Not so long ago, SWE held in-person conferences that included events designed for socializing and lighthearted fun — in contrast to the serious fare of professional development sessions, job searches, and celebrating achievements. In the WE18 conference issue, the Scrapbook article reflected on fun conference events from over the years. Here’s a look back, with an eye toward the future when we can again partake in “festooned frivolity.”
By Troy Eller English, SWE Archivist
Typical conference attire is both professional and predictable. Attendees at WE18 will notice business suits on job recruiters and job seekers, corporate leaders and conference speakers. Polo shirts and khakis also abound, as do evening dresses for those able to secure tickets to Friday night’s awards banquet and “Celebrate SWE!.” Despite the professional nature of the conference, though, SWE members have also found ways to introduce a bit of humor and whimsy into their conference wardrobe throughout the years. Members have oft worn themed accessories symbolizing their colleges, states, or SWE regions. Occasionally, members have gone above and beyond in the name of costume parties and contests, making room in their luggage and in their careers for a bit of festooned frivolity. Just remember to pack sensible shoes.