Updates

Region D Senator – Call for Nominations

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In accordance with the dissolution of permanent Region boundaries decision, each Region is tasked with hosting their final election during FY18 in accordance with Society and Region Bylaws.  Region D will elect a Senator for a three-year term commencing on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Please take some time to consider who you feel has the skills and qualifications to best lead the Society through these roles. You may submit a nomination (via the form below) for someone else or yourself. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 14, 2018 by 11:59pm in your local time zone. Nominees may apply only in the Region where his/her membership resides.

Key Dates

Jan 14 – Nomination Forms due to Carissa at NomComm-D@swe.org  (If you do not receive an email confirmation of your submittal within 24 hours, please text 813.684.3979)

Feb 1 – Slate presented to members of the Region D Council

Mar 1 – Slate presented to Society Headquarters to follow Society Election schedule

Additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that:  1. The member is eligible for the position;  2. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;  3. A minimum of two percent of the voting members of the region have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot, with no more than half of the signatures or endorsements having been made from any one professional section or the members at large; and 4. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the nominating committee prior to February 20.

The ideal candidate would have the skills/competencies listed below (in alignment with the SWE Leadership Competency Model):

• Communication

o Strong and consistent communication skills (in-person and virtual, presentations and public speaking, consistent)

o Champion for diversity and inclusion internally within the Society as well as externally in the engineering community

• Self-Management

o Ability to listen and distill large amounts of information o Availability for multi-year commitment

• Business Acumen

o Strategic planning experience and/or strategic thinking skills

o Knowledge of SWE and/or other non-profit organizations

• Leadership Abilities

o Leadership and change management experience

o Working knowledge of SWE’s Core Value on Inclusive Environment and alignment to SWE’s Diversity Principles

• Mentoring, Coaching and Sponsorship

o Seeking and/or being a mentor, coach, or sponsor o Diverse networks

SENATOR DUTIES

Senators are responsible for:

o Charting the strategic direction of SWE by developing and adopting long-range goals for the Society.

o Developing and/or adopting proposed changes to the Society bylaws, policies, and procedures that are in line with the strategic plan.

o Conducting essential dialogue with Society membership on long-term trends and issues of common interest.

• Senators must be voting members of the Society (except Special Senators) and will serve for a term of three (3) fiscal years.

• Senators should anticipate participating in a lot of virtual meetings and communications

• The role typically requires the following time commitments:

o Monthly Conference Calls – 1 hour each

o Participation in 1 Sub-Team

• Annual Strategic Planning (2 mandatory face-to-face meetings, calls 1-5 hours per month)

• Strategic Initiatives (Variable)

• Committees Strategic Planning (Variable)

• Communications (Variable) o Face-to-Face Senate Meetings – At least 2 per fiscal year

• Annual Conference (Fall; 3 days – Mandatory)

• Winter Senate Meeting (Winter; 1 day – Mandatory)

• WE Local (Spring; 1 day – Currently not required, but highly recommended)

o Offline discussions on bylaws amendments and motions (Variable)

o Active communication with Society membership

• Funding for travel is currently available through SWE for the Winter Senate Meeting and Annual Strategic Planning Sub-Team face-to-face meetings. Future funding to be determined.

These roles and responsibilities are subject to change by the Senate leadership team as the governance changes continue to be implemented.

If you are interested in participating as a Region D Nominating Committee member, contact Carissa asap.  We need to ensure a diverse committee for this process.

 

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Region FY18 Slate Announcement

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The FY17 Region D Nominating Committee was charged with selecting at least one qualified candidate for each of the following FY18 positions: Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Region D Rep to the Society Nominating Committee, Senator, Collegiate Senator, Collegiate Representative, and Collegiate Communications Editor.

Eligibility of all candidates on the FY18 slate has been verified to the bylaws requirements for their respective position. Members of the FY17 nominating committee have completed their evaluation of nominees for the FY18 elected positions and have selected the following slate of candidates. Candidate profiles and statements can be found on the Leaders page of the Region D website (regiond.swe.org)

Lieutenant Governor
1. Christi Fiorentini, Atlanta
2. Ramona Walsh, Atlanta

Secretary
1. Emily Huber, current Univ of Florida, transitioning to Space Coast

Treasurer
1. Christine Cathcart, Charlotte-Metrolina

Senator
1. Atoosa Vaziri, Central Florida
2. Cassandra Bayer, Central Savannah Area
3. Wendy Cocke, Atlanta Region D

Representative to Society Nominating Committee
1. Laura Gimpelson, Nashville

Collegiate Senator
1. Natalie Hahn, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
2. Grace Devine, Georgia Institute of Technology

Collegiate Representative
1. Jessica Jiang, Georgia Institute of Technology
2. Catharina Santos, Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
3. Jenna Newman, Univ. of South Florida

Collegiate Communications Editor
1. Elizabeth Hartzog, University of Alabama

FY17 Nominating Committee: Beth Todd, Angela Mitchell, Jeannie Marshall, Carissa Giblin (Chair)

Contact Carissa at CGiblin@VoyagerLT.com with any questions.

Welcome to FY17!

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My name is Katie McCoy and I will be your Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for the year. As the Region D RCCE, it is my goal to inform you all of Hot Topics, Section Updates, and important dates along with providing you with interesting engineering articles and information about your FY17 Region Leadership Team 🙂

Welcome to FY15!

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Welcome to another year with SWE! My name is Jessica Stockus and I will be your Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for the year. As RCCE, it is my goal to inform the region of Hot Topics, Region D Leaders, Section Updates, Interesting and Informative Engineering Articles, and important dates!

 

First, let me start off the year by introducing the Region D Leadership Team for FY15.

 

Governor: Andrea Clewley

Lt. Governor: Kris Craven

Treasurer: Chris Cathcart

Secretary: Angela Berry

Senators: Cassie Bayer & Raven Cross

MALs: Kenyona Pierce & Nancy Manley

RCRs: Jacquilyn Green & Amanda Scott

RCCE: Jessica Stockus

Collegiate Senator: Victoria Png

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As we embark on another year of SWE, let us take a moment to review our National and Regional goals for the year.

 

Nationally, SWE revolves around the three strategic goals of professional excellence, globalization, and advocacy. Region D has utilized these national goals to help set some of our own goals for the FY15.

  1. The aim of Professional Excellence is that SWE will develop women engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives.
    • Region D hopes to meet this goal by continuing the implementation of the mentor program within the Region. We hope to support at least 30 mentor-mentee pairs in FY15. In addition, Region Conferences will now include 4 LCC/CLCC sessions.
  2. The aim of Globalization is the hope that SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, promoting diversity and inclusion and serving women engineers wherever they are.
    • In FY15, Region D will meet this goal by having the Region Governor mentor two professional or collegiate potential leaders. Also, at least 2 Region leaders will attend the meeting/event of another Region (summit, conference, telecom, etc.)
  3. The aim of Advocacy is that SWE will advocate for the inclusion and success of women, present and prospective, in engineering and technology.
    • Region D plans to meet this goal by promoting the accomplishments of Region members via Region websites and social networking media. Also, we will continue the practice of recognizing SWE leaders to schools and employers through written communications.

 

Aside from the Region goals that are centered around FY15 national goals, Region D has also set forth other goals such as:

  • Developing a tactical plan for the Region to be approved by the Region Council at WE14
  • All sections completing the section vitality assessment in FY15
  • All sections to have updated bylaws
  • All sections to have IRS postcard/taxes completed (Due: November 30, 2014)
  • Update and approve the Region D plan, procedure and protocol
  • Establish and approve FY15 budget at Region Conference
  • Establish leadership pipeline to provide development opportunities for current and future region leaders
  • Develop a plan to manage extra region funding for future FYs
  • Host FY15 Leadership Summit
  • Maintain regular communications with professional and collegiate sections through: Eblasts, Blog Posts, and Regular Meetings

 

With the support of the Region D Leadership Team and section leaders, we hope to achieve the goals we have set forth this year.

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Furthermore, below are some key dates for FY15.

8/30/14: Conflict of Interest Forms (President & Treasurer) (Past Due)

9/7/14: Leadership Summit

9/10/14: Section Report #1 Due

9/22/14: 2016 Region Conference Bids Due

10/1/14: Collegiate Section Report #1 Due to RCRs

10/23-10/26/14: WE14, Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, Oct 23 – Region Meeting

11/30/14: Complete IRS postcard or taxes

12/15/14: Region Council Call

 

If you have any questions concerning the region, please feel free to e-mail me at rcce-d@swe.org and I will do my best to direct you to the appropriate source/information.

 

SWEetly Yours,

Jessica

June Updates #2

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Upcoming Deadlines

6/18/14: Region Council Call, 7:30 pm

6/30/14: Leadership Reports Due

6/30/14: Section Vitality Reports Due

6/30/14: Membership Renewals Due

7/1/14: Section Awards Nominations Due to HQ

7/31/14: Financial Reports Due

9/7/14: Leadership Summit

 

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Thank You

I want to thank all the FY13 and FY14 Region Leadership Team (officers, committee chairs & members, council, section presidents) for supporting SWE Region D.  Over the past 2 years, the Region has recognized the Region D and section leadership through letters to their schools and employers, revitalized the Region D mentor program, upgraded 20 collegiate members to professional members, and held 6 joint professional/collegiate networking events.  It has been a pleasure to work with all of you these past two years.   I am excited to turn the group reins over to Andrea and the FY15 Region Leadership Team.

 

Michele O’Shaughnessy

Region D Governor

FY13-FY14

 

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REMINDER – Region Council Call, June 18, 7:30 PM EST

The next region council call is scheduled for June 18 at 7:30 PM EST. The agenda will be posted prior to the call.

1.  Please join my meeting.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/312502906

 

2.  Join the conference call:

Conference Call # 605-562-3000, code 703931#

 

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Section Vitality Reports

Section vitality reports are requested from every professional and collegiate section.  Please submit the section professional report to Christine at cybuziak@gmail.com, and Yolanda Childs at Yolanda.childs@swe.org.  Please submit the collegiate section report to Jill Hershman .

 

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Volunteers Needed

Have you ever thought that the professional track at the region conference didn’t meet your development needs? Now is your chance to impact your fellow professional members.  Two volunteers have been requested by the Region D Conference Planning Committee to help in developing programming for those in mid-career.  If you don’t volunteer, you will continue to get the programming that the committee thinks is best, so this is a small way you can impact your fellow professional member. Those interested, please contact Stephanie Gillespie.

 

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WE14 – Los Angeles

The WE14 “A Global Exchange for Change” in Los Angeles, CA is scheduled for October 22 – 26, 2014.  The registration is now open to join more than 7,000 women from around the world.  Additional information can be found athttp://www.swe.org

 

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WE14 – Invent It Build It Outreach Expo

The expo is Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The application deadline for exhibitors is July 31st.   If you or your organization is interested in exhibiting at the Invent It. Build It EXPO register at http://wurveymonkey.com/s/inventexpo2014swe

There is no charge to exhibit, but your application must be approved. Questions can be directed to Randy Freedman,randy.freedman@swe.org

 

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Section Awards

SWE strives to recognize and honor the contributions and the successes of SWE’s members, sections, Members At Large, and Regions who’s individual and combined activities enhance the engineering profession through contributions to members and the community via Professional Development, Outreach, Inclusiveness, Communication, and Membership.  The section award packages and collegiate competitions are currently on the SWE website.  Section Awards deadline is 7/1/14.

 

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Leadership Roster & Financial Report

The FY15 leadership roster is due from every section both collegiate and professional by 6/30/14.  The deadline for FY14 financial reports is 7/31/14.  On-Line roster instructions or on-line financial report instructions with the steps to follow for completing the reports by visiting http://www.swe.org, governance documents. Questions can be forwarded to membership@swe.org

 

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Renew your membership today!

It is that time again when your membership is up for renewal.  Please remember to renew by the end of June to save a little and reap all of the benefits your membership gives you.  You can renew at the SWE Member Services Center on the SWE website.

 

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FY15 Region D Leadership Summit

Mark your calendars for the FY15 Region D Leadership Summit being held on September 7, 1-5pm in an online format. Keep your eyes open for more information as we plan to kick off the new year.  Any questions can be directed to Andrea at sweregiond@gmail.com.

 

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SWE Inaugural Ebook Is Now Available

SWE HQ has recently launched it’s inaugural ebook – Work & Life Integration Playbook.  Make sure you check it out!

http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/work-a-life-integration/4190-work-a-life-integration-intro

 

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SWE Branding

SWE is conducting a brand study to evaluate what the organization means to you. Survey participants will help SWE gain insight into how people feel about the society’s people, processes and products, as well as what people think about when they think of SWE. Please complete the survey and forward to your sections and MALs to do so as well:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FDZ7HD2.

 

For their time, survey participants will receive access to the first day of SWE’s 2014 Online Career Development Conference, covering topics such as “Being an Authentic Leader,” Effective Communications to Build a Strong Reputation” and more.

 

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Designated Funds Program

The Board of Trustees has rolled out the Designated Funds Program.  Any section can participate in the designated funds program.  Additional information can be located at http://www.swe.org, governance documents

 

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Local Section Job Bank

Some local sections run a job bank.  There have been some questions regarding if the Society has any guidelines/procedures on this topic.   The Society leaves it to the section to set their own procedures if they chose to perform this activity.  HQ does ask that if a section performs this function, that they actively manage it and keep it up to date.

 

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White House Science Fair

On May 27th, the White House conducted its annual science fair.  The science fair featured innovative projects, designs and experiments from students across America.  This year’s fair included a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.

 

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Project Scientist

Project Scientist is a summer camp for girls ages 4-12 with a focus in STEM in Charlotte, NC.  Additional information can be located at http://www.projectscientist.org/

 

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Letters of Recognition

One of Region D’s FY14 goals is to recognize its members.   Any local section officer or region leader can request the Region Governor to write a letter to their university or employer recognizing their service to SWE.  If you would like a letter written, please contact Michele O’Shaughnessy at governor-d@swe.org

 

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Gail Mattson named Brookhaven Lab’s Assistant Laboratory Director for Environment, Safety & Health

Gail Mattson, a nationally recognized project management professional and environmental engineer, has been named Assistant Laboratory Director for Environment, Safety and Health at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  She served as the national president and member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Women Engineers.   She is a SWE Fellow and a member of the Smoky Mountain SWE section.

 

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Maryly Van Leer Peck

Maryly Van Leer Peck, who served as president of Polk Community College from 1982 – 1997, died on November 4, 2011 in West Palm Beach.  She was the first female president at Polk Community College and one of the first female presidents of a community college in Florida.  In 1955, she received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida, the first engineering degree UF had awarded to a woman.  Maryly was a member of the Society of Women Engineers since June 30, 1955 and was a Life-Fellow Member At Large D049.

 

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SWE Emails & Mailings

The SWE emails and mailings go to your preferred address indicated in the SWE database.  Please check your addresses often to ensure you are receiving the information at the correct and preferred address.  Please also check your spam to ensure you are receiving the SWE emails.

 

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Like us on Facebook!

For up to date information from Region D, like us on Facebook.  You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/SWERegionD.

 

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Check out Region D Blog

Do you want an easy way to see what is going on in Region D?  Check out the blog at https://regiond.wordpress.com/. You can subscribe to the blog and have updates sent directly to your email if you enter your email address under “Email Subscription”.

June Updates

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To: Section Presidents/ Representatives / RCRs/ RCCE/ MAL Representatives / Region Officers & Committee Chairs/members

 

From: SWE Region D Governor

 

Subject: SWE Region D Update – June

 

Date:  June 4, 2014

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Upcoming Deadlines

6/18/14: Region Council Call, 7:30 pm

6/30/14: Leadership Reports Due

6/30/14: Section Vitality Reports Due

7/31/14: Financial Reports Due

 

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REMINDER – Region Council Call, June 18, 7:30 PM EST

The next region council call is scheduled for June 18 at 7:30 PM EST. The agenda will be posted prior to the call.

1.  Please join my meeting.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/312502906

 

2.  Join the conference call:

Conference Call # 605-562-3000, code 703931#

 

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Renew your membership today!

It is that time again when your membership is up for renewal.  Please remember to renew by the end of June to save a little and reap all of the benefits your membership gives you.  You can renew at the SWE Member Services Center on the SWE website.

 

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Leadership Reports – Due June 30

As you begin to transition leadership for FY15, remember to submit your leadership reports.  This is how SWE and Region D know who to communicate with.  Also note that when your report is submitted, access to the financial reporting tool changes to the FY15 Treasurer.  Please make sure that the FY15 Treasurer is prepared to submit the financial report if done after the leadership report has been submitted.

 

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FY15 Region D Leadership Summit

Mark your calendars for the FY15 Region D Leadership Summit being held on September 6, hosted by Tampa Bay Area and USF.  Keep your eyes open for more information as we plan to kick off the new year.  Any questions can be directed to Andrea at sweregiond@gmail.com.

 

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SWE Inaugural Ebook Is Now Available

SWE HQ has recently launched it’s inaugural ebook – Work & Life Integration Playbook.  Make sure you check it out!

http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/work-a-life-integration/4190-work-a-life-integration-intro

 

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SWE Branding

SWE is conducting a brand study to evaluate what the organization means to you. Survey participants will help SWE gain insight into how people feel about the society’s people, processes and products, as well as what people think about when they think of SWE. Please complete the survey and forward to your sections and MALs to do so as well:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FDZ7HD2.

 

For their time, survey participants will receive access to the first day of SWE’s 2014 Online Career Development Conference, covering topics such as “Being an Authentic Leader,” Effective Communications to Build a Strong Reputation” and more.

 

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WE14 Invent It Build It Outreach Expo Call for Exhibitors

The Call for Exhibitors for WE14 Invent It Build It Outreach Expo is out on the Region D Community under resources. The Expo is Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 9 am to 3 pm in conjunction with Invent It Build It. The application deadline for exhibitors is July 31st.

 

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Designated Funds Program

The BOT is pleased to roll out the designated funds program, a program that has really been developed in response to requests from the Region Governance team. More information is posted on the SWE website under governance documents. Diana Joch will be the BOT liaison for the program.  All questions from sections/regions should be addressed to Diana (diana.joch@swe.org).

 

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SWE Emails & Mailings

The SWE emails and mailings go to your preferred address indicated in the SWE database.  Please check your addresses often to ensure you are receiving the information at the correct and preferred address.  Please also check your spam to ensure you are receiving the SWE emails.

 

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Like us on Facebook!

For up to date information from Region D, like us on Facebook.  You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/SWERegionD.

 

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Check out Region D Blog

Do you want an easy way to see what is going on in Region D?  Check out the blog at https://regiond.wordpress.com/. You can subscribe to the blog and have updates sent directly to your email if you enter your email address under “Email Subscription”.