Here at Montana State SEDS we were inactive over the summer break but excited about the new semester.
We have been actively trying to recruit new, enthusiastic members for Montana State SEDS as of recently. In the last month we have represented our chapter at two recruiting fairs on campus and acquired a promising number of e-mail addresses. We have also had a couple executive board meetings to discuss some important issues in our club. We have put a lot of work into our budget and are preparing to submit proposals for some funding from both our student governments here at Montana State University as well as our College of Engineering. Along with these proposals we are looking to private organizations for additional funds. Our budget is one of our major priorities because we plan to have some rocket building workshops and also attend SpaceVision during this semester.
We are continuing with our biweekly speaker series for Montana State SEDS, and having our first such speaker tonight. We are really excited about the people who
take time out of their day to come talk to us about their experience in the space industry. We’re actively working to spread our enthusiasm for these meetings to other students on our campus.
Lastly, because we are a very new chapter at a university that isn’t very active in aerospace studies we are considering a joint club with a new chapter of the AIAA
(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). We spoke with one of the persons interested in creating this new chapter and we’ve decided that a joint club can really improve the member base and funding for both clubs assuming this chapter of AIAA is approved. It is appealing to merge these two groups because many of the students involved share very similar interests and it is always fun to meet more people. We are looking forward to what this semester has to bring and everyone is excited to meet more national SEDS members at SpaceVision later this year.