Meet a SWEFL: Ashley Malinowski

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Hi, my name is Ashley Malinowski and I am one of the three Region D SWEFLs for 2008.  I’ve been involved with SWE since I first began college at the University of Miami two years ago, helping out with various activities.

Ashley Malinoski, Region D SWEFL, FY09
Ashley Malinoski, Region D SWEFL, FY09

My involvement within SWE was boosted to a new level once I joined UM’s Conference Committee to help plan the 2008 Region D Conference that our section hosted earlier in the year here in beautiful Miami.  Since the Conference, I’ve dived into a fledgling outreach initiative we’ve deemed “Future SWE” in which our UM section helps high school girls develop and participate in SWE sections at their high schools before even entering college.  Our section plans to expand to at least two new high schools in the Miami area by the end of this academic year.  Hopefully, through high school SWE sections, more young women will be open to pursuing careers within the Science, Math, and Engineering fields.  We’re hoping that, in establishing high school SWE sections, more girls will feel comfortable choosing college and career paths in Engineering and related subjects.  Thus far, the Future SWE program has been welcomed by the community, and it has the potential to grow beyond just Miami.  (PS, if anyone in Region D is interested in implementing Future SWE in their area, definitely contact me at

In addition to my involvement with SWE, I’m also active in other student organizations on campus.  I’m an Engineering Student Ambassador for UM, a Peer Counselor, an active member of UM’s rock climbing club, recording secretary for Tau Beta Pi, and secretary for both Architectural Engineering Institute and Chi Epsilon.  Academically, I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s in Architecture simultaneously in a 6-year dual-degree program and I am so exited to begin Architecture studio this fall!

After I attended the Collegiate Leadership Forum this summer, I have to say that I was truly inspired.  It was so wonderful to see so many girls who were intelligent, motivated, and confident in themselves.  Everyone had something to contribute, and everything I learned through the Forum I took back with me to Miami as a better person and SWE member.  Before attending CLF I was on the fence about attending the SWE National Conference in Baltimore, but now I know it’s not an event worth missing.  I hope to see you all there!



Region Website Updated

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D-vas! Like the title of this post very well says: the Region D website had been updated. It has a bit of a different look, too.

The Region Website is the perfect complement to this blog, and has all the resources I have yet to post.  Make sure you visit and make the most of your Regional Website, by visiting There’s also a link to the site on the left of this blog.

If you have questions about the Website, send them to the Region Webmaster, Pamela Androff (

National Conference – Q&A, Celebrate SWE! and More…

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This is a pretty large post… please read through this because it has a whole bunch of important information!

First, some important news about Celebrate SWE! (All of you who have registered or will register for the event should receive this information.):

The event is moving towards a semi-formal/formal event (cocktail attire).

DNE and Fellows award will now be presented at Celebrate SWE before dinner. All other rewards will remain the same.

No more screaming, yelling, in-crowd competition. Please do not dress in costumes.

Still have an opportunity for a 2-minute skit to show your Region pride. This is your opportunity to dress in costume, etc.

Regions will have points deducted for conduct outside these lines.

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National Conference – “Troubleshooting”

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D-vas! For those of you who are ready (kind of) to go to Conference, but have had trouble or have encountered difficulties that you have made public to your RCR… here are some of the solutions, explanations and course of action being taken. Please read through these; if these don’t solve your problems, or if you have more problems, don’t hesitate writing to your RCR or to your RCNE.

By the way, the answers were provided by Pam Snyder, the RCR/RCNE Coordinator. Thanks very much Pam!

1. Only being able to register for one room at a time -sections worry rooms will not be near each other or in the same hotel. They can reserve up to 3 rooms at a time in 1 call. I know this because I handled this for my company.  Any more than this they need to send a request.  This is how Baltimore as a city works for conferences, SWE has no control over this.

2. Not being able to call the hotel directly to confirm-worry about check-in times (if they are arriving late) and confirmation that it went through. You can call a hotel if you are arriving late and should these hotels all have individual numbers just look on the confirmation or check internet.  But again the city handles things this way day in, day out for much larger conferences don’t worry.

3. Most collegiates do not know yet how many they can send and worry about the rooms selling out.  This happens every year.  Most sections reserved rooms months ago.  It’s always easier to request 1-2 more than you need and cancel then not have enough.  This is on the sections to handle like every other year.

4. Can only enter one code at a time (i.e. cannot enter the volunteer code and the free housing code).  This is because section presidents can only use 1 code or the other, not both.

5. Wondering if their is a limit on free housing (i.e. only 10 rooms available)  We will not reach the limit.  There is space for every section president if needed.  But if they have not reserved in the next few weeks HQ may start to cancel rooms.

6. Confusion over checking in late/being able to attend the ice cream social if they arrive after check in.  This is the same as every other year, you typically do need to check in to get the card for the ice cream social.  Sections arriving late, can try, and typically can enter, they just may or may not get ice cream.

National Conference – Resources

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If you haven’t noticed… SWE’s got a HUGE event going on this November. It’s SWE’s National Conference, to be held this year in Baltimore from November 6th to the 8th. If any of you have had trouble spreading the word around campus, or if you need ideas to get started (or maybe some help to keep on going), well, check out the National Conference Website. There are links all over the place on this blog, or you just click here.

One of most useful places for resources is found on the tool-kit… I’ll let Karen Bodach, Conference Program Board Member, tell you about the Tool-Kit.

On behalf of the SWE Conference Program Board (CPB), I am notifying you that the Collegiate Section Tool Kit for National Conference is available.  The tool kit will help collegiate sections increase their attendance at the SWE National Conference by providing:

*Collegiate fundraising ideas
Recommended fundraising timeline
Letter from Faculty Advisor to College Dean – asking for time away from class to attend the national conference
Ideas for collegiate conference cost cutting measures
Sponsorship request letter template
SWE collegiate awards and prizes currently available

To access this tool kit, visit –> Tool Kit –> National Conference Tool Kit for Collegiate Sections.  You can also visit –> My SWE Communities (member log-in) –> Region and Section Resources –> Links.

If you have any questions regarding Conference, DON’T hesitate to let us know! Leave your questions, write to your RCR and/or RCNE… ask your past presidents. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

National Conference

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Hello D-vas!

This year National Conference will be held in Baltimore! Home of Hairspray and Ace of Cakes!


Dates: Nov 6-8, 2008

People go to national conference for lots of reasons. I go to see my old SWE friends, meet new ones, and this year to find permanent employment. There are technical and sightseeing tours including:

Wineries and Breweries
John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Northrop Grumman Electrical Systems
National Air & Space Museum
BP Solar
National Aquarium
Camden Yards
…and many more!

The career fair is amazing. Have you ever walked into a career fair and see three race cars sitting there beside a huge CATERPILLAR machine??? They have those and so many other exhibitors at Nationals.

National Conference is also a great way to learn more about National and Regional SWE. We will have meetings and workshops that help you know more about SWE. National SWE also features workshops to help you grow academically, personally, and as a leader. They offer ones specifically on outreach events, funding, how to interview, and many more.

Another highlight of National Conference is CELEBRATE SWE!!!!!!! During this event many national, section, and regional awards are presented. This includes the coveted SPIRIT AWARD. Region D, the Diva’s, have won for the past two years. We will need your help to win it again this year. Please look out for more info on the plans for Celebrate SWE dinner. This event requires an additional ticket (reserved when you register) and sells out every year.

Last year Cummings Provided Free housing for section presidents. They are providing free housing again. Note: This housing will not be in the same room as others from your section but instead room with other presidents from around the nation. It is a great opportunity to share best practices and meet other SWE presidents.

The code to input during registration is: FREEHOUSING

For more info and to register go to

Can’t wait to see ya’ll in Baltimore.

–Martha Addison, RCR-D FY09