ASCE End of the Semester Update

Hey guys!

We’ve made it to the end of the semester, which means this will be the last monthly update until next fall. Here’s the latest ASCE news:

  • Conference Results
    • Concrete Canoe: 4th overall
    • Steel Bridge: 7th overall

While we may have not have placed as high as we expected, both the Canoe and Bridge teams worked admirably towards their goals, and while we did not achieve some of these goals, I expect there to be a bright future for both of our teams, especially since next year’s regional competition will be here at SIUC!

  • The Touch of Nature Bridge is now completed, thanks mainly to Alex Kreke and his hardwork and determination! It even withstood the stress of dozens of marathon runners.
  • We held our annual end-of-the-year banquet on May 2, and we recognized members of this ASCE chapter for outstanding achievements and memorable, funny moments throughout the year.
    • Memorable Moments Awards
      • The Great “Sphaluki” (for coming up with this hilarious name suggestion for the Concrete Canoe): Travis Walk
      • Grapefruit Award (for managing to eat like six grapefruits at Conference this year): again, Travis Walk
      • Softball Diva (for always remembering about the ESC’s softball tournament & helping us win four straight tournaments): Emily Peterson
      • Uranus Award (for finding the small town of Uranus, MO, that has its amazing Fudge Factory): Joseph Dewerff
      • Bonehead Award (for a member of Steel Bridge who made a memorable mishap in the shop): Erik Woelfle (and his member box)
      • Arm-Wrestling Champion (conquering all comers in this ASCE chapter at an arm-wrestling tournament): Mohammed Alqahtani
    • Outstanding Awards
      • Concrete Canoe Member: Alex Kreke (a.k.a. The Machine)
      • Steel Bridge Member: Alex Faivre
      • ASCE Freshman: Fernando Sanchez
      • ASCE Sophmore: Jessica Wignes
      • ASCE Junior: Patrick O’Sullivan
      • ASCE Senior(s): Nicole Hanke & Alex Kreke
  • We would like to thank and congratulate all of our senior members of ASCE that will be graduating this semester:
    • Helena Amorim
    • Nicole Hanke
    • Alex Kreke
    • Jared Linze
    • Emily Peterson
    • Emily Waldon
    • Travis Walk
    • Trevor Walk
    • Carrie Zillman
  • We would also like to thank Professor Eichfeld for supporting us all these years as well as everyone that helped us along the way this year:-Dr. Kumar

    -Professor Eichfeld

    -Dean Warwick

    -Dr. Chevalier

    -Judy Sherwood

    -Lisa Rainey

    -Jennifer Langin

    -Tim Attig

    -Members of the IT office

    -Dr. Hsiao

    -Members of the Professional Advisory Board

    -Tanya Kwiatkowski

    -Elise Ibendahl

    -Sean Henry

    -Matthew Riechers

    -David Ledesma, J.P., and David Redding

  • We would also like to thank our sponsors; without your continued support,  we would barely be able to operate at the highest levels we can achieve at our competitions:-Nucor

    -Kirby Building Systems

    -American Institute  of Steel Construction (AISC)

    -E.T. Simmonds Construction Company

    -Hanson Professional Services Inc.

    -Crawford, Murphy + Tilly, Inc.

    -Quad-County Ready Mix

    -Crossroads Truck Equipment Inc.

    -J.T. Blankenship, Inc.

    -Black + Veatch

    -Joseph F. Vargo,  Attorney at Law

    -Robert and Jeanette Berty

    -Scott and Nancy Berty

    -Timothy Davis

    -David Ledesma

    -Carol Kaczmarski

    -Loren & Kathleen Root

We have our sights now on next year, and we’re ready to defend our yard at Conference at SIUC in 2018! Go Salukis!

See you guys next fall,

Jason Jurak

ASCE Monthly Update — April

Hey guys! As we’re gearing up for Conference later this month, here’s this month’s update:

  • Our regional conference competition will be on April 21-22 at the University of Arkansas.
  • We have two meetings this month.
    • April 11th
      • Speaker: Matthew Riechers, alumnus of SIUC.
      • The deposit for Conference ($20) is due.
      • Elections will be held for the following positions on the executive board
        • Social/Service Chair
        • Special Projects Chair
        • Conference Chair
        • Fundraising Chair
        • ESC Representative
        • PR/Historian Chair
    •  April 18th
      • This will be a mandatory meeting for members attending Conference, as we will go over important details on the itinerary, schedule, and more related to Conference.
      • Payment for the conference t-shirts ($12) will also be due at this meeting.
  • Both the Bridge and Canoe are almost complete.
    • As of this writing, the bridge is going through some final welding, and it should be ready for our builders to start practicing with it this week.
    • The finishing touches are being added to the canoe; it should be done later this week.
  • Touch of Nature
    • The TON bridge is about 80% done, with the decking support nearly completed.
  • Habitat for Humanity
    • It has been pushed back a week (April 15) due to harsh weather conditions.
    • Visit our events/fundraising page for more information.

I hope all you readers have a fantastic Easter, and wish us luck for Conference!

Jason Jurak

ASCE Monthly Update — March

Hey guys! Here’s this month’s ASCE Chapter Update:

  •  Our next (and only) chapter meeting this month will be on March 28.
    • Speaker: Sean Henry, member of the Professional Advisory Board and city engineer of Carbondale
  • The ASCE will operate the concession stand during the High School Super Sectionals on March 7. Those who volunteered should meet in the Engineering building in wing D (at the hallway by our office/shop) by 3:50 p.m.
  • Both the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams are wrapping up their respective projects for this year’s regional competition on April 21 and 22 at the University of Arkansas.
    • Next year’s regional competition will take place at SIUC!
  • Our ASCE chapter is also hard at work at building the bridge for our Touch of Nature initiative.
  • Congratulations to Fernando Sanchez for winning our ASCE logo contest!
  • Other social events:
    • Habitat for Humanity will take place on April 8 from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.
  • For our list of current fundraisers and social events, go here.

I hope you all have a wonderful spring break and an excellent St. Patrick’s Day.

Jason Jurak, PR and Historian

ASCE Monthly Update — February

Hello members of ASCE! Starting this semester, this website will now have monthly updates on the current and future events happening in the SIUC ASCE Student Chapter! Every update will include future meeting dates (which will all be at 6 P.M. in A131 of the engineering building this semester), fundraisers, news, and other social events in order to keep you posted on all things ASCE.

  • Mark your calendars, guys. Here are a couple of dates for upcoming ASCE Chapter Meetings:
    • Tuesday, February 7 (There will be bowling after this meeting.)
      • Speaker: Elise Ibendahl
    • Tuesday, February 21 (Dues ($10) will be due this meeting except for first semester students.)
  • There are two new fundraisers:
    • T-Shirt Sale (Feb. 7-28)
    • Crush for Crush (Feb. 14)
      • For more information on these fundraisers and other social events, go here.
  • Both the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Teams are preparing for our Conference competition, which will take place at the University of Arkansas on April 21 and 22.
  • For our Touch of Nature Bridge initiative, the ASCE has received $250 to help fund the project.
  • The SIUC ASCE Chapter is getting a new logo this year, and it could be yours. Open now until Valentine’s Day (February 14th), the ASCE is holding a Logo Contest, where the winner will not only have their new logo emblazoned on everything ASCE, but you could also win a free tub of ice cream of your choosing (courtesy of our new Chapter President Daniel Lee).
  • Finally, here are some other things happening in ASCE:
    • ASCE is participating in Habitat for Humanity this semester in order to help build affordable houses for those in need.
    • The movie Dream Big is playing in St. Louis on February 25 at 5 P.M., and there are 8 seats available to any ASCE members.
      • For more information on social events, go to the link above under the fundraising section.

I hope you guys and gals will have an excellent semester here at SIUC and in ASCE!

Yours Truly,

Jason Jurak, ASCE PR and Historian