Letter: Charitable efforts

Since the School of Engineering opened back in 2005, engineering students on our campus have focused on many good causes, some through applying their engineering skills, others simply through supporting our community.

To the editor:

Since the School of Engineering opened back in 2005, engineering students on our campus have focused on many good causes, some through applying their engineering skills, others simply through supporting our community.

This past November, the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS, which is comprised of 600 students at the Okanagan campus of UBC) fundraised $4,346 towards the Canadian Movember Campaign, which helps fund prostate cancer research. This was the second highest donation amongst engineering societies across Canada, and by far the highest amongst these schools per capita.

In January, a delegation of 17 students was sent to the Western Engineering Competition from our campus for the first time. We received third place in Senior Design, the most prestigious of the competitions, and an honorary mention in Consulting Engineering. We participated in this competition against delegations from about 10 other universities that have all been participating for multiple years.

In February, the EUS donated over 2,700 cans to the Kelowna Community Food Bank when participating in Kelowna Canstruction 2011. The team constructed the EUS mascot who was holding up a heart (both parts made entirely out of cans). This received an award for structural integrity at the competition.

In previous years, we have hosted an event called Hair for Care where all proceeds are donated to the BC Cancer Society. Back in 2008, we raised over $9,000, and continued to raise money with this event the following two years.

Every year, we host an event on campus where engineers go around singing nerdy Christmas carols and raising money. Each year we raise around $400 from this event, and donate it to a charity of choice for the year (United Way, SHARE, and the Kelowna Community Food Bank have each been recipients in the past).

This week, the EUS has been hosting many events for engineering students on campus. On Friday, March 11, there will be a pancake breakfast with all proceeds going towards the UBC Okanagan interest group for Engineers Without Borders, called Engineers for a Better World. The EUS’ Common Year Club is then hosting a Car Smash to Smash Poverty on campus to raise more funds for this group.

In about a weeks time, we will be hosting our annual Pi Day, which raises money towards the Kelowna Community Food Bank each year. In the previous three years we have hosted this event, we usually bring in about $450).

With all of the charitable events and competitions we participate in through out the year, engineering students never receive nearly as much media attention as we have this past week.

The tireless efforts of students within the EUS to better the campus, the Kelowna community, and society as a whole have largely gone unrecognized over the past few years.

Jacqueline Nichols,

external coordinator,

Engineering Undergraduate Society,

UBC Okanagan

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