Day: January 12, 2021

Scholarship: ITE International Student Paper Award

Attached are the requirements for the ITE International student paper award (Daniel Fambro Student Paper) .  The Michigan Section follows the same rules and format.

The Michigan Section awards $500 for first place and $300 for second place.  As the attached flow chart shows deadline for submitting paper to me for the Michigan award is March 1. I will then send them on to the Great Lake district for judging and possible submission for the international Award.

Tim Haagsma

Michigan Section Student Award Chairman

Tim Haagsma, PE
Director of Traffic and Safety
(616) 242.6936
thaagsma@kentcountyroads.net

Kent County Road Commission
1500 Scribner Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
kentcountyroads.net
Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award Info Sheet

Student Paper Award Flow Chart


Scholarship: MSES

MSES Scholarship School Participants:

MSES is proud to announce its annual scholarship program available to college students pursuing a major/career in a transportation related field.  The scholarship requirements and application can be accessed here:  https://www.mses.org/scholarship-requirements.html.

2021-2022 MSES Scholarship

  • The 2021-2022 scholarship application is available at mses.org and is due February 5, 2021.
  • MSES Scholarship Program qualifications and guidelines are available through www.mses.org
  • Applications may be submitted through the available online form at www.mses.org.
  • Further questions regarding scholarship qualifications and the submission process may be directed to MSES Executive Director, Heidi Holste at info@mses.org

After the applications are received by MSES:

  • Following receipt of the written application, applications will be scored by MSES Scholarship committee members, see criteria on www.mses.org.
  • Top scoring applicants will be required to participate in a scheduled video/online interview between March 8, 2021- March 22, 2021.  We hope to return to live interviews in the future.
  • Questions regarding interviews and scheduling may be directed to MSES Scholarship Chair, Kelly Agosto at kelly.agosto@hennepin.us.

Engage with MSES

We also want to be sure you and your students are aware of other opportunities to engage with MSES. 

  • All students receive a free MSES Membership by emailing info@mses.org.  By becoming a student member of MSES, students will receive access to the MSES newsletter and event opportunities. 
  • Follow MSES on LinkedIn and Facebook to learn of upcoming events and MSES communications.
  • MSES Speakers are available to college groups or to speak to classes.  Email Heidi Holste at info@mses.org if you are interested in this opportunity. 

We are excited to meet with your students and look forward to granting many awards as we continue to partner together in building tomorrow’s transportation leaders!

Regards,

Heidi Holste, Executive Director

Executive Director

heidi@mses.org

612-708-1982


Scholarship: AGC Michigan

Thanks to the generosity of AGC Michigan members and friends, the AGC Michigan Education Endowment Fund awards numerous scholarships each year to CM and CE students studying at Michigan universities. Please help us spread the word about scholarship opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year.

The applicant must:     
1) be a college sophomore or junior. (Junior-level applicants must have one full academic year of coursework remaining at the beginning of the fall 2021 term.)     

2) desire a career in the construction industry.     

3) be pursuing a BS degree-granting program in construction management or civil engineering at an ACCE- or ABET-accredited Michigan college or university.     

4) be enrolled full-time (part-time students are not eligible for awards).

All applications and supporting documents are due by January 31, 2021. The application is available online here, or via the AGC Michigan website student page under the Member Services tab.
 
 AGC of Michigan serves the construction professionals of Michigan by fostering and strengthening the key values of skill, integrity and responsibility of those who build Michigan.


Info Meeting: Husky Construction and Design/AGC Michigan Toastmasters

Below is information on a new program that AGC Michigan is starting, AGC Michigan Toastmasters Club. It is our plan to run this though Husky Construction and Design. This club will include people in the industry. This is a great opportunity to not only improve your public presentation skill, but also develop some network connections in the industry. Please click on the link, register for the Toastmasters meeting and join the organizational meeting. I will be participating in the meeting. Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to build our portion of the club at Michigan Tech.

Prof. Lynn Artman
___________________________________________________________

Good morning and happy New Year to all!

During the SCAN event held in October of 2020 there was a discussion about what students could do to better prepare themselves for their role in the construction industry. One topic that was raised repeatedly was to enhance their communication. To assist students, and others throughout the industry, AGC Michigan will be forming one or more Toastmasters clubs.  Membership in an AGC Michigan Toastmasters club is open to AGC members and student chapter members at Michigan Universities.

Toastmastersis a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Membership in  a club helps improve public speaking skills, build leadership skills, maximize your potential, enjoy personal growth; work on networking in a small and supportive environment; practice writing speeches and presenting in a group setting; gain a competitive advantage in the workplace; build self-confidence and self-awareness. In addition, joining an AGC Michigan Toastmasters club will allow you the opportunity to networking with industry professionals at all levels within their organizations.

Toastmaster’s has pathways of study for members that include Dynamic Leadership; Effective Coaching; Engaging Humor; Innovative Planning; Leadership Development; Motivational Strategies; Persuasive Influence; Presentation Mastery; Strategic Relationships; Team Collaboration; and Visionary Communication. Each pathways walks the participant through an online learning deck, plus activities to deliver speeches. Most take a minimum of 6 months to complete. The first pathway is free with membership.

Please join us on Friday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. for a free introduction to Toastmasters, a demo meeting, and a Q&A session. Find out if this might be the key to reaching your highest potential in the construction industry.

Click here  for additional information and to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 14.

Also, please remember that AGC Michigan Scholarship applications are due by January 31, 2021. To date we have received 9 applications. Since we typically award 10 scholarships annually, you have a pretty  good chance of receiving a scholarship!

Please feel free to share this information with other who might be interested in Toastmasters or a scholarship.

Thank you,

Viki


Job Posting: NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Recently, due to retirements and reorganization, two or three positions are opening in the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) office in Aiken County, MN. The positions are:

  • Soil Conservationist
  • Soil Technician
  • Forester

The hiring will be done by the NRCS-MN HR department. Any questions can be directed to, Candi Fuller, who actually started working for the NRCS as a Soil Technician after growing up on local farms. Her contact information is:

Candi Fuller

District Conservationist – Team Lead

Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Itasca Counties

7118 Clearwater Rd.

Baxter, MN 56425

Phone: 218-829-5965 ext. 3

Cell: 218-280-4954

Candi.fuller@usda.gov

If you would like to apply for the job, please send a letter of interest and resume via email, copy sent via US Mail, as Covid-19 regulations limit office staffing and encourage working from home.


Job Posting: MDOT Land Surveyor

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking applicants for the Land Surveyor 9-P11 (University Region). If you are interested, please apply through this link https://bit.ly/LandSurveyor9-P11

If you have questions please contact James Fults, MDOT Recruitment Unit Manager at 517-230-8004 or MDOT-Recruitment@michigan.gov

Below you will see the job duties and experience requirements.

This Land Surveyor position performs a variety of survey assignments using all survey equipment, computers and relative computer software.  This position will also assign duties and review work of  technicians and or seasonal workers. Position Description

Required Education and Experience

Education Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a major in surveying.

Experience Land Surveyor 9: No specific type or amount is required. 

Additional Requirements and Information

Applicants who possess foreign degrees must have their academic credentials evaluated or converted into U.S. educational equivalents, unless the degree has been accepted by an accredited degree granting institution in the United States.  Civil Service accepts evaluations from organizations listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.  Go to https://stateofmichigan.sharepoint.com/teams/insidemcsc/Classification%20%20Selection/Documents/Foreign%20Degree%20Evaluators.pdf (Download PDF reader)  for more information.

All newly hired state employees are required to submit and pass a pre-employment drug test and physical (if applicable) prior to their actual appointment.  Criminal and driving records will also be checked if applicable.  Any position offer will be conditional until results of the drug test, physical, criminal background, and driving records indicate eligibility for employment. The department reserves the right to close this posting prior to its original end date once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Your application for any position does not guarantee that you will be contacted by the Department for further consideration.  Only those applicants interviewed will be notified of the results.

Possession of a land surveyor license issued by the State of Michigan in accordance with the provisions of Public Act 299 of 1980.

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis. View the entire job specification at:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/LandSurveyorLicensedSpecialist_12766_7.pdf (Download PDF reader)


Job Posting (On campus): Wahtera Center

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success is hiring students for the 2021-2022 academic year. There are a variety of positions that we will be filling with over 70 new employees:  Orientation Team Leaders, ExSEL Peer Mentors, Success Coaches and Peer Teaching Assistants.  If you are interested in helping your fellow students in their transition to and overall success at Michigan Tech, we encourage you to apply!

Our hiring process is as follows:

  1. Attend or view an info session 
    We are offering a live Zoom Info Session from 5-6 p.m. on December 3, 2020. A recording of that session is here.
  2. Complete an application
    Applications are due January 24, 2021, but we encourage early applications.  Here is a link to the application.
  3. Interview
    Everyone who applies will have the opportunity to interview individually and participate in a group interview.  You will sign up for your respective time slots as part of your application.


Students can direct any questions success@mtu.edu


Job Posting: Benesch Civil/Construction Mgt Intern

Alfred Benesch & Company (Benesch) is a growing, multi-disciplined engineering and professional services firm. Roads, bridges, schools, parks, and airports are just a few examples of where you can find our work. We enhance infrastructure and communities across the country – creating spaces and providing connections in ways that make a difference.

As a mid-sized firm, we pride ourselves on being nimble enough to remain responsive to client needs, yet large enough to offer exceptional bench strength. As a member of our team, you’ll have an opportunity to draw from those resources when you need them, and likewise, contribute your expertise when you have something to share. Opportunity abounds here for those that seek it.

Construction Intern – Oshkosh, WI

We are looking to hire a Construction Management Intern to work on construction projects alongside the Benesch team across our Oshkosh office for Summer 2021. Ideal candidates will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Technical degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related curriculum.  

Primary work assignments may consist of assisting with construction engineering, observation, and/or surveying services for various transportation projects.

https://phe.tbe.taleo.net/phe02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=BENESCH&cws=39&rid=954