Alumni Newsletter September 2014

Western Undergraduate Society with Governor Stephen Poloz

Economics Undergraduates Start a New Club

The Western Economics Society (WES), a student-run organization launched in January 2014, is carrying momentum from a successful semester of events into the upcoming year! WES aims to build community and deepen the learning experience of undergraduate students studying economics.

Our kick-off event was "Beat the Profs: Trivia Night," in which teams of students competed for ultimate bragging rights, defeating the very professors that taught them the basics of economics. A team of third-year honors students emerged as the winners, besting the team of professors in a showdown of economics wisdom!

Career Night, an event co-hosted with the Economics Department, brought accomplished Western alumni back to campus to share insight and advice with current undergraduates.  Hearing how these alumni successfully apply their economics education to interesting, meaningful careers provided inspiration and guidance to all.

The final event of the semester was an opportunity to attend the annual CIGI-INET Conference, Human After All, in Toronto. The three selected applicants were thrilled to engage with content from leaders in economic thought, including James Heckman, Lawrence Summers, Joseph Stiglitz, and Governor Stephen Poloz. (See picture above.)

The Western Economics Society plans to continue to enrich the experience of economics undergraduates in this coming year. Highlights for this year include a presentation in September by alumnus Paul Jenkins on Advice to Undergraduates:  Building a Career with Economics; a keynote speech by alumnus Douglas Porter, Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, in November; a shot at redemption for the professors at a second Trivia Night; and the annual Career Night.

Can Izbul
James Balsillie
WES Executive Board Members

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