Orange County Branch Newsletter

July 2020


Kicking-Off 2020 Work from Home Photo Challenges!

By Marionne Lapitan, EIT | Communications Committee Co-Chair

In light of the coronavirus continuing to affect our daily lives, we've missed all the amazing people that inspire the strength and purpose of our ASCE Orange County family. Zoom meetings and events became the norm and it refocused our energies and time to new hobbies and talents!

Through the power of technology and social media, the ASCE OC YMF Communications Committee introduced the Work from Home Photo Challenge on Instagram in May 2020.

It is in an effort to reconnect with our wonderful members and continually encourage positivity during an otherwise challenging pandemic time. The bi-weekly photo challenge kicked-off with the following three topics:

  • May 18th to 29th: Furry Pals
  • June 1st to 12th: Baby Pictures
  • June 15th to 26th: ASCE Friendships

ASCE OC Work from Home Challenge Promotional Flyer

During Furry Pals Week, we met some of our local civil engineers’ favorite quarantine buddies. They ranged from dogs, cats, bunnies, stuffed animals, and even a pet rock! Working from home just wouldn’t be the same without them. We can also agree, they are so photogenic!

Furry Pals Week Photo Submissions! Meet more furry pals here.

Baby Photos Week was adorable, charming, and just all-around sweet! We met the leaders of tomorrow and the future of engineering, as babies! Fifteen local civil engineers submitted their photos, and we are so proud of how far they have come! Can you guess who’s who?

Baby Photos Week Photo Submissions! Find out who’s who here.

For ASCE Friendships Week, we shared fond memories with our ASCE friends. It truly reminded us that despite the pandemic, we will always find our way back home to our ASCE OC family. From meeting in college to attending local events, it is truly amazing to see how many friendships were made through ASCE OC over the years. We are grateful and excited for all the other wonderful memories we will make in the future!

ASCE Friendships Week Photo Submissions (For Any Occasion)! Check out captured memories of more ASCE friendships here.

ASCE Friendships Week Photo Submissions (For All Seasons)! Check out captured memories of more ASCE friendships here.

ASCE Friendships Week Photo Submissions (For The Memories)! Check out captured memories of more ASCE friendships here.

In addition to reminiscing and seeing photos from our members’ photo archives, our ASCE OC Instagram followers were also able to play along with us and learn some fun facts about the memories through our Instagram stories’ trivia games. It brought a whole new life to just posting the photo, and it definitely made creating the challenges more interesting and fun!

Did you miss any of these challenges? Well, today must be your lucky day! Due to the success of our first three challenges, we’ve added three new bi-weekly topics! Please see below for our schedule!

  • June 29th to July 10th: Homemade Food
  • July 13th to July 24th: Hobbies/Special Talents
  • July 27th to August 7th: Engineering Projects

Submit a photo relating to the bi-weekly topic here and get a shoutout on our ASCE OC Instagram page! Photos are published every Friday afternoons bi-weekly.

Upcoming Work from Home Challenge Promotional Flyer

For questions, comments, or suggestions about future Work From Home Challenges, please email!

About the Author

Marionne Lapitan is a Civil Associate in the Traffic/ITS Department at Michael Baker International. She is currently the CSULB ASCE Practitioner Advisor/Liaison and the Communications Committee Co-Chair for ASCE OC YMF. Actively involved in various professional organizations, she is passionate about designing and building communities, both structurally and socially. She aims to make a difference in the world through civil engineering in hopes of building a brighter future for the next generation. She also enjoys traveling, graphic designing, and reading books in her free time. Marionne can be contacted via or LinkedIn.


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