Scouts Day. Approximately 50 Girl Scouts attended the event at HSU where college student volunteers lead hands-on engineering activities. The 2015 event was organized by HSU Alumni Leabeth Peterson. The 2014-2015 Best Small Section Professional Development Event award was received for the three-part resume workshop SWE co-organized with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and was organized by SWE member Heidi Otten. During the 2014-2015 school year, HSU SWE increased its membership by 100% and received the Best Small Section Membership Recruitment award for that accomplishment.

This year, HSU SWE won Silver for their overall accomplishments as a SWE Section. To be eligible for this award HSU SWE had to prove their continued dedication to SWE’s mission: Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. Accomplishing this mission is a team effort by all HSU SWE members, ERE Faculty, and the Redwood Coast Professional SWE members.

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