Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stroll Down Memory Lane with SWE-Detroit

Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane with SWE-Detroit! Please bring photos for our archive and help us identify past SWE-Detroit members. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, February 27
Time: 6PM
Location: Alibi Restaurant
6700 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085

RSVP: please email Irina Sullivan at swe.d.networking@gmail.com

March Networking Pistons v. Lakers

Pistons v. Lakers with SWE UofM

Please join us to hang out with fellow SWEesters from University of Michigan and to cheer on Detroit Pistons in a match against LA Lakers!

Date: Monday, March 26
Time: game starts at 7PM
Location: Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Tickets are $18 and will be purchased about a month before the event.
RSVP: please email Irina Sullivan at swe.d.networking@gmail.com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Reminder: COMPES Holiday Party 2017


Saturday, December 16th 2017 from 11 am - 2 pm
Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13th
Lunch will be provided. Please bring your favorite traditional holiday treat for our Dessert Potluck!
Kulick Community Center
1201 Livernois St, Ferndale, MI 48220
Please RSVP using this form: 
https://goo.gl/forms/BE88ItDKX23jMfbt2
Dessert Sign Up:
With our COMPES partnership, SHPE is making a collection for school supplies to help with the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico. Please consider bringing any of the supplies listed in the attached flyer. $5-$10 donations will also be accepted. 



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

February Networking @ Arab American National Museum

Hello Everyone!

Join us for a visit to Arab American National Museum to learn about Arab American experience and gain a deeper understanding of Arabic heritage, culture, and people. The cost is $10 (adults) / $5 (students/seniors) and includes a docent-guided tour of the Museum permanent collection with additional time spent at a current exhibit THEM: Objects of Separation, Hate and Violence. The tour lasts 2 hours with an optional dinner at Sheeba Restaurant immediately following. We hope to see you there!

Event: Visit to Arab American National Museum
Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location:
13624 Michigan Avenue 
Dearborn, MI 48126
RSVP: Irina Sullivanswe.d.networking@gmail.com

Feel free to email me at swe.d.networking@gmail.com if there are any questions. We hope to see you there!


January Networking @ DIA

Hello Everyone!

Join us for an Informal Networking Event at the Detroit Institute of Arts! We will gather at Kresge Court at 6PM for good conversation over optional refreshments. The networking will wrap-up by 7:30PM but the Museum is open until 10PM offering live music in Rivera Court, a feature film at Detroit Film Theater, and, of course, Art. We hope to see you there!

Event: Meet/Greet & Art!
Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: DIA Kresge Court on First Flr
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

RSVP: Irina Sullivanswe.d.networking@gmail.com
Cost: There is no charge to enter Kresge Court. Museum general admission: $14 (adults) / $8 (students/seniors)

Feel free to email me at swe.d.networking@gmail.com if there are any questions. We hope to see you there!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

SWE 4 Life Endowed Scholarship Updates

Mid-Fiscal Year Update: SWE D-SWE 4 Life Endowed Scholarship Program

SWE 4 Life Fiscal Year 2018 Status: $1850 out of $2500 goal
Still need: ~$14,710 to meet final program goal of $25,000 for endowed scholarship.
#SWE4Life #EndofYearGiving

Can you believe the year is almost over? We are just over halfway to our goal for this year with the support from our section’s Life Members and friends! We received over $1800 which means we are on our way to getting our 2nd endowed scholarship and receive the full match from SWE D for our efforts! In addition to our fundraising efforts, we are ambitious and started two other endowed programs thanks to Pat Hillberg, husband to Life Member Josie Rewald. A third Endowed Scholarship program, Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship, will be geared for those going into Community College first to pursue a Technical Field. It will be a first for the whole society and we have agreed to create the pilot. Finally, we are working on an endowed program to create a teacher/mentor award in honor of Josie Rewald and Lisa Perazza. We lost both of them during the Fall 2016 and both loved to mentor young women. Check out our separate blog posts on those endowed programs. After we complete these, perhaps something in honor of SWE’s 1999 Achievement Award Recipient and Detroit member whom we found out recently passed in Spring 2016, Dr. Shirley Schwartz. (If there are any volunteers out there to support, let us know.)

For those reading our blog for the first time, our SWE 4 Life Endowed Scholarship initiative targets our section’s Life Members to take the lead and build a legacy to support future female engineers through an endowed scholarship. The challenge to the Life members is to raise $2,500 each year for the next four (4) years to reach the $25,000 required for an endowed scholarship. To help encourage participation, SWE Detroit’s current officers agreed to match up to $2,500 each year to support the initiative. The endowed scholarship will provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring and deserving women pursuing engineering. If the goal is met, the first scholarship would be awarded during the 70th Anniversary of SWE Detroit! SWE D’s Life Members would like the first scholarship to be given in honor of Josie E. Rewald. 

If you know any of the SWE Detroit Life Members, please help us communicate to them. We have found that they, like many of you, are super busy and can miss the posts and emails. Some don’t even have an email. So if you see them at work or outside, please tell them what you have read on the blog. 

Not a Life Member? No problem, anyone can donate to the fund (some have already). Every little bit helps, so we encourage you to donate if you can. Your donation is tax deductible. 

The program will be tracked separately from the Member Solicitation Program and have its own levels: 
Diamond $ 1000 +
Sapphire $   500 to $ 999
Emerald $   250 to $ 499
Quartz     $   50 to $ 249

Contributions will be tracked yearly and the level will be determined based on accumulated contributions received by SWE Detroit.

To donate online to any of our programs, go to www.swedetroit.org and look for the Donate Button on the site for Paypal.  After you submit your information and input your donation amount, you will have the opportunity to designate your donation. Please input in the text field to allow it to be allocated appropriately: “SWE 4 Life Endowed Scholarship or Life Members Endowed Scholarship”, “Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship”, “Teacher/Mentor Award”, specify another program, or the general fund.

Big Thanks to our supporters who have donated so far to our programs (updated as of 11/18/17):
SWE 4 Life Scholarship (Goal: $25,000)
Diamond
Jessica Mattis
Laurie Ramsay
Dawn Tilbury

Sapphire Level
Brooke Voto
Ally (company match in honor of Brooke Voto)

Emerald Level
Lisa & Christopher Rewald (in honor of Josie Rewald)
Tina Poquette
Michele Marion
Susan Cischke
Kristine Lott
Lisa Henn

Quartz Level
Jessica Swan
Miriam Breslauer
Katie Amelio
Lisa Purvis
Jenny & Robert Morikawa (in honor of Josie Rewald, gifted $100 in honor of friend Cheryl Williams) 
Cathi Kohn
Barabara Ferry (in honor of Josie Rewald)
Katherine Hillberg (in honor of Josie Rewald)

Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship (Goal: $25,000)
See the blog post on the Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship

Teacher/Mentor Award Endowed Program (Name TBD, Goal $27,500)


If you have any questions, are interested in supporting the SWE Detroit SWE 4 Life Program, or creating your own endowed program to build a pipeline or legacy to benefit SWE Detroit Programs, please contact Lisa Purvis, Jenny Partlan, Anne Kamenju, or Jennifer Morikawa at swe_detroit@swe.org. 

Josie E. Rewald Scholarship Updates

#EndofYearGiving: Consider Supporting Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship - An Endowed Scholarship to Aid Women Pursuing Technology via Community College

Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship Fiscal Year 2018 Status: ~$1590 out of $5000 goal
Still need: ~$16,820 to meet final program goal of $25,000 for endowed scholarship.

A huge “Thank you!” to the many individual supporters (see below). Special thanks to Dale Murrish from General Motors for helping us gain momentum in raising funds to support SWE’s first endowed scholarship for women pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career via community college! 
We hope that you will consider this program or the other programs SWE Detroit has in your end of year giving. 

For those of you reading about the Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship for the first time, here is some background: in September 2016, our dear friend and SWE Life Member, Josie E. Rewald, passed away un-expectantly. Everyone who knew Josie is saddened by the passing of a wonderful leader and mentor in SWE Detroit and General Motors (GM). Josie was committed to excellence, and her record of accomplishment during her career was stellar. She was very interested in mentoring students and early career engineers, in particular women. She served as a mentor to many at GM and SWE Detroit, as well as those in and outside of her community.  

SWE Detroit is honoring Josie and her commitment to engineering and to the education of aspiring engineers in four (4) different ways: 
  • A one-time scholarship awarded in Spring 2017 comprised of donations from GM, SWE/GM volunteers, and friends & family of Josie
  • SWE 4 Life (Life Members) Endowed Scholarship Program
    • First award will be dedicated in honor of Josie at the 70th SWE Detroit Anniversary in 2022
    • This initiative lead by SWE D’s life members is in its second year (see the SWE 4 Life Blog Post for more information)
  • Josie E. Rewald Memorial Endowed Scholarship  
    • Spun off the SWE 4 Life Endowed Scholarship with financial support from Pat Hillberg, Josie’s husband
    • Goal is to raise $25,000 in 1-2 years for an endowed scholarship for women entering a community college first to pursue a career in a technical field 
      • First community college endowment & pilot for all of SWE
      • After one year of interest, the endowment would provide an annual $1,000 scholarship
  • Rewald/Perazza Teacher/Mentor Award
    • A middle school & high school teacher recognition for mentoring & encouraging girls to pursue a STEM career
    • Award to include STEM kits for the classroom
    • Program details including name are still in the works
Check back every two months to see our progress on the SWE Detroit Online Blog.

Separate from SWE Detroit’s Member Solicitation Program, the following categories created based on Josie’s favorite hiking trails* will be used to acknowledge the support of those who wish to contribute to the scholarship. The suggested donation amount is $200 each year to reach the $25,000 needed for an endowed scholarship. You may choose to make a single contribution or multiple contributions. We will send out reminders each year. Contributions will be tracked and your level will be determined based on accumulated contributions received by SWE Detroit. 
  • Kalalau Trail $ 1000 +
  • Jackson Hole $ 750 to $ 999
  • Mount Roberts $ 500 to $ 749
  • Dog Mountain $ 250 to $ 499
  • Highline Loop $ 50 to $ 249

*See information about the hiking trails and their significance to Josie & Pat on the blog.

Our programs and services are enhanced and energized by your support of SWE Detroit and SWE’s mission. Remember your donation is fully deductible under US Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Please contact us via email at swe_detroit@swe.org if you have any questions. 

To donate online go to www.swedetroit.org and click on the “Donate” button or by mail, send a check to Society of Women Engineers – Detroit, PO Box 2978, Southfield, MI 48037 and type in the “Instructions for seller” or memo section “Josie E. Rewald”. 

Big Thanks to our supporters who have donated so far to our programs (updated as of 11/20/17):

Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship (Goal: $25,000)
Kalalau Trail ($ 1000 +)
Linda Mui

Jackson Hole ($750 to $ 999)

Mount Roberts ($500 to $ 749)

Dog Mountain ($250 to $ 499)

Highline Loop ($50 to $ 249)
Glenn Kime
Stacy Mann
Xin Ouyang
Haiyan LI
Lisa Purvis
Norman Peralta
Felicia Powers
Hera Peruri
Dale Gerard
Mary McDonald

SWE 4 Life Scholarship (Goal: $25,000)
See the SWE 4 Life Blog Post for list of donors 

Teacher/Mentor Award Endowed Program (Name TBD, Goal $27,500)

If you have any questions, are interested in supporting the SWE Detroit SWE 4 Life Program, or creating your own endowed program to build a pipeline or legacy to benefit SWE Detroit Programs, please contact Lisa Purvis, Jenny Partlan, Anne Kamenju, or Jennifer Morikawa at swe_detroit@swe.org. 



SAVE THE DATE! COMPES Holiday Party 2017

Saturday, December 16th 2017 from 11 am - 2 pm
Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13th
Lunch will be provided. Please bring your favorite traditional holiday treat for our Dessert Potluck!
Kulick Community Center
Please RSVP using this form: 
https://goo.gl/forms/BE88ItDKX23jMfbt2
Dessert Sign Up:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Club - December Book of the Month

Event: SWE-D PD Book Club
Date: December 17, 2017
Time: 4:00pm
(NEW) Location: Berkley Common, 3087 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072
Cost: Everyone pays for themselves
Point of contact: Niesha - nieshaamos@gmail.com

We will be discussing 'Ladies of Liberty' by Cokie Roberts

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Seeking Support from Members: Membership Solicitation

Throughout SWE Detroit’s 66 years, our membership has a history of women who were pioneers in their field. Today, we continue to have women who are making history. SWE strives to support the development of a skilled technical workforce; however, we find that women continue to be significantly underrepresented in engineering.  Therefore, the mission, core values, and objectives of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) are just as relevant today as they were over 66 years ago. As SWE adapts to the demands of a global environment, it continues to provide resources for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women engineers. SWE also embraces diversity, realizing the value of contributions made by a diverse workforce.

As one of the largest grassroots sections in SWE, the Detroit Section is able to provide several programs to support its local members, as well as opportunities for future engineers to explore their potential career paths: 
·          Professional development programs, such as the Professional Development Conference coming in Spring 2018
·          Networking activities, either with special-interest groups from highly active employers, or at technical and social family friendly meetings
·          Provide opportunities for elementary to middle school-aged girls to interact with female engineers and participate in activities/hands-on demonstrations to increase their exposure to science and technology careers through Girls Exploring Engineering (GEE)
·          Special Campaigns for 2018 being tracked separately (learn more about them on the SWE Detroit Blog or contact us):
o SWE 4 Life Endowed Scholarship
o Josie E. Rewald Memorial Endowed Scholarship
§The scholarship will be the first scholarship to be awarded to a student who is pursuing a STEM career via community college.
o Rewald/Perazza Teacher Recognition Endowed Program*
§ The program will recognize middle school & high school teachers/mentors for inspiring young ladies to go into engineering & technology and provide STEM kits for the classroom.
*Name not finalized

SWE-Detroit is using the following categories to acknowledge the backing and support of our members and friends.

                        Achieve             $150+
                        Advance            $50 to $149
                        Aspire                $20 to $49
                       
Remember that your donation is fully deductible under US Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). To donate, go to www.swedetroit.org and click on the PayPal Donate Button or mail in a check. In the memo section, you may designate a program. Please contact us via email at swe_detroit@swe.orgif you have further questions.  As SWE-Detroit’s programs and scholarships continue to grow, so does our need for your support.
                                                                       
Sincerely,
Sena Hermiz                                                               Jenny Partlan
SWE Detroit Fund Development Co-Chair                 SWE-Detroit Treasurer

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Josie E Rewald Memorial Scholarship


Introducing the Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship Campaign: An Endowed Scholarship to Aid Women Pursuing Technology via Community College



Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship Fiscal Year 2018 Status: $0 out of $5000 goal

Still need: ~$20,000 to meet final program goal of $25,000 for endowed scholarship.



In September 2016, our dear friend and SWE Life Member, Josie E. Rewald, passed away un-expectantly. Everyone who knew Josie is saddened by the passing of a wonderful leader and mentor in SWE Detroit and at General Motors (GM). Josie was committed to excellence, and her record of accomplishment during her career was stellar. She was very interested in mentoring students and early career engineers, in particular women. She served as a mentor to many at GM and SWE Detroit, as well as those in and outside of her community. 



SWE Detroit wants to honor Josie’s commitment to engineering and to the education of aspiring engineers. Our idea is to raise $25,000 in 1-2 years to create an endowed scholarship, the Josie E. Rewald Memorial Scholarship. After one year of interest, the endowment would provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to deserving young women entering a community college to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The scholarship would be a first for the Society and enable support to young women who may not be able to start their path into engineering directly via a university or college.  To make our goal a reality in a short amount of time, Pat Hillberg, Josie’s husband, has seeded our efforts with $5,000 and has agreed to match up to $10,000 additional for the scholarship. Thus making our goal to raise $10,000 over the next 2 years.  To see our status, check out our updates on the SWE Detroit Online Blog (http://swedetroit.blogspot.com/). 



SWE Detroit would select the candidates with our local process and SWE Headquarters would support administration by validating our recipient(s) are entering programs which articulate into accredited institutions with an engineering program and sending the check to the school.


Separate from SWE Detroit’s Member Solicitation Program, the following categories created based on Josie’s favorite hiking trails* will be used to acknowledge the support of those who wish to contribute to the scholarship. The suggested donation amount is $200 each year to reach the $25,000 needed for an endowed scholarship. You may choose to make a single contribution or multiple contributions. We will send out reminders each year. Contributions will be tracked and your level will be determined based on accumulated contributions received by SWE Detroit.

Kalalau Trail $1000 +
Jackson Hole $750 to $999
Mount Roberts $500 to $749
Dog Mountain $250 to $499
Highline Loop $50 to $249
*See information about the hiking trails and their significance to Josie & Pat in the images below.


Our programs and services are enhanced and energized by your support of SWE Detroit and SWE’s mission. Remember that your donation is fully deductible under US Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Please contact us via email at swe_detroit@swe.org if you have any questions.


To donate online go to www.swedetroit.org and click on the “Donate” button or by mail, send a check to
Society of Women Engineers – Detroit, PO Box 2978, Southfield, MI 48037 and place in the comments or
memo section “Josie E. Rewald”.




To donate via check: mail the check to Society of Women Engineers – Detroit, PO Box 2978, Southfield, MI 48037 and place in the memo section “Josie E. Rewald”.



If you have any questions, are interested in supporting the SWE Detroit SWE 4 Life Program, or creating your own endowed program to build a pipeline or legacy to benefit SWE Detroit Programs, please contact Lisa Purvis, Jenny Partlan, Anne Kamenju, or Jennifer Morikawa at swe_detroit@swe.org.




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WIE/SWE Professional Development Workshop: Soft

Workshop Overview


The Soft Skills workshop is intended to help participants develop and improve interpersonal, group, team and leadership skills.  The workshop is targeted at those, who are in anticipating to be in roles at engineering/technical organizations, business, industry, academia or volunteer organizations.  However, anyone interested in further developing these skills in dealing with people and working within any type of organization will benefit from the workshop.  The format for the workshop includes the presentation of the core material and interactive participation; using exercises, case studies and open discussion.


A printed copy of the notes will be provided to each confirmed attendee. There is a small fee ($25) to cover costs of refreshments and the printed material. Registration is final only after fee is pre-paid.  This event is limited to the first 20 registrants, so sign up early!


More details can be found here, including the registration link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47762


Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact your fellow WIE/SWE member, Amanda Mohan (Amanda.fairbairn@gmail.com).  Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 16, 2017

IEEE WIE invites SWE to Cider & Donuts

IEEE Women in Engineering invites SWE members and their families to an informal networking fun event.

Where: Spicers Orchards, 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430
When: Sunday Oct 22, 2017 from 1pm-5pm

Please RSVP to WIE Chair Tia Twigg @ te_reen@yahoo.com

Hope to see you and your family there!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

November Book Club!!

Event: SWE-D PD Book Club
Date: November 19, 2017
Time: 4:00pm
(NEW) Location: Berkley Common, 3087 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072
Cost: Everyone pays for themselves
Point of contact: Niesha - nieshaamos@gmail.com

We will be discussing 'Born A Crime' by Trevor Noah

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SWE D attending WE17

Are you attending Society Conference in Austin this October?  If so, please join your fellow SWE Detroit members for a networking breakfast on Thursday October 26 at Cannon and Belle, located in the Hilton Hotel.

Who:  SWE Detroiters attending WE17
Where: Cannon and Belle 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701  
Reservation is under Taylor Browne/Society of Women Engineers
When:  Thursday October 2,6 2017 at 8:00 am- 9:30 am
Cost:  Each person pays for their own lunch

Please RSVP by October 2oth at https://goo.gl/forms/RTf6oLjjQKZ26LcP2




Clarkston High School Outreach November 4th

WE NEED YOU! And so does Clarkston High School

Event:  Clarkston High School Outreach
Date:    Saturday, November  4, 2017  
Time:    9:00 AM - 12:10 PM

Who:    
SWE-Detroit and Clarkston High School 9th-12th graders (approximately 35-50 students)

Location: Clarkston High School (6093 Flemings Lake Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48346)
RSVPApproximately 10-12 volunteers are needed. If you are able to volunteer for this event, please email an RSVP to Keerthi Biradavada (keerthi1861986@gmail.com) by 10/27/17

Point of contact: If you have questions, please email Keerthi. (keerthi1861986@gmail.com)

Other Info: Join SWE-Detroit and share your experiences in relation to engineering with Clarkston High School students. The event will open with a a simple pencil catapult engineering group challenge and then followed by speed-networking. Come share why you decided to be or support an engineering profession and answer questions with local aspiring engineering students.  Keerthi will follow-up with detailed instructions. No worries, the first 30 minutes of the about event time is allocated to answering any questions for the event prior to the event.

Monday, October 2, 2017

GEE Announcing Two Kick-Off Meetings!

The GEE 2018 committee is excited to announce two kick-off meetings!

Kick-Off #1
October 12th, 7-8pm
Novi Public Library

Kick-Off #2
October 23rd, 7-8pm
Rochester Hills Public Library

Food will be provided at both meetings!

Girls’ Engineering Exploration (GEE) is a full day event that allows girls in 4th – 6th grade an opportunity to meet female engineers and be exposed to exciting career paths through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities. The girls will be able to experience the creativity, innovation, and fun that goes on in the field of engineering. The event is FREE for students, parents, and teachers!

Join us at either of the kick-off meetings to ask us your questions, enjoy some food, and find out about all of the ways you can be involved in this amazing and rewarding event!

The GEE committee chairs (Christine Henri, Elena Chiappa, and Monica Walker) can be reached at SWEDetroitGEE@gmail.com with any questions.

Rosie the Riveter World Record - Women, Men, Children Needed!

Rosie the Riveter World Record - Women, Men, Children Needed!
On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Mich., will attempt to reclaim the Guinness Book of World Records for the most Rosie the Riveter re-enactors gathered at one time. About 2,500 “Rosies” are needed to return the record to Michigan from its current home in California. 

http://yankeeairmuseum.org/rosie-world-record/

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Informal Networking Event at Edwin Orchards



Hello Everyone!

Please join SWE-Detroit at Erwin Orchards in October for our first networking event. Please see below for details:

Event: Fall Fun!
Date: Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Time: 9am-11am
Location: Erwin Orchards
61475 Silver Lake Rd.
South Lyon, MI 48178

RSVP: Irina Sullivanswe.d.networking@gmail.com
Cost: Admission is free; suggest bringing $10-$20 to buy cider, apples, donuts, etc.

Feel free to email me at swe.d.networking@gmail.com if there are any questions. Hope to see you there!