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2015-16 End of Year Meeting

For our final general meeting of the year, we recapped our third-place three-peat at PSWC 2016, announced the 2016-17 Executive Board, and presented the annual USC ASCE Awards. We finished with an opportunity for everyone to sign the seniors’ hard hats, a USC CEE department tradition. It was a great end to the year with food, fun, and friendship!

Six Concrete Canoes

This poem is a reflection on our past four years of concrete canoes. A song form is also in progress.

Six concrete canoes float
   on the water
Six concrete canoes rest
   out on the grass
Four raced, were paddled boldly
   four concrete canoes raced
Battled fiercely, but never victorious.

Every last pound mixed and placed by hand
   built by hand
Countless hours endless energy;
   night after night, worked through the night
Covered in concrete, but building six canoes.

Six concrete canoes float
   in the water
Six concrete canoes rest
   out on the grass
Two broken, one beautiful and bright, and colorful;
   two demolished were unwanted
Two more concrete canoes remain;
   but each new year, a new canoe
So these soon will be gone too;
   for now six concrete canoes.

2015 Annual Report

Our 2015 annual report is now available. We prepare two annual reports – one for ASCE in slide form and one for USC Viterbi in document form. Both are available here:

This year’s ASCE Student Chapter Report (slides and excel file) was recognized with an honorable mention, placing our chapter in the top third of ASCE student chapters nationally for the first time in at least five years.

2014 Annual Report

The USC ASCE 2014 Annual Reports are now available for viewing. Due to new guidelines, this year USC ASCE has created two annual reports, one for national ASCE and one of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The reports outline accomplishments from the past year and aim to seek improvements for coming years.

USC ASCE 2014 National Student Chapter Annual Report

USC Viterbi School of Engineering 2014-15 Annual Report

This year’s Viterbi Student Organization Repory earned USC ASCE the Outstanding Student Organization Award for USC Viterbi.

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

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!