NSBE Week impacts community, promotes education awareness

October 28, 2010

by Sherelle Black

The National Society of Black Engineers held its annual NSBE Week, which raises awareness of the opportunities available through education particularly through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The week, Oct. 18-24, is held in hopes of having a positive impact on the community and also help prospective graduates network for their future in the corporate world.

George Lee IV, chapter chair, said he wanted the week to have events that encompassed the mission of NSBE.

Lee said NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

The week began with an interest meeting for those considering attending the Fall Regional Conference in New Orleans, where participants will attend a career fair and workshops centered on professional development.

The group held a membership drive Tuesday where members distributed information to inquiring students in Bogard Hall and later held a late night study jam.

During the study jam, NSBE provided refreshments, and students came to study, network and receive help with difficult classes.

Jerel Brown, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said he likes the idea of the late-night study jam because it is not often that a group of students can get together and have fun studying.

Members and non-members gathered Wednesday for a large scale general body meeting where officer updates were given and non-members got to see how NSBE’s leadership operates.

“The climax of the meeting was the Boat-Float engineering challenge,” Lee, a junior mechanical engineering major, said. “Attendees were asked to assemble in groups and design a boat that could hold the most weight in relation to the other participants, which made it a blast.”

NSBE continued to enlighten the student body by bringing Johnathan Calton of Chase Bank to discuss ways to save and invest in college.

The rest of the week focused primarily on NSBE’s biggest community service project of the year, A Walk for Education, where they partnered with Grambling’s chapter for the first time.

A packing party at the Church of the Champions in Grambling was held Friday to prepare for the A Walk for Education Saturday, where members stuffed bags, assigned volunteers to group leaders and reviewed the walking route with volunteers to try and positively impact the community.

“My favorite event of the week was A Walk for Education,” Brown said. “It gave us an opportunity to reach out to kids in the community and show them the importance of education.”

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