My name is Amanda Lagasca, and as the new Region A Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for Northern California, Hawaii, and Nevada, I want to welcome you all to the FY16 Region A blog. Through this blog, I hope to inform, encourage, and connect all Region A collegiate and professional sections. I am also open to any questions, concerns, or requests; I can be contacted at email@example.com. So please subscribe today to stay tuned for upcoming events within the society and for information about other sections within the region. Also, remember to follow Region A’s group on Facebook and Twitter.
This past April, Chico State SWE hosted over 170 participants at our annual K-6 STEM outreach event, Imagineer Day. Started in 2013 with just 100 participants, this award-winning, annual event brings the engineering career path to the attention of local children ranging from grades K-6. Every participant had the opportunity to experience fun, hands-on engineering activities, all the while learning how and why the things in this world work the way they do.
This year’s labs featured engineering disciplines such as Water Resources, Civil/Structural, Mechanical, Computer, Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.
While this event is planned and funded by the Chico State SWE section, they are very proud that it has become a group effort and collaboration across the entire College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC). This year, the section hit a record of four other College of ECC student organizations, along with their SWENext section, leading hands-on labs. This marks Chico State SWE’s largest cross-club collaboration that Imagineer Day has had to date.
To learn more about Imagineer Day and see more photos, visit the Chico State SWE section website at csuchico.swe.org.
This past April, Humboldt State’s SWE section held their annual SWE Social in Eureka, CA. They invited their entire Environmental Resources Engineering student body and faculty as well as local women engineers. This year in particular, there was a great turnout of professionals and student attendees; all participants were encouraged to mingle and share their experiences and knowledge in the engineering field. Prior to the social, HSU SWE also held a networking workshop to help members prepare for the event. Members received tips and advice on how to make strong and meaningful connections when networking. HSU SWE hopes this event continues to grow and promote stronger relationships between students and professionals.
Earlier this month, UC Berkeley’s SWE section reached out to other local sections, including UC Davis and San Francisco State SWE. Together, members enjoyed some delicious Korean BBQ, played games, and networked with one another. The small event was a great opportunity for members to share their experiences from their own sections and stay up-to-date on what is happening in the area. Members from the UC Berkeley section hope this event paves the way for future intercollegiate events within Region A; events like this are an enjoyable, casual way to get local sections together and to take a small break from school.
The deadline for professional positions is today (Jan. 15) and for collegiate positions is February 1.
The following positions are accepting applications
Lt. Governor (1 year term) Secretary (1 year term)
Treasurer (1 year term)
Professional Senator (2 year term)
Society Nominating Committee Member (2 year term) Region Collegiate Representative (RCR) – 1 year term Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) – 1 year term Region Collegiate Senator (RCS) – 1 year term
Submissions must contain the following information:
Name of nominee
Position(s) of interest
Contact Information (day/evening phone number and email address)
List of previous positions held (if any)
A 200-word maximum candidate statement to be published if candidate is placed on the ballot. Generally this includes why the candidate wishes to serve in the position and what s/he hopes to accomplish.
A 150-word maximum candidate history (qualifications and previous SWEleadership experience).
Please address all submissions to the Region A Nominating Committee Chair, Malia Francisco Farkas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit nomination page(s) in MS Word format. Please submit your nominations on time to support the nominating committee deadlines.
Contact Malia Francisco Farkas if you have any questions.
January 24th Collegiate Training – Cancelled
Unfortunately, the January 24th Collegiate Training for Region A has been cancelled due to a lack of participation.
For additional resources for collegiate training for your school, contact Jessica Kiefer at email@example.com.
Region A Ceramics Painting Social in Mountain View
If you are interested in participating, sign up soon because spots are quickly filling up. The event will be on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PST). Sign up through the following link: Ceramics Painting.
ABJ Conference Early Bird Registration
If you haven’t registered for the ABJ Conference yet, the early bird pricing ends on January 31. Make sure you take advantage of the lower costs.
Sign-Ups for the Region A SWE Leadership Mentoring Program have begun. We would like to emphasize that this mentoring program is directed towards furthering your SWE career and not your personal career. If you would like to participate in the program please fill out the survey on the link below by November 30th.
The Mentoring Program Committee will match pairs by January 1, 2016. The Mentoring Cycle will go from January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016. Two weeks before June 30th another survey will be sent out to rematch pairs.
Due to the high number of participants who would like to be mentees and the low number of participants who would like to be a mentor, the assignment of pairs will be first come, first serve. Although, if you are not paired this round, you will have first priority for the next round.
To facilitate the mentoring process, the Mentoring Program Committee will be sending the participants a Mentoring Newsletter once a month. If you have any questions please let us know!
Registration for the Region ABJ 2016 Conference is open! The conference will take place on February 18-21, 2016 and will be hosted in Seattle, WA on the beautiful waterfront at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. The focus of this year’s conference will be to EXPLORE what the world of engineering has to offer, ENGAGE women of all ages and backgrounds, and EMPOWER each other to take on new challenges and seek out our passions. So don’t wait and REGISTER NOW!
Whether you are seeking a job or an employee, SWE can help you out with their Career Center resource. The Career Center is a useful tool for both job-seekers and employers. It is a virtual destination that that allows individuals with different levels of experience to explore the job market.
Job-seekers can utilize the SWE Career Center to help simplify the process of finding a job. The Career Center allows job-seekers to search for jobs that fit their best interest. Individuals can also setup job alerts, manage their resumes, and gain access to resources that are complementary to professional growth, such as career coaches and articles on career advice*.
Employers can use the SWE Career Center to post current job openings and connect with potential candidates. The Career Center further assists companies with the search for qualified and prospective employees by helping manage job postings, clients, resumes, and candidates.
The SWE Career Center is a beneficial resource than can help you land your next job or find your next top employee. It is open to everyone; just visit the website and take the first step of creating an account as a job-seeker or an employer. The Career Center can easily be accessed through the home page of the societal SWE website:
Don’t hesitate and go check it out!
* Note: The “Content Library” in the job-seeker resources can be accessed without creating an account. ENJOY!