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A Younger Member's Perspective: Younger Members Attend Student Conferences

Florida Section West Coast Branch YMG Visits the Southeast Student Conference

By Hong Ting (Sam) Chiu, E.I., A.M. ASCE, Florida West Coast Branch YMG President

Florida Section WCB Mystery CompetitionThe Southeast Student Conference 2014 was hosted at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) from March 27th to 29th/ It was attended by over 850 students from 24 different universities (and two from Puerto Rico). Thirty Younger Members from the Florida Section West Coast Branch YMG (WCB-YMG) had the exclusive opportunities to interact with this large group of students at the Conference. The Younger Members attended the Social/Networking events, judged competitions, showcased YMG at the Career Fair and business meeting, and (most uniquely) organized the Mystery Competition: A Photo Scavenger Hunt.
The Mystery Competition is a competition where details are not released until the day of the event and is typically a lighthearted, fun, less challenging event. This year, the WCB-YMG designed, judged and sponsored the Mystery Competition, bringing it to a whole new level. Each team received 30 clues/tasks related to ASCE and engineering principles. Each team solved the clues or performed the tasks as instructed, photographed the solutions and submitted the photographs via email. The Competition is designed to provide the students an opportunity to discover ASCE and link engineering principles to the daily world.

Carolina's Conference Senior Social

By Tom Hill, Treasurer South Carolina Section

Carolina's Pizza PartyOn March 7th, the South Carolina Younger Member Group hosted graduating seniors attending the Carolina's Conference in Charleston, SC at a social event to learn about the benefits of continued ASCE membership. From 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Wild Wings, the senior social was attended by more than 50 students from 5 different participating colleges. Many of the students were excited to learn about the Younger Member program and how they can participate in ASCE activities after college. In addition to the social, Local YMG members also served as judges for many of the student conference events. This event is part of the Upstate Branch's developing Younger Member Transition Program.

Southeastern Michigan Branch Younger Member Group Hosts Successful Icebreaker at North Central Student Conference

By Roland Alix, P.E., M. ASCE, Southeastern Michigan YMG President

Michigan Root Beer MugsYounger Members of the Southeastern Michigan Branch hosted an icebreaker activity at the North Central Student Conference that randomly divided participating students into 8 teams. These teams competed in 3 events: a root beer drinking relay race, an obstacle course relay race and a cup/coozie building competition. Points were awarded for first through eighth places and tallied at the end of the 3 competitions to crown a winner. Eight to ten Younger Members helped set up and run this event. Approximately 200 civil engineering students participated in these events. The activity was a great success with many students commenting on how much they enjoyed the icebreaker. Students were also allowed to keep custom root beer mugs used during the competition, as well as some other Southeastern Michigan ASCE Younger Member swag.

Pittsburgh Younger Member Forum Takes Pies to the Face at the Ohio Valley Student Conference

By Linda Kaplan, P.E., M. ASCE, Pittsburgh Section YMF Vice President

Ohio Pie the YMFThe Pittsburgh YMF hosted several events at the Ohio Valley Student Conference to bring students and Younger Members together. The "Find a YM" hashtag event successfully awarded two $25 gift cards as prizes to the students who found the most YMs - identifiable by their silly hats - and posted a photo on social media with #YMfoundOVSC. The YMF provided some appetizers at a restaurant (Ten Penny) near the hotel Friday night for students to socialize. While there wasn't a huge turn-out, the Akron students in particular did come by to say hi. Most notably, the Pittsburgh YMF staged "Pie the YMF" on CMU's campus on Saturday where students had the opportunity to throw whipped cream pies at some of our leadership.