SWE CRS Networking Event at IIT

When: Friday, October 26th, 6 pm
Where: Hermann Hall, IIT Campus
3241 S Federal St, Chicago IL 60616
Cost: $5 for members or $20 for non-members

The SWE members of IIT have graciously offered to host a networking dinner with our section next Friday. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the SWE members from IIT for a bit of informal socializing.

The event will include a tour of the IIT campus with a focus on their unique architecture. Unlike classical campus layouts with their quadrangles, brick or limestone buildings, and sweeping lawns, this one was designed with an emphasis on industrial materials, such as steel and glass, and inspired by the look of factories and warehouses. The American Institute of Architects has recognized the campus as one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the United States.

RSVP to jessica.jennings@swe.org by Thursday, October 25th, 5pm if you are interested in attending!

Suggestions for Sustainability

It is becoming more and more clear how we need to conserve or precious natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint. In honor of Earthday, I thought that I would provide my top 10 favorites list of easy ways to show the earth some love (in no particular order).

1. BYOB – Bring your own bag. If you forget (which I often do), and you are only buying 1 or 2 items, then tell the cashier you don’t need a bag. Sometimes I get strange looks, but it feels so good to come out of a store bagless and with the receipt in tow.

2. Turn off the water – remember to turn the water off in between activites of brushing teeth, washing hands, face, etc. This is also an easy way to teach conservation to your children. Remind them that water is a finite resource and we should only use what we need.

3. Buy a manual lawnmower – They are suprisingly easy to use and move quite well. Plus, they are a conversation starter. I can’t tell you how many neighbors we have met, just by using our manual lawnmower. It brings out the retro in all of us, plus, the price pays off in just about 1 year. At about $150 a pop, the reduction in money spent on gas will be priceless.

4. Rain barrels, and even better yet, rain gardens!! How fun is it to watch the rainwater run into a container where it is stored and you know you will be able to use it on a hot day!! I run my rain barrel water through a soaker hose and it works great!! I have yet to start a rain garden, but I hope to in my next house.

5. Plant trees and shrubs and landscape naturally. The trees and shrubs keep your house cooler and native plants require much less water. Most of the native plants I have planted required water the first year. Then after that, they come back year after year with no need for water!! VERY low maintenance!!! Plus, many of them outgrow that menacing creeping charlie (and other annoying weeds)!!

6. Reuse where you can. I can honestly tell you that at one time in our married lives, my husband and I furnished our house completely with hand me downs. We have some more new stuff now, but it always felt so good to give furniture a little more life…well loved is what I say. Also, I have always felt a sense of joy when I found a new treasure whilst “dumpster diving”. One of my favorite pieces of our artwork was found on the curb due to missing a small piece of bamboo frame.

7. Buy local with no hormones or preservatives. Fresh food tastes SOOOOOOOO good!! And it feels so good to know that you are only putting good food from mother earth into your body. It also feels good to know that the food hasn’t travelled around the globe to get to you.

8. Turn off the lights!! And appliances when you aren’t using them. This was one of the original ways to save the environment and it continues to be just as important!!!!

9. print on both sides. I don’t think that I have to say any more about this. If your eyes are particularly good, and you are just printing for reference, then also request to have more than one page per sheet. I have gone so far as printing 4 pages per sheet, double sided, when I have to print out a particularly long reference. I always get some good jostling from others when I do this, but once again, a conversation starter and I think others secretly respect my good eyesight.

10. Try to carpool. This is one of my favorites; however, sadly I haven’t been able to partake in this particular conservation effort. I will put good thoughts into the universe that one day my perfect carpool buddy will arrive.

What are your favorite conservation efforts? This is a conversation and I would love to hear your thoughts!!!

SWE-CRS 312 Memebership Circle Event – Pub Grub

Grab some Pub Grub and relax with SWE company at D4 Irish Pub!!

When: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30PM
Where: D4 Irish Pub, 345 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL

RSVP to jessica.jennings@swe.org by Monday, March 19 at 5PM.

See you there!!

SWE-CRS 630 Membership Circle Event-Ladies Night Out at Bello Tea & The Tivoli

When: Tuesday March 20 at 6PM – Meet at Bello Tea
5111 Main Street, Downtown Downers Grove, IL

After dinner, everyone will walk to the Tivoli for the 7PM showing of “The Vow”.

Tivoli located at 5021 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove, IL.

RSVP to: tschlueter@burnsmcd.com

NW Indiana SWE-CRS Member Circle Event

Its a new year and we are getting it off to a good start!!

Ladies in the NW Indiana Area, please join this member circle event and meet SWE-CRS Ladies in your area!

Come meet for drinks on Tuesday January 24 at 6:00 at PassTimes in Valparaiso (175 Lincolnway, Suite B). We look forward to meeting you!

Please RSVP to Kristin Wellsand

Fall Get to Know SWE Night

Please come join us for some good food and conversation and learn a little more about SWE-CRS!!

When: November 30, 2011, 6PM
Where: Burns & McDonnell, 1431 Opus Place, Suite 400, Downers Grove, IL
RSVP: rebekah.schulenberg@swe.org

WE11 – October 13-15, 2011

I just signed up for Society of Women Engineer’s WE11!!

Have You?

Early bird registration ends September 16!

May SWEetheart of the Month

Contratulations to May’s SWEetheart of the month, Theresa Schlueter!! Theresa was instrumental in helping plan April’s Professional Development Dinner, Work-Life Balance While Climbing the Ladder. She saw the interest in the topic that many members would have, and stepped up to ensure the event would be a success. Her dedication to pulling off a successful event is what makes sections like ours successful. Thanks Theresa!!!

April SWEetheart of the Month

Congratulations to April’s SWEetheart of the Month, Jill Magsam! Jill has been getting increasingly involved with SWE-CRS, and she is always ready to lend a helping hand! She is also great at keeping her eyes open for new and interesting ideas for CRS to implement. Her reliability is a wonderful asset to the section, and we look forward to seeing the amazing scholarship awards that she is coordinating this year! Thanks Jill!!

SWE – 312 Group Gathering

Take advantage of Free Thursday Evenings at the Art Institute of Chicago!

When: Thursday, April 14, 5-8pm
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue

Let’s meet for a quick bite at Caffè Moderno at 6pm, then we’ll enjoy browsing thru the exhibits. Feel free to get there early to squeeze in more time before meeting with the group.

Caffè Moderno is located on the second level of the Modern Wing

RSVP to jajenn85@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 13, 5pm