Check This Out!: Site Updates

Howdy All!

The Member of the Week 7 SWEet Questions have moved to their own page!!  Now, you can learn more about your fellow SWEeties as I ask them a few “need-to-know” questions about them.  Feel free to click the tab conveniently named, “Member of the Week,” and get readin’!

Also, the Funnies is updated with ghouls, ghosts, and pumpkins!

As always, thanks for being a great audience!

                           Your Editor,

                                Ele Chakraborty

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Three Pairs of Shoes

Our three section winners of the recent Schlumberger essay contest would like to share their inspiring essays.  Here is where each individual’s shoes will take them:

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Rebecca Krause
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Heavens to Murgatroyd, my feet are KILLING me!  But I guess that’s not unexpected when you are running from one adventure to the next.  And I wasted no time in embarking on my unusual journey, switching gears as rapidly as I switched shoes.

I hopped straight out of my high school sneakers into some steel toes, although what I really needed was a full Hazmat suit: working as an intern in a combustible chemical plant, things can get pretty messy.  Yet just as I was growing accustomed to the fit of my boots, it was time to purchase a pair of more office-friendly shoes as I said so long solvents, sign me up for circuits at Intel!  Suddenly a new kind of work lay before me, one that resided on a virtual canvas rather than a chemical one.

Even with all the wonders I’ve seen, my feet are itching for a new pair of shoes for one more escapade.  When I’m not covered head to steel toe in white chemical powder or collaborating on the latest software design, you can find me on the stage.  I live for the thrill of expertly intertwining emotion and words to convey to the audience something they’ve never understood before.  Until recently, I thought my passion for performance could be nothing but a beloved hobby; now I know exactly which shoes I want to don next: those of the educator.   The academic route isn’t the most popular in engineering, but my eclectic mix of internships has taught me that the most interesting paths often appear lightly tread.  It seems unreal that I can combine my love of technology and my desire to elicit new understanding in an audience into one career.  But instead of pulling tears or laughter from spectators, I get to witness comprehension dawning on students’ faces.

I appreciate the time I’ve spent in steel toes, stilettos, and sneakers alike.   But thanks to the sense of worth I feel when teaching, there isn’t a shoe in the world that could make me feel any more beautiful than I do.

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Sequoia Murray, My Shoes
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I have a lot of shoes you see,
Some white, black, purple, pink, blue and even green.
Some are short while others are tall.
A few are too big for my feet, and one pair is too small.
However, none of this truly matters anyway,
Because they all have one important thing in common at the end of the day.
My shoes allow me to roam as I please.
My trusty tennis shoes were with me when I gave the Great Wall of China a squeeze.
My steeltoes came in handy this summer when I worked with reactors.
I wear my favorite pair, boots, on the farm while working on the tractor.
I’ve danced at parties and bars while wearing both flats and pumps.
My cleats always help me combat those nasty soccer field lumps.
However, perhaps the most exciting concept to me,
Is where these shoes can and will take me if I work hard and believe.
I believe one day I will make a difference in this world and in people’s lives.
I believe solar energy can meet the world’s energy needs—this concept I hope to revive.
I’ll do this by imbibing new knowledge at every possible turn, avenue, and channel
While also collaborating with great minds to design efficient solar energy storage and panels.
With a little luck, hard work, collaboration, and courage I hope to figure this energy problem out!
There would be less worry because an affordable energy source would be available without a doubt!
Should I be blessed enough to possess more money than I need,
I’d give this to the abused, sick, and hungry to heal their hurt and help them succeed!
None of these dreams would be possible without my confidence shoes.
Because when I wear this pair, there is no way I can lose!
For now my school shoes get me from place to place,
Preparing me for a beautiful future I yearn to embrace.

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Alana Wilbee
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I believe that we wear a few different sets of shoes that take us through our lives. Right now, I’ve got my tennis shoes on. They are perfect for trekking around campus and learning the things I need to know to jump start my life. Tennis shoes are strong enough to support you, and light enough to make it easy to stand up when you fall. Especially when it seems like tripping is the only thing you know how to do. They are the best shoes, and the best attitude, to wear as I step through college. Right now I need to weather through the onslaught of information, get my feet wet in exploration, and sometimes just walk softly in contemplation.

After I’ve worn out my tennis shoes, I’m planning on switching to work boots. As the civil engineer I’m planning to be, I’m sure I’ll put them to a lot of use. It’s been my dream, ever since I was pretty small, to work on structures. I’ve always thought that buildings and bridges are beautiful. To me they seem a fantastic combination of function and art. I want to build things like that, that make people pause in awe. And that’s where the work boots will help me out. Work boots are sturdy. They protect you and give you the strength to stand tall. They communicate a firmness and resolution that the job will get done, and get done right. With the strength in those shoes, in that attitude, I won’t falter. I will walk firmly toward my dream.

There are times, as I walk my path, that I plan on taking off my shoes for a while. Times when shoes just won’t take me to the places I need to go. In those times I’ll chase the other parts of life, like the parts where I’ll get married and have a family, or where I travel the world, or here I go on epic adventures. I believe in the importance of those times as well. For those times, I can take off my shoes a while and dance.

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Hi Folks!

This Saturday, Make a Difference Day will rally millions, especially students, to help change the world and make it a better place.  As the nation’s largest day of volunteering, it promotes the deed of lending a hand in return of a heart-felt, salary-free paycheck.  several students plan to volunteer at food kitchens, hospitals, libraries; anywhere in the community.

Thanks to USA Weekend Magazine, Make a Difference Day will celebrate its 22nd year of encouraging helping hands to reach out to people in need.  Part of this promotion is to award volunteers for their Samaritan work this Saturday.  Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

How will you make a difference this Saturday?  Please comment below; you might get some volunteers for your project or some buddies that can join you for the cause!

As always, thanks for being a great audience and THINK BIG!

                           Your Editor,

                               Ele Chakraborty

Eye Witness: Walking Down Yellow Brick Road

PSWE made history when it presented its first Homecoming float in the Boilermaker Night Parade last Friday.  In response to the Homecoming theme, “Once Upon a Homecoming,” PSWE decided to walk down Yellow Brick Road alongside Dorothy and friends from the world of Oz.

“The board member (committee) decided that our theme should be ‘There is no place like Homecoming,’” Brittany Kaiser, Social Competitions Chair, said.  “It’s a spin off from the Wizard of Oz slogan (‘There is no place like home’).”

PSWE’s Homecoming float appearance served as an upgrade from last year’s involvement.   Instead of “just walking,” PSWE wanted to “go bigger this Homecoming, according to Ashley Stroup, president.

“We had a lot of fun walking in the parade last year,” Stroup said.  “However, we wanted to get our name out in a bigger way.  Homecoming is the one time on campus that all the student organizations come together to celebrate something in common.  What better way to show (PSWE’s) name than being part of the parade.”

Additionally, PSWE’s slogan and Wizard of Oz characters represented the organization “very well,” according to Stroup.

“Having Dorothy as one of the characters really promotes PSWE,” Stroup said.  “She is a strong female character who isn’t love struck all the time.”

Indeed, as the slogan promotes, there was no place like PSWE’s recreation of the Oz world.  Board and general members transformed a flatbed trailer into the Yellow Brick Road pointing toward Emerald City skyline and the fallen house where the Wicked Witch of the West melted to her doom.  Made out of support pipes and green cloth sheets, Emerald City’s towers supported Christmas-style lights that illuminated the float, showing characters like the Tin Man (Stroup), the Wicked Witch (Sequoia Murray, treasurer), Dorothy (Karen Shultz, Public Relations Director), and Toto (Woofles, Stroup’s Terrier).

During the parade, the float presented the famous scene in which Dorothy accidentally threw water at the Wicked Witch, melting her into green goo.  With the help of a fog machine, the witch’s screams were heard by nostalgic students and flabbergasted local Lafayette children.  The lollipop guild passed out candy to the audience, who cheered as the melting scene unfolded.

Before the parade, Kaiser, who organized the float building and character casting, predicted that the Lafayette community would respond to the Homecoming theme “with memories and interest.”  Seeing the local children’s mixed emotions of shock and wonder proved her right.

“The parade and theme is good for the community,” Kaiser explained.  “It gets the community involved and it’s fun for the kids, especially when they see their favorite fairytale characters.”

Check This Out!: Site Updates

Howdy All!

I want to encourage everyone to check out the site’s newest updates: the Life Saver Page and the Funnies Page! Personally, I think the pages are well-put together, but check them out for yourself and tell me what you think.

Since deadlines for job applications and scholarships (like a particular shoe essay everyone should be writing) are around the corner, I thought it would be a life saver to have a writing reference page. The page contains useful writing tips and links; think of it like a writing for SWEeties resource. Also, I included some resume tips from the recent Forbes magazine and the Washington Post for future career fairs.

Secondly, when you complete your “award-winning” essay (or job-getting resume), the Funnies page will let you sit back and… laugh.

Finally, I would like to point out that this blog is for you as it is for me. I do feel lonely being the only voice within the blog’s binary sequence. Therefore, if you all want something new, something different, or like something currently, please say so. You can start by participating in the new weekly poll or commenting on the new pages!

As always, thanks for being a great audience!

                           Your Editor,

                         Ele Chakraborty

Where Will Your Shoes Take You?

Have you ever wondered where your heels, sneakers, or penny loafers will take you?  Now is your chance to think outside the shoebox!

From Stilettos to Steel Toes is hosting a short essay contest to find out where SWE members’ paths might lead them.  The essay contest is open to all sophomore, junior, and senior SWE engineers.  Also, the essay should be no longer than 350 words.  For complete rules and guidelines, please go to this webpage.

If you’re still not convinced, here are the THREE main reasons why you should participate:

1.  You will have the opportunity to visualize where your shoes will take you.  If you don’t like your destination, buy a new pair.

2.  You might win awesome prizes.  Individual section winners can win $250 (third place), $500 (second place), or $1,000 (first place).  The grand prize (national) winner will receive a scholarship of $2,000 and a fully paid trip to the SWE 2012 National Conference in Houston, Texas.  You can buy a lot of cowboy boots while you’re there!

3.  You can support your favorite SWE section (PSWE).  Every submission equals $100 toward our organization.