October 2019
WTS SW Idaho 
Chapter Newsletter
Issue No. 38
In This Issue
Transportation YOU - Bridge Beam Activity

 Sarah Ringling, P.E., HDR, and Karissa Hardy, P.E., LHTAC, taught a bridge beam activity at the South Junior High School in Boise, Idaho on October 23rd. Twenty-one students attended the event. The girls were very engaged in the activity and worked well in groups together. All in all, it was a great activity!

Future Transportation YOU Events:
  • November 13th - Asphalt cookies
  • January 15th - Seismic shakeup  
  • February 12th - Water treatment 

Donation Drop-off Locations & Contacts:
1.        HDR, Sarah Ringling
412 E Parkcenter Blvd # 100, Boise, ID 83706
2.        Horrocks Engineers, Sarah Rosa
2775 W. Navigator Dr, Meridian, ID 83642
3.       Valley Reginal Transit,  Kelli Badesheim
700 NE 2nd St, Meridian, ID 83642
Please drop off your donation to one of the three listed drop off locations by Tuesday, October 29th. 
Please include the following with your donation:
  • Value price
  • Brief Description
  • Minimum Bid Price
  • Picture
All items are acceptable for Auction. If you are unable to drop off your donation to one of the three listed drop off locations by October 29th, donated items will still be accepted while the auction is ongoing. 

Online Auction Starts: 11/4/2019 to 11/17/2019

Stay tuned for additional information for the online auction!

If you have a topic suggestion or want to contribute an article for our next newsletter, please contact Cristina Brischler

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Event October 12, 2019

Saturday, October 12 th was our fourth and final pick-up of the year.  In just over an hour and a half, we gathered trash that filled 8 bags, plus some larger items for pick-up by the ACHD Maintenance Crews. For the year, we picked up 46 bags of trash, as well as other trash (usually building supplies) that were too big for the bags. We had 38 volunteers help throughout the four litter pick-up days.
The crew pictured for the October 12 th pick-up day included:
Dusty and Dyan Bevins, from ACHD
Karissa Hardy and her son Myles, from LTHAC
Mac McOmber, retired from AECOM

Not pictured but also on the crew were Megan McNeese, from S & C Associates, and Dave Butzier, from AECOM.
Thanks for all that helped with the Adopt-a-Highway program this year.  We will resume again next year in April, to keep our stretch of Orchard Street picked up and looking good.

Available Scholarships
Our chapter is looking to award two scholarships in late 2019, the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduate Students. See additional details on our website using this link. Applications can also be found on our website here.
Coming Soon! - Award Submission for Annual Gala

Our Annual Gala is around the corner.  Start thinking of Award Submissions for the following categories: 
  • Member of the Year
  • Woman of the Year
  • Honorary Ray LaHood of the Year
  • Employer of the year
  • Innovative Project of the Year
  • Rosa Parks Award for Diversity
Criteria for each award category can be found on the SW Idaho WTS website.  The nominations' site will open on November 4, 2019, and the link will be shared in a future announcement.  Submission date for the awards' forms will be  January 3, 2020, at 10:00 pm.

Upcoming WTS SW Idaho Chapter Events

October 30th
Presentation by Cynthia Gibson, Executive Director of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance

Bob Thompson, ITD, and Monica Gourd, FHWA, will discuss Value Capture Funding for Transportation FHWA and ITD. The presentation will cover how to capture the increased value of property to help fund transportation improvements. 

Annual ASCE/ISPE/ITE/WTS Joint Holiday Social

For more on Corporate & Event Partnerships contact Donn Carnahan