by Massey Fowler
As has become STEM Leadership Society tradition, the fall semester was kicked off with a picnic at the Thomas Masters Pavilion in Boardman Park. New members had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates, as well as returning members and a handful of faculty too. Great food and fun were had by all: barbeque courtesy of Barry Dyngles, and the fun group effort from all of those who brought games like cornhole, volleyball, and kickball. It was a great turnout this year, with around 50+ students attending. Really this event is all about getting to know each other and getting a slightly better idea of what SLS is. The fall calendar was discussed and plans for a wide-range of events were mentioned, including: seminars about undergraduate research, international studies, and preparing/applying for graduate schools; service projects with the YNDC and Habitat for Humanity; volunteer opportunities with the STEM College and OhWow!; a tour of NAMII; etc.
SLS handed out t-shirt order forms for members, took a survey of meeting times to best accommodate our members, did simple ice breakers, introduced themselves, and did a quick team-building exercise with straws/paperclips/tape to see who can build the tallest, stable tower.
To be a part of this tradition next year, consider applying with the group in the spring. The application and interviewing process can be viewed here. Make sure to check SLS out on Facebook to see all the pictures from the tower contest!