The Tech Talk
• October 11, 2012
KAB Man tickets orsale in box ofce
Opening night or Tech’stheater production o KABMan is set or 7:30 p.m. Oct.16 in Howard Auditorium,Center or the PerormingArts or evening perormanc-es throughout the week anda matinee perormance Sat-urday, Oct. 20th.Tickets may be purchasedat the box oce in HowardAuditorium in advance orthe day o the perormance.Tech student tickets are$5 with a valid ID and gen-eral admission is $10.For more inormationcontact the box oce at318-257-3942 or the theateroce at 318-257-2930.
Honors Scholarshost poker tourney
The Society o HonorScholars will host its annualpoker tournament Friday,Oct. 19.The event will be heldabove the TONK and will be-gin at 6 p.m. Registration willtake place rom 5:30-6 p.m.To play, participants mustring one “buy-in” item orthe Domestic Abuse Resis-tance Team. These items in-clude paper towels, bath tow-els, bath soap, toilet tissue,aby diapers, children’s painreliever, deodorant, tooth-paste/toothbrushes and haircare products.The style will be TexasHold ‘Em.First, second and thirdplace winners will receiveprizes donated rom localusinesses and restaurants.For more inormation orto reserve a spot, email email@example.com.
Zumbathon raisesmoney or DART
Danni Jones PhysicalTherapy will present zum-athon at 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct.18.The event will take placeat the Norton Building at 207W. Mississippi Ave. in Rus-ton.The cost is $15 or allages.Proceeds rom this eventwill be donated to the localDomestic Abuse ResistanceTeam.Danni Jones PhysicalTherapy wants people tocome participate and getthemselves into shape.For urther questions,contact at 318-251-2995 oremail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaker to lectureon sewer systems
CETF will be hosting alecture by Jon Shladweileras part o the DistinguishedLecturer Series called“Tracking Down the Rootso our Sanitary Sewers” 4:30to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 inUniversity Hall.Through the presenta-tion viewers will be walkedthrough time, the need orand the evolutionary growtho sewers with the aid o photos, sketches and anec-dotes and come away witha better appreciation or theroots o our modern daysewage conveyance systemsand the ups and downs theyhave traversed through theages.Schladweiler was the re-cipient o the Public WorksHistorical Society and theAmerican Public WorksAssociation’s Aedile Wol-man Award, recognizing hisoutstanding contributionstoward the collection, pres-ervation and disseminationo public work’s history.For more inormation, con-tact the Trenchless Technol-ogy Center at 318-257-4072or email@example.com.
Engineer societiescollect recyclables
The National Society o Black Engineers and the So-ciety o Women Engineerswill be hosting a recyclingdrive rom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Thursday and Friday in Cen-tennial Plaza.Plastics, plastic groceryags, paper, batteries, lightulbs, tires, old appliances,newspapers, magazines,telephone books and urni-ture can be dropped o atany time during the day.For more inormationcontact Kendall Belcher, therecycling and retention pro-gram committee chair orNSBE, at 318-347-2064 orkkb027latech.edu.
I you are a person who likes jumping out o planes at highaltitudes, then there is only onesport or you — skydiving.The skydiving team ociallyrestarted two months ago ater being gone or over 30 years,said team vice president Benja-min Ford, a senior architecturemajor. An interest meeting orTech students who want to jointhe team was held last Tuesday.Each weekend the teamgoes to Skydive Louisiana, adrop zone in Gilliam, to train orcompetitions with their coachPaul Yeagley, a bomber pilot orthe U.S. Air Force.Ford said the team metYeagley at Skydive Louisianawhere he was an instructor.“We kind o designated himas our coach,” Ford said.Yeagley has done 1,394 jumps and said he wants toteach members skills theyneeded to know to becomegood competitive skydivers.“Your rst jump is just comeout and jump, and see i you likeit,” Yeagley said. “EverythingI’ve learned, everything I know,I’m willing to share with youguys,” Yeagley said.Yeagley and the team lead-ers told interested membersskydiving is like nothing elsethey could ever do.“From ghter [jets] to bomb-ers to skydiving, I can tell youhands down that it’s skydiving,”Yeagley said.Madison Dunigan, a wildliemanagement major, is the presi-dent o the team, and she gaveskydiving the same praise.“There are no words or it, you just have to try it and, andi you like it, come back,” Duni-gan said.Dunigan recently earned herA license or skydiving. Skydiv-ers get the license ater they jump at least 25 times. The li-cense allows them to skydiveunsupervised.Though Dunigan does nothave as many jumps as hercoach or the other team lead-ers, she and Yeagley assured theinterested members the numbero jumps was not important inskydiving.“It is an incredible sport andit doesn’t matter i you have 20 jumps or 1,000 jumps, there isalways something new to learnor master,” Dunigan said.But beore reaching the 25 jumps to get their A license,new members must start o with a ew practice jumps.“Your rst jump is done asa tandem,” Yeagley said. “It’s awelcome to the world kind o thing.”Tandem jumps are jumpsdone by new skydivers; theymust be harnessed to a coachas they jump out. Ater the tan-dem jumps, the new memberswill do jumps not harnessedto a coach but two coacheswill still be side by side o the jumper.And though some at themeeting were worried about theprice o skydiving, Yeagley as-sured them it was worth it.“For any Tech team mem- ber, your tandem will be $180,”Yeagley said. “That’s $40 lessthan any other place in thecountry.”Yeagley said the sport is notonly worth it nancially, but so-cially.The rst competition or theteam will be on Dec. 29 and ev-ery weekend they can the teamwill be practicing or it and try-ing to get new members pre-pared.“Skydiving is everything tome,” Dunigan said. “It has be-come a part o me, and I wantmore than anything to showother students and people howamazing it is and to pass every-thing I know down to them, justlike my coaches and especiallyPaul Yeagley have done or me.”
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This is the third in a fve-part series on the unique experi- ence o Tech students who participated in summer intern- ships. Each o the students let Ruston to get frsthand experi- ence in their respective felds.
In a competitive work eld,anything that will help move aresume to the top o the pile isno longer an option but more o a necessity i one has his or hereye set on success.For senior civil engineer ma- jor Isabela Lemos, hard work and dedication is nothing new,especially when it comes to hereducation and uture career.Living miles away rom herhometown in Vitória, Brazil,Lemos said she was drawn toTech with the original plan tostudy architecture, but like moststudents, changed her major tosomething more her style.“I went to school or two years back home in Brazil andthen I transerred here be-ore changing to engineering,”Lemos said. “I think engineeringis a broader eld with a lot moreopportunities ater I graduate.”Already amiliar with intern-ing rom her previous experi-ence in Brazil, Lemos appliedwith a amiliar company or aninternship in engineering.“Especially or engineer-ing, an internship is almost re-quired,” Lemos said. “Almost allmy riends who are in engineer-ing are doing internships beorethey graduate.”Though it is not part o therequired curriculum, Lemos ex-plained that an internship unc-tions as an understood part o the education.“Once you graduate youneed to have some experience,”Lemos said. “Otherwise nobodywants to hire you. It’s a toughmarket, competition is hard and you need to have somethingelse that sets you apart.”While studying in Brazil atUniversidade Federal do Es-pírito Santo, Lemos said sheinterned with a company calledEmbraer Aircrat Holding orsix months as an architecturestudent, and decided to onceagain intern with them in FortLauderdale, Fla., as an engineermajor at Tech.“It’s a Brazilian company, butit has oces all over the worldlike Europe, China, Singaporeand America,” Lemos said.She said that as an interna-tional student, she was requiredto take an internship class whereshe earned college credit.“I learned a lot but I think the main thing I learned is howa company works, how peopleact and real lie experience be-cause when you’re in college you have no clue what is goingon in the companies,” Lemossaid. “You just know the theo-ries, but once you go and getan internship you start learninghow it really works.”As ar as her degree, she saidher internship was less aboutcivil engineering specicallyand more about engineering inthe broad aspect.Duties kept her behind adesk or the most part, Lemosworked in ront o a computerand dealt with studies on air-lines and aircrat eciency,spreadsheets and presentations.The internship not only ex-panded her experience in theengineering eld, but incorpo-rated a business aspect into theinternship.Fellow classmate TannerMartin talked about how im-portant o a role an internshipplays in the early career o anengineer.Martin, a junior mechanicalengineering major, worked thesummer in 2011 interning orthe United States Army Corpso Engineering.He said a classroom teachesvarious theories but an intern-ship provides the opportunity topractice those theories.“During my internship, Iound that my materials andstatics class really helped,”Martin said.As Martin and Lemos dis-covered through interning, aclassroom cannot cover every-thing one may encounter on the job, but may help to prepare thestudent or how to handle reallie situations.“It was a challenge because Ihad people 40 and 50 years oldworking under me,” Martin said.“I think it would have helped i Ihad taken management classes[because] the internship taughtme a lot about working withpeople.”
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