September 9, 2009
First off, for those freshman (or others) who aren't quite sure what SWE is/does, SWE is a network and support system between women engineers. This doesn't just include your peers here at Lehigh, but also women of all ages and levels of experience in industry and graduate school. We also do outreach with young female students in the Bethlehem community, to promote interest in the fields of engineering and science at an early age.
To further encourage this support system, we've decide to start a "Big Sis/Little Sis" mentoring program this year. This is just a way for younger engineering students to be paired with an upperclassman that they feel comfortable approaching for help; whether it's about classes, homework, 4 o'clocks, or just fun stuff like what to do on the weekend. We hope this will help develop relationships as well as make us all better engineers! You do NOT need to be a freshman to sign up to have a Big Sis. If you are interested in becoming a Big Sis or a Little Sis (and didn't sign up at the meeting) please email us back with your name, major, class year, email, and whether you want to be a Big Sis or Little Sis or both!
If you don't know, our biggest event of the year CHOICES (Charting Horizons & Opportunities In Careers in Engineering & Sciences) which takes place in April. This is a program where 8th grade girls from 6 to 10 middle schools in the area come to Lehigh for the day and we do fun science and engineering experiments with them! They learn a lot about what engineering is, and the cool things we get to do! The middle school girls work really hard to be allowed to come to this program, and it always turns out to be very meaningful for them. Most of the work for this takes place in the spring semester, but there are a lot of opportunities to help out so look for sign-ups for that in the future.
We are planning a Friday afternoon BBQ and Tye-Dye event coming up soon--details to come but get excited.
Our official Lehigh website contains information about officers, our calendar, pictures, etc. Feel free to check it out. Also, if you have a question for a specific officer, our emails are listed on the website as well:
Finally, if you still haven't signed up for The Hub, here is the link again:
Log in to The Hub using your Lehigh Portal name and password. You can adjust your own personal profile, settings, items, etc. Next go to the involvement categories link at the top and search for Society of Women Engineers. Finally click the "join involvement opportunity" tab along the right edge of the page.
As this website develops it will be an important tool in sending messages, posting information about events, etc.