President's Message: Kathryn Robinson, P.E.
Welcome to Las Vegas Younger Member Forum! Six months into the ASCE fiscal year, and I am proud to say that our YMF has been busy.
In October, we hosted a Mentorship Social. Our YMF has recently created a Mentorship Program in which students are paired with experienced engineers to enhance and guide the students’ future career and maximize their potential. The social event was held at Wildfire Casino Bowling Alley, and several students and professionals attended the bowling event. We also held a monthly luncheon that talked about “Improving Project Team Communication”.
In November we held a Mock Speed Mentoring event at UNLV, and had a Thanksgiving Happy Hour where Region 8 Governor Tony Lau was present. It was a great opportunity for our YMFers to meet him, and learn more about ASCE.
In December, we had a winter holiday social, in which a group of YMFers went to the Cosmopolitan Ice Skating Rink, and skated the night away in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip! We also participated in our 3rd Annual Magical Forest Community Outreach, in which we volunteer to man the booths and rides that benefit Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that helps special kids and adults live a normal life.
In January, 10 YMFers flew to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in WRYMC 2016. It was such a great experience being able to see the beauty of Anchorage, and meet with fellow younger members from Region 8 & 9. It was good seeing old faces, and meeting new ones. We were able to present a bid at the WRYMC Business Meeting, and I am happy and excited to announce that Las Vegas will be the host of WRYMC 2018!
February came and we volunteered on several events such as MATHCOUNTS, Introduce a Kid to Engineering Day, and STEM Outreach at Fyfe Elementary School. We also had a social event that gathered rivalries for the UNLV vs. UNR Basketball game. The month ended with a bang with several YMFers being awarded with “Of the Year” Awards at the Engineers Week Finale Banquet.
March came and we had an opportunity to have Ed McGuire, an ASCE Fellow discuss the history of Southern NV YMF. He also talked about some of the reasons why a person should join ASCE. I was amazed at what they were able to accomplish in the early days of our group, and I am proud to see how far we have come. Our YMF has not only endured the recent recession, but is flourishing in the valley.
One of the “founding” members of our YMF, our past Region 8 Director, Kristina Swallow, PE, F.ASCE, ENV SP was featured in most of the photos that Ed shared with us. It is exciting to know how much she’s done for Las Vegas YMF, and for the organization. As you all might be aware, she is running for ASCE National President-Elect, and our YMF has unanimously endorsed her. Her passion for ASCE, and our profession is eminent in her vision statement. She has been a steward of Civil Engineering and a great supporter of our YMF.
I encourage you to learn more about Kristina and her vision statement through http://www.asce.org/elections/. Help us in supporting her and I call upon you to vote for her, as she has been a great inspiration to our group, and a great leader within our region. Don't forget to let our voices be heard and vote on May 1 through June 1, and let's all stand together to support Kristina in her journey to be the next ASCE President-Elect.
Kathryn Robinson, P.E.
ASCE LV YMF President
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