By Josue Candelario, Programs Co-Chair
Have you ever been involved in a project where you found it difficult to work with your teammate? Or perhaps the interpersonal communication was not as efficient as you wanted it to be? Well, we all have experienced these at one point - and it occurs even in the professional work force. To help shed some light on this topic, ASCE Orange County YMF and Orange County Society of Women Engineers hosted a soft skills workshop earlier this year on April 11, 2017. The workshop was facilitated by Pattie Grimm, a certified training professional and an empowerment expert.
By Nestor Godinez, P.E.
The Annual Joint YMFs Soccer Tournament was held on April 1st in Santa Ana Barbara. Traditionally the tournament host YMF is rotated between Orange County (OC), Los Angeles (LA), and San Bernardino/Riverside (SB/R) including teams of working professionals and university students.
By Risa Abelgas, P.E.
Casual, informative, fun, and full of laughter are just a few words to describe the Mentorship Program Mini-Golf event at Boomers in Irvine on March 30th. Nearly half of the participants from the program and committee members were present on the green. This informal event allowed both mentors and protégés to showcase their talent or learn how to mini-golf while encouraging a little bit of friendly competition.
By Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT
THE PLATINUM RULE
"Treat others the way they want to be treated."
Although an effective way to get small children to behave, "treat others the way you want to be treated" sets us up to be ineffective communicators in the long run. We know that communication, or the lack thereof, is at the center of all good and bad relationships, whether it be at work or in our personal life. Similarly, we all like to receive information differently and perform best when those needs are met. Therefore, tailoring our message to meet the needs of others will not only help us become effective communicators, but strengthen relationships, improve performance, and minimize conflict.
“Our nation and economy can no longer afford to wait to restore and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure." - Norma Jean Mattei, ASCE President
By Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT
America's infrastructure was a major topic of discussion prior to the recent election and has been brought to the forefront once again after the March 9th release of ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Similarly, it was the major issue discussed in Washington, D.C. during the ASCE Legislative Fly-In earlier this month. Let us vow to keep the discussion going, as our nation, economy and future depend on it!
By Tom Broz, P.E., S.E.
At the November 17, 2016 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum, the three local ASCE Student Chapters from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) made “State of the Chapter” presentations.