Congratulations to Stephen Canton, who was named the Future City 2018 Alumnus of the Year by the international Future City Competition. Canton participated in the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition in 2004 and 2005, when he was a student at St. Benedict the Moor School in Pittsburgh. Now a University of Pittsburgh medical student, Canton said “In my current roles as a researcher, bioengineer and physician to be, I utilize skills that I learned while participating in Future City.” Canton has a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University. He expects to complete his medical degree with a concentration in bioengineering, biotechnology, and innovation from Pitt’s School of Medicine in 2020.
Great turnout last night at the ESWP President’s Reception, in honor of incoming President Robert J. Ward, P.E. (CannonDesign) and the entire Board of Directors. Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet filled with delicious items from Chef Kevin. Everyone at the gathering enjoyed great networking as well – it really has the feel of a homecoming – it seemed that no one wanted the evening to end!
Thanks to ESWP officer Bob Ward (CannonDesign) and Jamie McMaster (Westinghouse) for serving YOU at the July “The Board Serves You Luncheon.” We had a near-full Dining room, with many happy diners! This monthly event has become very popular, with some members supporting each of this years monthly luncheons. However, for the month of August we are debuting a new member FLASH SALE promotion….to help with the parking crunch you may encounter when coming to the ESWP, we are offering a $5 discount at select downtown garages when you have lunch at the ESWP. One discount per table, valid only in August. Don’t let parking get in your way of a great lunch!
So, it has been a very busy June at ESWP! Looking back, the month has just flown by and I can’t believe the month is almost over.
We began the month with the 34th Annual International Bridge Conference in National Harbor, MD, attracting almost 1,300 attendees and a record-high number of exhibitors. The four day conference was very well received, indicated by the many, many positive comments we received onsite and in our post-conference surveys.
Then, the ESWP Program Committee planned two great events, including our annual PNC Park Tailgate Party, and the Women’s Roundtable Luncheon. What an honor it was to have three commissioner chairs of Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland Counties participate in a panel discussion moderated by KDKA’s Jon Delano! (pictured below) Mr. Delano featured excerpts of the discussion on the evening news.
In between these events, our International Water Conference webinar series conducted another successful webinar, and our “Board Serves You” June installment went off without a hitch! Don’t forget the ESWP Dining Room will close over the week of July 4, and we look forward to serving you again on our re-opening of July 10.
Save the date now for July 19 to come in for lunch to see 1st Vice-President Bob Ward and Board Secretary Jamie McMaster at the July “Board Serves You” lunch. Have a happy and safe 4th!
We have a couple of great events planned for June at ESWP. Our annual PNC Park tailgate event is set for June 14 – this is a great night out at the ‘ol ballyard. Save the date.
On June 27, our two celebrity servers, (Bob Roell and Chris Hill), will be serving you in the dining room, that is, if you come out to lunch that day! This monthly event has been a lot of fun for everyone in attendance. Reservations, please.
And our third event in June is the Women’s Roundtable Luncheon on June 28. Remember: Men are welcome! The guests for this event are three local county commissioners -check our event page for details and to make a reservation.
Remember that ESWP will be closed over the week of July 4. Have a safe and happy summer holiday break!
That’s what we expect to hear on February 28 when ESWP President Dan Cessna of PennDOT takes to the floor of the ESWP Members Executive Dining Room, walking the walk that the ESWP is literally here to serve you! Dan, accompanied by fellow Board Member Michelle Antantis of Duquesne Light Company will be the celebrity waiters on that day. Save room on your lunch schedule now to be a part of the day.
Soft Skills continues to draw! ESWP Board member Amy Veltri (NGE) presented an interesting and informative talk on the “soft skills” that everyone can benefit from in today’s workplace. Amy’s best advice: “Be creative, ask for opportunities, listen to directions, and know expectations and exceed them!”
Join us on October 12 for ESWP’s program on “What make a Prime a “good” Prime?”
Hear from representatives from State and Local governmental agencies on their qualification and selection process when contracts are awarded. Seats are limited and this is an event that will surely sell-out. Don’t delay – reserve your spot now.
Summer fun! The ESWP Young Member Forum combined forces with those of the ASCE, ASHE, EWB, TBP and SAME in hosting a Summer Social on August 19. The event was held at the Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building and featured craft beers, and a special summer Sangria cooler, along with lots of great food. Each of the hosting groups provided a gift basket for door prize table, where attendees could try their luck at baskets of their choosing. Representatives from each of the hosting groups also previewed their upcoming continuing education activities. Keep an eye on the ESWP website for the next mixer, scheduled for the December holiday season. For more information on ESWP’s Young Member Forum, contact Outreach Coordinator Taylor Bombalski.
More than 100 ESWP Members’ and their guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and a discussion on the past, present and future projects with Mark Compton, PA Turnpike CEO. Thank you to Mr. Compton for taking time to speak at the ESWP and our members for another great event. Stay up to date with all the ESWP news at eswp.com.