January / SWE - Blast

Eastern Nebraska Society of Women Engineers


January SWE Meeting!

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 5:30-7pm

5150 Center Street

Omaha, NE

New year – new goals for a healthy lifestyle! Does this sound like you? (Do you want this to sound like you?) Please join SWE Eastern NE for our January meeting focusing on nutrition and getting healthy in 2019. Our discussion will be led by Sarah Sortino, Hy-vee Dietitian, and we’ll talk about everything from healthy snacking at work (goodbye vending machine!) to the keto diet (What’s the deal with Keto? Is it good long term?). Attendees will also go home with some work-ready snacks to stash at your desk, and some other surprises! This meeting will be interactive – please bring your questions!

Please look for a separate event email which will include RSVP information!

E-WEEK Banquet Friday, Feb 15, 2019 @ Field Club of Omaha

Friday, Feb. 15th, 6pm

3615 Woolworth Avenue

Omaha, NE

HDR’s New Headquarters in Aksarben Village

Mark Jamison, Vice President and Project Director at HDR, Inc. and his team will share how in December 2018, they completed moving nearly 1,000 employees from multiple offices in Omaha into a new building in Aksarben Village. Not only is the building global headquarters for one of the nation’s top Architecture and Engineering firms, it is also now one of the signature buildings in this vibrant multi-use development. The project design team, including HDR architects and engineers, will discuss the design process, sustainability approach and specific building systems involved in the project. The presentation will also focus on challenges encountered by the team and the creative solutions they found to meet these challenges.

Banquet Location: Time: Field Club of Omaha (3615 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE )

6:00 PM – Social Hour (Cash Bar)

7:00 PM – Banquet & Speaker

Buffet Dinner Selections: liced London Broil with a Pinot Noir Peppercorn Sauce and Salmon Filet with a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Market Vegetable’s, Garden Green Lettuce Salad, Fresh Fruit, Dinner Rolls and a variety of Deserts. Coffee, Tea and ice water will be available.

Registration & Payment: Please note that this event is a Friday evening. In order to provide a total attendance count to the Field Club, only advanced reservations will be accepted. Advanced reservations, attendee’s name and payment must be received by noon, Wednesday, February 13, 2019. There are 2 ways to pay:

(1) Checks should be made payable to the “EWeek Roundtable” & mailed with the registration form to the address noted -OR-

(2) To register for the Banquet online go to www.same.org/Omaha and click on the “Engineers Week Banquet” in the events calendar on the right hand side. If paying online please ensure all attendee’s names are noted.

Please send checks to: Elizabeth Hunter, Snyder & Associates 1751 Madison Ave. Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Questions: email: ehunter@snyder-associates.com

(Phone # 712-322-3202)

SWE is serving as the host organization for the 2019 Engineer's Week Banquet! Please consider joining us to celebrate engineering in Nebraska while also representing SWE!


Every 4th Thursday - SWE Programs

Eastern Nebraska SWE schedules our programs monthly, covering our membership in the Omaha - Lincoln metro areas.

Do you have ideas for a meeting or something to share for our SWE-blasts? Let me know!



Nebraska SWE FY19 Calendar

Update your calendars now for 2019!!

March 28 (Th) – LNK. Professional Development

April 25 (Th) – OMA. Professional Development (Workshop)

May 23 (Th) – TBD. Social


Outreach Work is Growing the STEM Pipeline in our Community!

Are you ready to mentor girls in STEM?

We have several opportunities! Follow this link

Reach out and volunteer. Please contact Outreach Chair Shannon DeVivo at outreach@swe-nebraska.org

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UNL - February 23!

For Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, SWE is setting up a booth to do a hands-on activity. The event is Saturday, February 23 from 9 am -12 pm, at the Nebraska Innovation Campus. Members interested in helping out with the SWE booth should contact Shannon DeVivo at outreach@swe-nebraska.org. Members interested in helping out with the general event should sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/volunteer_girl_day2019.

SWE February 28th Meeting & Presentation!

Writing to Win: Tactics for Technical Professionals

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm start; (dinner 6:00 – 6:30) (program 6:30 – 7:30)

Location: Olsson, 2111 South 67th Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68106

Successful professionals CAN craft compelling and persuasive messages, even if they’re accustomed to writing “dry, boring text.” In this program, attendees will gain practical and relevant skills to help them produce strong communications that are well-written and stand out from the crowd. We will evaluate 6 persuasive writing strategies that will undoubtedly help technical professionals. The examples are amazing, and the take-aways will make a difference when you return to work.

About the Speaker

Barbara Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM

TankGirl Marketing

Barbara “Lieutenant Leadership” Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM, has wanted to be a writer since at least third grade. She regularly shares her energy, passion and 30+ years’ experience to teach, challenge, motivate, and inspire others. She has worked for general contracting, engineering, construction management, and architectural firms, and as a consultant with TankGirl Marketing, she helps clients win through compelling and persuasive content and messaging. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and French, and a master’s degree in Business, (marketing emphasis), along with expertise in sales, printing, publishing, and marketing in the AEC industry.

In addition, Barbara has extensive experience collaborating with large corporate teams, building strong brands, and crafting strategies that win. She “is” the TankGirl Midwest team and assists clients with marketing research and strategic planning; project pursuit strategy, development and writing; communications planning; award submittals; public speaking and presentation skills; customized leadership, marketing and business development training; marketing collateral, websites; and more. Her Arizona team has her back, and all together, we help clients win.

RSVP to Writing to WIN Event at Olsson

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 6pm

2111 South 67th Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68106

Please RSVP to Shannon DeVivo at sdevivo@olsson.com

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


WeLocal Conferences will be hosted in the Spring of FY19

WE Local is a SWE program that brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey. The program is hosting five conferences across the U.S. in spring 2019 so that engineers can connect through professional development workshops, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and outreach activities.

FY19 Conferences

Baltimore, Maryland February 8–9 , Early Registration deadline: January 25

Tampa, Florida February 15–16, Early Registration deadline: January 18

St. Louis, Missouri March 1-2, Early Registration deadline: February 1

Denver, Colorado March 15-16, Early Registration deadline: February 15

Bellevue, Washington April 5-6

See more info on website below.

****************WE Local*****************

WE Local is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) program that was developed to bring the excitement and energy of SWE's annual conference - on a smaller scale - to our members' backyards around the globe through local conferences. WE Local brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journeys.

Early Registration Fee: $180 professionals/$75 collegiate.

Registration fee after early deadline - $280.

Unemployed/retired discounts. Volunteer discount – 20%

Registration includes five meals throughout the two-day conference including admission to the career fair, Keynote Speaker presentations, 50+ breakout sessions and plenary panels.


The Metro Science and Engineering Fair - March 7!

The Metro Science and Engineering Fair is Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. SWE is soliciting judges for a special award. Judges will be needed from approximately 7:15 am to 1:30 pm. Members interested in judging for the SWE award should contact Shannon DeVivo at outreach@swe-nebraska.org

SWE Awards!

Society awards are listed at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/images/awards/FY19-Available-Awards-Flyer.pdf .

If you are interested in applying for one of the awards, want to nominate someone else, or need assistance with your portfolio talk to Angel. A.mcmullen.gunn@gmail.com Due March 31, 2019.

Details on each award with requirements can be found at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/awards/individual-awards

Girl Scout Outreach at UNO - April 13th!

SWE is hosting an event with the Girl Scouts on Saturday, April 13th, from 10 am – 12 pm at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. Volunteers are needed to assist in hands-on activities to help the Girl Scouts earn a STEM badge. Members interested in assisting should contact Shannon DeVivo at outreach@swe-nebraska.org

SWE Outreach Metric Tool - Take Credit for your Impact!!

The SWE Outreach Tool is a simple 10 question survey to complete after any of your STEM outreach events.

Volunteer for work? Yes - that counts!

You are a regular computer teacher at the library? Log your time!

Volunteer to judge at your child's science fair? Absolutely counts!

Help out the local 4-H Robotics Team? Yes - this too!

Any events that focus on students ages 4-18 and/or their adult advocates such as parents, educators, and group leaders. The data you enter will be used internally by the SWE Outreach Committee to set goals and make strategic decisions. The data will also be used externally with sponsors to show the impact of the outreach that all SWE members do. Many grants require the information we are collecting, and we need accurate information to share with them. Here’s the information you should gather together before you use this tool:

– Event name and date(s)

– Section name: I002 Eastern Nebraska

– Event type

– Number of girls who participated in the event

– Number of boys who participated in the event

– Age of students who participated (Estimates are okay; report the age range of the majority)

– Number of Adults who participated – These are Parents, Educators, and other non-volunteers who participated in the event.

– Number of SWE Member volunteers

– Number of other volunteers – not SWE members

– Name of Partner Organization(s), if applicable

– Any best practices you would like to share (optional)

--> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEOMTFY18

More info online at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swe-members/479-slides/4463-outreach-metric-tool-report-your-outreach

SWE Outreach Tool

Take credit for the impact of the STEM outreach that you do in FY18!


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