An update on some cool things Pratt females are up to this summer!
Three Pratt women are participating in a Duke Engage independent program in Perú this summer volunteering for an organization called WindAid. The organization builds wind turbines and gives them to Peruvian households without access to grid electricity. The organization is currently holding a fundraiser to raise funds for a test center in one of the communities that they frequent. The test center will be used to educate community members about how to maintain their turbines if problems should arise, but also other aspects such as teaching new recipes and means of nutrition to community members and educating children on the importance on living sustainably.
Here’s some more info from WindAid if you’re interested, and the link to their website: www.kickstarter.com
They’re working with the Playa Blanca community and a joint team from WindAid and they’ve already put in the posts, walls and a temporary roof to the first three rooms. Phase 1 should be completed in November 2016 to provide a basic facility and the workshop will be fully operational by early 2017.
To raise the funds, WindAid’s first crowdfunding event is aiming for $35,000 by 4 July 2016. At the time of writing 96 backers from across the world had pledged over $7,800, for rewards from classic Peruvian handicrafts to a full month’s installation program. The level of support not only from people with a connection to WindAid, but also those who recognize the value of the workshop has been an inspiration to the project team.
WindAid Institute´s new event has been selected by crowdfunding site Kickstarter as a Project We Love. This is a fantastic endorsement of a vital project giving sustainable, reliable energy to a remote fishing village in northern Peru, Playa Blanca.
– WindAid Institute website – http://www.windaid.org/
– Kickstarter campaign page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/175612109/building-the-playa-blanca-community-wind-workshop
– WindAid Facebook page – https://bg-bg.facebook.com/WindAidInstitute/
– Contact Danielle Holt (email@example.com) for more information!
As the year rounds into a close, we have the great pleasure of introducing our 2013-2014 Executive Board members!
President: Isabelle Brogna
Vice President: Victoria Png
Secretary: Cynthia Bai
Treasurer: Katya Gorbacheva
Recruitment Chair: Claire Alligood
Public Relations Chair: Lucy Dawson
Industry and Alumni Relations Chair: Shanice Mclean
Career and Professional Development Chair: Crystal Chukwurah
Outreach Chair: Ifeoma Anyansi
Social Chair: Michelle Seywald
Webmaster: Maggie Lin
Congrats to our newest Executive Board! Thank you to all the wonderful girls who ran and everyone who showed up in support!
That’s right, Duke SWE is ready for some administrative change-ups. Elections will be held Sunday, April 1, and you can run for three positions! The positions up for election are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Recruitment and Public Relations, Industry and Alumni Relations, Academic and Professional Development, Outreach Chair, Social Chair, and Webmaster. That’s 120 possible combinations of positions you could be applying for!!
If you are interested, please send a platform (why you want the position, your qualifications, etc.) for each position you’re applying for to Rachel firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18. It is suggested that meet with the person currently holding the position you are applying for, and for this information as well as info on what is expected by each member of SWE exec, please head to http://sites.duke.edu/dukeswe/officers/ .
It’s the end of E-Week!
Today’s topic: How has SWE helped you ACHIEVE?
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Overwhelmed by manually adding all of our sweet events into your own Google calendar? Don’t be! Duke SWE’s calendar is also a Google calendar, so you can download all those fabulous opportunities with the click of a few buttons. Thank goodness for technology!
As the semester gets started, plan on buying from and selling your textbooks to SWE members! Chances are, an upperclassman has a book you’ll need or an underclassman will want to buy your book from you. If that’s the case, fill out the googledoc sent out in Weekly Digest 1/19, then get in touch with whoever has the book you want to buy directly. Getting your books from another student is sure to be cheaper than buying them at the bookstore! Please email Robyn (RNS4@DUKE.EDU) if you have any questions, and be sure to check the page often as others update it.