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.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Toast to eating less like a pig...

Don't lie, we all know you eat spinach artichoke dip with your fingers.
Be there or be square.

Extra Details: Liora Gutierrez, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Revelle College is hosting this etiquette event for us and we'll be learning about industry-mixer style dining etiquette. These skills will be important for future networking events and will also help prepare students for the post DECaF volunteer mixer. Liroa will present for 20-30 minutes before we adjourn to the patio outside the Fung Auditorium for the mixer simulation. The patio is separated into 5 blocks so we'll be separating the participating faculty, staff, and students among them.

Set Up Timeline:
10:00am: Open room, open patio doors, move tables to outside patio, set up table for sign in, explain sign in procedures and nametags etc..
10:15-10:30am: Catering arrives to help set up on the tables, we'll set up drinks.
10:30am: Liora arrives. Organize handouts on sign in table, organize room, Set up a mic
10:50am: Students and faculty and staff start arriving, hand out nametags to faculty staff, make students sign in and take handouts and sit
11:00am: Brief Introduction and we begin!

See you all there!

Apologies and Happy Valentine's Day

Apologies apologies apologies. This is midterms week and we're finalizing tons of plans for E-week, so I apologize that I haven't posted anything for a couple of days. Look forward to a flurry of posts in the next couple of days talking about volunteers, the committee meeting, Professional Workshops, and exciting pictures.

And to leave you off, since humor seems to be the theme of today's post, here are a couple of insights by Ambrose Bierce, excerpts courtesy of his novel, The Devil's Dictionary.

Ability (n.)-The natural equipment to accomplish some small parts of meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis, ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. Perhaps, however, this impressive quality is rightly appraised; it is no easy task to be solemn.

Eloquence (n.)-The art of persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.

Heart (n.)-An automatic, muscular blood pump. Figuratively, this useful organ is said to be the seat of emotions and sentiments--a very pretty fancy which, however, is nothing but a survival of a once universal belief. It is now known that these sentiments and emotions reside in the stomach, being evolved from food by chemical action of the gastric fluid.

Happy Valentine's Day!

ps--In something more related, come to the Dining Etiquette Workshop tomorrow at 11:00am in the Fung Auditorium. Find out more information at

pps--Disclaimer: The statements in this post do not necessary reflect the beliefs of this author.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Wonderful Thing About Mail Merge

So I'm not a big fan of Microsoft Outlook. For some reason I've always found it annoying and I hate how it HAS TO BE THE DEFAULT EMAIL PROGRAM ON WINDOWS EVEN THOUGH YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY UNSELECTED THAT OPTION. Don't get me wrong, I like many aspects of Windows. For example, the DELETE button is something that gives me great sadness every time I use a Mac. But for some reason Outlook sucks. Anyway, I have discovered myself slightly wrong because it seems like Outlook (or rather Outlook+Word+Excel) may have ONE redeeming quality: Mail Merging.

So what is mail merging you ask? Imagine having 200+ professors that you want to personally email to invite to an event of yours, like the Dining Etiquette Workshop. And you obviously don't want to start out "Dear Professor" because then they'd just write you off as another one of those "generic email writers." What can you do? Mail Merge lets you write and format an email invitation in Microsoft Word, personalize that email to a specific professor that you've listed in Microsoft Excel, and it emails your invitation to every email on that Excel Document through Outlook! Ingenious I know. So you're like "So What? I don't really think professors care that much about having a personalized email, what's the point?" Well imagine having a gazillion industry representatives and recruiters and officials whom you want to email to come to DECaF. Yes, let's just put ALL their emails in one "TO:" box and send it out. Yaknowadimean?

Anyway, Mail Merge has been a life saver in sending out Professor Confirmations, Student Reminders, etc and etc. You should all try it out. Mail merge your friends! It'll seem like you're writing a personal and happy email, they'll never know =P

PS--Career Services is hosting a Resume Writing Workshop for Engineers. Very important for ya'll out there looking for an internship or summer research position. Especially important since its catered for engineers. I mean it is Engineers Week that's coming up, right?