My name is Courtenay Huffman. Many of you have had the chance to meet me over the past few years when I first started taking computing science courses and deciding that this is where my future is. One of the most important things I have learned while at SFU is that having a network of people is one of the best things a person can have. Recently I have gotten involved in WiCS (Women in Computing Science), and have had the opportunity to organize an event to visit Microsoft where the Gears of War video game is produced. I have also gotten to know everyone who likes to hang out in the common room, where people are unexpectedly social. My goal will be to create an environment that will be most beneficial to all of you by organizing events that will create a social environment to foster stronger relations with your peers, allow you to have fun because everyone needs to destress a little after spending hours upon hours grueling over their code only to realize that they forgot a semicolon on line 48, as well as create opportunities to enhance your learning. I will do this in a few ways:
- Continue hosting old-time favourite events
- I would obviously continue the tradition of board games night. Those are great!
- Host more social events that increase student engagement
- Host more movie nights
- Host events that reach a wide range of interests to encourage participation from more students such as organizing sport or other physical activities, getting students together to play videogames, etc…
- Coordinately closely with WiCS to encourage more diversity in participation
- Foster an environment conducive to advancing our knowledge in computing science
- Set up a way to help you find external hackathons you’re interested in, and help in putting together a group
- Book rooms for group sessions to study (I think group study sessions before midterms would be super helpful for lots of you) or explore other topics relating to CS
- Bring in more people from the industry to network or teach us about some part of the real world
This sounds like a lot to do, and I agree which is why I would create a more formal event committee that allows people to get involved in planning events they are interested in, to whichever degree of commitment they are capable of. You can be assured that all events will be the best they can possibly be!