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Mizzou NSBE’s strength shows at Fall Regional Conference

Mizzou NSBE President Walta Abraham and Vice President Xavier Williams hold up the chapter's second consecutive MO Zone Most Outstanding Chapter Award.

Mizzou NSBE President Walta Abraham and Vice President Xavier Williams hold up the chapter’s second consecutive MO Zone Most Outstanding Chapter Award. Photo courtesy of Mizzou NSBE.

The University of Missouri chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is no stranger to awards, and at the recent Region V Fall Regional Conference in Tulsa, Okla., the chapter’s hard work was rewarded with more hardware at the region’s annual Vanguard Awards.

Mizzou NSBE was named the Most Outstanding Chapter in the MO Zone, beating out chapters across Missouri, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska for the second consecutive year. Danae Nash captured the Regional Esprit de Corps Award, while Sage Williams was named the region’s Most Professional Collegiate Member and winner of its Regional Elevator Pitch Competition. Mizzou NSBE’s Briana Wilson also served as NSBE Fall Regional Conference Chair.

“Being able to win required the ability to see and withhold everything that went into winning last year,” Mizzou NSBE President Walta Abraham said. “But also being able to recognize what could’ve been better implemented and making an effort to accomplish that this year.”

The Esprit de Corps Award that Nash won recognizes a chapter member that has gone above and beyond in their involvement and support of NSBE activities and events while showcasing NSBE spirit. The Most Professional Collegiate Member Award bestowed upon Williams honors a NSBE chapter members who exemplifies professionalism and work to further NSBE’s efforts by implementing professional development workshops and programs.

“It shows that what may seem to be little things we’re doing on a chapter level are actually impacting specific individuals,” Abraham explained. “It’s heartwarming and fulfilling to know that members are benefitting from all of our programs and workshops.”

The MO Zone’s Most Outstanding Chapter honor recognizes a particular zone’s efforts in fulfilling NSBE’s mission “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” Winning it two years in a row takes dedication and hard work — attributes Mizzou NSBE has in abundance. But the key ingredient, Abraham said, might be an additional skill.

“I think what makes us successful is the actual bond we have among each other,” Abraham said. “Everyone’s more inclined to want to go workshops and participate in community outreach events because we have a balance. We’ll hold potlucks and bonding events together, as well, so members benefit professionally and academically yet don’t feel like it’s work, work, work constantly. They also gain the camaraderie and family we all search for in college.”