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Winter Banquet: The Student Chapter held its annual Winter Banquet on Wednesday evening, December 19, at Rick's Barbecue. This is the first time in many years that the venue for the Banquet has not been associated with the Winter Board of Advisors meeting.  Almost 50 students, faculty and engineers from the community came together to enjoy an evening of food and conversation. Mr. Brad Bobich, P.E. from Cornerstone Engineering was the guest speaker. The Chapter is very excited about the new format for the Winter Banquet and hopes to reach a larger portion of the Terre Haute civil engineering community for the 2013 Winter Banquet. If you are in the area, please help us to spread the word, and we hope to see a great turnout again next year.

New 2013 ASCE Student Chapter Executive Officers: New officers for the 2013 year were elected in early December. The new officers are Meagan Sturgeon, President; Kate Dangel, Vice-President; David Baumgartner, Treasurer; and John Munson, Secretary. The new officers are excited to begin planning for an event filled 2013. If you have any activities the Chapter would benefit from participating in please contact one of the new officers. They would love to talk with you. Meagan can be reached at and Kate can be reached at

Fall Activities: The Cecil T. Lobo ASCE Student Chapter has enjoyed an active fall quarter of activities that supports its mission to expose students and the community to civil engineering through service and education. The Chapter sponsored monthly meeting featuring all three new civil engineering faculty: Professors Jeremy Chapman, Dave Devine, and Kyle Kershaw. The students enjoyed learning more about the personal side of their new faculty. In addition, Peter Schaudt of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects in Chicago, Illinois talked with students about creativity in civil engineering design and working with the landscape architect profession.  Ms. Molly Rice of Walsh Construction and 2011 ASCE Student Chapter President returned to discuss career opportunities in the construction/construction management field. In addition, Emily Nelson, 2008 civil engineering alumnus, of Wessler Engineering returned to talk with civil engineering students about innovative storm water management. We always enjoy having our civil engineering alumni return to speak with students and to recruit future alumni.

The student chapter continued its commitment to service with several important activities. The student chapter once again collected funds from across the Rose-Hulman community to support the Terre Haute Tribune-Star's Christmas Basket Fund. The fund provides Christmas meals to needy families in the area. This year the students collected over $1,100 for the fund bringing their total to over $42,000 raised since 1989. In addition, the chapter continued their partnership with the Will (Wabash Independent Living and Learning) Center in Terre Haute and with Servants at Work (SAW) in Indianapolis to build wheelchair ramps in the local community. For one such ramp, many students turned out on Friday evening, November 30, to build ramp sections on campus, and on Saturday to construct the ramp on site. While it was hard work it continues to be a tremendous outreach opportunity for the Chapter. The chapter also worked with the Explore Engineering program on campus to introduce middle school students to civil engineering. Even our students enjoyed building their own popsicle bridges. We won't say if they beat the middle school students in the competition, but we think there are some potential bridge designers in those middle school students.