Weird abstract paining of a canoe with a question mark, by Jessica Maass

Concrete Canoe: Pick a Theme

USC ASCE Newsletter for October 9, 2013

Hi ,

Eight of our members are representing USC ASCE this week at the ASCE National Conference, in Charlotte, NC. They'll have lots of pictures and information to share next week!

The Concrete Canoe Aesthetic Design Sub-team has developed several ideas for this year's concrete canoe theme, and now it's up to you to vote for your favorite! Vote here, or look below to see more information. Our potential themes are: oSCar, PoSCeidon, DiSCovery, and Lickity Split.

Our next guest speaker meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 15, at 6pm, KAP 158, with John Hogan, CEO of Hall & Foreman, Inc. RSVP here. We'll have Chipotle!

Concrete Canoe's five sub-teams are meeting weekly to design and plan our canoe, see the schedule below. Note that this week's paddling practice is mandatory and there is no construction team meeting this week.

If you haven't already, you should really subscribe to our USC ASCE calendars to stay up to date on all of our events!

Nick Halsey
Membership Chair, USC ASCE

Concrete Canoe Theme Concept Sketches by Jessica Maass

Concrete Canoe Theme Voting

The Concrete Canoe Aesthetics Sub-team has developed several theme ideas, and now it's up to you to pick your favorite! We're opening up voting to all of USC ASCE. The theme will influence everything from the design of the canoe to its stands to the canoe teams shirts, our design paper, and even possibly integration with the Steel Bridge and Environmental design teams. Vote Here by Midnight Sunday!

John Hogan

Second Guest Speaker Meeting: 10/15, 6pm, KAP 158 – John Hogan, CEO of Hall & Foreman, Inc.

Join us for our 2nd speaker meeting of the year with John Hogan, USC alum and CEO of Hall & Foreman, Inc. Hall & Foreman is a private civil engineering consulting firm located throughout Southern California that performs services in planning, surveying, transportation, water resources engineering, and more.

Mr. Hogan was named ASCE Orange County Branch Engineer of the Year in 2011 and served as ASCE LA Section President in 2012. He will be sharing his experiences in the civil engineering field over the past 39 years. This will be a valuable opportunity to meet and gain insight from a fellow Trojan who is now a CEO in the civil engineering field, so come with questions to ask!

We will have Chipotle, so be sure to RSVP HERE if you are planning to come!

Concrete Canoe Sub-Team Weekly Meetings

Our canoe team is split into five sub-teams that hold weekly meetings. Every sub-team welcome new members throughout the semester and no experience is required to join any of the teams!

Aesthetics – Mondays at 5:15pm, KAP 167

Structures – Mondays at 6:30pm, SAL Commons

Construction – Thursdays at 4pm, KAP Lobby, NO meeting this week

Mix Design – Fridays at 2pm, KAP lobby

Paddling – Sundays 9:30 AM in front of KAP, mandatory this week (need to RSVP to

If you want to join the canoe mailing list, email us at

Steel Bridge Updates

No bridge meetings this week!

If you're interested in getting involved with steel bridge, email us at and we'll add you to the bridge mailing list.

Other Opportunities

ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) will be having their annual Officer Installation & Awards Dinner on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Los Angeles City Hall. At the event the incoming officers for the Branch, YMF, and Student chapter will be installed. In addition, various projects and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in professional achievement this past year will be honored.

5:00pm – Hosted Reception and Cocktail Hour
5:45pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Awards and Officer Installation

Registration for this event closes on Friday, October 11, 2013 ($20/student). If you are interested in going, please register online and email Since this event is downtown, we can take the bus there together. If you want to save $20, you can volunteer to help park cars and get in free (need to arrive at 4:30), email ASAP if interested. For more information and to register please visit:

The High Speed Rail Conference is looking for Viterbi volunteers!

Scholarships at AWWA

Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2014

AGC Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 1, 2013


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