Pam Dingman, FY17 Special Senator

The fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Senate is pleased to announce Pamela (Pam) Dingman’s election as a special senator! We welcome Pam to our team and are looking forward to her support with the FY17 areas of focus.

Pam’s election was the first motion in front of the FY17 Senate as S-1701.

To learn more about the role of special senator and Pam; see the Society Senate Blog Post at

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September Monthly Senate Call

The September Senate Monthly Meeting focused on a review of the proposed bylaws amendments that will be in front of the Senate for a vote at #WE16. The majority of these amendments (S1608 to S1617) will be those that failed to reach the required 30 affirmative votes during the FY16 electronic voting process since only 29 votes were submitted. In addition, there will be a few new amendments that will be published by the September 14th deadline.

Two new amendments were briefly introduced to us as they aim to provide clarity in response to discussions on S1608 and S1610 from FY15. Another amendment will be in regards to the makeup of the Region Councils which is previewed by Lisa Rimpf, Director of Regions, at Once the proposals are published, we will know additional details and the discussion will be opened in regards to these new proposals.

Here is our timeline for Senate communication and voting:

  • September 14th: Publication deadline for amendments for WE16 voting
  • October 8th and October 10th: Senate Monthly Call – Agenda to discuss any amendment and/or motion that will be on the agenda for voting at WE16
  • October 29th: Senate Meeting and vote at WE16

Complete details on the published motions and amendments can be found at

Please contact a Senator with your questions or comments, or leave a comment to this post.

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ABJ Leadership Summit

The Joint Regions A, B, and J Leadership Summit – ABJ – is just around the corner. The Senators from each region will have a general update for those in attendance; however, we want to know what Region B members want to hear during our Region Meeting. Please comment below or send us a message on what topics you would like us to cover during our update.

See you in Lake Tahoe😉

If you haven’t registered or booked your hotel room – hurry … get all the details here

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July Senate Meeting – Transition and Training

The July Senate Monthly Meeting focused on the transition of our Senate Leadership Team and Senators between Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) and Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). In addition, there was a level set of the goals for the Senate and expectations for Senators along with a wonderful refresher on SWE’s Core Ideology and Code of Conduct. As we often are bogged down in the details of our specific role or task with SWE, I find it refreshing to start the new year with these reminders!

I am excited to start this next year and I want to welcome Britany Chamberlain and welcome back Fran Stuart to the Senate Team for Region B. All three of us will be posting blogs as the year progresses – so check back often to stay up to date. If there are specific items you would like to see a discussion about, please let us know.

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SWE Senate FY17 Goals

Thank You Deb & Carina!

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July marked the start of the new fiscal year for SWE, Fiscal Year 2017 or FY17. With the start of the new year, I would like to dedicate this blog entry to our Senators that completed their term for the Region – Deb Willems and Carina Hahn. Deb and Carina were excellent Senators. While the Region members often see us attending the Region face-to-face meetings and presenting updates during Region Council Meetings – we do a lot more during the year. These two leaders racked up numerous hours working within the Region B Leadership Team to make sure our Region’s voice was represented while also working between Regions to share best practices and discuss important matters that were in front of the Senate. In addition, both served on Governance Working Groups to help establish the framework for the Governance Task Force for FY17. Our team had a great amount of fun while strengthening our progress to achieve SWE’s mission.

I can attest that Deb and Carina had a special sense of duty to make sure the Region was informed of all updates from the Senate and that membership feedback we received was shared with the Senate and our BOD representatives. Their efforts helped maintain stability last year while our Society faced a significant amount of change.

I thank Deb and Carina for their service to the Senate and our Region. I learned a tremendous amount from both of you and I know our Region benefited from your passion and experience.

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May Region Council Call

Today was the May Region B Council Meeting with the Region Council, including Section Representatives and our Collegiate Leadership Team. Deb did a wonderful job presenting the update from the Region B Senators. Thank you for all that participated in the discussion today. For those that were not on the call, the majority of the update was on the upcoming votes for Bylaws and one motion. Please make sure you get your feedback to Deb, Carina, or I before our next Senate call on June 13th.

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