Welcome and Welcome Back!

Adelle Vickery - A-Society President
Posted on: September 24, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome (or welcome back) to Waterloo! For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Adelle Vickery and I am your Engineering Society President. I am in 4A Chemical Engineering and I am so excited to be back on campus this Fall.

Elections

You may have noticed that we are in the middle of election season! This term started off with the opening of Presidential Nominations, and what a crazy campaign period it has been! We have the largest presidential race in (recent) history with FIVE presidential candidates. Voting for the next President is ending September 28th; for those of you who have yet to vote, I strongly encourage you to check out their platforms, get informed, and vote for the person you would like to see guiding the Society for the next 16 months. Results will be announced September 30th.

After the Presidential race, we are going to be preparing for the Vice-Presidential election. In this election, we will be electing VP Academic, VP Communications, VP Operations and Finance, and VP Student Life. If you are at all interested in running for an Executive position, I highly encourage you to read our Executive Blog Post Series. So far there are articles on why you should run and on how to run in the election, and leading up to the nomination period there will be articles spotlighting each position. We will also be holding an information session on being an EngSoc Executive so keep an eye out for that. More information about the election timeline can be found at engsoc.uwaterloo.ca

SSO Collaboration: Midterm Prep

EngSoc is partnering with the Student Success Office (SSO) to hold a workshop on midterm exam prep! Topics covered will include general exam preparation and time management, scheduling, and problem solving. This is happening on October 6th at 6pm in RCH 205! You will get to apply these skills to your school work with help from upper year students!

First Council Meeting

We had our first council meeting on Wednesday September 21st; the room was packed and there was a lot of great discussion, starting with the budget. The largest amendment to the budget was a motion put forward (and ultimately passed) to shift money around in the budget to create a “First Year Engagement” line item. Each first year class is now going to get a certain amount of money based on their class size to run an event for their class. The intention is to get more first years involved and to get them excited about EngSoc. This initiative is being run by Rachael Schachtler of Systems Design 2019; first year class reps will be getting more information in the next week to start the planning process.

We also passed a constitutional change to publish complete election results as well as a stance stating that the Society believes that professors should not reuse old exams. The distinction was made that it is not a stance involving a specific solution, but rather just to bring our position on the issue to the Faculty. Jeff, our VP Education, was mandated to bring this stance to the Faculty and will be setting up a meeting with the Associate Dean – Teaching to start these conversations.

With the addition of another stance, we also implemented an official Document of Stances. This document will be uploaded to the website later this week; if you want to know more about the stances we have taken to date, be sure to check it out. Our next meeting is October 5th at 5:30 in CPH 3607.

 If you have any questions about anything in this article, questions about the Society, want to find out more about what we do, or just want to talk, please do not hesitate to visit me in the orifice. You can also send me an e-mail at president.a@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca and I would be more than happy to help however I can. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!