Anja Higgins – RCR!

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 11.15.32 AMI am a graduating senior in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Utah. I became involved with SWE as a freshman as a way to get to know some of the awesome girls around me in engineering and find support through such a grueling major. In addition to helping me form a strong support network, SWE has given me the confidence and encouragement to pursue opportunities I would not have been involved in otherwise. I have learned valuable professional skills that have allowed me to pursue some pretty awesome internships and jobs. I have also been able to give back to the community and inspire and encourage other women in engineering and STEM fields. After SWE had given so much to me, I felt like I wanted to give something back to SWE. When the call for nominations opened for the FY14 RCT, I was encouraged to apply by my section’s president. I am so glad I did! I have met the most amazing women during my time as Region B RCR and I’ve gotten to be involved in some of the pressing issues that women in engineering are currently facing.

I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to be involved in SWE to apply for one of the RCT positions! It has been a wonderful experience.

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RCR Post: Valuable Online Tools!

Hey Region B! This is Vicki Ragsdale, one of your RCRs! I wanted to take a minute to share with you one of the most valuable online tools I have found when it comes to company searching and interviews. It is called Glassdoor. It is free to sign up and offers an insiders view into many engineering companies.

How does it work? Well people who work at a company or who have had interviews at a company are asked to provide some sort of information about said company. This information can range from opinions about the company president, to interview questions and even salaries.

 

The most useful thing I found was the interview questions. Before I have an interview, I look up the company and see what kind of questions they have asked to other potential employees. Occasionally people will actually say what their answer was, or what they wish their answer could have been.

 

In addition, they produce some really useful articles, like this one discussing the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions submitted in 2011 and what people’s answers have been. As a sneak peek, a couple of questions are “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 on a Friday?” (Google) and “Does life fascinate you?” (Ernst & Young). These are actually really engaging and could make for a great SWE workshop!

 

Good luck with another semester! I hope this website it useful for each of you!

 

RCR Post: The Power of SWE.org!

Many of you may not have had the chance to explore the Society website swe.org. If you take a minute you may find a few resources that may even kick start your career!

 

A couple of weeks before WE11 Annual conference in Chicago, I uploaded my resume and created a profile on careers.swe.org. This is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry and recruiters and employers have a the most qualified pool of applicants with relevant experience to fulfill open jobs. Best of all? It is free to use as a paid SWE member. Fast forward to a week before conference, I received a phone call from one of the leading corporations in the energy industry that they wanted to interview me in Chicago and they had seen my profile on careers.swe.org! Talk about fast results! Seeing how I will be graduating soon I was so relaxed going into the Career Fair at Chicago knowing that I already had an interview set up! The Interview went really well and I learnt more about the company while at conference. I could really see myself being a part of the company and was so excited that I could use all of my SWE experience as talking points within my interview. Fast forward to three weeks later, and I received an email that I had made it to a second round interview and they were going to fly me across the country for it! WOW! I was so surprised and excited. Within the week I was on a plane and at the interview where there was an excellent networking dinner the night before the interviews and a chance to talk to managers that were high up within the engineering positions within the company. There were students from all across the nation attending this networking dinner and I was proud to reference SWE as my experience and many people were impressed with our society as it clearly holds such a high reputation. The next day the interviews went well also! I did some sight-seeing before heading home. Now I am eagerly awaiting their decision. I can attribute all these experiences to SWE with the click of a button I uploaded my resume to careers.swe.org. I suggest you do the same because you never know what company will be looking for someone with SWE experience and leadership qualities.

 

Megan

Message from your RCRs

Greetings from Palm Springs!

Region Recap:
Jasmine and I are now at the regional conference! We just finished our region collegiate meeting! We had so many people come. Thank you for all the sections encouraging your members to attend 🙂 We gave a 30 minute presentation and then 30 minutes of best practices discussion about fundraising, members, and officier transitions.

We attached the powerpoint to the email. A short supplementary minutes (not sure if it was “minute” or “minuteS”) are also attached to the end slides of the email.
CONGRATS to the UCI, UCSB, and UNLV. Your sections won a Palm Springs Bear due to your great work keeping up with conference calls, reports, and communications (email and blog! ).

We apologize for not reminding people that Jasmine and I cancelled the conference call. Thank you everyone who did rememberand sory for the people who accidentally called in.

April 10 @3PM PST is the next conference call

As usual, feel free to send this email to the rest of your e board

Things To Do:
1. Add Brittney, the RCCE, (rcce-b@swe.org) to your mailing list
2. Log outreach hours. We have reached less than 25% of region B’s goal!(http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2CBJSSV)
3. Vote for your next RCT for next year (Voting Period: March 7-31, 2011)
Remember, each section can only voice once!
Videos + BALLOT: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY12SWECOLLBALLOT
Applications:http://cl.exct.net/?ju=fe31157773640575701472&ls=fdeb1277736d067e73117172&m=feee1678726c0c&l=fe8f15787265047473&s=fdfb16707063047c70127974&jb=ffcf14&t=

Friendly Reminders for section presidents:
1. You can subscribe to the region blog to receive emails about updates on the blog (like when the RCR posts new things, which is often!)
2. All the resources you need are on the blog. You can check your section status (i.e. what is your EIN/bylaw status), report templates, and old conference call agenda on the blog.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: EIN Update!

Hello Section Presidents!
As mentioned on the conference call, there were a list of schools that still needed to complete their tax information. The guide is attached and it answers all of your questions. The list below shows the status of your school. Any areas marked red means the EIN is wrong and/or you must ask your university if their tax ID covers you section. Some schools already have their EIN number and just need to ask their university covers them while some schools still need their EIN number. If this list of incorrectly or if you have any other questions, let us know.

DEADLINES: November 15, 2010 – Last day to file the e-Postcard. (You should already have your EIN number AND have submitted your EIN to the SWE group tax exemption.) If you dont know what all of these means, you must look at the attached how to guide.

If your SWE section did not have an EIN number and/or did not submit your EIN number to SWE’s group tax exemption, your section can NOT file the e-Postcard on time THIS YEAR. It is too late because even though your section can apply for an EIN if it doesnt have one yet at anytime, your section should have applied for SWE’s group tax exemption March 15, 2010. You will have to file the ePostcard NEXT YEAR. Penalties are given if your section misses the ePostdeadline three times (like, three strikes, you are out). So if this paragraph applies to your section, you have one strike already.

For future reference, Cynthia is the person to contact for EIN while Jasmine is the person to contact for bylaws.

Good luck!
Cynthia Ma
Section Section Name EIN?
University Covers EIN?
B050 University of Arizona Known ?
B051 Arizona State University Known No
B053 University of California, Irvine Known No
B056 University of California, Santa Barbara ?
B057 California Institute of Technology Known ?
B059 California Polytechnic State U., SLO Known Yes
B062 California State University, Los Angeles ?? ??
B063 California State University, Northridge Known No
B064 Harvey Mudd College ?? ??
B065 Loyola Marymount University ?? No
B067 New Mexico State University ?? ?
B068 Northern Arizona University ?? ?
B069 San Diego State University ?? ?
B070 University of Southern California Known No
B071 University of Utah Known ?
B074 University of Nevada at Las Vegas Known No
B075 University of San Diego Known ??
B076 New Mexico Inst. Mining &Tech ?? Yes
B079 University of California, Riverside Known No
B080 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Prescott Known No
B081 Neumont University ?? ??

IMPORTANT: Are you in good standing?!

Hello Section Presidents!

We would really love to have ALL of your sections in good standing by Annual Conference. I have listed the name of each section that has annual, financial, & bylaws submitted. If your name IS on the list then you HAVE turned in the report. If you do not see your section listed please contact us ASAP. These reports are extremely important! You will not get your refund if they are not submitted. Also, some of you have not paid your SWE membership. If you or your treasurer has not paid your membership dues you must do it now! You have to be a paid member to hold these positions.

Annual Report
Arizona State University
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
California Institute of Technology
California Polytechnic State U., Pomona
California Polytechnic State U., SLO
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
Loyola Marymount University
University of New Mexico
San Diego State University
University of Southern California
Utah State University
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
New Mexico Inst. Mining &Tech
Weber State University

Financial Report
Arizona State University (Need clarification)
University of California, Irvine (Need clarification)
University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology (Need clarification)
California Polytechnic State U., Pomona
California Polytechnic State U., SLO
California State University, Long Beach
Loyola Marymount University
University of Southern California
Utah State University
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
University of San Diego
New Mexico Inst. Mining &Tech
Weber State University

Bylaws
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Brigham Young University
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
Loyola Marymount University
University of New Mexico
New Mexico State University
University of Southern California
University of Utah
Utah State University
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
New Mexico Inst. Mining &Tech
Weber State University
University of California, Riverside

Again, please contact ASAP if you are not listed here!

A Further Note From Your RCRs!

Please be aware that the signature of President, SWE President, etc. can only be used by the Society SWE President.

Some acceptable examples for collegiate section presidents are:

SWE Collegiate Section President
WSU SWE Section President

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know!