On Saturday January 21st, 18 volunteers from ASCE, APWA, Friends of Johnson County Developmental Services and the ASCE/APWA student chapter of UMKC spent most of their Saturday painting inside a home in E 1201 Loula Street in Olathe, KS. During this event, the volunteers placed some sheetrock, and painted the home which was about to house 4 individuals with developmental disabilities. The organization Friends of JCDS provides support to these individuals by providing low rent housing and job opportunities for them to lead a regular lifestyle. In addition to painting, the volunteers were tasked with clearing some areas inside the home and assembling some furniture. We thank Friends of JCDS for allowing us to support their cause and to ASCE and APWA in Kansas City for providing lunch!

The local news channel visited the home during our volunteering and ASCE was featured in the news (follow link for the video) :

Volunteers spend Saturday building homes for people in need

Roger (pictured with his mother) will be one of the four tenants in this Olathe, KS home

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Looking to advance your career starting in 2017? Consider enrolling in the distance learning Graduate and Certificate degrees offered by Missouri University S&T! 

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Ernie Longoria and Ozzy Bravo stopped by Johnny’s Tavern in Overland Park on Tuesday January 17th to visit with the KC ASCE Younger Members Group. The YMG continues to have strong participation with over 20 ASCE members in attendance. The meeting was presided by Stephen Stinger, President and Structural Engineer with Black & Veatch. Some of the event highlighted included the Annual Mavericks Hockey Night in Indepedence, MO – sponsored in part by Transystems, the Friends of Johnson County Developmental Services Volunteer Day and the upcoming MultiRegion Leadership Conference in Minneapolis. The KC Section will be sending 5 members to participate – one board member and 4 YMG officers.

Ernie Longoria addressing the KC ASCE Younger Members

KC ASCE Members attending the MRLC in Minneapolis: Stephen Stinger, Tony Kulesa, Emily Loiselle, Ozzy Bravo and Tom Greer.

 

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The Kansas City Section of ASCE held a Joint Luncheon on December 15th with the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers – Western Chapter. During this Luncheon, US Army Corps of Engineers District Engineer Colonel Douglas Guttormsen presented on the role of the US Army Corps of Engineers within our Region. Col. Guttormsen also spoke about the projects the USACE KC District is looking at moving forward. The event was well attended and given that MSPE-WC were hosting, the KC Section members of ASCE got the chance to recite the Engineer’s Creed.

 

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KC Section August through November 2016

By the end of 2016, KC Section President John Blancett attended the Section and Governor Leaders Workshop at Society in Reston, VA. The KC Section co-hosted two very successful meetings with UMKC in October and with SAME Greater KC Post in November. Both events were highly attended! The KC Section Younger Members held engaging monthly meetings, their President  Stephen Stinger was recognized by the KC Ingram’s magazine and they hosted their Annual KC Sporting Tailgate Event.

The KC Section provided once again four scholarships to their members as preparation for their Professional Engineering Exam, this course is held at UMKC, lasts 8 weeks and provides excellent preparation. Look out for next year’s Scholarship Application.

You can read the December2016 KC Section Newsletter.

 

The KC Section held their first post summer meeting on September 12th at Burns and McDonnell in a Joint Meeting with APWA KC Metro Chapter. The KC Section Younger Members wrapped up another success fundraising year by hosting the 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and during the summer attended the Treehouse Unveil partially funded by KC ASCE’s donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri for Tyler a boy living with CHARGE Syndrome in Kingsville, MO.

Read all about it at the October2016 KC Section Newsletter!

 

This was part of the media coverage, which included ASCE Kansas City Section…

Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article93631802.html

KC TV 5

http://www.kctv5.com/story/32680156/make-a-wish-foundation-provides-dream-tree-house-for-kingsville-boy

ASCE on the front page of the Kansas City Star!

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Last Fall, the KC Section was recognized by the KU School of Engineering as one of their Engineering Industry Partners. During this event, the School of Engineering highlighted the Innovations and Research ongoing in their Lawrence campus. The KC Section is proud to support the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the University of Kansas in Lawrence through the annual fundraising efforts of Geotechnical Committee within the Kansas City Section.

https://engr.ku.edu/engineering-industry-partners

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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the KC Section volunteered with the SWE KC Chapter on November 29th to give back at Harvesters. The group had 15 volunteers which were separated into two groups, one sorted non-perishable items and the other sorted glass goods. Thank you to Nicole Tauheed (D&I Committee Chair) for providing this joint opportunity to make an impact in our Kansas City community!

 

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ASCE 2017 Priority Issues Survey

Every year ASCE surveys its members about public policy issues impacting the civil engineering profession. The Public Policy Committee and Government Relations staff use the results to identify top federal and state priorities (http://www.asce.org/priority_issues/). The Board of Directors then approves the final list. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to weigh in on the top public policy issues for next year. Please take the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/asce2017IssuesSurvey) and share it with your ASCE network today!

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Twin Creeks Design Competition

Your idea could create the next Linear Park in KCMO! The Twin Creeks Design Competition is accepting proposals! Click the link below for more information.

Twin Creeks Design Competition

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