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Best Practice of the Month: Membership Surveys Get Useful Results, Show You Care
Best Practice of the Month, from the National Capital Section in Washington, DC, highlights the value of membership surveys. The National Capital Section sent its members a 12-question survey to seek feedback on ways to increase the value of membership. NCS used an online survey tool called Cvent and dedicated a subcommittee to analyze the content and phrasing of the questions, including how they related to other questions. The subcommittee was responsible for follow-up actions, which were just as important as the survey itself.
survey demonstrates that your Section or Branch wants to engage with members and also promotes a culture of continuous improvement within your unit. The best way to ensure members are getting value from their membership is to just ask. Membership surveys are a great way to get feedback from members at little or no expense to the Section or Branch. We can always learn from prospective or existing members about the programs of most interest to them.
ACT: Ask Counselor Tara Counselor Tara: What are force majeure clauses, and how should they be used?
majeure clauses are contract clauses designed to protect a party when
its performance of contract obligations is threatened or frustrated by
circumstances beyond the parties’ reasonable control. Often neglected in
contract negotiations, these clauses can be of tremendous importance in
the case of an unforeseen occurrence such as a natural disaster or
other unforeseen event. Read more.
Notice of Vacant Elected Positions
The Society's Region Boards of Governors need your help in identifying qualified individuals to serve as Society Directors and/or Region Governors.
A declaration of intent to serve must be filed with the Region Board no later than Dec. 1st. Region Directors and Governors who are successful in the Society's 2014 election will serve a three-year term starting in October 2014. Questions regarding the election may be directed to Patty Jones, director of Executive and Board Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distinguished Member Nominations Invited
streamlined nomination process makes it now easier than ever to submit a nomination for Distinguished Membership, the Society’s highest recognition. The Distinguished Membership grade is reserved for members of the Society who have attained the rank of Member or Fellow and who demonstrate acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in its related arts and sciences. The list of honorees is prestigious and includes engineers of wide renown. Past presidents of the Society are not eligible for Distinguished Member status; self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations for the Class of 2014 are due Oct. 1. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Awards for Authors
The Society’s inventory of more than 80 Society awards includes four prestigious awards for papers that cut across all civil engineering disciplines. Nominations are now being accepted. The Norman Medal, instituted in 1897, is among ASCE’s oldest recognitions. The Arthur M. Wellington Prize recognizes papers on transportation. The ASCE State of the Art of Civil Engineering Award honors papers for their scholarly review of the scientific and technical information needed by the profession. Nominations for the 2014 selection cycle are due to the Honors and Awards Program office by Oct. 1. Details about each can be obtained at asce.org/awards.
Cash Prizes for Young Researchers
Young researchers in any civil engineering discipline are eligible for the 2014 Walter
L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes. The Huber Prize recognizes members of the Society in any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. Preference is given to younger members (generally under 40 years of age) of early accomplishment who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research. Past Huber winners view this prize as an important milestone in their career. Nominations are due Oct. 1. To learn more about the award or to download nomination forms, visit asce.org/awards.
EWRI Award Nominations Deadline Coming Oct. 1!
the Award nomination deadline of Oct. 1 approaching, consider the exemplary service, research, or writings of your colleagues, peers, mentors by nominating him/her for a qualifying EWRI or Society award. For more information on the numerous awards and the respective eligibility requirements, visit the awards section of the EWRI website.
143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference housing deadline is only one week away. Don't miss essential discussions with your peers about best practices, emerging trends and challenges, technology and infrastructure. No other event provides the number of opportunities to network with experts and leaders or the mix of topics that ASCE Annual 2013 does. Register today and reserve your hotel room at the ASCE discounted rate of $225.
Register Now for T&DI's 2nd Green Streets, Highways and Development Conference:
Early Bird Registration Deadline is Around the Corner – Register by Sept.12 and Save!
Enhance your knowledge of sustainability concepts in the transportation industry this Nov. 3-6 by attending top notch technical sessions at T&DI’s 2nd Green Streets, Highways and Development Conference. This four-day conference is filled with dynamic technical sessions, networking events, and a packed exhibit hall
featuring the latest products and services. Take advantage of your chance to network with the industry’s best and meet your future branch members or employees. Early Bird registration closes on Sept. 12, and advance registration rates will apply. Register to save! Rooms are selling out fast. Be sure to book your hotel reservation by Oct.11 to receive the special conference rate.
Meet Great Civil Engineers and Their Projects in the Latest History & Heritage Newsletter
eCareer Mentoring: Share wisdom. Get guidance. Connect online.
Share your knowledge and learn from others with ASCE's eCareer Mentoring Program.
ASCE connects civil engineering mentors and proteges through its mentoring program, an exclusive membership benefit. We are committed to bringing our members the tools to form mentoring relationships and encourage professional and personal growth through shared experiences. Learn more about becoming a mentor or protege and sign up today.
Free eLearning Webinar: Conceptual Models for Infrastructure Leadership
the ASCE and the National Academy of Engineering have called for engineers of the 21st century to take a leading role in infrastructure discussions and decisions. These routinely involve stakeholders, constituencies, and organizations that are unfamiliar with traditional engineering modeling and analysis techniques. Removing communication barriers and assuming a leadership role in these conversations requires engineers to adopt new conceptual models that enhance communication between people with dissimilar backgrounds and promote shared understanding. Join Lt. Col. Steven Hart, Ph.D., P.E. of the Army Corps of Engineers on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. ET to learn how to explain the six functions necessary for the proper functioning of an infrastructure; describe any infrastructure to a technical or non-technical audience using the Component Model; develop an infrastructure assessment plan using
the Assessment Model; lead discussions among diverse stakeholders on the design of resilient infrastructures that incorporates risk management, engineering design, emergency response, and rationally sequenced recovery. Go to asce.org/elearning to register for this free members-only eLearning Webinar.
Issues & Advocacy
You’re Invited: Become an Engineer Advocate
capital drive-ins, Report Card presentations, media interviews – our members have done it all! You are invited to participate in a series of interactive webinars designed to give ASCE leaders the tools needed to become more effective advocates on behalf of infrastructure and the civil engineering profession. As you are a leader who has already been involved and engaged on these issues, we hope you will take part in these upcoming discussions. Get the latest from ASCE staff about legislative news, tools and support to help you build skills and spread the word. The interactive webinar format allows you to listen and share best practices and success stories with your fellow members. You are encouraged to participate in any or all of these sessions. Each session will be recorded and made available for access later. Register today for the following webinars:
2013 Report Card: It's More than Just an App Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. EDT
PR University Snapshot Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. EDT
States Are Where the Action Is! Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. EST
Upgrade Now for the Latest Version of the Report Card App
has just released an update to the mobile and tablet Report Card apps. If you've already downloaded the Report Card to your phone or tablet, the new version is only a few clicks away. To get the latest version, just go to your app store of choice - iTunes or Google Play- and click on Updates. While you are in the iTunes or Google Play store, we'd really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to rate our app and tell others why they should download it too.
Presenting or Talking about Infrastructure? Pick Up Presentations, Videos and More from the Report Card Toolkit
hope every ASCE member will be able to use the Report Card and to get others engaged in the conversation around our nation's infrastructure. The Report Card Outreach Toolkit includes presentations, state fact sheets, and other materials to help spread the message:
Looking for the Report Card video to use in your Powerpoint? Get the video here.
Talking to a group unfamiliar with infrastructure or a class? Download the How We Use Infrastructure infographic to start the conversation
to download the Report Card Executive Summary Brochure?
If you need printed materials for a conference or meeting, let us know! We have several information pieces that we can send you. Don't see something you need? Want more information? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership & Community
Membership Growth is a "Champion" Affair
The ASCE Membership Champions Program's membership concierge service gives you the tools to help you grow your Region, Section, Branch, or Younger Member Group/Forum.
Metrics that help you keep members.
"Point & click", downloadable tools on the website
interactive needs assessment, plug-n-play membership strategy, and customized tools helping you keep your focus on the end zone.
Video tutorials helping you maximize your efforts and minimize your time.
Gain exclusive access to tools, resources, and dedicated staff.
Join the team. The ASCE Membership Champions. Learn more.
Help Launch a High School Civil Engineers Club Now!
passionate leaders hoping to inspire the next generation of students to consider civil engineering as a career pathway! After a successful first year testing the concept in nine states, ASCE is launching the Civil Engineering Club program to support engineering educational outreach for high school students. Clubs are initiated by ASCE members who lead the formation of a partnership with a host school, a school faculty adviser and a team of engineer mentors. Tips for forming a partnership, planning, and running a successful club are included in ASCE's Civil Engineering Club guide, which also includes two topic modules,lesson plans, and student handouts for 7 activities. Topics covered included bridge design and water systems engineering. Suggestions for speakers, site visits and community service activities relating to these topics are also included. For more information contact Leslie
Payne, senior manager Pre-college Outreach at email@example.com or 703-295-6264. Registration materials are available on the Civil Engineering Club web page.
Promote Engineering Careers with a Free Poster
Include the exciting poster seen at left in your outreach efforts to encourage students to pursue a career in engineering this school year. The "Make Your Mark"
poster features the Summer Olympic Stadium in London. Limited supplies of the complimentary poster are available upon request to Suzanne Fisher at SEI, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the number of posters you are requesting and where they should be sent. Visit asce.org/SEI for more SEI news and opportunities.
ASCEville has expanded to connect kids to bridge design and more
do bridges hold the weight of the people, vehicles and goods that cross over them? Why are there so many types of bridges? What type of bridge is best to span long distances? ASCEville.org recently added new content about building bridges to help kids understand how civil engineers use math, science and ingenuity to build strong, beautiful bridges that keep our nation moving. Responding to kids' curiosity about what civil engineers really do in their jobs, ASCEville
guides kids through an exploration of bridges, as well as, roads and transportation, dams and water systems, sustainability and disaster response in the hopes that kids will come away with a broader understanding of how civil engineers help find technological solutions to overcome many of the world's most interesting challenges.
In ASCEville's new section on bridges,
kids learn that bridges have been connecting people and places for thousands of years. Principles of physics, such as tension and compression, are explained, as well as the natural forces that affect a bridge's strength and stability. In addition, students gain insight into the civics of bridge building and the decisions that engineers make to balance public need with costs, efficiency, safety, design and appearance.
Educators who visit the site will also be eager to take advantage of the more than 100 new, hands-on classroom activities directly related to civil engineering that support content about bridges and other sub-specialties of civil engineering.
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