So Much Spirit! So Much Hype! So Much EngSoc!

Abdullah Barakat -
Posted on: June 17, 2017

How have we gotten to this point in the term already? I guess when you’re having a great time doing what you love (i.e. EngSoc), time just flies by. There have been so many things going on and I’m excited to tell you all about it!

Firstly, the Joint Annual General Meeting (JAGM) is happening this Saturday, June 24th at 5 pm in RCH 101. We will be going over a lot of important topics, including the increase of the EngSoc fee, electing the new Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year, voting a new mural to go up in the EngSoc office, and bunch of important and relevant changes to our governing documents. The meeting is open to all undergraduate Engineering Society members, and we encourage you to come out, and bring 2 proxied votes as well to ensure that we meet the minimum attendance required to run the meeting. There will be dinner provided just before the meeting starts, so hope you can make it and join us!

Commissioner applications are currently open for the Winter 2018 term, and we are looking for some awesome and dedicated people to help support the Executive with our initiatives, as well as to further support the development of the Engineering Society moving forward. The application can be found at http://bit.ly/EngsocCommW18. If you have any questions about what it takes to be a commissioner, please email the Executive at executive.a@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca.

The Tool’s 50th Birthday Party happened in POETS last Friday, and we had a massive turnout! Thank you to everyone that showed up and showed your Engineering spirit; the Tool loves noise, and there was a definite abundance of it at the birthday party. The SCUNT is still going on, and so many people are partaking! It will continue until Engineering Day on July 14th, at which I will award the winners of the Purple Hardhats! At Engineering Day, there will also be unlimited free food, a dunk tank with your favourite profs, and inflatables, so you should definitely make it out!

I have been in talks with the lovely folks within UW Catering and Bar Services to work out a plan moving forward for the licensing of POETS. They are willing to cooperate and work towards a middle ground, but not much has happened as of yet. More to come as things progress. I have also met with the CESS (Chemical Engineering Student Society) and NESS (Nanotechnology Engineering Student Society) Presidents in order to see how EngSoc can collaborate or support them moving forward, and it seems like a step forward for the Society in attempting to further advocate and provide the best services for our students. The Sub-Society Presidents have been very responsive to us reaching out, so hopefully progress will be made on that moving forward.

I have contacted Christine Moresoli, the Associate Dean Co-op Education & Professional Affairs & Professor, in an attempt to obtain input on how to proceed with my goal of reaching out to the various engineering departments on campus to further develop our professional development services. I am hoping that this will lead to meetings with the department heads and we as a Society can learn what is relevant to Engineering students in the current industrial landscape. Lastly, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) has reached out to the Engineering Society in order to collaborate with us on a Charity Costume Fun Run that will be happening in July. There goal is to collaborate with all 6 of the faculties on campus, and raise a total of $30,000 for Plan International (Canada) to support an orphan sponsorship program. I am more than happy to work with them on that, and will be sharing more information with you guys as they arise.

That is all for this article, thank you so much for your time. I’ll catch you guys next time ;)