The Year in Brief: 2013-2014

frosh 2013What a year. Whether it was at the Frosh BBQ at the beginning of the year, our fundraising lunch sales, our general meetings or during our movie/documentary nights, we always found a way to connect with our members while pursuing the NSBE Mission. Particularly, we decided to raffle off a free trip (including the plane ticket and hotel stay) to the NSBE Annual Convention as a way to raise funds and give back to our membership. This year was also blessed with the support of our sister Chapter at McGill University. Here’s an overview of some events we organized this year that we’re particularly proud of. Continue reading

Elections Q&A in Brief

Going on for nearly two hours, the question period ended with a feeling that NSBE Concordia will be in good hands regardless of the election results. A lot of ideas came from our candidates—some even came from the audience!

Running for VP External, Stella Mucyo explained how she plans on using her contacts and relationships she’s developed tutoring at Tyndale St-Georges community center in Little Burgundy to further NSBE’s involvement in the community. The idea was espoused by Kate Bellini and Adedeji “DJ”Adegbenro, both presidential candidates. But while Kate and DJ focused on community impact and academic excellence, Marc Konan—also running for president—explored the idea of turning NSBE into a real networking “hub” for engineering students.

The ideas were abundant. Marc brought up the lack of effective communication at NSBE; DJ emphasized the need to involve the membership in the planning of events; Stella remarked that not much can be achieved without forging strong links with other associations and community groups; and Kate stressed the role of peer support and the “family” feeling in aiding our members live out the NSBE mission to the fullest. Yet, each candidate borrowed from the next, and voting will surely come down to their respective drive and personal character.

Voting will remain open until Thursday, April 11, 4pm. Only members can vote. Drop by the office during working hours to cast your ballot. Good luck to all our candidates!

Update: see the election results here.

Scholarship from the Black Foundation of Community Networks

The Black Foundation of Community Networks (BFCN) is looking for applicants to their 1st Annual Scholarship. The scholarship is for a Black Canadian student who is currently in their first year of university or college. The award is worth $1000 and the application package is due on November 30, 2012. There is so much money available for Black students to access and thousands of dollars go untouched each year. This is a chance for $1000 to be granted to a deserving student!

The BFCN is a non-profit organization based out of Woodbridge, Ontario, which serves the Black community of York Region. They network and share resources and information within the community in hopes of strengthening the Black family unit.

Details: BFCN 1st Annual Scholarship, $1000, due November 30.

Requirements:

  • Black Canadian student in their 1st year of undergraduate studies
  • Must have a minimum average of 80% (from high school or CEGEP)
  • Need to submit an official transcript (from high school or CEGEP)
  • Must demonstrate financial need, community involvement and leadership qualities
  • Need to submit 2 reference letters (1 academic, 1 community)
  • Need to submit a passport-sized photograph

We highly encourage all our members to apply. The form (here) needs to be printed and filled in by hand. For more information, get in touch with Shanice Yarde, student liaison for BFCN.

BFCN 1st Annual Scholarship Application, @BFCN2011, Facebook page

NSBE Concordia Shines Bright!

This year, NSBE Concordia formed two teams to compete in the Consulting Design Olympiad – NSBE’s international design competition. The event culminated with a 30 minute presentation at the 2012 National Convention in Pittsburgh. Out of the 12 teams, NSBE Concordia placed 2nd and 4th!

The Consulting Design Olympiad is a cooperative design competition in which a North American team is paired with another from Africa. The end goal is to find an engineering solution to a real problem in a third world country. Each idea is reviewed by a board, and the finalists get to present their proposals in front of an audience and a few judges. This year, NSBE Concordia was shining bright – making up half of the finalists presenting in Pittsburgh! Congratulations to both teams for their hard work and dedication.

Volunteering at Tyndale

Volunteers at Tyndale help out in a variety of ways, including tutoring elementary and high school students, animating recreational activities, playing basketball with youth, preparing and serving snacks, helping out in our Tyndale Treasures Community Store, doing graphic design, and assisting with administrative work.
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Rendez-Vous Program

The Rendez-Vous program at the NDG YMCA works to
break social isolation among seniors, foster exchanges
between seniors, empower seniors and educate
seniors. The Rendez-Vous Program is a drop-in center
offering activities such as cooking, art, book club, music
appreciation club, potlucks, cultural outings, fitness classes,
guest speakers and discussion groups. We also offer one-
on-one computer lessons for beginners or for those looking
to improve upon their existing skills. See the details below.
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Job Hunt: The Time Is Now

The time is now to look for jobs & internships for the summer. We’ve listed some events to look out for:

  • February 1 & 3: Résumé Clinic. Drop by between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a quick 15 minute session in the Career and Resource Centre, SGW – H440. Be sure to bring along a printed copy of your résumé.
  • February 13 & 14: ENCS Career Fair.
  • March 6, 13, 20 & 27: Resume Check-up Drop-In Sessions. Drop by between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm for a quick 15 minute session at CAPS, SGW – EN109. Bring along your résumé.
  • March 14 & 15: Montreal Engineering Career Fair, 5th Edition: At the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
  • March 30 & 31: NSBE Career Fair. Read all about it here.

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Thanks, CUAA!

CUAA LogoWe’d like to thank the Concordia University Alumni Association for supporting NSBE Canada and NSBE Concordia, and sponsoring our conference which was held on October 9. The event – themed “The Blueprint for Success” – consisted of presentations and workshops geared towards future Canadian engineers. Thanks to the CUAA, our members had the opportunity to benefit from the insight of engineers in the field and graduates from Concordia and abroad. On the behalf of NSBE Canada and NSBE Concordia, we would like to show that we appreciate their contribution, and that we are grateful for their generosity.

The CUAA is an association of the more than 160,000 alumni of Concordia University and its founding institutions, Sir George Williams University and Loyola College. There are many ways to join. Becoming a member brings several benefits, a few of which are listed on their website.

Many thanks!
NSBE Canada Executive Board, NSBE Concordia Executive Board

2011 Canada Fall Conference

This year’s Canada Fall Conference — themed Blueprint for Success — will be held right here, at Concordia University. The event is taking place on October 29 in the EV building (S.G.W. campus) and will bring together NSBE students from chapters across the country. The conference, open to both members and non-members, will consist of interesting presentations and an information session on what NSBE is all about. Workshops will also be offered on topics ranging from the pros and cons of grad school, to advice and tips on how to transition from a University life to a professional career. To have a look at the agenda, or for any other information, please visit nsbecanada.com.

Event Details:
Place: Concordia University, EV Building
Date & Time: October 29, from 9am to 6pm
Registration: From 8am to 9am 12pm (free admission)
Event website: nsbecanada.com/events/cfc-fall-2011/