Engineering Students' Society Spreads
Dedicated Students Put Time and Effort Into the Extras of University Life
BY MARY GRACE DeGUZMAN
University of Calgary
Another year has started for engineering students at the University of
Calgary, but despite the busy schedules and already looming assignment
deadlines, it isn't all drudgery. The Engineering Students' Society has
come to the rescue.
Since the very beginning of the engineering program in Calgary, at SAIT
in 1957, there has been an Engineering Students' Society. This year, several
students have devoted their time and hard work to add that little extra
to engineering student life. These students are proudly showing their
I would like to introduce you to the members of the Engineering Students'
Society 2001/2002: President Christine Johanson; vice-president finance,
Natasha Bond; VP academic, Rajeev Joshi; VP external, Dave Damberger;
VP events, Kim Johnston; VP first and second year, Chris Popoff; public
relations director, Joy Rattie; internal communications director, Keith
Knudsen; finance commissioners, Curtis Sim and Warren Lippitt; external
commissioner, Adrian Day; athletics coordinator, Dallas Kusak; social
coordinator, Chris Wiseman; and secretary, Christina St. Pierre.
Not Just Social
But what do these individuals really do? How do they improve engineering
student life? ESS performs a very essential role in engineering, both
academically and socially.
From organizing supplementary tutorials, hosting speech competitions,
creating study booklets and selling course manuals, the ESS provides students
with a necessary service. Every year, engineering conferences are held
throughout the country, giving students the opportunity to meet and discuss
issues prevalent to engineering or to compete in design competitions.
The ESS helps to facilitate these conferences.
In addition, the ESS also aims to ease the many pressures on students
through various social activities.
The list of events organized, planned and hosted by the ESS throughout
the year are numerous. To this date many events are already in the works
to make the coming year memorable.
Frosh Week - Sept. 17-21
APEGGA Mixer - Oct. 3
Loonie Walk - Oct. 10
Haunted House - Oct. 27 and 28
Pie Throw - Nov. 26 - 30
ENG Week - Jan. 21 - 25
Annual First and Second Year Dinner - March 20
Iron Ring Grad Dinner - March 23
BSD Pancake Breakfast - April 10
Although many of these events are intended as a social experience within
the engineering faculty, it is important to recognize that there is also
a larger community touched by these activities. Through events such as
the Loonie Walk, the ESS raises money for the United Way. Another example
is the Annual Haunted House designed and operated by engineering students
that raises financial support for UNICEF.
Through these events, students are able to give back to community while
The success of the ESS is depends on the support of three very distinct
groups: the students, the faculty and industry. Since these services are
mainly intended for students, student involvement is vital.
Faculty support and participation are also a needed. In the past, professors
have been more that willing to literally take a "pie in the face"
for a worthy cause.
Finally, the success of the ESS is largely reliant on corporate support,
both financially and through involvement. For example, at SMED International
the ESS managed to raise $2,500 in one day in last year's annual Pie Throw,
whose proceeds went to the Calgary Urban Projects Society. It is this
kind of industry involvement that is always welcome and always needed.
Bringing Us Together
The Engineering Students' Society is an invaluable part to the engineering
student experience. And while there is no doubt that the council contributes
to improving student life, its main objective is simply to have fun. If
you have any questions or concerns for the Engineering Students' Society,
call (403) 220-5737.
"Everything that we do as a council is out of an effort to bring
students, faculty and industry together. We hope to build and continue
that very visible and strong spirit of camaraderie that engineers are
known for," says Keith Knudsen, last year's ESS president.