Orange County Branch Newsletter
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.
John Stapleton, the CSUF Chapter President started the evening off by describing how the CSUF ASCE Student Chapter currently has 117 members of which 71 are upperclassmen. John went on to describe how the chapter’s main goals for the year were to increase membership participation in activities, increase underclassmen membership, and increase the number of outreach and service events.
John further described how 64 of CSUF ASCE Student Chapter’s members participated in the 2016 Pacific Southwest Conference placing 4th in the overall competition with a 1st place finish in the geowall competition, a 6th place finish in the technical paper competition, a 8th place finish in the steel bridge competition, a 5th place finish in the environmental competition, and a 7th place finish in the transportation competition.
John concluded by indicating that the chapter was already deep in to preparations for the 2017 Pacific Southwest Conference with concrete canoe and steel bridge teams already meeting two times a week and the geowall team practicing every weekend.
The next presenters were Lauren Kilroy and Mais Sagradyan, the CSULB Chapter Co-Presidents. Lauren and Mais introduced their chapter’s leadership team which consists of 14 students, 2 faculty advisors and 2 practitioner advisors. Lauren and Mais then described in detail the chapter’s goals and objectives of:
- Leadership and Professionalism
- Outreach and Development
- Involvement with Local Student Chapters
- Preparation for the 2017 Pacific Southwest Conference being hosted by UCI
- Recognition of Member Success
- Involvement with Professionals
Lauren and Mais went on to report that the CSULB ASCE Student Chapter’s members participated in the 2016 Pacific Southwest Conference placing 11th in the overall competition with a 4th place finish in the geowall competition, a 2nd place finish in the surveying competition, and a 1st place finish in the kan jam competition.
The final presenters were Karen Cervantes, the UCI Chapter President, and Cristen Alvarez, the 2017 Pacific Southwest Conference President. Karen introduced their chapter’s leadership team which consists of 15 students. Karen then described in detail the chapter’s goals of:
- Increasing membership by 30%
- Increasing participation in the mentorship program
- Conducting two volunteer/outreach events per quarter
- Conducting two technical tours per quarter
Karen further described how the chapter was developing itself by focusing on its mentorship program which helps new students to navigate through “college” and become familiar with the chapter with the goal of having them join the chapter. In the end result being a network of lasting connections with current students and alumni.
Cristen next took the mic and described how the UCI ASCE Student Chapter’s members participated in the 2016 Pacific Southwest Conference earning a 7th place finish in the concrete canoe competition, a 3rd place finish in the technical paper competition, a 7th place finish in the steel bridge competition, and a 3rd place finish in the jeopardy competition. Cristen then went on to explain how the UCI ASCE Student Chapter’s members were deep in preparation for the 2017 Pacific Southwest Conference which UCI is hosting. The chapter is planning on conducting 17 competitive events as part of the conference which will be held April 6 – 8, 2017 on UCI’s campus.
With the completion of the student chapter presentations, Nestor Godinez, the Younger Member Forum (OC YMF) President, gave an overview of the YMF and its recent activities. Nestor was first proud to report that at the 2016 ASCE National Conference the OC YMF was recognized as the “Most Outstanding Larger Younger Member Forum in the Nation”.
Nestor then went on to describe the myriad of recent activities that the OC YMF participated in which included participating in the Ragnar Race, attending a paintball outing and a Clipper’s game at the Staples Center, volunteering cooking at the Ronald McDonald House and building a Corazon house in Tijuana, hosting a personal finance workshop, attending a tour of the Los Angeles Regional Connector Project, putting on the 2016 speakers series and a panel discussion on “Engineer to Entrepreneur”, and sponsoring the “popsicle bridge” competition, a jog-a-thon, and the mentorship program.
Nestor concluded his remarks by announcing the winner of the annual student chapter competition. Nestor provided a brief background on the competition judging criteria and then announced CSULB as the 2017 ASCE OC Student Chapter of the Year.