Making the Most of SWE’s Resources – Membership Data Resources and Membership Fees

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One of SWE’s most useful online resources is the SWE Membership Data Services. You’ll need your SWE User ID and password to access these sites. For individual members, the Membership Data Services page is an important place to visit, mainly because you can renew your membership online starting here. If you’re a member searching for other members (say, the president of another section you met last year in conference; or maybe you’re looking for that RCNE whose name you just can’t remember), you can also use the Membership Look-up Service. You can search by region, current position within SWE, membership type (student or professional)… the search parameters are very thorough and can help you pinpoint a certain member (as long as you’ve got enough details).

For Section Presidents and treasurers, the Membership Data Services also provies a link to Section membership data. You can download PDF and Excel files with information about the members in your section. These files will give you the names of who’s renewed and who hasn’t paid their dues yet, how many new members you have, and how many members moved out of your section. As an added plus, it not only gives names, but the e-mails and phone numbers they used when they registered with SWE. It’s a great tool you can use to track down members who haven’t renewed.

Speaking of renewals: with every membership paid into SWE, you get 20% of that money back, provided you turn in your annual and financial reports at the end of the year. That means: for every paid member your section has, you get $4 (they usually come in two checks, you receive one around April, the second check by September). And just a reminder: this is why you can’t charge a local membership fee into SWE. You can, however, charge for T-shirts and other stuff when they pay for admission – but if members don’t buy these things, they can’t be denied membership (as long as they pay the $20 fee).

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Hot Topic Week!

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OK… so, it’s just half a week. But for the rest of the week (Saturday included), I’ll be posting information dealing with this month’s Hot Topic – Making the Most of SWE’s Resources. SWE has a variety of resources to help your section with it’s year round duties. SWE also has many resources for it’s individual SWE members as well. Day by day we’ll focus on a different Resource available to your section and your members, until we’ve covered all, or most, of the resources available. And feel free to add to the list! This is an interactive discussion – you probably know more about what you use than I do!

Countdown to Conference (as of this post): 21 days.

The Countdown Begins…

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D-vas!

We are exactly 30 days from the National Conference! Y’all better make sure you register on time (and save yourselves $25)! I can’t wait to see you there (it’ll be my first conference, National or Regional… so I’m stoked).

On other news, this week, I’ll be putting up a couple more pictures (admittedly, I’m plugging the UPR Section). I’d like to see what your sections are doing (and I’m sure the whole Region would love to see what you’re up to, as well).

And, as they say in Puerto Rico, lo prometido es deuda (what you promise, you owe): I’ve started off this week with a post from Ashley Malinowski – one of Region D’s SWEFLs (SWE Future Leaders).

Enjoy! And y’all have a SWEet week!

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 a.malinowski@umiami.edu.)

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!

-Ashley

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 http://www.swe.org/regiond. 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 (pamela.androff@gmail.com).

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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