Saturday, February 16, 2008

A bevy of much needed updates...and Salmon

All right guys, t-minus 2 days and counting. We're halfway through E-Week and all the events have been truly amazing. E-Games was on Tuesday and it was fun, exhilarating and hilarious, we experienced some great team bonding as well as some great designs! Check out the E-Week blog at! Enspire went smoothly and we definitely inspired the 8th graders from Gompers and Pershing Middle Schools to consider engineering as a career! Check out their blog at All we have left now is DECaF and Impulse. All our resources are now going to be pooled toward the career fair. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS??? BECAUSE WE ARE!!!!


1. The Dining Etiquette Workshop last Friday, February 15th went smoothly and we got some great feedback from the students who attended as well as the faculty and staff who participated in the mixer simulation. Thank you to all who attended! We ordered way too much food, which is rather ironic...since when did we ever not run out of free food? So lesson learned.

Sidenote: I love Salmon. And Spinach-Artichoke Dip. Delicious and exciting.

Some highlights: Assistant Dean Liora Gutierrez was an engaging and welcome speaker who drafted students from the audience as examples. We learned how to shake hands as well as basic etiquette techniques and skills. Students really enjoyed the mixer simulation, they got a great chance to speak to professors and staff.

Check out more pictures from the mixer at

2. ViaSat Resume-Critiquing Workshop on Tuesday, February 19th also went smoothly. It was an exciting event where we had 3 representatives from Viasat come to give quick 10 minute critiques and advice to students who were seeking to improve their resume. They were very accommodating on such a short notice and we really appreciated their help. We got some great feedback from the students and we hope to work with Viasat again next year!

Pictures will be available soon.

Sidenote: I totally did some awkward introductions to this workshop. Note to self: work on introductions. Note to future self: Make sure you have an introduction ready.


I may have mentioned this a couple times but we're extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and excited DECaF Committee. Their enthusiasm for the event have made such a big difference in the efficiency of our planning as well as the rate at which we're getting things set and ready for publicity and the big day! Each one of us will be volunteer heads on the day of DECaF, basically we'll be trying to minimize as much as possible the stress on the three DECaF Chairs as well as to keep the career fair running smoothly. Three cheers for our amazing team! You've been great in all the planning! DECaF this year will be an amazing event and it could not have been done without everyone's commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication!

Sidenote: It may be a great idea to invest in walkies like the ones they have in Borders. They're legit and super fun. Definitely a good investment in DECaF day-of stress management. Plus...who doesn't want to wear a walkie?

4. DECaF Volunteer Meeting and Logistics:
Today, February 20th we gave a quick and fast volunteer orientation for the students who will be working DECaF. There was a ton of information but we will be handing them out when the sign in so that students won't forget.

Here are the volunteer opportunities for the day of DECaF:
Parking Attendents
Welcome/Ballroom Committee
Registration Committee
Floor Committee
Prep Room/Green Room Supervisors
Lunch and Drink Distribution
Day-Of Advertising

We are giving them awesome volunteer shirts so look out for them if you have questions or want to learn more about DECaF! Get Excited!

5. Thursday Set-Up
A group of us will be setting up tomorrow in the Price Center Ballrooms and preparing the room for the massive amount of activity on the morrow. And we'll also all be there to stand in awe of the Navy's display, which arrived today complete in a 10ft x 10ft x 20ft crate. Seriously. We'll be stickering, name tagging, putting out signs, mugs, displays, etc. In addition, we'll be doing a dry-run of the event. More updates on the morrow.

All right guys. I'm exhausted. But don't worry! We're all going to be revved and ready for DECaF! GET EXCITED! FINALIZE YOUR RESUMES! GET READY FOR 90 COMPANIES! Cuz whether you're ready or not, DECaF is in less than 2 days!!!!!

PS--if you're bored on Friday, I know a really good event that's going on that you should go to. It's the Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair. Just thought you should know. I'm really excited about it.

PPS--if you're really bored, you can count how many times I said "excited" in this post.

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