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Concrete Canoe Showcase

The Concrete Canoe Team has just launched a new showcase website for our Concrete Canoe! The site features a concise summary of each year’s canoe going back to 2011, including key pictures, the design paper, PSWC results, and more.

Now that 2014 is almost upon us we need your help to finish designing and to build our next canoe. If you’re interested in canoe email canoe@uscasce.com for more info on how to get involved!

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Website Redesign

We’ve launched a visual redesign of our website, addressing several concerns about our site’s usability that came up in our Fall 2013 survey.

Previously, we used a custom child theme of the Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme. Now,  we’re using Twenty Fourteen, with the Fourteen Colors plugin.

The new design features images more prominently and boldly (see the design team pages, for example, Concrete Canoe). It’s higher contrast and more readable. And most importantly, it provides several tools for us to highlight the most important content, for example, through the new sidebar on the left of the screen.

Continuing our commitment to open source software, I contributed heavily to the development of Twenty Fourteen, so that we could make it better for both our uses at USC ASCE, and for thousands of other sites worldwide.

We hope you like our new design!

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Adventures with Phil, ASCE Foundation’s Philanthropist Hedgehog

This semester we hosted Phil, the ASCE Foundation’s Philanthropist Hedgehog. We took him with us whenever we went somewhere exciting, some of the highlights were USC Trojans Football Games and various Civil and Environmental Engineering field trips. Since we took Phil everywhere, this post also includes a nice summary of USC ASCE events and events our members were involved this semester. We’re looking forward to the spring semester, when we’ll be getting into full gear in preparation for the Pacific Southwest Conference!

Phil on Gameday & at Trojan Football Games
Phil on Field Trips
Phil with Building Science Students and the Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Team:

Phil Around LA
Phil Studying and Visiting the Science Center
 MORE PHIL!!!
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EBoard Secret Santa

Our board celebrated its last meeting of the semester with a secret santa gift exchange! After everyone opened their gifts, each person had to guess who gave it to them, which was harder than you’d think given the size of our board.

EBoard Secret Santa gift circle results

Overall this was a great way to end our semester. A lot of work goes into organizing everything for ASCE and we’ve already started getting ready for an exciting spring semester. Through our weekly 9pm board meetings, as well as working outside of the meetings, our board has put in a terrific effort this semester; none of our events would be possible without everyone’s dedication & commitment to making USC ASCE awesome!