April 2016

Volume 31, Issue 8
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter
Please look over this May edition of the newsletter for the latest information on your Akron-Canton Section
President's Column  
By:  Mark Miller, M.ASCE

May is the last newsletter until October 1, 2016 and a new administration will be in charge. Going through the various positions of the Board of Directors has been a great experience and that was due entirely to the wonderful and dedicated team that serves our Section!
Our April program  was another great success. The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth was an excellent meeting location with great food and a very accommodating staff. At our April meeting, we hosted the local ASHE group and a few members from the local Ohio Contractors Association chapter. Representative James Renacci of the 16th District of Ohio was our featured speaker. Congressman Renacci spoke of funding for Highways and Infrastructure and his desire for a long term funding mechanism. He spoke of Washington DC in general and some comments regarding the current Presidential Primary process.
Ruth Klee of GPD Group was unanimously voted in to join the Board of Directors and become the next Treasurer.
As we have reported many times in the past, once again our Student Chapter has made headlines. In April, they were notified that they had been awarded "2016 ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 3". The students were also one of five finalists for the Robert Ridgway Award. Please read their letter of award later in this newsletter.
May's meeting will be our "Spouse and Friends Evening and was put together by Ken Kostura. The evening looks to be great and you will need to make a reservation early!
We continue to solicit for Newsletter Sponsors and Meeting Sponsorships. It is never too late. As has been our history, the newsletter sponsor donations go directly to our scholarship fund. Newsletter sponsors are recognized in each newsletter. Meeting sponsorships were new last year and are a mechanism to help keep our increasing meeting costs affordable. We will thank our meeting sponsors at each meeting and in the newsletter.
Please watch your inboxes for our monthly newsletters and periodic announcements. If you have an interest in getting involved on the leadership team, please do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the Board.

Mark Miller
Akron-Canton Section President


 May Section Meeting

Register via EventBrite here by May 13th at 1:00pm.  Click here to view a pdf of the meeting flyer. You can also view the menu by clicking here and find directions to Gervasi by clicking here.

July RubberDucks Picnic - July 29th

The July RubberDucks outing has been planned and you can reserve your spot now via Eventbrite.  A pdf of the flyer can be found here.  RSVPs are due by July 14th at 1:00pm.

University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter Updates

March 31th through April 3st, 30 University of Akron students traveled to Lawrenceburg, Indiana to compete at the Ohio Valley Student Conference. The Concrete Canoe Team placed 2nd overall at competition, taking 1st in four out of the five paddling races and 1st in Overall Display. The Steel Bridge Team took 2nd place overall with 1st in Stiffness, Lightness, and Efficiency. The Steel Bridge Team will be travelling to Provo, Utah at the end of May for national competition. UA's student chapter of ASCE placed 2nd overall for the entire competition!
In addition, the University of Akron Student Chapter has received the Distinguished Student Chapter Award by ASCE National for our Region.  A full letter detailing their achievement can be found below, or by clicking here.  Congratulations Students!!!

We Need Your Help!!
Past Presidents Picnic Survey

Attendance at our Annual ASCE Golf Outing and Past Presidents Picnic has been low over the past several years.  In an effort to make the event better and increase attendance, we have prepared a brief survey for members to provide us with valuable input. 
You can access the survey by clicking here.  There are only a few questions and this should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  Thank you in advance for helping to make the Past Presidents Picnic and Annual Golf Outing a better event!

Do you have ideas for section meeting speakers?

Do you have ideas for future section meeting speakers or topics?  We need you help.  Please contact one of the board members if you have any ideas you would like to share.

Call for Award Nominations

If you know someone who is worthy of an award, please help ASCE to provide them the recognition they deserves. 
The Akron-Canton Section is currently accepting nominations for the following awards.  The forms and criteria for the awards can be found by clicking here or by contacting Jim Mitchell, P.E. at jmitchell@envdesigngroup.com.  The deadline for applications and nominations has been extended to May 13th, 2016.
Wendell R. LaDue Civil Engineer Award: 
This annual award is presented in memory of the founder of the Akron-Canton Section of ASCE to a section member who has promoted professionalism and the advancement of the civil engineering profession. 
Gary W. Johnson Young Civil Engineer Award: 
This annual award is presented to a section member under the age of 35 years old who has promoted professionalism and the advancement of the civil engineering profession. 
Memorial Scholarship: 
The Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of members who have passed away by aiding worthy students studying Civil Engineering.

 Akron-Canton Section Sponsorship Opportunities
Our section is offering two sponsorship opportunities in 2016 for those companies interested in supporting the operations of the ASCE Akron-Canton Section.  We have two donation levels available for you to choose:
  • Newsletter Sponsorship - $100 donation - The Section will display your company's name with a hyperlink to the company's website in each monthly newsletter, for 12 months from donation receipt. Additionally, the Section will display your logo with a hyperlink your website on the Section's website here. Your donation would go directly to our Scholarship Fund. 
  • Newsletter & Business Meeting Sponsorship - $250 donation - This donation level consists of $100 donation for the Scholarship Fund and $150 for supporting our professional meetings. In addition to your company's name in our newsletter and on our website, your logo would be displayed on a PowerPoint slide at our monthly meetings, with a verbal mention as we begin the program. This would occur at a minimum of four meetings through the year. Your donation would help reduce the meeting cost to our members.
Please consider supporting our Akron-Canton Section with a Newsletter and/or Meeting Sponsorship for the 2016 calendar year. You can begin your Newsletter Sponsorship by mailing your company name, website address, and $100 check made out to "ASCE" to the address below. For Meeting Sponsorships, please email a digital copy of your company logo and mail a check for $250 made out to "ASCE" to the following address:


Amanda Foote

3189 Summit Road

Copley, OH 44321


 PDH Documentation

Did you attend a recent section meeting and need documentation of attendance for tracking PDH's?  Visit the section website here and click on the resources tab to find meeting attendance records.

In This Issue
President's Column
NEXT Section Meeting
July RubberDucks Picnic
Student Chapter Updates
Past Presidents Picnic Survey
Meeting Speaker Assistance
Award Nominations
Sponsorship Opportunities
PDH Documentation
Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction

Upcoming Section Meetings

May 19, 2016
Upcoming BOD Meetings

Fall of 2016
ASCE Websites
Newsletter Sponsors
William Glazier, Ph.D.


Thank you for your support!

Amanda Foote, Secretary
ASCE Akron-Canton Section