As some of you know, I was coerced er I mean elected to be the Alumni Chairperson Elect for Region 1 this past March, and being on the Regional Alumni board comes with its duties! This past weekend was the Fall Regional Conference in Parsippany, NJ and I was blessed with many duties!On Thursday, I worked late on the United Nations Association of Young Professionals Gala, then headed back to the hotel to rest up before the morning's events.
On Friday morning at 8am, the day began with an hour and a half of judging oral presentations on technical research. It was a bit exhausting after everything else, but awesome to be there and see all of the great work that our students are doing at school! One student presented on his findings from simulating driving experiences in an effort to make teens more equipped for the road (he won btw). Another student presented on her findings on osteoporosis and bone density. Definitely a productive way to start the day!
Next, we had our general session, where the current chair, Mr Ron Wagogo gave the State of the Alumni address. After this, I conducted a workshop for our pre-college initiative (high school) students on "How to Get Into College" which was great, and I got to meet and bond with so many young people!
After this, I had a short lunch break before heading back to the judging room to judge poster competitions for another couple hours. One civil engineering student presented her findings on bike lanes and the affects of signage used, which I thought was interesting. The gentleman from the Oral presentation also presented his work on the simulated environment here, and won again. Kudos!
That evening, I took off to take care of an errand for my parents, then came back for an always fun evening reception with NSBE alumni at the lounge!!
On Saturday morning, the day started early yet again with general session, and me preparing to recruit for my consulting company. Let me tell you.....its exhausting! Kudos to people who do it full time! I also started getting things together for our graduating seniors reception, which was kind of a big deal for me, since I'll be chair when they all become alumni - had to get my friendly face on! LOL. Each of the graduating seniors received a steel ring for their pinky which symbolizes the oath that they took that day to be ethical engineers. They also got leather bound business card holders.....and I took one too, lol. They were nice! They also got appetizers and drinks, and I got to address them. YAY!
On Saturday evening, we had our closing banquet, followed by an Alumni mixer with more free food! I also decided to work on one of my "Celebrity Look Alike Makeup Looks" that night....stay tuned for pics of that! The mixer was the perfect way for me to decompress a bit after the weekend's events and before heading to Wesleyan to deliver a keynote the next day......yes, I'm living a busy buy happy life! Stay tuned for deets on the Wesleyan event and thanks for stopping by and reading!!