CEUS wins People's Choice Club of the Year

A society run entirely by students for students, the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Society (CEUS) has won the UNSW ARC People’s Choice Award for Club of the Year in 2016.

CEUS had a massive year in 2016, the society hosted over 23 industry and social occasions and managed to quadruple previous student attendance at some of their major events.2016 First Year Camp

The annual First Year Camp kicked off the event calendar for 2016. The camp attracted over 150 first year students who attended a three day, jam-packed weekend in April at Wiseman’s Ferry, organised entirely by the society executives. The days were filled with various hilarious team bonding exercises with teams of students pitted against other students, and sometimes even lecturers, while the nights were a time to unwind, party and socialise with the rest of the cohort. The camp was a major success, introducing the new students to the School of Chemical Engineering, building strong new friendships with fellow first years, as well as more senior year students who were there. 

CEUS is now selling tickets for the 2017 First Year Camp

The Friday the 13th Sydney Harbour Cruise held in May, hosted over 330 attendees, quadruple the attendance CEUS had ever received. Dressed up in ghoul-like attire, guests filled a beautiful three storey catamaran that travelled around the picturesque Sydney Harbour while they ate, danced and socialised, all before finishing the night with an after party at Marquee Sydney. Moving from frightful fashion to more fancy attire, the Black & White CEUS Ball held at the end of the year at the Blackbird Cafe Darling Harbour, hosted over 260 students. Students on the Friday the 13th Sydney Harbour Cruise

As well as strengthening the bonds within the CEUS community, the society reached out and successfully created new ties with fellow UNSW engineering societies including CEVSOC, MECHSOC and ELSOC. Two massive, sold out events, the Ancient Wonders Pub Crawl, which hosted 250 people, and the Oktoberfest End of Year Party, which hosted 350 people, provided the members of CEUS an opportunity to socialise and create new friendships with students from all walks of engineering, all while having an incredibly fun night! 250 people pub-crawling through the city dressed up as either a Viking, Roman or Egyptian was definitely a sight to see!

CEUS also showed dominance in the more active style of events. The annual ENGSOC Sports Day saw a record number of CEUS participants, with two full student teams being submitted to the draw. CEUS again stood out from the crowd, sporting bright orange matching uniforms and face paint and was able to come away from the day in 2nd place, an amazing feat! In addition, the annual CEUS Tower Race was again held in 2017, with many students daring to scale 10 storeys of the Chemical Sciences Building in the quickest time possible. The fastest time for the day being held by a 3rd year student, Nick Gandy, with a time of 41.81 seconds.

In addition to these major events, CEUS ensured to keep student morale high throughout the semester with many smaller events hosted on campus which included various barbecue lunches, pizza lunches, Pancake Day and a Sports Bonding Afternoon. The students newfound pride in their society was widespread, evident in the production and sale of over 150 newly designed CEUS t-shirts which features 

CEUS Trivia Night

the updated CEUS logo, designed at the end of 2016. It was amazing to see so many students walking around campus and in class wearing their new CEUS merchandise.

It wasn’t all partying for CEUS however, with the executives of the society working with the School of Chemical Engineering to push for a more prominent industry presence at the University. In 2016, the society hosted many major chemical engineering related companies and associations including Arnott’s, Aurecon, Ansto, Nalco-Ecolab, Interface, Osisoft, JCEC and Contact Singapore as well as hosting an internship talk where older students shared their IT (Industrial Training) experience with the younger cohorts. 

The CEUS Trivia Night was a charity event that brought over 80 students and 30 staff/alumni/industry representatives together to raise money for the SkyJuice Foundation. The event was a collaborative effort between CEUS and the School of Chemical Engineering to create an informal and fun night to relax and solidify the new connections formed between industries, staff, alumni and students which raised $1500 for SkyJuice. The night received rave reviews from all in attendance and greatly strengthened the relationship between CEUS and the school who are looking forward to further collaborations next year.

All of these great events could not have been anywhere near as successful without the tireless work from the 2016 CEUS Executive Team, as well as the enthusiasm from the rest of the Chemical Engineering student cohort. CEUS would also like to thank the School of Chemical Engineering as well as UNSW ARC for their continued support throughout 2016. With 2016 now over and a fresh-faced CEUS executive newly elected, it will be exciting to see how CEUS progresses in 2017.

Emma Daniels
CEUS Co-President (2016) 

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