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PSWC in November? That’s right! This past Sunday November 15, a group of USC ASCE members packed up a U-Haul with past concrete bowling balls, life vests, paddles, and our trusty 2014 canoe, Discovery II. Then it was off to Mother’s Beach in Long Beach for Mini PSWC to meet up with UCLA, CSULB, and Cal Poly Pomona for some friendly competition and canoe paddling practice.

Our paddlers got some great practice working on speed and turns in our concrete canoe out on the water. We got to try out different team combinations and see how well everyone paddled together. It was a great opportunity to see how weekly Sunday paddling practices have been paying off! Despite the wind and choppy waters, our teams looked great out there!

Our co-ed practice team gets ready for a race!
Our co-ed practice team gets ready for a race!

Besides paddling, members from all schools got together for some ultimate frisbee games, concrete bowling, volleyball practice, and even started up an egg toss competition!

Members from the Los Angeles Younger Member’s forum (LAYMF) came out to the event to check it out, show support, and provided an impromptu competition. Teams of four were required to create the tallest structure they could out of a box of straws and a roll of scotch tape that could support an egg at the top. Despite some leaning structures, the end results were pretty impressive!

2nd place team in the impromptu competition put on by LAYMF!
2nd place team in the impromptu competition put on by LAYMF!
The team worked hard to make their structure stand in the strong winds!
The team worked hard to make their structure stand in the strong winds!

Mini PSWC was a great time to get to know members from other schools as well as to get a feel for what PSWC will be like come spring. Although it was the first Mini PSWC that has ever been organized it will definitely not be the last! After getting a taste  of competition and team spirit we are beyond excited for PSWC 2016!

Mock Interviews with ASCE LA YMF

With the career fair a couple of weeks behind us and our resumes submitted to recruiters, the next step to getting that dream job or internship is the interview. Three guests from the Los Angeles Younger Members Forum (LA YMF) dropped by on Thursday night to give us some tips!

We began the night with a presentation by LA YMF President Phil Davies discussing some general hints for acing the interview, and then received a list of commonly asked interview questions that will definitely come in handy during our interview preparations. Our guest interviewers then split up into three separate rooms, and every USC ASCE member got a chance to have a one-on-one mock interview.
Overall, the event was extremely helpful; we will definitely be using everything we learned in our upcoming interviews! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the LA YMF members that took time out of their busy schedules to come out and help us!

Career Series: Resume Workshop

Yesterday members from YMF (The Younger Members Forum) and MLAB (Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch) stopped by for a Resume Workshop! Since they are working professionals in the Los Angeles area, they are full of great advice and feedback to get our resumes ready for the USC Viterbi Career Fair this upcoming week!

Our members were asked to send in their resume a week before so that the members from YMF and MLAB could look them over beforehand. That way at the workshop we received great feedback right away, and a copy of our resume with comments on it to take home.

Thanks to YMF and MLAB for their help in making this event so successful!

2015 Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders

Six USC ASCE members represented our chapter this past weekend at the ASCE Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) in Seattle, WA. WSCL brings together students from Regions 8 and 9 of ASCE, representing 36 universities in the western United States. WSCL is part of the multi-regional leadership conference that brings together student chapters, younger member groups, and branch and section leadership.

WSCL 2015 (Seattle)On Friday we attended several student sessions designed to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices between chapters. A networking lunch offered the opportunity to meet more students as well as professional engineers, before a keynote presentation by ASCE President-elect Mark Woodson. In the afternoon we did break-out sessions to focus on particular topics such as fundraising, membership, and issues specific to smaller chapters.

We also participated in regional break-out sessions, where we met with leaders at all levels from our geographical region (Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch in the LA Section in Region 9). Our primary focus was to strengthen inter-chapter interactions and our coordination with the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum. To that end, we’re hosting a beach day next weekend with UCLA and CSULB.

In the evening we joined students from a couple of other student chapters (UCLA and CSULB) for dinner in Bellevue, before heading to downtown Seattle for the scavenger hunt organized by the Seattle Younger Member Forum. Newly-formed friendships continued strengthening deep into the night.

11001838_792785960807099_2477080442182864052_nSaturday started with a networking breakfast accompanied by an extremely insightful presentation about generational issues that are likely to be encountered in current workplace environments. Students were also given an opportunity to do a Q & A session with the top ASCE leadership – the president, president-elect, and executive director. Another networking lunch, a leadership presentation, and several other sessions rounded out the day.

Once the conference was officially over, we still had about 24 hours to explore Seattle. Highlights include Pike Place Market, the Original Starbucks, socializing with students from other ASCE chapters, reconnecting with old friends at the University of Washington and exploring their campus, and seeing the Space Needle.

Overall, WSCL 2015 was an amazing experience. We met countless peers and professionals, explored new ideas for expanding our chapter’s goals and capabilities, and explored an awesome, quickly-growing city. I strongly recommend attending a future WSCL – keep an eye out for details about next year’s conference in Anchorage, Alaska (February 22-23, 2016) and the 2017 conference in Los Angeles.

USC ASCE Order of the Engineer Ceremony Luncheon 4/26/14

Order of the Engineer

USC American Society of Civil Engineers invites you to participate in the Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony. Region 9 ASCE Governor Jay Higgins will be conducting the ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by lunch.

Location: USC Campus EEB 248
Date: Saturday, 4/26/14 @ 11:00 am
Register by: 4/17/14 @ 12:00 pm at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GlYsCYXkllEQw6GyvXC-TShz0a4-pMCbMQOwiKbHYGI/viewform

There are limited spots to participate in this ceremony.

Any engineer is eligible for induction if he or she:
(1) graduated from an EAC of ABET program or
(2) holds a license as a Professional Engineer in the United States or
(3) is enrolled in EAC of ABET degree programs and is within one academic year of graduation (meaning all senior engineering students are eligible!)

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The first Ring Ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Others like it have since spread across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and to wear a stainless steel ring.

The Ring Ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order. Over 3,000 engineers have participated in ASCE led Ring Ceremonies since Spring 2003. More information on the Order of the Engineer can be found at www.order-of-the-engineer.org. FAQs can also be found at the following: http://uscasce.com/?p=2274

Participants at the USC ASCE Ring Ceremony will take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring. The cost will be $15. Please fill out the registration form below for the Ring Ceremony. A ring sizer chart can be downloaded (http://uscasce.com/?p=2273) to assist in determining your ring size of the pinky finger of your working hand.

For additional information on the Ceremony please contact:

USC Students at Order of Engineer Ceremony

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, Volunteer at CSUN 2/15/14

Date of Event: Saturday, 2/15/14
Time of Event: 8:00-5:00pm (We will be meeting at TBD at KAP to carpool)
Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA91330
RSVP by 2/7/14 : http://goo.gl/mA57Ii


Join USC ASCE on Saturday, February 15, 2014 to volunteer at the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, hosted by ASCE LA YMF at the Cal State Northridge (CSUN) campus!

High school students will be going to CSUN for a design competition to test and present their popsicle stick bridges. They need volunteers for everything from running scores across campus, to providing directions, to monitoring events.

This is a great way to meet other ASCE students from other schools while looking at the student’s popsicle stick bridge designs!

We plan to go as a group, so please fill out this form so that we can organize rides http://goo.gl/mA57Ii by Friday, February 7, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email uscasce@usc.edu.

Thank you!

For more information regarding the event, please visit: http://mlab-ymf.org/events/popsicle-stick-bridge-competition

2nd General Meeting & LA YMF Student Roundup

We held our second general meeting of the semester and hosted the ASCE Younger Members Forum Student Roundup, with several other universities in attendance.

Résumé Workshop 11/14/13 (Submit Résumé by 10/31/13)

Date: Thursday, 11/14/13
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: THH 114
Deadline to submit resume to uscasce@usc.edu : 10/31/13

On Thursday, 11/14/13 at 6:00 pm in THH 114, USC ASCE will be hosting a résumé workshop with the ASCE Los Angeles Section Younger Members Forum (ASCE members post-college to under 35).

If you would like to have your résumé reviewed and to reserve a spot for the workshop, please email your résumé as a pdf to uscasce@usc.edu by Halloween (10/31/13).

During the workshop, Civil/Environmental Engineers will offer insights and résumé tips as well as review your submitted résumés individually and/or in groups. This will also be a unique and valuable opportunity to network with industry professionals in the LA area!

(If you send your résumé early, more professionals will be able to look at it and you’ll get more feedback!)

ASCE YMF Tree Planting Volunteer Opportunity on 11/9/13

Date of Event: Saturday 11/9/13
Time of Event: 8:45am – 12:00pm (We will be meeting at 8:15 am at KAP to carpool. WE WILL BE LEAVING AT 8:20 am)
Address: 2627 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA
RSVP by 11/3/13: http://goo.gl/ddqLej

Please join us in volunteering with ASCE YMF for a tree-planting event. This will take place in Long Beach on 11/9/13 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees as part of the City of Long Beach’s “I Dig Long Beach – 6,000 Trees by 2020” campaign. All tools and supplies are provided. This is a great way to help the community while bonding with your fellow ASCE friends and other ASCE professionals.

We plan to go as a group, so please fill out the google form by 11/3/13 so that we can organize rides. http://goo.gl/ddqLej

If you have any questions, please email uscasce@usc.edu

Long Beach Tree Planting Program
Long Beach Tree Planting Program