Same procedure as last year? Same precedure as every year….only different location!
This year, the turn had come to the Dallas alumni group to organize the events making up the festive weekend for the CING annual meeting, and boy did they do a good job!
It all started with a visit to Ericsson, Plano, where the group was treated to a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities as well as interesting presentations of the Ericsson business model of today. During the day at Ericsson, Chalmers’ new President and CEO, Stefan Bengtsson, made a much appreciated first appearance at one of these functions and talked about Chalmers mission and some of the most interesting projects on the agenda at the moment.
As part of the Chalmers presentation, Stefan Bengtsson took the opportunity to thank Staffan Nilsson for his hard work with U.S. Friends of Chalmers over the past six years in his roles as first President and the last four year as both Chairman and President. Arne Dunhem took over as Chairman at the annual meeting May 3rd and Marianne Ericsson is the new President for the organization. After this, it was time for Josh Turan, the 2016 U.S. Friends of Chalmers scholarship recipient, to receive his scholarship from the President of Chalmers and the Chairman of U.S. Friends. Josh, who will start his Master’s studies in Materials’ Engineering at Chalmers in the fall, currently works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee.
Friday night was dedicated to a real Dallas classic – namely a visit to and dinner at Southfork Ranch, where the eighties TV-series “Dallas” was filmed. It was a night that few of those present will forget anytime soon! First a stop at the guest centre where all sorts of memorabilia could be bought and then a short ride on a tractor-driven train to the actual house where the group had a chance to wander around in the different rooms, greet J.R. Ewing and have a genuine Texas barbeque. Needless to say, noone went to bed hungry that night – the Texas saying “too much is not enough” was a suitable description of the entire evening!
Saturday started out with an early visit to UTD (University of Texas at Dallas). A very impressive program had been put together and the group of Chalmers alumni was treated to several interesting presentations as well as a tour of the campus and a panel discussion about the future of higher education. After the visit to UTD, there was some free time and the group went off to various adventures in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area before it was time for the climax of the Dallas meetings – the Gasque. The much appreciated party took place at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, an active museum with antique buildings, live animals and old tools. The dinner was held in the restored old Pole Barn and it was definitely another night to remember! On the menue could be found; herring, crisp bread, cheese, beer, snaps and to top it all off, a tex-mex buffet – can it get any more Texas meets the Chalmers spirit?!
Sunday was time for the actual annual meeting and the Board got together to draw up the direction for the future. One of the important decisions that were made – WHERE WILL THE ANNUAL MEETING BE IN 2017? Well, stay tuned and you will find out!
Good bye for now and have a good year ’til next time!