And Now Sports…

Written By: Abbey Berg


Do you find it difficult to get excited about our sports teams? Is the black and gold sometimes hard to wear? Do you dread what people say about Purdue Sports?

Actually Purdue is ranked 4th in basketball… in Women’s Basketball. In fact our female athletic teams are dominating across the board.-lafpwomgameriowa06.jpg20140217

Our volleyball team is on winning  streak with over 19 wins. Unknown

Last year Purdue placed third in Track and Field and are aiming to win 1st this year.images

These are just a few examples of our amazing sports teams. So I encourage everyone to go out to a female athletic event and yell proudly, “Boiler Up!” because we’re probably winning. Maybe we should all start playing like girls, or at least cheering for them.


60 years of PSWE

PSWE was founded on November 1, 1954. At the time the section had approximately twenty members and the president was Kathleen Fraylick. Since then Purdue’s SWE section has become one of the largest in the country. It has also become the oldest continuously chartered SWE section in the country. In these 60 years PSWE has accomplished so much as a part of SWE and as part of Purdue.

Purdue has been making its mark since its establishment. In was first notice in 1975 when PSWE won Best Regional Student Section (SWE Region H) and since has won more than 10 times. In 1979, PSWE won the Best National Student Section and placed 3rd in 2005. In 1974, PSWE was the first organization to enter a cart in Grand Prix with a full female crew and driver. Purdue’s best finish in the race has been 5th, which was accomplished twice, once in 1985 and again in 2011. PSWE has also had two alumnae serve as SWE national president. Basically PSWE is kind of a big deal and you’re a part of it! So raise your glasses, bring out the cake, and start singing because PSWE’s 60 years young and has a lot to celebrate.

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Networking Lessons Hidden in Classic Rock Songs

Are you the kind of person who is motivated by music? There are so many ways music can teach us important lessons to help us grow as people and professionals in the workplace. Take a break from studying and rock on while picking up a few networking tips!

Listen to the full playlist here.

  1.  Don’t Stop Believin’/Journey – Networking is really important. Even if the benefits aren’t apparent at first, in the long run having a large network of contacts and supporters can help you find a job or continue developing your career. So don’t stop believing.
  2. Hit Me With Your Best Shot/Pat Benetar – Be prepared with your best elevator pitch for your abilities.Your best shot should be brief and highlight what makes you a good fit for the opportunities you seek.
  3. Bad Reputation/Joan Jett – Actually, you should care about your reputation. Don’t be the person who is texting during the keynote speaker or is being really unprofessional at a networking event. Representatives do notice.
  4. We Are the Champions/Queen – Give examples of times that you have been successful instead of just saying that you are a successful individual. If you’ve performed well in a team-setting, also highlight your teamwork skills.
  5. Life in the Fast Lane/The Eagles – Be brief. There are many people waiting to speak with the representatives you want to speak with as well.
  6. Just What I Needed/The Cars – When you give examples about your engineering expertise or experience, make sure you showcase how your skills fit in with the company’s mission or goals; show them how you’re just what they needed.
  7. Go Your Own Way/Fleetwood Mac – Differentiate yourself from the other students so that after the event recruiters remember who you are and what made you special.
  8. The Boys are Back in Town/Thin Lizzy – Even if nothing happens the first time, keep showing up again. Speaking to the same recruiters year after year helps build your connection.
  9. You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet/Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Don’t sell yourself short, and make sure you are confident about your accomplishments.
  10. I Want You to Want Me/Cheap Trick – Remember that even though you are networking, first and foremost you are trying to build a connection and you don’t want to come across as only interested in finding a job or getting an interview. Companies will want you if you really give them a chance to get to know you, as both an engineer and as an individual.


Rock on, PSWE!

Article Written by Karen Martinez and Erin Suttles

Special thanks to all Professional Networking Groupies:

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Fall Cookout

PSWE will be holding it’s annual Fall Cookout. This is a great way to make new friends and learn more about PSWE. There will be free hot dogs and refreshments served. Music will be played. You don’t need to be in SWE (or even an engineer) to attend! All are welcome!

Fall Cookout Flyer

A little bit of information about the fall cookout:

Thursday, October 9th

HAMP Patio, 11:00-1:30

A Note from PSWE President, Maya Denton

Greetings fellow PSWE members!

Welcome back to campus for an exciting year back at Purdue and new activities with Purdue SWE! I am so excited to be back for my senior (and final!) year at Purdue and cannot wait to see what the year has in store for everyone. For those returning SWE members, I cannot wait to show you the new events that our executive board has been working on all summer to prepare for you this school year.

For new SWE members, whether you are a freshman or an upperclassman, welcome! SWE is an extremely beneficial organization to join, as we have so many possible activities and events to get involved with. I have personally gotten so much out of my involvement with SWE over the past three years, whether it has been through the opportunity to impact young students and encourage their interest in engineering through outreach activities, the personal and professional development I’ve received through attending conferences and interacting with company representatives at PSWE events, or the invaluable friendships that I’ve gained through getting to know other SWE members.

We have many different events to get involved with – but don’t feel overwhelmed with how many events we put on! SWE has  a variety of different events to provide members with the opportunity to participate in outreach, socials, professional development, and technical competitions. Feel free to get involved with as many events as you would like – there is no pressure to do everything!

Come to our Ice Cream Social (Monday 8/26, 8 – 10 pm in Earhart West Rec Lounge) and/or our Call-outs (Tuesday 8/27 & Wednesday 8/28, 7 – 8 pm FRNY G140) to learn more about opportunities to get involved with PSWE and the new events we will be having this upcoming year! You will have the chance to interact with our executive board and learn more why they love SWE and personally decided to get more involved.

I can’t wait to see you there! Feel free to come talk to me at any event and ask questions or tell me about why you decided to get more  involved with SWE!

-Maya Denton

President,Purdue Society of Women Engineers

A Note from the President

The Officers and I would like to thank everyone who applied for a Director position. We had a lot of talented applicants, and that made our jobs very difficult. After 10 hours of interviews and debating, we are pleased to announce the new Directors:
Professional Development: Amanda Pannell and Jessie Powell
Professional Networking: Maya Denton
Programs: Jerica Barlow
Publicity: Karen Schulz
Outreach: Lauren Neder
Competition Teams: Sheila Sreedhara
Membership Vitality: Ashley Laterza
Region H: McKenna Maier
Congratulations ladies!
-Ashley Stroup