Thursday, February 28, 2013

When Should I Pledge?!

We suggest that you wait two years and are accepted into your major prior to pledging a fraternity or sorority.  If you do this, then you have an established GPA, scholarship opportunities and major in which to graduate!! - allowing you to wear your colors with pride and a degree in your hand!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Phi Sigma Rho

Since 1984, Phi Sigma Rho has been a social sorority for women in technical studies.  They serve their sisters and community by promoting: High standards of personal integrity, respect and character, Lifelong bonds of sisterhood and academic and professional excellence with a social balance.

23 chapters across the U.S
Started by 2 women at Purdue University

Common Events Hosted by Phi Sigma Rho
Info Sessions
Volleyball Games
Participation in THON
Family and Team Activity Nights
Relay for Life
Greek Week

Upcoming Phi Sigma Rho Events:
Friday, March 15th 1:00-5:00pm @ Alpha Chi Rho's (AXP) Fraternity House - Annual Pokey Stick Eating Competition, Fundraising Event ($10 for team of 2 to participate, $1 to watch)
Monday, April 15th  5:00-9:00pm @ Happy Valley Freez - Philanthropy Event to Raise Money, partnering with Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Current Officers
President - Keri Winebrenner (
Vice President - Allison Armero (
Treasurer - Brittany Heckler (
Secretary - Marguerite Winstead (

Monday, February 25, 2013


Society of Women Engineers  

Since 1950, SWE has been stimulating women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

  • 20,000+ members globally
  • More than 400 professional and collegiate chapter across the U.S
  • Extensive K-12 Outreach program called Aspire, to inspire the next generation of women engineers
  •  In 2012, SWE disbursed 198 new and renewed scholarships valued at $577,000
Common Events Hosted by SWE
Cookie Exchange
Angel Tree

Mr. Engineer
Volunteer for the YMCA Daddy/Daughter Dance
Blood Drive
National Make a Friend Day Coffee Break

Upcoming SWE Events
3/14 - Pi Day Celebration in Kunkle Lounge
3/16 - Date Auction, benefits Relay for Life in 129 Warning Commons @2pm
3/21-23 - SWE Stayover
3/29 - Engineering Formal, Days Inn
4/13-14 - Relay for Life, Medler Field
4/21 - SWE Banquet, Atherton Hotel

Current Officers:
President - Kylie Sheplock (                    
Vice President - Jill Holloway (
Treasurer - Lexi Greene (                     
Secretary - Sarah Bass (

Twitter: @pennstateSWE

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm Pledging!

Studies show that the average student's GPA drops one whole grade point in the seemster the student pledges a fraternity or sorority.  This means, that if you have a 3.2 in the semester before you pledge, you'll have a 2.2 at the end of the semester you pledged.  TALK to folks who have pledged and ask what their GPA's were before and after the semester they pledged.  Don't just ask one - ask 8 or 10 from a variety of different fraternities and sororities.  If you are in a controlled major or are a scholarship recipient who depends upon grades for money or major - consider this carefully. 

Monday, February 18, 2013


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Since 1974, SHPE has been changing loves by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development

      ·         261 Student Chapters
      ·         81 Professional Chapters
      ·         9400 members
      ·         Over $2 million in scholarships awarded annually

Common Events Hosted by SHPE
      ·         PreF/ASE Picnic
      ·         Estudiando con SHPE
      ·         Participation in THON
      ·         General Body Meetings
      ·         Regional and National Conferences

Upcoming SHPE Events:
2/19 – General Body Meeting, 6pm in 160 Willard. This meeting sponsored by INROADS
2/24 – Study Night, 7pm in 322 Sackett, tutoring and SHPE cariƱo provided!
3/22 – High School Leadership Conference
4/6 – SHPE Deportes, this year SHPE will host its first ever sports competition, all orgs are welcome to join
4/7 – SHPE Election

Current Officers:
President – Edgar Lopez (
Vice President – Aaron Fonseca (
Treasurer – Camila Proffitt (
Secretary – Mercedes Hill (

Thursday, February 14, 2013

To Run or Not To Run?

Another one from Amy's Fine Print:
"Hold no offices in a student organization for the first year.  It can be deceptively time consuming and cut into valuable study time.  Unfortunantly, there is sometimes a tendency for memebers of the organization to omit this information when they see a great potential officer.  However, no matter how much the organization values your hours of volunteer work, they cannot take your exams, determine your grades, reinstate your scholarship or graduate for you.  Talk to past office holders and ask what they were expected to do.  Ask members what they expect you to do as an office holder." 
- Dr. Amy Freeman, Assistant Dean of Engineering Diversity

Monday, February 11, 2013


National Soceity of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Since 1975, NSBE has worked to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
The Torch
The NSBE torch symbolizes our everlasting burning desire to achieve success in this competitive society and to affect a positive change on the quality of life for all people. The lightning bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt by the Society and industry due to the contributions and accomplishments made by dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.
  • 394 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad.
  • More than 31,000 members
  • One of the largest student-governed organizations in the country
  • 99 active NSBE Jr. pre-college chapters
  • 250 student and 68 alumni/technical professional chapters
Common Events Hosted by NSBE
  • PreF/ASE Picnic
  • Study Nights
  • Participation in THON
  • General Body Meetings
  • Regional and National Conferences
  • NSBE Family Reunion
Upcoming NSBE Events:
2/11 - Study Night at 7pm in 322 Sackett - food, tutoring, and NSBE Love provided!
2/12 - Genaral Body Meeting @ 6pm in 373 Willard.  This meeting is sponsored by ArcelorMittal.
2/15 - NSBE Formal at Days Inn, State College - Tickets for sale in 208 Hammond Building $20 Single, $30 Couple
3/27-3/31 - National Convention, Indianapolis, IN - Interest sheets are available through Lindeon if you are interested in going!
Current Officers:
President - Lindeon Davis (
Vice President - Quincy Benbow (
Treasurer - Nydia Bryan-Green (
Secretary - Shari Mitchell (


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Less is more!

This weeks tip comes directly from Amy's Fine Print talk!

"Engineering is a very time consuming major.  Freshmen will be accosted by organizations to join and become actively involved.  We sugget that freshman choose two or three organizations to frequent (or even join) to enhance the college experience.  Attend organizational meetings - and LEAVE. "
 - Dr. Amy Freeman, Assistant Dean of Engineering Diversity

Monday, February 4, 2013


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
What began in 1977 now comprises a robust platform serving constituents from childhood through retirement.
  • 177 Chartered College and University chapters throughout the United States and Canada
  • 13 Professional Chapters
  • 160 Affiliated Schools that enroll more than 55,000 K-12 Native American students
  • Nearly 3,000 current members
  • More than a thousand Sequoyah Fellows (Lifetime members)
  • Scholarship programs which have cumulatively awarded over $8,7M to 4,924 students
Common Events Sponsored by AISES:
  • Resume Workshops
  • Spring Pow-Wow
  • Guest Speakers
  • Information Sessions
  • Professional Development
  • Regional and National Conferences
Upcoming AISES Events:
February 13 - General Body Meeting
February 23 - Pow Wow Volunteers Orientation
April 6-7  - Pow Wow (
April 12-13 - Region 6 Regional Conference at RIT
TBA - Interactive meeting with Raytheon
TBA - Development Workshop
Current Officers:
President - Bradyn Hickey (
Vice President - Nan Butler (
Treasurer - Jennifer Axe (