WE can make a difference in the world, you know, and it starts right here in Oshkosh.
And by WE, Streetwise means women engineers, as in the Society of Women Engineers, of course!
If you haven't heard of it before, this SWEet group provides support for women in engineering careers now and reaches out to the next generation of girls and women to showcase opportunities available in the engineering fields. It's just one of many groups focused on encouraging more girls and women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly called STEM fields.
And they've got a pretty neat-o event coming up to help with that effort locally. SWE and Oshkosh Corp. will host a daylong event Saturday, March 23, to showcase career opportunities that range from biomedical engineering to food engineering to nuclear engineering at Oshkosh Corp.
It should be pretty fun and educational at the same time. So high school-age girls, if you're interested in science and engineering careers, have your parents contact Kim Nelson via email at email@example.com, get some more information and register by Friday, March 15. And space is limited, so don't waste any time!
? We've got word that Old Glory Honor Flight has booked its 17th - yes, you read that right, 17th! - flight of Wisconsin war veterans bound for Washington, D.C., thanks to Oshkosh Corp.'s Defense segment. If you want to show some love upon the veterans' return, come on out to Outagamie County Regional Airport around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and welcome everyone home.
? Give it up for Heid Music, 1750 W. South Park Ave., for being recognized recently as the Music Education Dealer of the Year by Yamaha Corp.'s keyboard division. Heid received the award at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in January. Nice job!
? One downtown storefront void that we don't have to worry about being filled is 463 N. Main St. now that The Dragonfly Home Decor and Gifts will be moving there from its present spot on Algoma Boulevard.
? Streetwise noticed recently that the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh, 3001 S. Washburn St., is at it again. This time, they're making room for Fox Head, an extreme sports apparel retailer that has also found success among the non-extreme shoppers of the world. Word is renovations will be done soon and the will open sometime in April.
? And while we're out on the far, far south side, many of you have noticed the 18,000-square-foot building under construction at 3735 S. Washburn St. City building permits list it as the new home of Big Rig Chrome Shop, a Manitowoc retailer of semi-trailer parts and accessories. No word quite yet on when they plan to open.
? Streetwise has made no secret that we can be a bit of a nerd and that extends to weather, too. If you're like us, you won't want to miss out on National Weather Service storm spotter training this week at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the EAA Museum, 3000 Poberezny Road. It's free, it can be vitally helpful information and you might get a chance to see NWS meteorologist and all around weather heartthrob Jeff Last there.