BY RYAN B. LAWRENCE
University of Alberta
For the second year running, student-run National Engineering
and Geoscience Week celebratory activities have made their
way to the University of Alberta. Part of a cross-Canada
event, these activities – held this year from Feb.
27 to March 7 – aim to both raise awareness of the
role that engineering and geosciences play in society and
to celebrate their excellence.
To kick things off, the Engineering Students’ Society, in partnership
with the Faculty of Engineering, held a pancake breakfast on the morning of
March 1 in the ETLC/ECERF atrium. Volunteers showed up at 6 a.m., ready to
mix and flip for what would be a long morning of pancake preparation.
Two Rubbermaid Roughneck containers of pancake mix, more than 600 pancakes
and six hours later, countless students had enjoyed a pancake and orange juice
breakfast, provided free of charge.
Are You Ready?
Pi-Throw coordinator Dale
DeBock and Engineering Dean Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng.,
pose with a pie – just before Dr. Lynch was
pied for the cause.
International Pi Throw
Back for its second annual appearance, the International
Pi Throw was a huge success. This year’s event brought in over $1,900 in support of Habitat
for Humanity Edmonton, surpassing last year’s total by almost $800. Dale
DeBock, ESS Pi-Throw coordinator, was both astounded and enthusiastic at the
amount of support there was for the event. He explained that there were a lot
of people that really got into the spirit of things this year and it really
helped to raise money for the cause.
If this is all new to you, here’s how it works. You purchase a pie for
$10, then send it to anyone that you chose. That person has a few options.
First off, they can take it in the face. Second, they can buy that pie to take
home – if they want to spend for pie-cubed dollars. Third, they can redirect
the pie to any person of their choosing for $10.
And, of course, since this was a charity event, each target has the option
of not participating at all.
Mr. DeBock recalls visiting a local company where one employee started a pie
run by sending the pie along to a co-worker. By the end of the day, that first
pie and a few more had circled the workplace – and had then redirected
their way back to the original sender of the pie.
By this point, many of the employees, including the CEO, knew what was going
on – and everyone stopped work for a few minutes to see this co-worker
get pied for the cause.
On the university side of things, many students and professors took a pie in
the face for charity. One pie worked its way to over $100 by the time someone
took it in the face. Even Engineering Dean Dr. David Lynch, P. Eng, was pied
for charity this year.
Spring Formal Closes Week
The event that capped off the festivities was the first annual Spring Formal,
held March 5 at Lister Hall. The evening, featuring dinner, a live jazz band
and keynote speakers, was attended by students, alumni, faculty members and
It was an intimate evening, providing the students a chance to speak with the
entire spectrum of engineering and gain insight for the future.
Speakers for the evening were U of A Engineering Dean Dr. David Lynch, P. Eng.,
and Art Meyer, P.Eng, vice-president of technology for Enbridge Pipelines.
Following the theme of Visions of Things to Come, the evening gave vision and
excitement for the future of students in engineering.
For more info on the International Pie Throw