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Engineers Week features dinners, student activities

Feb. 11, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Activities aimed at raising money for Haiti disaster relief and safe-water supplies in Honduras will share the stage with a student tricycle race and a pie-throwing contest as Western Michigan University engineering students, faculty and staff celebrate their profession during the national Feb. 14-20 observation of Engineers Week.

The week's major annual dinner event on Feb. 16 is the most formal of the week's activities. A second dinner to raise money to rehabilitate a rural water system in Honduras will also take place, and a number of student competitions and activities have been added to the mix this year.

Engineers Week events

  • Already under way--"Quarter Wars," a Haitian relief fundraiser that pits engineering departments against one another and offers a "sabotage" opportunity that can increase the amount raised
  • Monday, Feb. 15--A quarter roll competition in the hallways of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17--H2OPE for Honduras fundraising dinner in the Bernhard Center, a departmental team trivia challenge at College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Thursday, Feb. 18--A dodgeball competition, tricycle races and a pie-throwing contest, all taking place at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Additional activities are focused on providing engineering information to current and prospective engineering students.

Engineers Week is a national celebration, and this year marks the 59th year of activities organized by engineering societies to increase public awareness.

For more information about the week's activities, contact Scot Conant, student outreach and recruitment coordinator in the engineering college, at scot.conant@wmich.edu or (269) 276-3272.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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