Written By: Noe Santos
On March 30th, four Las Vegas ASCE YMF members and two ASCE Southern Nevada Branch practitioner advisors departed on a short road trip down to Long Beach, California. The trip’s goal was to support the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s ASCE Student Chapter at the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) and to talk to students about continuing with YMF after graduation.
The first day (Thursday) at the PSWC was filled with concrete canoe and steel bridge displays as well as technical competitions such as surveying and environmental engineering. The YMF representatives were able to talk to some of the students about their respective projects and talk about the role of YMF following graduation. The YMF representatives were also able to assist the steel bridge team by hunting down some equipment in Long Beach that was unfortunately left behind in Las Vegas and was required for Saturday’s big bridge building event.
On Friday, the YMF members used the sponsored funds from ASCE’s Committee on Younger Members (CYM) to purchase a wide spread of breakfast items to help fuel the UNLV ASCE student chapter as well as beverages to keep everyone hydrated under the warm Southern California sun. The sponsored food was overall a big hit! The students reacted very positively and were relieved to find that there would be food available for the super early beach day at the canoe races. The YMF representatives stuck around with the student chapter and helped to cheer on the UNLV Concrete Canoe Team to a couple overall wins in the race category (3rd in Men’s Sprints and 3rd in Coed Sprints).
The YMF members supported the student chapter through the closing banquet ceremony on Saturday and cheered on the student chapter’s wins in concrete canoe as well as other conference events.
The Las Vegas ASCE YMF group would like to thank the CYM for the ability to leverage the sponsored funds in return for providing a nutritional spread for the students. It was a very long and enjoyable weekend that definitely helped to educate the students about the role of YMF. Las Vegas ASCE YMF definitely looks forward to maintaining a strong connection/advisor role with the student chapter and ensuring the personal and professional success for the ASCE Student Chapter members!