Our section strives to give back to our campus community, the greater South Bend community, and the global community through a variety of events and fundraisers. Some of our annual events include the Trick-or-SWEet 5K Run (raises money for the Best Buddies Engineering Night), the Best Buddies Engineering Night (fun engineering-related activities for the local Best Buddies Organization), and Compete to Defeat Hunger (food drive with the different colleges of engineering competing against each other).
A few of the fun events we do throughout the year include the welcome back picnic, our Christmas party, and the annual Mr. Engineering Pageant. Our fun social events have high membership involvement because they all emphasize the importance of camaraderie.
The diversity of our section and the events we plan continues to grow. We are constantly seeking ways to further our involvement with a variety of campus clubs and community organizations in order to build relationships that promote diversity.
Company representatives, engineering faculty, and motivational leaders are all invited to speak to our section throughout the year. The focus of these presentations ranges from resumes and interviews to leadership and post-graduation options. Membership participation is very high at these events because of the influential aspect of the speakers. Food is often served, and these events are a great opportunity for members to network, ask questions, and realize their full potential with an engineering degree.
The building and nurturing of personal relationships among our members is one of the most important aspects of our section. Our mentoring program, Big Sis/Lil Sis, serves to fulfill this need in the lives of incoming first year women in engineering. Because students do not declare a major until the second semester of the first year, it is extremely important for our section to provide proper guidance, resources, and motivation for these women, especially during their first year. First year students are paired up with an upperclassmen, usually with the same engineering interests, and the Big Sis/Lil Sis Committee plans fun events throughout the year that focus on the development of these mentor-mentee relationships.
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