Golf for Guatemala

The K-State chapter of Engineers Without Borders will be hosting a golf fundraiser next Saturday (May 2nd) at Deer Creek to raise funds for the construction of a single-story school in Guatemala. Although this is a busy time of the year, we would like to invite you to participate and support our project in Guatemala. To find out more information you can go to our website at Golf for Guatemala.

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SWE-KC Meet and Greet

Society of Women Engineers: SWE-KC Meet and Greet

Please join SWE-KC and ASCE’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Wednesday, April 8th on the rooftop at the Well (7421 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64114) for a happy hour Meet and Greet hosted by Kaeisha Akinmoladun. Some appetizers will be provided; and we will have door prizes. All members of APWA, KCWIT, WTS and NSBE are also welcome to attend. We will be there rain or shine!

DATE: 4/8/2015 (Wed 5:30PM – 7:30PM)

LOCATION: The Well Rooftop (7421 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64114)




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April Newsletter

Please see the link below for this month’s section newsletter and information about several exciting upcoming events.

April 2015-3

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Blue River Watershed Association

Blue River Watershed Association

Mark your calendars April 25th, Blues River Night our annual friend-raiser is coming to town! Drinks, live music & dancing, live auction, and the best darn food you’ve had in a long time! You won’t want to miss it and you’ll be supporting one the great environmental nonprofits in the area! For more information:

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February Meeting with KSPE

Date: February 24, 2015

Location: Cinzetti’s
7201 W. 91st. Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Meal: Italian Buffet with sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salad, desserts, & drinks

Time: 11:00 – 11:30 Check in and networking
11:30 – 12:30  Lunch Buffet
12:30 – 1:30   Speaker

Cost: $20 for Members/Guests

Topic: Hyatt Skywalk Collapse & Skywalk Memorial

Speaker: Sol Koenigsberg, Bill Quatman, Brent Wright

RSVP: To Cheri Schoenhals at by Friday February 20, 2015

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The 2015 MATHCOUNTS Missouri Western Chapter competition is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers to help the day run as smooth as possible.  For those of you that are not familiar with MATHCOUNTS, it is a competition for 6th-8th grade students giving them an opportunity and incentive to test and showcase their math skills (for more information, visit  

This year’s local competition includes 9 schools and a total of 75 students.  
The competition will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Burns & McDonnell facilities.  We are in need of volunteers for morning, afternoon or all day shifts to help with various activities throughout the day.  If you are interested and available to help, please reply to by January 28th, 2015.  Shortly after your response, you will be receiving a sign-up sheet to indicate times and activities with which you are willing to help. 

Thanks in advance!

Derek Vap, P.E.
MATHCOUNTS Coordinator
Western Chapter Secretary

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January Newsletter

Please see the link below for this month’s section newsletter with information about several exciting upcoming events as well as our previous newsletter.

January Newsletter

October Newsletter

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MEETING TOPIC:              Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Transportation Outlook 2040 – Metropolitan Kansas City’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

SPEAKER:        Jim Hubbell, AICP

DATE:               Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TIME:                 11:30 a.m. Social
                                12:00 p.m. Lunch
                                12:30 p.m. Presentation
LOCATION:      Plaza III Steakhouse, Country Club Plaza, 4749 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64112


Chopped Beef Steak
With mushrooms and onions topped with fried onion straws
Served with a side of diable sauce, mashed potatoes & asparagus

Chicken Caesar Salad
Served on fresh romaine tossed with parmesan

Sautéed Vegetables
Served over a bed of pasta

Crab Cakes
Topped with Chili Aioli and corn relish
Served with potato & vegetable

Dessert: Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

                                    *All entrees include sourdough bread; coffee, tea or softdrink

COST:  $27.50 per person (For Students and Engineers between jobs, $13.75). Please make checks payable to ASCE.

BIO:    Jim Hubbell, AICP, completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Kansas.  He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Environmental Studies, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  He is currently a Principal Transportation Planner for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the metropolitan planning organization for the bi-state Kansas City region.  The primary focus of his occupation is working with regional stakeholders to develop a long-range transportation plan, coordinating with federal, state, and local planning partners to prioritize and implement strategies, and monitoring performance and progress towards meeting the plan’s goals and objectives.  Jim has recently taken on the role of Performance Management Team Leader, and will be responsible for coordinating with regional partners to define performance measures and establish targets in support of a performance-based, regional planning process.

In addition to being a dedicated urban planner, Jim is also passionate about protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of the natural environment.  Also, he has been an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) throughout his career, serving multiple terms in various capacities on the Board of the Kansas City Metro Section of APA.

Please register by Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Seating is limited to 100 so please RSVP soon to reserve your place.  RSVP HERE

For additional announcements and more information about the EWRI Kansas City chapter please visit:

Please take a moment to update your calendars with the next luncheon: March 4, 2015. Future EWRI luncheon dates include: and May 6, 2015 and July 1st, 2015.

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December Meeting with MSPE

Date: December 16, 2014

Location: Jack Stack
Freight House District
101 W 22nd St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Time: 11:00 – 11:30 Check in and networking
11:30 – 12:30  Lunch Buffet
12:30 – 1:30   Speaker

Cost: $30 for Members/Guests

Topic: Constructed Wetland Treatment of Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater at Westar’s Jeffrey Energy Center

Speaker: Christopher J. Snider, PE, PG

Chris is a Department Manager with Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company’s Environmental Division in Kansas City Missouri.  He holds BS degrees in Geology and Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Chris enjoys working on complex and innovative environmental engineering projects nationwide and endeavors to make a contribution toward advancing the leading edge of the environmental engineering profession.  He leads a diverse group of multi-discipline professionals who execute design and construction projects in the fields of solid waste management, industrial wastewater, stormwater, and environmental remediation.  Chris’s two kids, ages 9 and 11 keep he and his wife busy and always guessing what’s next at home.

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Date: November 4, 2014

Location: Californos 
                4124 Pennsylvania
                Kansas City, MO 64111 

Time: 11:30am – 1pm

Menu: Lasagna or Chicken Piccata (Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available)

Cost: $25.00 per person, $15 Government Employees and Students.

RSVP BY October 31st     RSVP HERE

Topic: Engineers and Leaders – Today and Tomorrow

Speaker: Major General Donald L. Jacka, Ret.

Retired from the US Army in 2008 after 37 years of uniformed service, General Jacka served in command positions, at every level up to and including Corps Command.  He also served in various staff positions in logistics units throughout the Midwest.  MG Jacka led the 3rd Corps Support Command in its deployment for Operations Iraqi Freedom and served as the Commanding General of V Corps (Rear) Provisional.  His last assignment was as the Deputy Director for Global Sustainment, J-4, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon.

Major General, retired, Jacka is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College.  He holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University.  During his career, Jacka was awarded numerous military awards and commendations.  Major General Jacka’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal, with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; and the Army Achievement Medal.  MG Jacka attended.  MG Jacka is a graduate of the Signal Officer’s Basic Course, the Transportation Officer’s Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Reserve Components National Security Course, and the U.S. Army War College.   

 After serving as Kansas’ Assistant Secretary and Secretary of Agriculture for twenty-three years, Major General Jacka is now the CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of The Kansas Homestead Rehabilitation Corporation, a private, non-profit financial corporation.  In 2010 he was selected, by the Chief of Army Reserve, as the Army Reserve Ambassador for the State of Kansas. Major General Jacka and his wife, Janice, reside in Topeka, Kansas, and have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.



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