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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October Meeting

Date: October 21, 2014

Location: Minsky’s
                    5105 Main St.
                   Kansas City, MO 64112

Time: 5:30 pm

Menu: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks        

Cost: $10.00 

Topic: UMKC’s Development Plan and Upcoming Projects

Speaker: Mr. Greg Silkman, Manager of Planning, Design, and Construction at UMKC

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UMKC Fall 2014 PE Review Course Scholarship

A limited number of tuition reduction scholarships of $400 each are available for the UMKC Fall 2014 PE Review course.  The PE review course begins on August 26th, 2014 and ends on October 11th, 2014.  This scholarship is being made available to active ASCE chapter members who are current on their dues.  These scholarships are not cash awards but rather will be paid directly to UMKC to reduce the cost of attendance for recipients.

To have your application considered apply by Tuesday August 26, 2014.

UMKC PE Review Course Scholarship Form

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The ASCE Kansas City Section – Board, is excited to announce the Meeting Sponsorship Program.

This opportunity will allow civil engineering – firms, vendors, manufacturers, contractors or entities to gain valuable market exposure by actively sponsoring monthly breakfast, luncheon or dinner meetings. There is a distinct advantage to be recognized at these meetings, where various members of the engineering and construction community gather.

The criterion for the Meeting Sponsorship Program is as follows:

  1. One (1) Sponsor per meeting
  2. Sponsor name appears on meeting invitation
  3. A table space will be available, just inside the entrance to the meeting area, for the Sponsor to arrange a display and have a couple of representatives to make promotional materials available.
  4. Two (2) lunches for Sponsor representatives
  5. Sponsor introduction with a 5-minute presentation at the beginning of the meeting
  6. Display the Sponsor logo on the welcome screen before the program
  7. A donation of $300 (check made out to “ASCE Kansas City Section”)

Please see the upcoming meetings dates below:

  1. October: Tentatively set for the 14th.  Joint meeting with the UMKC Student Chapter
  2. November: The 4th, joint meeting with SAME
  3. January: Tentatively set for the 6th.  Joint meeting with EWRI.
  4. April: Tentatively set for the 21th.  The ASCE awards with the ASCE National President-Elect.
  5. May: Tentatively set for the 12th.

We look forward to this program, to help improve networking familiarity in the metro area.  If you have any questions, please contact John Blancett, PE, ENV SP ( or 816-527-2539).

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The Emergency Management Discussion Panel has been cancelled due to insufficient signups.  We thank those that did sign up and were willing to participate on the panel.   Contact Ernie Longoria if you have any questions at 913-895-6258 or thanks.

Date:  Tuesday, August 19, 2013

Location:  Burns & McDonnell Auditorium
9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Parking:  Parking off the Ward Parkway Entrance

Time:  5:30pm – Social Hour
6:30pm – Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Questions, Networking

Menu:  Appetizers, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Cost:  $15

Speakers:        Cindy Lampton – Mayor of Orrick, MO
JoAnn Wood – Disaster Program Manager, Red Cross
Justin Sorg – MARC Emergency Service Planning & Exercise Program Manager
Jennifer Fales – KCMO Emergency Manager
Tim Richards – Assistant Fire Chief, Olathe Fire Department
Mike Curry – Jackson County Emergency Management Director
Andrew Carpenter – Independence, MO Emergency Manager
Sheryl Gallagher, P.E. – CERT-trained Engineer

Moderated by Ernie Longoria, P.E., City of Overland Park

Topic:  The Engineers Role in Disaster Recovery/Relief

As residents of the Midwest, we’re all familiar with the severe weather and accidents that impact our communities.  As Engineers, we have unique skills that are needed in helping our friends and neighbors get back on their feet when disaster strikes.  Our guest speakers will share their personal experiences and talk about what training opportunities exist for Engineers who want to be apart of disaster relief/recovery operations.

1 PDH will be available

Contact:  Ernie Longoria at 913-895-6258 or email for questions

More information can be found at ASCE’s website at ASCE Disaster Preparedness & Response


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August Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday August 26, 2014

Location: The Well
                7421 Broadway St.
                Kansas City, MO 64114

Time: 5pm to 8pm

Menu: Two drinks and hor d’oeuvres

Cost: $5.00 per person

Come out and help the KC Section kick the ASCE season off right with your fellow members and hear about all the great things ASCE has in store for the year!

RSVP by August 22nd, RSVP HERE

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May Meeting

Tour Exhibit: The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal

Date: Wednesday May 21, 2014

Location: Atterbury Student Success Center Room 237
                5000 Holmes
                Kansas City, MO 64110 
Park at the Linda Hall Library 

Time: 11:30 Social/Registration
          12:00 Meal
          12:30 Tour

 Menu: Boxed Lunch includes, sandwich, chips, a piece of fruit, and dessert       

Cost: $15.00 per person

Exhibit:  The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal

It was an audacious gamble that took more than 40 years and 42,000 workers to blast, dredge and excavate one of the greatest engineering triumphs connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Heralded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal opened in 1914 as a symbol of America’s innovation and emergence as a global superpower.

To celebrate the Panama Canal’s centennial in 2014, the Linda Hall Library – located on the campus of the University of Kansas City- will recount the development of the Panama Canal with its epic triumphs and tragedies.  The Linda Hall Library’s centennial exhibition will highlight the myriad of fascinating technological, social and political facets in the construction of the Panama Canal, including:

  •     History of the Isthmus: Since the 16th century, the small isthmus between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans led explorers to search for a passage between the seas.
  •     Life in the Trenches: Workers in the Canal Zone faced constant hardships: backbreaking work, social inequalities, and the relentless fear of infectious disease.
  •     The French Attempt: The French began construction of a sea-level canal in Panama in the 1880s. Thousands died of malaria and yellow fever. Obstacles became insurmountable, forcing the French to abandon the project in the early 1890s.
  •     The Panama Railroad: The railroad was essential for carrying people and supplies and hauling away the tremendous volume of excavated dirt and rock.
  •     The American Achievement: The U.S. acquired rights to the Canal Zone in 1903, and a year later began building a lock canal 50 miles across the Isthmus. Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal shortened the distance for ocean-going freight and passengers traveling between U.S. east and west coasts by more than 8,000 miles.

RSVP by May 19th RSVP HERE

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ASCE Slate of Officers and Election

The Nominating Committee of the Kansas City Section of ASCE has met in accordance with the Section Bylaws to fulfill its duty in preparing and submitting a slate of Officers and Directors for the 2014-2015 Section year.  This slate of candidates represents the Nominating Committee’s Official Section Nominees. Four nominations for the open positions of 1st Year Director and Associate Member Director were received from the Section membership.  The Section will hold an election at the May 21, 2014 Annual Meeting at the Linda Hall Library at UMKC to confirm the Officers and Directors. We encourage you to attend the meeting and cast your vote in support of the candidates!

The candidates for the leadership positions are as follows:

            Tom Jacobs                 President–Elect
            Adrian Keller              1st Vice President & Treasurer
            John Blancett              2nd Vice President & Secretary
            Mike Schmitz              Continuing Director
            Rachelle Lowe            2nd Year Director
            TBD by election          1st Year Director
            TBD by election          Associate Member Director

According to the by-laws, Jennifer Taylor assumes the Presidency automatically by virtue of being the President-Elect at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 year.

Bios for each of the nominees for the 1st Year Director and Associate Member Director positions are as follows:

Chad Johnson
Chad received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.  Since 2000, he has worked for Olsson Associates.  Chad was a member of the student chapter of ASCE at Brigham Young University, and he has continued his membership in ASCE. He participated in the recent ASCE lead initiative to complete Infrastructure Report Cards for Missouri and Kansas, authoring the sections on dams and on levees for the State of Missouri.  He is also active in the local Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association, having served on numerous technical committees re-writing local stormwater design standards and currently serving as the chair of the Water Resources Committee for the local Chapter.

Valerie McCaw
Ms. McCaw is the President of VSM Engineering in Kansas City, Missouri.  She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering Oklahoma State University and M.S. in Civil Engineering with concentration in Engineering and Construction Management.  Ms. McCaw is active in numerous professional organizations including: 2013-2014 president of the Kansas City Engineers Club, former president of the OSU ASCE Student Chapter, and chairman of the Awards and Program Committees of the KC Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association. She also serves or has served on the Platte County Economic Development Council, the Platte County Regional Sewer District – Board of Trustees, and the Northland Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors.

Jim Palmer
Mr. Palmer is a Principal Civil/Structural Engineer with Kansas City Power & Light in Kansas City, Missouri, in the Power Generation Services Group.   In addition to being a Charter Member of SEAKM and SEI, Mr. Palmer is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on the Structural Testing Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) since 2004.  Since 2008 he has also been a commissioner for the state of Missouri serving on the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission (MSSC) and in 2010 he became the MSSC board representative on the SAVE Coalition. Past SEAKM roles include: Chapter President, Director, SEAKM Treasurer, SEAKM President, Delegate to NCSEA, and current SEAKM representative on the Missouri Structural Engineer Licensing Coalition where he is a Co-Chair of the organization.

Sara Somsky
Ms. Somsky currently serves as the Geotechnical Department Manager in Terracon’s Lenexa, Kansas office.  Ms. Somsky has been a geotechnical engineer for over 11 years, and has a M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. Ms. Somsky is a member of ASCE and NSPE.  Her involvement in ASCE began at Iowa State University with the Student Chapter.  Upon graduating Ms. Somsky continued her involvement with ASCE through the Kansas City Section’s Younger Members Group (YMG) in Kansas City.  During her 11+ year tenure with the YMG, she was served as treasurer (four years) and  vice-president, and she is the current president of the YMG.

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Geographic Services is proud to announce the Continuing Education schedule of seminars and workshops for the spring and summer that are scheduled in your geographic area. These seminars/workshops have been produced by ASCE’s Continuing Education Department with your members in mind.

Earthquake-Induced Ground Motions May 8-9, 2014 Scottsdale, AZ
 Structural Design for Bomb Blast Loads and Accidental Chemical Explosions (Buildings and Industrial Facilities)  May 14-16, 2014  St. Louis, MO
 Low Impact Development Applications for Water Resource Management  May 29-30, 2014  Kansas City, MO
 Introduction to Tunnel Design and Construction  June 11-13, 2014  Scottsdale, AZ
 Leadership Development for the Engineer  June 19-20, 2014  Kansas City, MO
 Design-Build Contracting  June 26-27, 2014  Minneapolis, MN
 Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers  July 24-25, 2014  Denver, CO
 Risk-Based Seismic Design and Evaluation  August 7-8, 2014  St. Louis, MO
 Seismic Loads for Buildings and Other Structures   August 21-22, 2014  Denver, CO
 HEC-RAS Computer Workshop for Unsteady Flow Applications  September 10-12, 2014  Kansas City, MO
 Design of Concrete Pavements – NEW  September 11-12, 2014  Denver, CO
 Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers  September 25-26, 2014  Rapid City, SD

Geographic Services would greatly appreciate if the newest Continuing Education schedule be included in your upcoming newsletters as well as added to your websites.

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