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THE FORGE Shaping the future, one design at a time! Newsletter of the Birmingham Branch of ASCE President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer March 2010 John Clark Karen Phillips Lori Beth Kearley Birmingham Branch- ASCE, P.O. Box 190366, Birmingham, AL 35219 http://firstname.lastname@example.org Meeting Information Our monthly meetings are the first Thursday of each month at the Altadena Valley Golf and Country Club off of the Acton Road exit on I-459. March’s meeting will take place on March 4th. The meetings start at 11:30 am. The Club’s address is 2651 Alta Vista Drive, Birmingham, INSIDE THIS ISSUE Alabama 35243 and can be reached from the Acton Road exit 1 Meeting Information just west of Highway 280 on I-459. The club’s phone number is 205-967-5322. Please visit the website for maps and directions Mark Your Calendars from your location. 2 President’s Article The price is $14.00 per person, which you can pay to the Branch Secretary/Treasurer at the meeting or online at our March’s Lunchtime website. We request that if you plan to attend the meeting, Presenter please contact Lori Beth Kearley at 205-940-6420 or through 3 UAB Student Chapter the Branch’s e-mail at email@example.com and indicate Update your plans to attend no later than 5:00 pm on March 2nd. Pre-College Outreach 4 Younger Member Group Mark Your Calendars 5 Newsletter Sponsors • March 11, 2010 - Younger Member Group Meeting at Hatch Branch Contact Mott MacDonald Information • March 19 -20, 2010 – ASCE Sectional Competition at Auburn University • April 26, 2010 - 1st Annual Joint CSI/ASCE Birmingham Chapter Golf Tournament at Pine Tree Country Club Shaping the future, one design at a time! Page 2 The Forge President’s Article By John Clark The Forge The nominating committee for this year will consist of Jonathan Byrd, Christy Cahalan and Pat Chumbley. Jonathan Byrd, the Branch’s Nominating Committee Chair, will start in February to solicit names as possible candidates for the slate of officers to be presented at the May meeting. Please contact Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your recommendations or to volunteer. Susan Goertz will soon begin receiving applications for the scholarships that the Branch will award this year from last year’s tournament proceeds. Also, it is the end of February, if you have not paid your branch’s dues you may want to pay them. The dues help keep our branch operating and they are only $20. 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Page 3 The Forge UAB Student Chapter Update By Shelia Montgomery CONGRATULATIONS to the UAB Student Chapter who successfully raised the $5,000 needed to meet Dr Kirby’s challenge. Now Dr Kirby will be dining on a plate of pickled pig’s lips. Do not be surprised if the stakes are set much higher next year! Thanks again to all those who donated and attended events held by the Student Chapter. A special thanks to Vulcan Materials Corporation who matched the generous donation of one of their managers, putting the group over the top to exceed the challenge issued by Dr Kirby. The students spent January and February preparing for sectionals. A large CNC machine was utilized to form a mold for the canoe out of Styrofoam. The canoe pour was completed on February 26, 2010 with the help of roughly 20 students and volunteers. The UAB Student Chapter is in great need of your assistance. You are guaranteed to have a canoe-load of FUN. If you are available to travel to Auburn University during the ASCE Sectionals on March 19th or 20th, then please contact Shelia Montgomery at email@example.com or Jason Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org. Judges are needed for competitions under UAB’s prevue, which are: Mystery, School Spirit, Structural and Yearbook competitions. The students would greatly appreciate your support and will pay you back with tons of gratitude and, who knows, you might even learn something! Pre-College Outreach By Shelia Montgomery The Pre-College Outreach Committee is tasked with creating a new program to replace the Coloring Book Competition. Initially the organizational tasks include developing a mission statement, selecting an age group to target, and determining potential partners. After two meetings the committee is well on the way to completing these tasks. The misson statement reads as follows: The mission of the Pre-College Outreach Program is to inform the Birmingham Metropolitan Area's educators and students about the civil engineering profession, and support the educators teaching efforts by providing various educational tools, mentoring support, and creating a competitive venue that challenges students and encourages their interest in civil engineering. Shaping the future, one design at a time! Page 4 The Forge The committee is focusing efforts on 9th graders and is pursuing educators to learn about The preliminary briefing which events they would support and the best method of execution. A Forge with Dr Fouad of UAB’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering was very successful and a partnership with UAB is likely. Dr Fouad expressed great interest and offered to assist in the development of the program. A follow-up meeting will be held later in March. The long term goal is to create a competition for area students and have the schools compete at UAB introducing students to the civil engineering profession and to UAB’s CCEE Department. In the near term, the committee plans to work with a small group beginning with the new school year for 2010-2011 to refine and adjust the program as needed before launching on a larger scale. If anyone has any suggestions for the committee or wishes to participate, please contact the committee chair, Shelia Montgomery, at email@example.com. The chair would like to express immense gratitude to the committee volunteers - David Henderson, Les Kearley, Lanka Desilva, and Kyle Wood. A sincere thank you to those who have offered suggestions and support for the committee and to Lori Beth Kearley who, although quite busy as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Branch, has committed to assist the committee as needed. Younger Member Group By Maggie Weems The Younger Members Group (YMG) of the Birmingham Branch of ASCE is now official! The vote was held at the Alabama section meeting on February 4 in Huntsville. Preliminary elections were recently completed to nominate members for officer and committee chair positions within the group. Ms. Lindsey Sanders of Aerotek, Inc. was nominated as president. Mr. Kyle Wood of Hatch Mott MacDonald, Inc. was nominated as vice president/president elect. Ms. Maggie Weems of Gallet/Terracon was nominated as secretary/treasurer. Committee chairs are as follows: Ms. Heather Carroll of Gallet/Terracon for the social committee and Ms. Julia Bower of MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. for the membership committee. Due to National Engineers Week, the February YMG meeting was postponed to March, and a social meeting was held in its place. Eleven members met at Vestavia Bowl on Highway 31 on February 17 for a fun bowling gathering. A couple new faces were even present! Kyle Wood and Lindsey Sanders attended the Eastern Region Younger Member Conference in Atlanta on February 11-13, 2010. They attended an Outreach Workshop and brought back educational and interactive activity ideas to share with the Birmingham Branch Outreach Committee. They were able to participate in leadership meetings and also to network with other Younger Member Groups. This was a great Shaping the future, one design at a time! Page 5 The Forge opportunity for our group, and we appreciate Kyle and Lindsey taking time out of their busy The Forge schedules to attend! The March YMG meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 11 at the office of Hatch Mott MacDonald, Inc. The guest speakers are representatives of Northwestern Mutual and will be presenting on the topic of financial planning. We’re trying to build our membership base, so please pass the word along to all “young” engineers at your offices! Feel free to contact Lindsey at (205) 986-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the YMG! Newsletter Sponsors SPACE AVAILABLE! Where else can you reach over 500 people for such a low price? Put your company on the map today! Don’t see your company’s name here? Support your branch! For a fee of $50.00 per month your company’s name can reach over 500 engineers, scientists and potential clients in the Birmingham Area. If you would like to advertise in next month’s issue, please contact Lori Beth Kearley @ 205-940-6420 or mail your check to P.O. 190366, Birmingham, AL 35219. Branch Contact Information President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer Lori Beth Kearley Karen Phillips John Clark Sain Associates City of Talladega Volkert and Associates 205-940-6420 205-541-5148 205-563-3137 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com PLEASE RETURN THIS STUB WITH PAYMENT: DUES: ASCE Birmingham Branch (2009-2010) Total Due: $20.00 MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: ASCE-Birmingham Branch P.O. Box 190366, Birmingham, AL 35219 Name:_________________________________________________________ Email:_________________________________________________________ Company:__________________________Phone:______________________ Interested in volunteering your time?_______________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Shaping the future, one design at a time!
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