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25/07/13

Nirmal Entry of Nilookie Homer's  (Chair Woman UoA SB )  Email Report

  • We participated in the Careers Development Seminar with IEEE Gold
  • Sean Foremen (IT Officer) and Eric Lee (Exec Member) organised the Job Skills Seminar that we usually conduct in Inter-Semester. This event was held on the 12th July. Ongelle Williams, the Recruitment Manager from Fonterra conducted a session on Interview Skills and a consultant from Careers
  • Development at the University of Auckland conducted a session of CV preparation. It was a busy week for people so we got a small turn out of 10 people, but overall it was very successful.
  • Don Roquero (Publicity Officer) was in charge of the Practice Interviews this year, held on the 19th July. We had 21 representatives from 14 companies come in for interviews. Approximately 40 students attended the event (all the interview slots were fully booked). The net-working event after the practice interviews were very successful, all the employers were very happy and wanted to participate in this event next year. 
  • The Sky tower field trip is underway. Promo emails have already been sent out to members. There are still a few spots available for students. We are conducting 2 sessions this year because of the overwhelming amount of interest in previous years. Matthew Pearce (Treasurer) is in charge of this event and it is to be held in the first week of August.
  • Currently Matthew is handling the reimbursements for these events. Everything should be processed by Next Week.
  • Yuan Mai (Sponsorship's Officer) has finalised sponsorship from ABB for this year. They will be our exa sponsor for 2013.
  • Sean Foreman (IT officer) is currently updating our website. This should be finished in the next few weeks.
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23/05/ 13

2013 New Office Bearers
Nilookie Homer is the new UoA SB Chair-woman (the first Woman to hold this position in our SB. An achievement).  The Vice-Chair Woman is Alisha D'Souza (another first for AU SB). Matthew Pearce is our new Treasurer

Last week the previous SB Chair Hengjie Wang and Treasurer Shaun have removed themselves from the AU SB Bank Account. Both Nilookie and Matthew have been incorporated as new signatories. Nirmal is still one of the signatory continuing this year.

The membership drive was great (though late) and just today Nilookie, ALisha and Matthew went to Kiwi bank for wire-transferring the new and renewed membership dollars to IEEE

AU SB carried out Strategy session with GOLD.

AU SB carried out a joint event with GOLD

Preparation for Practice INterview has begun. Nirmal has booked the room booking in business school

More update will be provided by Nilookie who has been invited to be introduced to the section officers today.

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25/11/ 2011

UoA Student Branch Chairman's report_Hengji Wang

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21/07/ 2011

NZN Website proposal

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19/05/ 2011

Hengjie Wang's report

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31/03/ 2011

Hengjie Wang's report

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2/12/ 10

In my second and last report to the Section AGM as Student Branch Chair, I wish to take the opportunity to thank Section Committee members for the opportunity to volunteer in this capacity, and for all of the guidance I have received from them.  It has certainly been an intriguing and rewarding journey.  I am privileged to have worked with an outstanding team of Student Branch volunteers, and I owe much gratitude to them for their support and enthusiasm in a constantly exciting two years.
Highlights of 2010
The University of Auckland Student Branch had an extremely busy year in 2010.  As well as all of our usual events, we introduced a public debate, this year held on the topic of software patents.  Combined with the joint leadership workshops, this brought our event count for 2011 to twelve, not including ANZSCON:
¿Membership Drive
¿Job Skills Seminar
¿Practice Interviews
¿Leadership Workshop 1 (joint)
¿Field Trip to Stebbing Recording Centre
¿Indoor Soccer Tournament
¿Field Trip to the Sky Tower
¿Tour for Part I students of the Part IV Projects Exhibition
¿ECE Quiz Night
¿Software Patents Debate
¿IEEEXtreme
¿Leadership Workshop 2 (joint)
In addition to our events, we have also:
¿Opened a bank account.
¿Received $600 in event sponsorships
¿Launched a wiki operations manual
¿Overhauled our website management system to one powered by WordPress
¿Continued to improve several of our administrative practices
IEEEXtreme
Fourteen teams from the University of Auckland entered IEEEXtreme.  The Faculty was again very supportive, and but for issues with the air conditioning, it ran very smoothly.  Our teams performed very well, with two finishing in the top 25.  We again had a team, Tlura Quefrency, place second in the world, solving all seventeen problems.  (The winning team was from Belarusian State University.)  Team Unfathomable Fathoms (¿Placeholder1¿) solved all but one problem, placing 15th.  All participants enjoyed themselves thoroughly and we are grateful to those proctors who helped for their time and support.
Officers and Portfolios 2011
Officer roles and portfolios for 2011 have been allocated.
IEEE ANZSCON 2010
ANZSCON 2010 was a superb event.  The University of Auckland was represented by eight attendees, including six members of our Executive Committee.  The Auckland contingent made a good name for ourselves and made many contacts with Canterbury and Australian counterparts.
ANZSCON is likely to be run at around the same time in 2011.  Hosting rights for ANZSCON 2011 will be done on a bidding basis, in a similar fashion to the R10SC.  The exact nature of this process is yet to be determined.
GINI
There was a solid amount of enthusiasm for GINI at ANZSCON.  Canterbury was especially interested, and representatives from Queensland, North Australia and Victorian Sections were at the GINI forum that I held at ANZSCON.  The GINI Co-ordinator for Australia and New Zealand for 2011 will be Amit Pandey, a UoA SB member.  The forum decided to use a structure whereby Australia and New Zealand are divided into local areas, which broadly speaking are each state/territory of Australia, and New Zealand as one area.  Auckland and Canterbury volunteers floated the possibility of a New Zealand-wide event.  The future prospects for GINI in Australia and New Zealand look promising, which will bring the benefits of networking to local members.
Region 10 Student Congress Bid
The Student Branch entered a bid to host the Region 10 Student Congress in Auckland in 2011.  We are grateful to Section officers, particularly Peter Over and Nirmal Nair who both dispensed much invaluable advice on short notice for our bid preparation.  We are proud of the bid we submitted, very excited about the opportunity and confident that we can run a high-quality Congress that showcases Auckland and New Zealand to the Region, though it is obviously difficult to assess probabilities of victory in the bid.
In Region 10, three other Student Branches bid for the hosting rights, all of which were from India.  It follows that, if we do not win the bid, next year¿s Region 10 Student Congress will be in India in July.  The continued improvement of benefits to local members relies on our links with overseas Student Branches.  It should be noted that the Student Congress is also a GOLD/WIE Congress.  I recommend that the Section consider early how it wishes to be represented, including the finances involved therein (in the event that Auckland does not win the bid). |

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Past Reports

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14/10/ 10

Recent events
The "busy semester ahead" I noted at the last meeting has indeed been busy.  We have run the following events this semester:

  • Thu 12 Aug: Field Trip to Stebbing Recording Centre, organised by Richard Stebbing
  • Fri 27 Aug: IEEE/ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament (a.k.a. the Endace Cup), sponsored by Endace, organised by Josheel Pran Lal
  • Mon 30 Aug: Field Trip to the Sky Tower, organised by Matthew McCallum
  • Fri 17 Sep: Tour for Part I students of the Part IV Projects Exhibition, organised by Shaun Blyde
  • Tue 28 Sep: ECE Quiz Night, sponsored by Aviat Networks, organised by Abhilash Kamineni.
  • We were extremely lucky to have Endace and Aviat sponsor us $300 each for those respective events.  We were also lucky to have the Stebbing Recording Centre conduct a field trip for us for the first time this year.
    Upcoming events
    We have three events left:
  • Fri 15 Oct: IEEE Software Patents Debate, in association with the University of Auckland Debating Society, organised by Hengjie Wang
  • Sat 23 Oct to Sun 24 Oct: IEEEXtreme (need proctors!)
  • Tue 26 Oct: Leadership Workshop (chiefly organised by AUT SB, also with GOLD)
    We would appreciate the assistance of anyone who is available to proctor on IEEEXtreme weekend.  While we have enough to cover the entire period, it reduces the workload if we have more people. 
    ANZSCON funding
    We are appreciative of the support that the Section has extended to student members.  I personally wish to note that there should be no discrimination between AUT and UoA members who apply.  There have been ten applicants for NZ$1000.  It is highly likely that not all applicants will receive funding from this pool.
    Succession for 2011
    Hengjie Wang has been nominated as Chair-elect pursuant to article 5 of our Officers Bylaw, and this has been announced to the Student Branch Executive Committee.  The Nominating Committee believes that he is an outstanding candidate and will make an excellent leader for the Branch as it continues to find new ways of fulfilling its purposes.  Other Officers and portfolios will be decided at our last meeting of the year, which will be on Tuesday 19 October.

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12/08/ 10

Financial Reform
       We have opened a bank account with ASB, Auckland City Branch.  The account name is ¿University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch¿.
Job Skill Seminar and Practice Interviews
       These events were both ran very smoothly with excellent feedback from participants and interviewers.  This year we had 58 participants and 16 interviewers attend.
Student Branch Activities
    We have a busy semester ahead.  Our tentative calendar is currently as follows:
           ¿Thu 12 Aug: Field Trip to the Stebbing Recording Centre (CD/DVD Manufacturing)
           ¿Thu 19 Aug: Indoor Soccer Tournament
            ¿Fri 17 Sep: Part IV Projects Exhibition
            ¿Mon 20 Sep: Public Debate on Software Patents
            ¿Mon 27 Sep: (Organised by AUT SB) Leadership Workshop with Loreen Ozolins
             ¿Wed 29 Sep: ECE Quiz Night
             ¿Sat 23 Oct: IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition
       A field trip to the Sky Tower and possibly another one to a power substation are also planne
Australia and New Zealand Student Congress (ANZSCON)
     We have begun meeting more frequently and the main advertising drive is underway.  I have a request for Section Committee members: we are looking for speakers to attend ANZSCON.  The scope includes the following:
             ¿A current trend in engineering or computing.  For example, a rising, active or potential field of research or work that a speaker may be involved in; current markets and speculations; IEEE standards.
             ¿A topical issue in engineering or computing.  For example, upcoming or current ethical issues; regulatory and legislative issues; sustainability; energy use; intellectual property.
             ¿Professional or technical skills.  For example, leadership and other "soft skills".
             ¿IEEE member benefits or initiatives that a speaker may be involved in.
As a further possibility, several other Sections, including New Zealand South and New South Wales, are actively supporting attending student members from their Sections by way of financial subsidy.  New Zealand North may wish to consider the possibility of doing the same.  I expect that caution as to the total amount of financial support available would be necessary.  One possible way of doing this is for the Section to give preference to volunteers on the UoA and AUT SB committees, though this is by no means the only way.
The registration fee for IEEE members is A$100; non-members A$150.
Website
       Our webmaster Shaun Blyde has officially launched our new website structure.  It is now post-based and anyone with an account can post directly to the website (rather than always having to go through the webmaster).

 

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27/05/ 10

Financial Reform Proposal
Chuan-Zheng would like to present a proposal for reforming the way how student branch handle their finances. Financial Reforms Synopsis and Financial Bylaw Governance Document

Student Branch ActivitiesWe are currently organising our annual Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interviews.

MembershipsThe 81 new and renewing applications from the membership drive still have not been processed by IEEE.
My bank finished its investigations on 29 April, finding that the telegraphic transfer had indeed been successfully deposited in the IEEE¿s bank account on 19 March, as expected.  I informed IEEE Student Services, and then called IEEE Student Services on 7 May (US Eastern Time).  I was informed by Laura Durrett that the telegraphic transfer had, in fact, been received on 19 March, but the IEEE Accounting Department had incorrectly credited the USD 1256.50 to my personal account, rather than the Student Branch account.  The memberships, then, are now supposedly with IEEE Member Processing.  At time of writing (26 May) I have yet to hear further from Piscataway.
 
Region 10 Student Activities CommitteeThe next Student Activities Committee meeting will probably be in mid-June.

Australia and New Zealand Student Congress (ANZSCON) 2010
Plans for ANZSCON are progressing well, being led by a dedicated Melbourne-based committee with support from an inter-Branch committee.  We are seeking industry sponsors for ANZSCON, and to this end I have completed a sponsorship prospectus for companies (attached) .  Matthew McCallum is the contact for sponsorships from New Zealand.

Region 10 Website CompetitionThe Section Committee will be aware that Webmaster Shaun Blyde is in the midst of overhauling our Branch website, and that completing a submission for this competition¿s deadline was not our priority.  Nonetheless, Shaun did put forward an entry which was placed 11th out of 32 entries from Region 10.

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22/04/ 10

Memberships
As of 19 April 2010, we have 149 active members, not including the 81 who signed up at our memberships drive. This would take our count to 230, which represents an outstanding effort on the part of Akshat and the entire Executive Committee.
There have been problems with the telegraphic transfer to Piscataway, which are holding up the processing of these memberships. My bank has been investigating the situation and has yet to hear from Wachovia Bank (the bank that IEEE is with) about the status of the transfer.
 
Executive Committee Appointments
We received six applications for second-year positions and two applications for the third-year casual vacancy. The quality of this year¿s applicants was exceptionally high and the decision was very difficult. Congratulations to Rohit Moza, who fills the third-year casual vacancy, and to Abhilash Kanimeni, Lincoln Vaz and Hengjie Wang who are appointed to the second-year positions.  Also, a fourth-year student, Rachit Bhatia, has been appointed.
 
It should be noted that computer science students have not been e-mailed about this position yet and that we are holding a position open for a second-year computer science student.
 
Region 10 Student Activities Committee
The focus of the Region 10 Student Activities Committee presently is to contact dormant Student Branches and attempt to reactivate them.  I am responsible for Student Branches in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Australia-New Zealand Student Congress
I am involved in plans for the first IEEE Australia-New Zealand Student Congress, which will be held on 25--26 November in Melbourne.  Preparations for this Congress are progressing well under the leadership of Julia Gibney of RMIT University, who is the organising chair.  Several members of our Executive Committee volunteer on an inter-Branch committee whose aim is to ensure that the Congress remains relevant to all Branches in Australia and New Zealand.  I am responsible for assembling a sponsorship prospectus to send to potential sponsors.  This initiative was a product of talks at the Region 10 Student Congress in Singapore last year, and may pave the way for stronger inter-Branch and trans-Tasman links.

Exemplary Student Branch Award Nomination
We submitted a (self-)nomination for the Region Exemplary Student Branch Award.  The Region 10 SAC has confirmed receipt of our submission, so it should be considered (unlike last year).

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25/03/ 10

  • Memberships
    Memberships Officer Akshat Sondhi co-ordinated an outstanding membership drive this year.  We had 73 new members, including 10 who signed up for the IEEE Computer Society Special Student Package (and are thus also members of the Computer Society), and 8 renewing members.  This takes our current membership count above 200. Several major changes were made this year to the memberships drive, which we believe contributed to its success:
    ·        It was moved forward by two weeks, from week 4 of the semester to week 2
    ·        It was extended over three days, with the BBQ on the second day
    ·        Receipts book was used, which is already saving a lot of headaches with record-keeping
  • Australia-New Zealand Student Congress
    I am involved in plans for the first IEEE Australia-New Zealand Student Congress.  Planning is in early stages and the intention is to hold the event in Melbourne in late November.  This initiative was a product of talks at the Region 10 Student Congress in Singapore last year, and may pave the way for stronger inter-Branch and trans-Tasman links.
  • Exemplary Student Branch Award Nomination
    We submitted a (self-)nomination for the Region Exemplary Student Branch Award.  The Region 10 SAC has confirmed receipt of our submission, so it should be considered (unlike last year).
  • Student Branch Events
    We ran all our usual events, including the indoor soccer tournament, Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interview, two field trips, tour of the Part IV Projects Exhibition and quiz night. *
    Organised by Andrew Austin (Vice-Chair), this was a great success with 19 teams and just over 100 people taking part. We are fortunate to have Dr Mark Andrews as quizmaster for the event, and we also a grateful to Dr Michael Neve for his support during the evening.
  • Executive Committee Appointments
    At time of writing (Monday 23 March), interviews are in progress for four positions for Part II students, and one casual vacancy for a Part III student.  Also, a Part IV student, Rachit Bhatia, has been appointed to the Executive Committee.

2010 Annual Plan
2010 Annual Budget
2010-11 Strategic Plan

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27/11/ 09

  • Memberships
    As of 24 November 2009, we have 243 active members. A late growth of 28 members was due to new members signing up for the IEEEXtreme Competition. Persistence in encouraging members to check their Education Profiles for accuracy (just before the Practice Interviews) also helped to make the number a truer representation of actual numbers, and highlighted issues surrounding memberships.
  • IEEEXtreme 3.0 24-hour Programming Competition
    Fifteen teams from our university participated, of which six finished in the top 100 of around 700 teams. Two of those teams were in the top 30. In particular, Citrus Celebration, comprising Ronald Chan, Itamar Amith and Glen Robertson, came second in the world. An article highlighting the achievement was posted on the Faculty website.
  • International Relations
    As a GINI volunteer, I attended the Region 10 Student Congress in Singapore. At the Congress, delegates from Australia and New Zealand agreed to look into opportunities for developing links between Student Branches in the two countries. I have also recently accepted a position on the Region SAC Co-ordination Committee, as a student member from the South-East Asia/Australia/New Zealand area.
  • Student Branch Events
    We ran all our usual events, including the indoor soccer tournament, Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interview, two field trips, tour of the Part IV Projects Exhibition and quiz night. *
    Organised by Andrew Austin (Vice-Chair), this was a great success with 19 teams and just over 100 people taking part. We are fortunate to have Dr Mark Andrews as quizmaster for the event, and we also a grateful to Dr Michael Neve for his support during the evening.
  • Other Achievements
    In 2009, we adopted a new Constitution that came into effect on 15 September, and we adopted a new Bylaws framework. We have also launched a new website, for which credit must go to Shaun Blyde, our Webmaster-elect.
    Our nomination for the Exemplary Student Branch Award in February was apparently never received; a lesson learnt that we need to request receipts for such submissions.
  • Student Branch 2010
    Officers and portfolio-holders have been elected, and planning in some areas has already begun for 2010.

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08/10/ 09

  • Memberships
    As of 5 October 2009, we have 230 active members. We have had recent growth as 18 participants in IEEEXtreme (below) have joined the IEEE as new members to partake in the competition.
  • GINI in Australia and New Zealand
    The delegates who met in Singapore are liaising to assess the opportunities that are available for developing links between Student Branches in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Tour for Part I Students of the Part IV Projects Exhibition
    This was organised by Shaun Blyde, and ran well with many first-years attending the exhibition and coming to the free pizza afterwards.
  • *Field Trip to the Sky Tower*This was organised by Akshat Sondhi, and was very interesting and enjoyable for the 13 members who went.
  • ECE Quiz Night
    Organised by Andrew Austin (Vice-Chair), this was a great success with 19 teams and just over 100 people taking part. We are fortunate to have Dr Mark Andrews as quizmaster for the event, and we also a grateful to Dr Michael Neve for his support during the evening.
  • IEEEXtreme Programming Competition
    We currently have 13 teams of three students who will be competing in this international event. We thank all those who have volunteered to assist with proctoring the competition. It is shaping up to be a great weekend, with a large contingent from our university.
  • Constitution and Bylaws
    The Branch adopted the proposed constitution on 22 August 2009, and it was approved by the Executive Committee on 15 September 2009. The Executive Committee also adopted several new Bylaws, which will help provide a solid, transparent framework for aspects of Branch operations.
  • 2010 Officer and Portfolio Arrangements
    Officers and portfolio-holders have been elected from within the Executive Committee for next year. They take office on 1 January 2010. Appointing them around this time in the previous year allows incumbents to discuss issues with their successors before leaving the Committee, and also brings
    us in line with most student organisations on this campus.

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06/08/ 09

  • Memberships: As of 11 July 2009, we have 194 active members according to SAMIEEE.  This includes 115 Student Members, 53 Graduate Student Members, 1 Associate Member and 25 (Full) Members.  The Associate Member and Members were previously Student Members, and were promoted when they reportedly graduated on 30 June 2009.  The Practice Interviews were good for attracting members, with 23 members joining or renewing with us in the months of June and July. We have had some issues with members who are known to be members of our Branch not showing up on the list provided by SAMIEEE.  This is typically due to an incorrect Education Profile, and was an issue with confirming membership statuses for the Interviews.  We are considering a range of measures to help reduce this problem in the future.
  • Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interviews:These events were held on 2 July and 9 July respectively and both ran successfully.  The Branch Executive Committee worked very hard to organise these major events and we have learnt a lot from the experience.  The Seminar attracted about 80 attendees and the Interviews had a final count of 67 participants (not including those who were excluded as ineligible). Feedback from students has been positive.
  • Field Trip to Compac Sorting Equipment: This was on 30 July, and involved 14 members and 15 non-members.  It ran very smoothly with no hiccups on the day, and special mention must be made to Executive Committee member Karthik Mukkavilli, who single-handedly
    organised the entire trip.New and renewing memberships appeared to be finalised by IEEE last week. There are concerns about the length of time this takes---members received confirmation about a month after the payment and details were delivered to IEEE Member Processing. However, the Committee is also looking at ways to reduce the time we take to submit details to IEEE.
  • Region 10 Student Congress: As Committee members will be aware, I attended the Congress in Singapore from 15 to 19 July.  The Congress was extremely productive in meeting representatives from other Branches.  In particular, as well as Rohan McGrath from the University of Canterbury, there were seven delegates from Australia at the Congress.  We informally discussed the idea of setting up a GINI project across Australia and New Zealand, though it should be noted that the idea is still in its infancy as Australian and New Zealand volunteers are currently only exploring possibilities (or a lack thereof). I also had the opportunity to meet several of the Regional Student Representatives and the dignitaries present at the Congress. 
    In my role as a GINI volunteer I attended the GINI breakout session.  I reported the success with last year's leadership workshop and in starting the AUT Student Branch here, and that we have discussed possibilities but decided against joint events for this year.  GINI is set to expand into other parts of Region 10 this year, and there was an acknowledgement that the model that worked extremely well for Sections in India and Pakistan may need to be refined for other areas.  There was no session relating to WIE at this Congress.
  • Events for Semester 2: Events planned for the second semester including a Gaming Tournament, Field Trip to the Sky Tower, our annual Quiz Night, the tour for Part I students
    of the Part IV Projects Exhibition, and the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition.

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28 May 2009

  • Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interviews
    • Preparations are well underway for our main event of the year. We have confirmed US$500 of SPAVe funding for the venture, and have confirmed rooms in Engineering. We sought to hold the event in the Owen G Glenn Building this year, but the Business School has not responded to our requests.
  • New and renewing memberships appeared to be finalised by IEEE last week. There are concerns about the length of time this takes---members received confirmation about a month after the payment and details were delivered to IEEE Member Processing. However, the Committee is also looking at ways to reduce the time we take to submit details to IEEE.
  • The Branch has recently been profiled in *IEEE Potentials. The Branch has also submitted an article to the June Region 10 Newsletter about the recent indoor soccer tournament, and to the 125th Anniversary Supplement giving an overview and histry of the Branch.

2009 Annual Plan and Budget Request

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23 Apr 2009

Membership Drive
We ran our membership drive BBQ on Thursday 26 March, and sent the group payment to IEEE last week. This year, we used laptops with digital forms, and also produced a promotional brochure about our Branch. In total, including about seven after the BBQ, we had 43 new and 12 renewing
members. (Breakdown by specialisation: 33 EEE, 4 MechT, 9 CSE, 1 SE, 3 CSci, 4 InfoSys, 1 Economics.) The Branch Executive Committee believes that the decrease in numbers from last year is due to the price hike (owing to the exchange rate fall since last year): last year, the dues were $16 for new and $32 for renewing members; this year they were $30 and $55 respectively---a 240% rise for someone who joined for the first time last year.
We also set our prices with a slightly larger buffer this year, and should have a surplus from this year's memberships. I owe thanks to the
Memberships Project Committee, which was led by Memberships Officer Akshat Sondhi, for the work they have done in streamlining our sign-ups and
renewals process.
¿ IEEE/ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament
The annual IEEE/ECE Indoor Soccer Tournament was on Friday 3 April. It was organised by Committee member Kyle Lazaro and was a great success. The Mechatronics team won the new trophy, which has yet to be named and engraved, but was donated by Endace, who sponsored the tournament this year.
¿ Executive Committee Appointments
Andrew and I appointed four second-year students (Shaun Blyde, Mira Kim, Shorojeet Dasgupta and Victor Jones) to the Committee in late March, as is
our standard practice to ensure smooth succession. Victor is a computer science student, and his appointment represents the beginning of a renewed
effort to cater for computer science students in our Branch.
¿ Job Skills Seminar and Practice Interviews
We are now beginning preparations for our major event of the year, which will be held on Thursday 2 and Thursday 9 April respectively.
I can also send this report as a PDF document if that's preferable.

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26/3/2009

Strategic Plan 2009

5/3/2009

Committee Meeting

27/11/2008

  • Exemplary Student Branch Award — It has just been announced that IEEE Region 10 has awarded the UoA Student Branch an Exemplary Student Branch Award for 2008. This is a big achievement for us as it the first such kind of award we have ever received. These awards are given to branches whose operation is deemed to be exemplary. Only three branches in Region 10 (out of over 500) received this award so it is certainly an achievement to be proud of.
  • New Branch Chair — We have now officially recommended Chuan-Zheng Lee, a second year EEE student for the role of student branch chair 2009/2010. He has expressed his willingness to fulfil the role and we are confident that he will do an excellent job and continue the branch's growth.
  • Sky Tower Trip — On October 9th, the branch held its annual trip to the Skytower. This exciting opportunity has been a huge success in past years, and has received excellent feedback from all of those who have attended. The field trip entails a tour around parts of the Skytower that are off limits to the general public. Participants had the opportunity to stand completely outdoors on one of the tower's highest decks and view the world's largest FM combining system (16 stations on one antenna).
  • End of Year Dinner — On October 11th, our branch concluded its year with our end of year dinner. This event took place at Hobson Street La Porchetta and was extremely well attended by the committee. It was an affair with mixed feelings, as we thanked everyone for their hard and excellent work throughout the year, as well as said goodbye to many of our committee members who are leaving university.
  • Thanks from the Chair and the Vice-Chair — It has been two years since we, George Gordon and Claudio Camasca, took the respective roles of chair and vice-chair of the IEEE UoA Student Branch and we can assertively say that it has been one of the most enriching experiences in our lives. Though it wasn't always easy to organize a successful event we had the help of this committee, in particular Dr. Nirmal Nair and Dr. Michael Neve who guided us through and help us achieve the current success of the Student Branch. We would like to thank the IEEE NZ North Section committee for all their support. It has been an amazing two years.

9/10/2008

  • On Friday 19th of September, The IEEE SB held its second annual tour of ECE Part IV Projects for first year engineering students. With a little more experience in hand, the SB successfully managed to move nearly 100 first year students via its narrow corridors and hallways. Dr. Rowe, who is in charge of the first year electrical paper, helped a great deal by letting us address the class and sending out reminder emails about the event. Last year, this event proved to be very popular and so we decided to extended the tour to 2 hours to help reduced congestion and also further increased the curiosity of the first years. After the tour, we met at the ECE Briefing Room for some pizza, refreshments and a brief address to thank them for their participation and introduced them to IEEE. Overall, everyone was very pleased with our efforts and this included very positive feedback from the first year students themselves (who are now looking into doing ECE!) - Claudio
  • The IEEE/ECE Department Quiz Night was held on 1 October. This event, based on a 'pub quiz' format, proved yet again to be an excellent success with 20 teams and over 130 participants from the department. It was an excellent opportunity to reward our existing members as well as to raise the profile of the branch as a core student organisation. IEEE pamphlets and promo materials were distributed to all the teams. The MC, Dr. Mark Andrews, did an excellent job and kept the crowd well entertained. It was not possible to attain corporate sponsorship this year and so spending was reduced significantly. Leftover drink from practice interviews was used to help achieve this. - George
  • Arrangements for the first annual Gaming Tournament are well underway. This is the first event of its kind to be organized by our branch. Many students have shown interest so far, as both; participants and spectators. The tournament is limited to 24 people and will be held on Friday 17th of October. - Claudio
  • Arrangements for the annual Skytower field trip have commenced. The trip is to be held on the 13th of October. - George

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1/10/2008

ECE Quiz Night

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