Better Know A Section: H063 Michigan State University

Section website: http://www.egr.msu.edu/swe/

Section contact email: swe-officers@egr.msu.edu

About

About how many members do you have?
Our section has approximately fifty active members.
How many officers do you have? Do you have an office on campus?
Our section has five officers and twenty-three executive board members. We do not have an office on campus, but we do have storage space at our Engineering Building.
Are you a commuter school, or do most students live on campus?
Our university is Michigan’s land grand university with an overall campus size of approximately four square miles. We are one of the largest universities in the U.S. with over 46,000 students. Freshman students are required to live on campus so the majority of underclassmen live on campus in one of our twenty-four dormitories.
How many students are in engineering?
At Michigan State, there are roughly three thousand students in the College of Engineering. About fifteen percent of these students are women.
What would you tell someone if they were first coming to your campus?
For any newcomers to MSU, expect to be a little overwhelmed. Our campus is huge and there are infinite opportunities to try out new clubs, get involved with organizations, and meet new people. The great thing about MSU is that even though it is a huge university, you realize fast that it is a small world and there seems to be a few degrees of separation between you and everyone else on campus.

Section History

Are there any unique stories about your section’s history?
If it was not for R.E. Olds (of Oldsmobile) our section would not exist. In the early 1900’s our school’s engineering building burned down. If R.E. Olds had not commissioned Olds Hall to be built, our program as we know it today would not exist. Though we no longer use Olds Hall for the College of Engineering, the hall is an important part of our college’s history.

Event Highlight

Describe an event that your section does that relates to: outreach, your unique section, a social activity, technical learning, professional development, joint events with other organizations, etc.
One activity that our section has put on for several years is the Great Lakes State Conference. We invite all the collegiate SWE sections to East Lansing to spend a day here networking, attending professional development workshops and to just plain have a good time! In the past few years we have done fun activities like yoga and karate along with attending interesting session like what to expect during your transition from school to work.
What kind of new events do you plan on starting at your section?
Our section is in the process of taking an existing event, the MSU SWE Annual Banquet, and changing it to a boarder event that encompasses our engineering career services department, the diversity programs office and our student engineering council. This year we will be partnering with those organizations to put on the Engineers Week Banquet which will include more companies, awards for more students, and a great networking opportunity for all!

Photos

MSU SWE members volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Lansing, MI
MSU SWE members volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Lansing, MI
MSU SWE Members making dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Lansing, MI
MSU SWE Members making dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Lansing, MI
MSU SWE Members at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns, MI
MSU SWE Members at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns, MI
MSU SWE Members at Region H Conference 2008 in Peoria, IL
MSU SWE Members at Region H Conference 2008 in Peoria, IL
MSU SWE Members at SWE National Conference 2008 in Baltimore, MD
MSU SWE Members at SWE National Conference 2008 in Baltimore, MD
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