CSES - Carleton Student Engineering Society

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Apply for CSES directorships now!

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FYIC 2014 a Huge Success

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Carleton Engineering Event Photo Galleries now on Flickr

Iron Ring Ceremony 2014 - Friday, March 14

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ring Sizing

  • In Minto 2014

  • 13:00 - 16:00

  • Bring $25 cash to pay for the ring

Ring Day Ceremony

  • At the Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre (1315 Prince of Wales Drive)

  • 17:30 - 18:30ish (Grads show up no later than 17:00, everyone else before 17:30)

  • Open to those receiving their iron ring and those who have already received their ring

Iron Ring Reception

  • At Residence Commons 2nd Floor Conference Space (CO 270, 272, 274)

  • 18:45 - 21:30

  • All welcome

  • Come on out for snacks and drinks

  • All grads will receive a drink ticket

Iron Ring After-Party

  • At the Honest Lawyer, in the market

  • 21:30 to 2:00

  • 19+ 

  • $4 bar rail and Canadians (if you have a bracelet - we'll have people there giving them out)

  • Grads can open bottles with their ring (As long as its in front of the Bartender and they're not crazy busy)

  • No cover

 

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 hereNominations 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:

 

comments@cses.carleton.ca.

 

Sincerely,

Melanie Blainey

Carleton Student Engineering Society

President 2013-2014

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.

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 academic@cses.carleton.ca.