Adrian Chan Award
Monday, March 03, 2014
The Adrian Chan Award
Every year, Dr. Adrian Chan recognizes one student in the Faculty of Engineering with an award for oustanding volunteer and community service. If you are interested in applying, or nominating someone you feel deserves this award, please visit the link here. Nominations are due by Monday, March 10th.
February Feel Good Week Response Letter
Friday, February 14, 2014
Dear CSES Members,
I would like to bring to light a serious issue which occurred yesterday (Thurs, Feb 13, 2013). As some of you may or may not know, CSES has been hosting a "February Feel Good Week". The purpose of this week was to raise awareness of mental health issues while – hopefully - alleviating some stress during the midterm crunch. This week's programming included simple “Feel Good” activities available for the members of CSES so they could get a brief break from the midterm chaos, all courtesy of CSES volunteers.
Yesterday's activity was supposed to be a live response feed of anonymously submitted questions relating to student stress or mental health concerns. Students were encouraged to submit their questions throughout the week and all the questions were going to be publicly answered via social media on Thursday. Unfortunately, only 11 submissions were received and of which only 1 was a true question about university stress. However, 4 out of the 11 questions submitted were distinct attacks against the individual students that volunteered their time to coordinate this event. These attacks are quoted below:
What makes you think you're adequate enough to answer questions about mental health if you (especially you) are having problems of your own that you haven't sorted out?
Why don't you get an actual professional to answer these questions?
Why is it that the organizer thinks popping bubble wrap and giving out free candy and stress balls will raise awareness for mental health? The only understandable thing is giving out pamphlets, but even still no one has been focused on the cause all week. Why do you think this planned week helps with mental health in any way?
So much for "live responses." I've asked at least 3 questions now, zero have been answered. Why make false promises?
Firstly, any submitted questions were going to be answered by Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services. CSES had made arrangements for a mental health nurse to provide us with the appropriate answers to any questions submitted.
Secondly, the title of this week was “February Feel Good Week” for a reason. It was not titled “Mental Illness Prevention Week” because academic stress and mental illness are complex issues which go beyond pamphlets or diagnoses. The entire purpose of this week was to make students aware of the support tools available to them, and to provide short moments of relaxation during this stressful time.
And why do I think this week helped with mental health? Because when I saw students enter a room and do hop scotch across 300 square feet of bubble wrap I saw genuine, relaxed smiles. Watching adults’ eyes light up as they rolled in bubble wrap was quite the sight! People took the time out of their busy schedules to just be happy, and that is what we were aiming for. When someone smiles, laughs, or has fun for even just a moment in their day, I believe that can and does make a huge difference towards their mood.
Thirdly, these accusations have called into question CSES’s efforts. I would like to take this time to remind everyone that CSES is staffed by student volunteers. We are not paid for our positions, we are in the same difficult engineering degrees that you’re in, and we have the same life commitments that you have. The difference is that we have taken on this duty of trying to give back to the engineering community. We are working tireless hours and putting all of our efforts into giving you services, events, resources, and opportunities that enhance your time in university. If this is the ‘Thanks’ that we can expect to receive from those that we are trying to help, then our volunteers will no longer feel comfortable donating their time, and everybody loses.
Finally, when we ask for feedback on our efforts, we do not expect to be personally attacked for reasons unrelated to the event. When someone says that “[I am] having problems of [my] own that [I] haven’t sorted out”, that hits a nerve. The purpose of the anonymity was to protect those that had serious mental health concerns, it was not meant to give shield to those that want to cause emotional harm but are too cowardly to own up to their words. That is blatant cyber bullying and it is not acceptable. Cyber bullying has been shown in the media to have very serious mental health consequences, and this is the exact opposite of what we were trying to achieve with “February Feel Good Week”. This will be factored into the success of the week-long event and it will be recorded as a serious reason not to continue these types of efforts in the future.
I do hope that the individuals that gave these submissions are thinking about the ramifications of their actions. I believe the intentions of “February Feel Good Week” were in the right place, and that events like these are efforts that CSES should continue supporting. However, it would be a shame if the volunteers that coordinated this event are now discouraged from continuing similar events in the future due to the inappropriate actions of a few individuals.
If you have any positive or constructive feedback for CSES about February Feel Good Week, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your comments to:
Carleton Student Engineering Society
Team Ontario Solar Decathlon Team Wins 1st Place in Engineering
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition formerly held in Washington, D.C., with a new location in Irvine, California. In the fall of 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy hosted 20 collegiate teams from around the globe, who competed to design, build and operate the most sustainable and energy-efficient solar-powered house. Team Ontario consisted of student from Carleton University, Queen's University, and Algonquin College.
We are proud to announce that this team won first place in Engineering at the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition in Irvine California! In total, the team received four trophy awards and placed fourth in Market Appeal.
First place in Engineering (http://www.youtube.com/watch?
- Second place in Affordability
- Tied for first place in Energy Balance
- Tied for first place in Hot Water
The team set out with a goal to put Carleton Engineering on the international stage and they surely accomplished this by winning the most coveted prize at the competition.
Congratulations to the team and all those involved in this project.
RUAS 4th Year Project
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Check out the new promo video for the Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System (RUAS) 4th Year Mech & Aero Capstone Design Project! This year's team is working with Bell Helicopter Textron to take the design from the concept developed last year, through the detailed design process in order to manufacture and test the final product next year.
The video may be found at the link here.
4th Annual CUGES
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Society would like to invite you to this year's Carleton University Green Energy Symposium (CUGES)! This year's theme is Sustainable Infrastructure: Living Spaces of Tomorrow. So whether you're passionate about green buildings, smart grid technology, aboriginal-led green energy project, or just someone looking to network and eat some free food, this even is for you! This day full of riveting speeches and heated debates is not something you'll want to miss! This year's conference will be held on the River Building's secocnd floor, both in the atrium as well as Room 2200, this Sturday, November 9th from 9am until 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you all there!
For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.
McCoys Research Team is Seeking Volunteers!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Are you interested in helping provide CSES with the information they need to renovate McCoys to the members' benefit? If so, fill out this application for the McCoys Renovation Research Team. You will be recording statistics such as the amount of members present in McCoys for a certain time period, how they are utilizing the space, and how they think the space could be maximized to fulfill all of our members' needs.
If you have further questions, please contact Adam Mikolajczak at email@example.com.