Monday, June 15, 2009

What is GLOBE?

That question is not one that I think has a hard and fast answer but I have had a go at an answer:

On the 16th of November 2008 I wrote this piece on the, then new, GLOBE forum:

“Well, G.L.O.B.E. was founded by environmental engineering students for environmental engineering students. If you have concerns about your studies then we will point you in the direction of the best person in TAMK to help, if you want some advice on aspects of your studies and student life in general then we are here to listen and help! But we are more than that. We want to get pro-active on the environmental issues that concern and effect us all, we want to help shape the future of environmental engineering, in TAMK, in Finland and around the world. We want your help in calling attention to and solving problems in the environment. GLOBE is much, much more than just a society for getting drunk together, for while we love a party as much as the next bunch, we want to make a difference!! AND A BIG ONE AT THAT! As a student body we offer such an incredible rich and diverse background that we can use for the advantage of everyone, so be proud to be a part of something BOLD!”

So to a more general view.

GLOBE is a student run society with lofty ideals! A society for anyone studying Environmental Engineering at TAMK, be it for 4 years or 4 weeks, your all welcome and the moment you start your studies at TAMK you automatically become a member. There is no joining fee, all that is asked is that you GET INVOLVED!

Environmental Engineering students are an incredible friendly bunch of people, who share many common ideals and while the academic programme is why your here, taking time to grow the social aspect of being an Env. Eng. Student is why GLOBE is here! GLOBE organises a wide range of social events, from Christmas Parties to cultural visits, but always with an ecological stand point! The students of the Environmental Engineering degree programme come from every corner of the globe, and harnessing that diversity is a big part of the ethos of GLOBE. Participating in GLOBE events with your fellow students not only further cements friendships but shows everyone the wide variety of ideas that only a group of students such as ours can achieve, and these ideas and ways of working not only contribute to a successful GLOBE event or initiative but can stay with you into your working lives and can help us all go onto be better engineers and ultimately better people.

Gareth :-)

What is going on here then?


So as you can see this is the first post. For now. This blog is in the process of being settup over the following two and a bit months (June, July and August 2009) ready for the start of the new academic year at the end of August 2009. Why?

Well as you can see my name is Gareth James, and for the academic year that ended in May 2009 I was the president of GLOBE. And even though GLOBE is not in anyway my creation, over the last year I think it can be said that GLOBE has shifted and moved in a new and exciting direction. As part of that, the whole board of the 2008-2009 academic year have made a concious effort to make sure that those who come after us have a strong infrastructure to build on and work with as they make their own marks on the world!

A small and, hopefuly, well used part of that, is this blog. I will admit that our old forum was not so great but I hope that this blog can run as both a place to discuss the hot issues in the ever evolving world in which we live as well as a continuous resource engine for students old and new to come back to check up life in the Environmental Engineering degree programme at TAMK.

With that in mind I will be posting a few times over the next few months to setup a base that who ever takes over in August can build on, and obviously I think it will see all of my older posts consigned to the archives! But after all, everything has to start somewhere!

Gareth. :-)