|Cal Poly Pomona?s Society of Hispanics in Science and Engineering took top honors from the Society of Hispanic Professor Engineers. The club was named National Chapter of the Year, Regional Chapter of the Year and Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year.|
Out of 205 chapters on college and university campuses in the nation, Cal Poly Pomona's Society of Hispanics in Science and Engineering (SHSE) took top honors from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The club was named National Chapter of the Year, Regional Chapter of the Year and Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year.
The awards were announced during the national convention from Jan. 5-9 in Dallas, Texas. Forty-three of the 140 Cal Poly Pomona SHSE members attended the convention.
“Everyone at our tables was jumping up and down,” describes Julian Astudillo, SHSE's current club president. “We were so excited because it's a great accomplishment. It will definitely help the club out for the next couple of years in terms of giving us inspiration and motivation.”
The national student chapter awards are based on the 2003-04 year-end reports summarizing the chapter's activities. Chapters are recognized for their ability to exemplify SHPE's mission and goals. Last academic year, Cal Poly Pomona's SHSE provided regular outreach events for local high schools, food for the homeless and hosted a regional basketball tournament to encourage networking among Southern California SHPE student chapters.
Aside from picking up awards, the convention provides an opportunity for students to network, learn from professionals in the field and gather information about career development opportunities. In addition, the group's adviser, professor Hany J. Farran, presented a workshop at the conference on earthquake damage.
The SHPE strives to promote educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity for Hispanics.