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SAME Post Leaders are encouraged to publicize the recent activities and accomplishments of their Posts by submitting 500- to 1,000-word articles and high-resolution photos for publication in the Post Notes section of the SAME website or on the SAME Bricks and Clicks Blog. To submit a Post item for Post Notes, please complete the online for at

Northern Virginia Post and GMU Student Chapter visit local high school to promote engineering

On  Feb. 24, 2012, members of the SAME Northern Virginia Post and George Mason University (GMU) Student Chapter met with and encouraged budding engineers at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.

The two-day event, called Engineering Day at Thomas Jefferson High school, or E Day at TJ for short, is an annual outreach event of the Post. Since 2008, Bill Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Vice President, SAME Northern Virginia Post, and other SAME Northern Virginia Post leaders have served as E Day at TJ guest speakers. The Post leaders provide students insight into the field of engineering by discussing career opportunities, college scholarships and other related topics. GMU Student Chapter members also attend the event every year.

Engineering Day at Thomas Jefferson High school was attended by 60 students interested in the engineering field.

Kilpatrick acknowledges the strong connection the GMU Student Chapter members foster with the high school students. He said that “the GMU Student Chapter members do an excellent job of filling the gap between the high school students and continuing members like me. They connect with the high school students on a more fundamental level because they have recently shared the same experiences and had the same questions as the high school students.”

This year, E Day at TJ was attended by about 60 students. During the Table Talk session, the Post and Student Chapter leaders took seats at different tables while students went from table to table to talk and ask questions. The opportunity to meet with SAME members, all at different points in their careers and focused on different engineering fields, gave the students an idea of what lies ahead should they pursue their interest in engineering. Laurie Kobick, College Career Center Specialist at TJ, said that the Table Talk session reaps the greatest benefit because it allows the students to sit down and talk with engineering undergraduates and professionals one-on-one. “Our kids, when looking at colleges, are primarily interested in engineering and the table talks were an enhancement and clarification of that."

SAME members and TJ staff member Laurie Kobick teamed up during E Day at TJ. Left to right: Jim Donahue, John Cardenas, Sean Hannigan, Sean Lindenmuth, Laurie Kobick, Kayla Yaglou and Erik Backus. Photo Credit: Bill Kilpatrick

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Oxnard-Ventura Post Judges Science Fair

On Feb. 2, 2012, the SAME Oxnard-Ventura Post served as part of the judging panel at the Hueneme High School's Science Fair Exhibits in Oxnard, Calif. Twenty judges attended the event including members of the local science community, Oxnard College representatives and retired teachers. On display were 47 science fair projects in eight categories.

The Post presented a cash award to 9th grader Guadalupe Melgarejo. Melgarejo's Plant Growth and Air Pollution exhibit topped all other projects and earned the highest score in the competition.

Left to Right: Vivian Goo, F.SAME, Guadalupe Melgarejo, Oscar Hernandez, Principal, Hueneme High School and Kevin Callaway, Science Fair Coordinator and Science Teacher.

Pikes Peak and Denver Metro Posts Encourage Young Engineers

The SAME Pikes Peak and Denver Metro Posts hosted a Young Member and Fellows keynote address and BBQ dinner followed by a U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) basketball game at Clune Arena on the USAFA Campus.  
Lt. Gen Michael J. Basla, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., spoke to attendees about the importance of young engineers in the future development of our military and our nation.  He encouraged young members to continue on in their paths of pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage their younger peers, friends and siblings to pursue similar paths. Gen. Basla also encouraged the SAME general members and Fellows to reach out and mentor the younger generation in pursuit of STEM in order to assist our overall nation in a continued ability to compete within the global economy.  Col. Sherry M. Bunch, Chief, Expeditionary Combat Support and Emergency Response Division, Directorate of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., introduced Gen. Basla. 

The event was attended by more than 30 people, including 20 Young Members (uniformed and civilian).

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