Greetings Region H!
My name is Ashley Stroup, and I am the Region Collegiate Senator for Region H. This past week I had the awesome opportunity to attend the SWE Annual Conference, WE ’13. As a member of the Senate, I attended the SWE Senate Meeting on Saturday. This was a great opportunity to see how SWE functions at its top levels.
At the senate meeting, we voted on three Bylaws Amendments. The first vote concerned who would chair the Nominating Committee. There was a motion to require the immediate past president to serve as the chair of this committee. Having the past president serve as chair would be great because they are very well qualified for the position. However, this lengthens their term to three years (one as president elect, one as president, and one as chair of the committee.) Due to the concern of burnout, a substitute motion was passed that allows the past president to serve as chair should they wish, but does not require it.
The second amendment voted on concerned the election of the Collegiate Director. In the past, the Collegiate Director was nominated by the president elect and approved by the Board of Directors. The senate voted nearly unanimously to change the Collegiate Director elections to be voted on by collegiate section presidents. This brings continuity to the election of the region collegiate team since collegiate section presidents currently vote to elect Region Collegiate Senator (RCS), Region Collegiate Representatives (RCR), and the Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE).
The third, and final amendment voted on concerned the number of Region Collegiate Representatives per region. Currently, each region is assigned one RCR per 20 collegiate sections. Eight out of the ten regions within SWE are large enough to have two RCRs. A task force had recommended that each region be allowed only one RCR. This change also includes significant position responsibility changes. Should the amendment pass, the RCR and RCCE would redistribute their responsibilities in order to manage the work load associated with larger regions. After much discussion, the amendment was postponed indefinitely, and will likely be discussed again at the spring senate meeting.
I hope everyone who attended WE ’13 had a great time, and I would encourage all of the WE ’14 attendees next year to consider attending the Senate meeting. These meetings are a great way to see what changes are happening within SWE, and to see what leadership positions are available as a professional member.
Thanks for reading!