An update from Allison Machtemes, your Region H Collegiate Senator!

I hope that everyone that attended the Region H Conference this past weekend at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI had a blast like I did and made it home safely.  There is just an endless list of great things that were offered at the conference. From networking, to professional development seminars, excellent tours, the chance to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones, sustainability and “going green” seminars, an outstanding keynote speaker and great information about SWE resources available to members.  I hope all the attendees have gone home reenergized, rejuvenated and ready to bring back the great information to your sections to continue to shape lives.  The University of Michigan did a FANTASTIC job!

Also, I hope that during the collegiate meeting, Debra, Kristina, Claire, and I encouraged everyone to extend their leadership within SWE to outside their sections.  Either by becoming part of the Region Collegiate Team through being a RCR/RCCE/RCS or joining a committee on either the regional or national levels.  These are a just a few ways in which you can increase the people you know within SWE, gain valuable leadership experience, and augment your knowledge of SWE.

This coming weekend, I will be heading to Chicago for the second face-to-face senate meeting.  On Friday, the Senate is invited to the Annual Strategic Plan Review (ASPR) meeting and on Saturday the Senate meeting.  The Senate meeting will include voting on one bylaw motion (M S1114 – Creation of Senate Secretary) and one Senate motion (M S1111 – Senate Procedure Update) and continue discussion on the three Senate Mega Issues for FY11.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the conference, I definitely encourage you to attend the Annual Conference which is hosted in our own region at Chicago or at the next Region Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the year.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, concerns or if I can assist you in any way.

Allison Machtemes

Region H Collegiate Senator


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