2018 Scholarship Winner - Kristy Nixon
The newest student selected for our annual scholarship is Kristy Nixon from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Kristy is a Scholar Athlete from Riley County High School, and currently serves as the college's ASCE Student Chapter President. She is active with engineering outreach programs, the Concrete Canoe Team and is an Engineering Student Ambassador.
2017-2018 STEM Grant Winner - Amelia Earhart Elementary
Congratulations to Amelia Earhart Elementary school in Goddard! They were selected to receive the 2017-18 STEM grant from the Wichita Branch of ASCE. The school employs STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education and plans to purchase reusable STEM kits for their students. The goal is to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and perseverance while exploring science concepts.
We are fortunate to have such an inspired group of officers who "Dream Big" to make our local ASCE branch even more successful. As the officers move into the second half of their terms, I want to say thank you for a job well done thus far. Our officers set out in August with goals and new ideas and these changes are beginning to roll out. It started small with the addition of door prizes at the monthly meetings and grew from there to include a STEM grant that is 50% larger than the previous year. Months of planning and coordination with Exploration Place and the producers of the Dream Big film led to us securing the rights to bring the movie to Wichita where it will be shown during Engineers Week in the Digital Dome Theatre to hundreds of students in addition to our Branch at our February meeting. Part of that planning for the movie included applying for a grant which we recently received from ASCE Region 7, and surprisingly, this was not the only grant that our local branch of ASCE received this year. The other event receiving grant funding is a kayaking event that the officers will begin planning for in the coming months. More improvements include an additional meeting in the month of March (traditionally the March meeting is held in Abilene), but we felt we had the speakers to have meetings both in Abilene and here locally on different topics. The ASCE Adopt-a-Highway event will also now include ASCE branded shirts being provided to all participants.
As I began with a thank you to the officers, I think it is fitting to end with a thank you to our membership for supporting us through your meeting attendance (which is high in comparison to other branches and sections), serving on the STEM Grant committee, serving on the Scholarhship committee, helping with the annual Steak Fry and providing service on the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup crew. We appreciate our membership and you keep us striving for more.
Daniel Schrant, PE
Wichita Branch President