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The Pub Club (Sept 16): Food, Fun and the Future

September 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hello Pub Club members,

This Friday (Sept 16th) we will be bringing a glorious spread of East Lansing Fish Fry to kick-start our meeting, so come on by, say hello, talk with your peers and be ready to begin planning events for the upcoming semester!

The Pub Club was founded on the concept of a “Community of Minds” (COM) where people can come together in a welcoming environment to enhance our skills in and outside the lab to pursue our career goals. You can read the full Mission of The Pub Club  here. As our mission states, our two main objectives are 1) meeting on the edge of science and 2) filling The Void.  To ensure we fulfill both of these objectives, we take time at the beginning of each semester to identify specific areas in science for which we would like to expand our knowledge as well as specific skills, both hard and soft, that we would like to further develop.  For example, in the Spring 2016 semester, we focused on sharing our research with each other and used this opportunity to practice our communication skills. As we want all members in The Pub Club to benefit from our weekly gatherings, we look for active participation in both the planning and throughout the semester. Before our meeting this Friday, take some time to think of specific ideas regarding the following:

  • Weekly Gatherings: As part of meeting our mission, The Pub Club is here for you as your needs require. In thinking of ways you can tap into this resource, consider both what you would like to gain (prelim practice, brainstorming an issue at the bench, learning about a new method, etc), as well as what unique contributions you can make (method expertise, knowledge on a specific area of research, connections with a potential Mug Club guest, etc). Take a look at your calendar and be prepared to sign up for both leading a topic discussion and for snack duty.
  • Mug Club Invitations: While The COM within The Pub Club has a lot to offer, sometimes the areas of science and/or skills we want to learn lie outside our collective areas of expertise. The Mug Club is one of our favorite resources for meeting on the edge of science and learning about career development while building our greater COM. Before Friday, think of experts we can invite to discuss topics in science and skill areas of interest to you.  While we often invite faculty members, some of our most popular Mug Club’rs came from industry.  This is a good opportunity to interact with technical experts and people working in your career of interest, so be creative! To help get your creative juices flowing, here is a list of previous Mug Clubr’s we have invited to speak at The Pub Club.
  • Special Event Planning:  While science and professional development are of great importance, from time to time we also need to kick back, relax and rejuvenate. Each year The Pub Club plans special events, such as our annual Christmas Party, to help us unwind and strengthen our Community. Start thinking now of what specific special events you would like and specific ways you can contribute to making them a reality.

We hope to see you all this Friday for Food, Fun, and the FUTURE!  If you are unavailable to come to the planning meeting, you can add your input to The Blackboard (contact Bethany for password). This is also a great place to look at input we collected during previous semester planning sessions.


September 16, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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