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Engineering Student Council is tops in the nation

Mizzou Engineering’s Student Council was named the best in the nation at their national conference. Council members left to right include: Front row, Carly Eastman, Kaitlin Bruegenhemke, Mary Burford, Emily Boehm and Schuyler Noeth. Second row, Sarah Smith, Rebecca Covell, Abbey Hatke and Michelle Boehm - president. Back row, Joel Coffel, Brandon Smith and Davis McDonald. Not pictured: Ashley Apple

At the National Association of Engineering Student Council’s spring conference in Louisville, Ky., Mizzou Engineering’s student council (MESC) was named the best in the nation.

Council President Michelle Boehm, a senior in civil engineering, said the designation was based on an essay she prepared and submitted that reported on the council’s activities. MESC sponsors events for engineering students, works to promote the college and also performs community service.

“We are constantly looking for innovative ways to make things better and have generated some exciting results by doing so,” said Boehm.
MESC sets up a booth at the engineering freshman barbeque — an event the group hosts with corporate sponsor Norfolk Southern — to let new students know they have the opportunity to get involved. Undergraduate students apply to be on the council and are interviewed by the officers who primarily look at applicants’ past extracurricular involvement and whether they have fresh ideas.

“The younger people are when they get involved, the more they tend to be involved,” said Boehm who has been with MESC eight semesters.
This year the council has 95 members, which might seem unwieldy, but Boehm said it has allowed them to do even more.

“We do high school weekend, we sponsored a semi-formal for the entire college in the fall, and we’re the only student council who helps out with convocation,” Boehm said. “We also do community service projects.”

This past year MESC sponsored a blood drive that attracted a record number of donors, worked at the Columbia Food Bank and held a barbeque for people working on the “Homes for Troops” project.

Boehm said high school weekend is her favorite event.

“There are kids that come to high school weekend and then I see them when they come to school here. They’re often the ones that get involved,” she said.
“Conferences are also a lot of fun. We’ve made friends with the people from K-State. We’ve talked about doing a tailgate with them,” said Boehm. “We’re anticipating hosting a regional conference, maybe in 2012.”

MESC additionally hosts Dippin’ with the Deans, a social event to introduce the student body to the College of Engineering deans who scoop ice cream for all comers; the Dean’s Forum at which students voice their concerns to the administration and Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) review sessions.

Besides Boehm, this year’s officers include Emily Boehm, internal vice president; Abbey Hatke, external vice president; Brandon Smith, vice president for communications; Schuyler Noeth, vice president of finance; Davis McDonald, director of council development; Rebecca Covell, Joel Coffel and Ashley Apple, outreach directors; Mary Burford, director of publications; Sarah Smith, publicity director; and Kaitlin Bruegenhemke and Carly Eastman, freshman leadership co-chairs.



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