We have just been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Section & Branch Web Award from ASCE National. We launched our new website in September after retiring our old website which served the section for 5 years. The old website was awarded this same award in 2009. We are extremely proud of our new website and look forward to it serving the needs of the Section for years to come.
I don’t know about you, but for me the summer came and went faster than ever! I personally welcomed the birth of my second child in June, my daughter Avery, with my husband, Walt. The summer months provided much needed rest and bonding with our new addition, however with September came my return to work and return to the Mohawk-Hudson Section after our annual summer “break”.
Though, during our “break”, the Section hosted its annual Student Scholarship Benefit Golf Outing on July 12th. We had a great turnout with almost 60 golfers. The support of all our golfers, sponsor and volunteers for making the event such a great success and for helping us raise money for our student scholarship is truly appreciated! I would also like to thank Walt Lippmann for all of his hard work putting this event together.
It has already proven to be a busy fall for the Section! On September 9th, we celebrated the dedication of the Waterford-Union Bridges as a National Civil Engineering Historic Landmark in Waterford. Frank Griggs, Jr once again put together an outstanding program of speakers including: Richard Marchione, Deputy Chief Bridge Engineer for NYS DOT, Andrew Herrmann, Past President ASCE and Bradd Utter from the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center. We had a fantastic turnout with over 100 people representing area professionals, politicians and civil engineering faculty and students from RPI.
On September 21st, the Section hosted the first “Family Fun Day” at the Crossings in Colonie. Approximately 25 members of our section and their families joined together for a BBQ and activities. While I could not attend myself, it was a great event for our members to be able to meet each others’ families and socialize outside of professional events.
Also in September, our Section website launched its new and upgraded design. I would like to thank Andy Jensen for all the work and time he puts into making our website so great. Please check it out and bookmark it, as it is kept up to date with all our technical group and Section events throughout the year.
The Section has a lot of wonderful events planned for the coming months, including the annual SEI day on October 16th and Geo Day on November 15th. In addition, as the holidays roll around, we will be hosting our annual Toys for Tots event, which is always a great success. Be on the lookout for more information regarding these events in this and future newsletters.
And as always, we are always looking for ways to make the ASCE Mohawk Hudson Section better for our members. Please contact any Board member, committee chair, or technical group/institute chair if you are interested in getting involved, or just come to our next Board meeting. We will now be meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Wolf’s 111 on Wolf Road in Albany. Meetings are open to all members.
Thank you and I look forward to all that we have to offer in the coming months!