Ahoy There! Come Along and Set Sail With SWE!

It is near that time of year again.  Regional conference is just around the corner!  Ahoy!, if you have already registered.  Don’t get sea sick if you haven’t jumped on deck yet, the deadline has been extended to January 16th.  So register now, pack your bags, and Set Sail with SWE! Click here to register.

Here are just a few of the reasons why YOU should attend the Region H Conference:

Keynote Speaker – Cindy Farrier is the Vice President of Operations for Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.  With over 25 years of a global experience in Plant Management, Industrial Engineering and Quality, Cindy will be speaking Saturday night during dinner.  Cindy graduated from Purdue University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Engineering.  She has remained active with the Purdue section.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU Session) – A CEU session covering “Crucial Conversations: Core Management Skills to Help Get the Results You Want” will take place Friday, February 17th, from 2 to 5 pm.  Learn how to better handle crucial conversations in industry with this training.  The session fee is $50, and upon completion you will earn 0.3 Continuing Education Units.  Attendance from both collegiate and professionals is highly encouraged!  Click here for more information on the CEU session.

Career Fair – 40 companies will be at the career fair and are eager to talk to you!  Here is a full list of the companies attending the career fair.

Networking – Regional conference is a great place to reconnect with old SWE friends, collegiate or professional.  You never know who you may sit next to in a session, you could be working with them in the future.  They may even be a hiring manager or employee of a company you are interested in.  Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, exchange emails, and keep in touch.

ToursThere are four tour options available during the conference, which include Epic Systems, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, and the Capitol Brewery.  For more detailed information on the tours, click here.

»   Epic Systems is a private and employee-owned company that makes software for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals, and integrated healthcare organizations.

»   The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is a UW-Madison research institute for biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technologies.

»   The Babcock Hall Dairy Plant is a must for all attendees since you are in the Dairyland State.  The Plant is the oldest university dairy plant in the US and still churns out dairy products for the university and community.  This tour concludes with ice cream.

»   The Capital Brewery one of Madison’s largest breweries.  Capital Brewery produces up to 16 different beers and 22,000 barrels annually.  Over 21 and looking to try a brew from Wisconsin?  This tour is for you.

Entertainment – These events on Friday and Saturday evening are sure to put a smile on your face and help you relax on a weekend away from campus.

Friday Evening

  • Hospitality Suites hosted by SWE and corporate sponsors
  • ComedySportz, an improv comedy group
  • Xbox Kinect Dance Party!
  • Collegiate Upgrade Event
  • Potential Spa Night

Saturday Evening

  • Hypnotist Paul Knight
  • Raffle with a chance to win an Xbox 360 w/ Kinect and other great prizes from our sponsors

Madison Area Attractions – In case you have some free time before or after the conference, you can check out the area and acquaint yourself with unchartered seas of Madison.

State Street – a 7 block long pedestrian mall that connects Wisconsin’s capitol to the University of Wisconsin – Madison. With over 200 shops, comedy clubs, museums, and over 60 bars and restaurants, State Street has something for everyone!  Attendees will receive coupons for special offers from local businesses.

Memorial Union – One of two student unions at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Food, drinks, live music, and other free events!

Additional attractions can be found here:



Additional Information about the conference can be found here: http://swe.slc.engr.wisc.edu/regionals

Still have question?  Here are some frequently asked questions about regional conference:

What is Conference?  Annual meeting of SWE members of Region H.  This year’s theme is “Set Sail with SWE”.

When is Conference?  February 17th-19th, 2012

Where is Conference?  Madison, Wisconsin hosted by University of Wisconsin – Madison.  All sessions will be held at the Concourse Hotel (no bussing around!).

Who attends Conference?  Collegiate and professional members all around Region H and the numerous corporate sponsors all will be in attendance.  Still looking for a summer internship or perhaps a full-time position?  The career fair at conference may hold an opportunity for you to Set Sail.

What is the cost?     Collegiate Day Pass – No Hotel                      $49.99

     Collegiate with Hotel                                          $49.99

*For Professional Member rates, please check out the registration page for pricing.

One Reply to “Ahoy There! Come Along and Set Sail With SWE!”

  1. Great blog Alicia! I look forward to seeing you and all the other attendees at the SWE Region H conference this weekend in Madison! Just a few reminders to everyone…bring lots of business cards and for those with resumes, don’t forget those as well. Make the most of this wonderful opportunity to connect with so many super people. Get psyched and we will see you there!


    Susan Thomas Schlett
    FY12 SWE Membership Committee Chair Elect

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