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NBSE_WMAE has formed it second NSBE JR. Chapter
The BH Jr. Chapter E-board members are:
Ronald Rucker - President
Cedric Wooden - VP
Corwin Eberhardt - Secretary
Edward Rodgers - Treasurer
Frank Gonzalez - Advisor
NBSE_WMAE has formed it first NSBE JR. Chapter
The Union HS Jr. Chapter E-board members are:
Mitchell Robertson (11th) - President
Merhawi Tewoldemedhin (12th) - VP
Martel Posey (11th) - Secretary
Chris Trice (9th) - Treasurer
Chad Williams - Advisor

Welcome to the NSBE Family!
Special Thanks to all NSBE members
that made this accomplishment happen!

HBC: Knoxville College Offers 72% Off Of Tuition!!!

Please pass the word to students, guidance counselors, directors of education, churches and others who might be interested:

Historically black college, Knoxville College in east Tennessee has reduced its tuition from $5,000 to $1,400 per student including room, board, and books. All you need is $600 for the enrollment deposit and $800 can be paid in four monthly installments of $200 each.

The program is funded by corporate sponsors and guarantees a college education where students graduate debt free.

Enrollment requirements include a high school diploma and a 2.0/4.0 scale. If your student has below a 2.0, but you know they are college material, they may be considered provided they get three letters of recommendation for educators who will support their potential.

All interested students must immediately contact the admissions office at Knoxville College by dialing 1-800-743-5669 or applying on line at:


2002 AIDS Walk


This years AIDS Walk 2000 was a big success, raising over $15,000 in donations from the local community. Of this contribution, the largest source of campaign pledges was $4000 and came from the African American AIDS Coalition (AAAC) of which NSBE-WMAE is a part.

Of all the organizations donating to the AAAC, ours donated the largest amount $1,126. Congratulations also go out to all other organizations working hard to help fight this deadly disease.

You can catch this info in "The Times" page 8 October 4th through 10th.

From all of NSBE-WMAE to everyone who contributed either by cash or spreading the word: THANK YOU!!!

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 October 13th from Monster.Com
Prep for the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
by Carole Martin
Monster Interview Coach

Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. So study this list, plan your answers ahead of time and you'll be ready to deliver them with confidence.

What Are Your Weaknesses?

This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful."

Why Should We Hire You?

Summarize your experiences: "With five years' experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team."

Why Do You Want to Work Here?

The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. For example, "I've selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices."

What Are Your Goals?

Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example, "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility."

Why Did You Leave (Are You Leaving) Your Job?

If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context: "I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which included me."

If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: "After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience."

When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?

The interviewer wants to know what motivates you. If you can relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. "I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me."

What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't?

What makes you unique? This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and traits. Summarize concisely: "I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to be more user-friendly."

What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?

It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: "My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humor."

What Salary Are You Seeking?

It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point. One possible answer would be: "I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range do you typically pay someone with my background?"

If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?

Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly. If you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft, passive impression. If you answer "a lion," you will be seen as aggressive. What type of personality would it take to get the job done? What impression do you want to make?

Talk about this article and get expert advice on the Interview Tips message board.

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The Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs - Princeton University is seeking applicants for its 2003 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program.

The Junior Summer Institute is designed to prepare students of color for graduate study in public and international affairs.

The program will be held at Princeton University from June 12, 2003 through August 1, 2003.

Applicants must be in their junior year of undergraduate study and demonstrate a strong interest in public service and a career in domestic public policy or international affairs.

The curriculum is designed to improve students' analytic and communication skills through three areas of study - economics, statistics, and policy analysis/writing.

The program is fully funded and will cover the entire cost of tuition, housing, meals, and transportation.

In addition, students receive a $1,000 stipend.

The application deadline is November 1, 2002.

For more information, go to http://www.wws.princeton.edu/jsi


Nov 1, 2002: Application Deadline

Dec 12, 2002: Admission Notification

Jun 14, 2003: Program Begins

Aug 1, 2003: Program Ends


-- May --
Comming up, the Whrilpool African American Network invites you to the Refreshing Fountains Outreach Ministries 2002 Queen Esther Debutante Ball "Stepping into Royalty".  
The date, time and location are as follows:
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2002                        
Time: 6:00 P.M. Place: Elks Lodge                        
518 Broad St. St. Joseph, MI

Cost:  Adults $25.00                  
Children (12 and under): $20.00

Dinner is included with the cost and you have a meat selection of Round of beef or Baked Chicken breast.  Also a drawing will be held and the prizes include a KitchenAid microwave, blender or toaster. Come and enjoy the fun (you have ample time to purchase tickets).  Any support is greatly appreciated.




Pictured above is Terrell Perkins accepting a "Black Engineer of the Year" award.  Go Perk!
Below is an excerpt from www.BlackEngineer.com
Terrell J. Perkins
Whirlpool Corporation

Terrell Perkins works with the Whirlpool Technical Development Group in St. Joseph, Mich. He specializes in "fabricare" technology, designed to provide consumers with state-of-the-art cleaning and care from the company's washers and dryers. He is also a rapid prototyping developer, helping program computer systems for improved data acquisition. Perkins joined Whirlpool in August 2000, after receiving his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering technology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
Now check this out!  The Equal Opportunity Publications Incorporated has something to say about a NSBE Alumni, Milton Baxter, bringing Innovation to Whirlpool Corporation.

Smile Milt!

Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Week Activities
Below are some of the members who have participated in confirmed area programs. 
Tuesday February 19th:  Grand Rapids Creston High School Contact Bob Rozendal
Volunteers:  Shanell Langston, Nevin Groce, Kyle Ray
Wednesday the 20th:  Grand Rapids Central High School Contact:  Linda Jennette
Volunteers:  Kyle Ray, Hermell Carter
Great Job Everyone!  The impact that you've had will be remembered for a long time by all involved.

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Theme for November is: Dedication
Please take a moment to ask yourself, what is important? How important is it? Is my effort proportional?

November Membership Newsletter

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Recently, members of NSBE-WMAE were active in the National "Make a Difference" Day. Below are what people are saying...

Herald Palladium
October 28, 2001

"'Volunteers spend day improving schools'

By CHUCK TYLER /H-P Correspondent

Volunteers rose to the occasion Saturday even as rain fell across Southwest Michigan on the 11th Annual Make A Difference Day.
Whirlpool Corp., Lakeland Regional Health Systems, UAW Local 383, the National Association of Black Engineers and other organizations teamed up with volunteers to improve the conditions of local schools.
Ruth Lloyd, president of Benton Harbor's Fairplain West Parent-Teacher Organization, said she was proud of the efforts at her school.
"This is an exciting day, especially for those who want to make a difference," she said. "The painting and cleaning of the schools is to make a better environment for the students."
Whirlpool's community relations coordinator Karen Ackerman helped sell doughnuts at the school - as was done at several schools - to raise money to buy playground equipment.
"Until we can buy new stuff, we were going to paint the old," she said.
Painting and other outdoor projects were canceled because of Saturday's rain and cold. Volunteers focused on indoor projects.
Barbara Hall, Whirlpool's programs officer, said Saturday's activities represented the first of three phases designed to improve recess conditions of Benton Harbor elementary and middle schools.
"The students are more excited about being in an environment that's pleasant and bright," she said. "Hopefully, in the spring, we'll be installing the new (playground) equipment."
At Fairplain East, Mark Herman and Brian Jewell were making classrooms more pleasant and bright with fresh coats of paint.
Herman, from Whirlpool's St. Joseph Technical Center, said he felt "really good" about volunteering. "Everybody has been having fun, even the little kids."
Jewell, owner of Jewell's Development and Homes Inc. said he was "glad to be a part of something positive."
Mike Jones said that, "Basically, just to give back to the community" was the reason his participation.
The quality engineer from Holland-based Johnson Controls was part of the National Association of Black Engineers' involvement in Make A Difference Day in Southwest Michigan.
While attending North Carolina A&T University, Jones said it was "our honor society, that's where my community volunteering started."
Jones and Mileeta Baxter were among dozens of volunteers who helped children decorate pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags in the cafeteria.
"I love working with kids," said Baxter, a data entry operator at Whirlpool. "I thought this would be a good opportunity to have fun."
Third grader Jasmine Haynes was having fun at Stewart Elementary School in Stevensville while making items for hospice patients
"We try to volunteer as much as possible," her mother Marilyn said as Jasmine decorated a card to accompany gift baskets for the patients. "It makes me feel wonderful. Anything to participate and help others."
Michelle Wodarczyk volunteered her phone skills, coordinating the collection of baked goods in Stewart Elementary's library.
"We have three families" that Stewart Elementary's volunteer efforts were focused on, she said. 'For two, we'll be tending their homes and raking, and one we'll be giving the baskets.'"

Whirlpool Internal Newsline


Thanks to everyone who volunteered Saturday, Oct. 27 for the first Community Make a Difference Day at four Benton Harbor Elementary schools.

More than 200 volunteers turned out for the first phase of the project, which was to paint the 40-year old equipment Due to cold weather conditions, volunteers worked indoors instead. Three of the elementary schools had indoor projects for all the volunteers who were present.

Event organizers reported that at Fair Plain East, four classrooms were painted, and at Fair Plain Northeast, eight classrooms and the hallway were painted. Volunteers also cleaned the school's supply closet. At Martindale, volunteers raked leaves, painted wall heaters, bathrooms and the gym. Also at all three locations the National Society of Black Engineers and PTOs helped children decorate pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags for Halloween. Organizers wanted to have something for everyone to come together as a community, to meet new people and get to know each other.

Another Community Make a Difference day will be held next May to paint the playground equipment and install new activity centers at these four schools. Again thanks to very one who volunteered last Saturday. You made a difference! Saturday, Oct. 27 was national Make a Difference Day. Whirlpool Foundation, Whirlpool Corporation, and several other companies and organizations partnered with Benton Harbor Area Schools to work on playground equipment."

Great Job Everyone!

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