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Society of Women Engineers, University of Florida Aspire, Advance, Achieve To whom this may concern, My name is Kathleen Hencke, and I am serving as the 2013-2014 President of the University of Florida Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Our chapter has a powerful history of widespread community outreach, exciting campus involvement and wellrounded members looking to venture into the engineering workforce. Some of the recognition we have received in the past includes: v 2012 Outstanding Collegiate Section, National SWE v 2013 Most Outstanding Large Society, UF Benton Engineering Council v 2013 Best Society Outreach Event, UF Benton Engineering Council I would like to invite you to be a part of this program by sponsoring our society this upcoming year.

This past year, our society spent over $15,000 on programs and events, including outreach to K-12 students in the community, a freshmen/transfer student-mentoring program, professional development events, and social activities throughout the campus. This past year, over a hundred events were held, including many new events. Following are just a few of the major events SWE holds each year. eSWAMP eSWAMP is our annual event to welcome incoming freshmen students. It is a day long event consisting of a variety of workshops to show them the opportunities offered in the college and fun events for them to get to know other freshmen and SWE members. We also have an organization fair where over 20 engineering from all disciplines table to show what their society does and how to get involved. This particular event can be sponsored, allowing the sponsor the opportunity to attend and present to all of these freshmen. This past year, over 130 freshmen girls participated.

Outreach SWE is very active in introducing younger children to engineering. We believe that the best way to spark someone’s interest in engineering is to start at an early age, and we have developed many ways to do so. Our annual event, Introduce a Girl to Engineering day welcomes local K-12 students to tour our campus and see what’s it’s like to be an engineer. We take them around the various engineering labs on campus, as well as give them the opportunity to talk with SWE members.

Big Gator/Little Gator Mentoring Our Big Gator/Little Gator mentoring program pairs underclassmen students with upperclassmen SWE members to allow them to acclimate into college life and excel in engineering. Each mentor is matched with one to three mentees and seeks to get to know each of them and show them the opportunities throughout engineering. Mentors are charged with helping mentees academically, introducing them to the many ways to get involved on campus and through their major and the opportunities the University offers. At the end of the year, a “Best Mentor” and “Best Mentee” are chosen based on involvement and feedback from their respective mentee/mentor. Over 50 SWE members participated in this program last year.

Volunteering SWE strongly believes in the importance of giving back to the community. This past year we participated in many activities throughout the community and campus. This is the first year we were able to participate in Habitat for Humanity, as shown to the left. We have also volunteered with campus events, such as a volunteering for a children’s Haunted House to encourage safe trickor-treating.

Evening with Industry Evening with Industry (EWI) happens each semester and is an opportunity for company representatives to talk on a more personal level with students. EWI takes place after the University of Florida Career Showcase each semester, which is convenient for recruiters who already plan to attend Showcase. In past years, over a dozen recruiting companies and 200 students have been in attendance. Any company is welcome to attend and will receive a cd with the resumes of students who attend, allowing easy access to qualified candidates.

Conferences Each year we participate in SWE National and Region D conferences. This is an opportunity for our members to develop their professional skills, network with company representatives and seek career opportunities. It also allows our society to learn best practices from other societies to improve our chapter. This year we are headed to Baltimore, Maryland for SWE National Conference, and Huntsville, Alabama, for Region D Conference.

General Body Meetings Each semester general body meetings are held bi-weekly for members to learn about events and opportunities in our society and throughout the campus. Most meetings are sponsored, giving members the opportunity to speak with company representatives.

We continually strive to improve our society, and welcome you to be a part of this. Each of our sponsors is highly valued, and we like to thank them by offering the sponsorship benefits listed below. Each level of sponsorship also receives the same benefits as the levels preceding it. Sponsorship Levels










Friends of SWE


Benefits May send up to 2 representatives to Spring Banquet & will receive member resume CD at end of each semester. Logo on SWE banner used for all major events and link to company’s career page on SWE Website Logo will be added to all SWE flyers and to Facebook group Opportunity to speak at a General Body Meeting & advertising for meeting Advertising on website and monthly newsletter

The diversity of events SWE holds allows for a variety of ways for you to consider sponsorship. You can make a general donation to the society or sponsor a specific event/program. You can see the different sponsorship levels above. Below, you can see a table of specific events that have been sponsored in the past. However, if you are interested in sponsoring any event not listed, please feel free to contact us in order to do so.





National Conference Regional Conference Big Gator Little Gator

October March Monthly October, January February

Evening with Industry

Engineering Fair Booth Introduce a Girl to February Engineering Day Girl Scouts Outreach 1/semester Mr. Engineer February General Body Meetings Bi-weekly

Target Group

Approx. Cost

Freshmen/ transfer $3500 students All members \\\\October $500/member All members $300/member All members $250 All engineering $300/ semester students K-12 $300 K-12


Elementary girl scouts All students All members

$200/semester $2000 $250/meeting

Please mail checks payable to “University of Florida” to the following address: Society of Women Engineers University of Florida 274 Weil Hall Gainesville, FL 32611

If you wish to sponsor a specific event, please specify that event on the ‘For’ section of your check. General donations do not need a specification.

If you have any questions and/or are interested in sponsoring our society, please contact our general society email,, or contact our corresponding secretary, Kelsey Gardner, directly at Thank you for your time; we appreciate any and all support of our society!


Kathleen Hencke Kathleen Hencke President, Society of Women Engineers University of Florida, 2013-2014

Uf SWE Sponsorship Packet  

Interested in sponsoring the University of Florida Society of Women Engineers? Check out this sponsorship packet for more information.

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