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SAME Resilience Roundtable: Designing and Building 22nd Century Infrastructure

When: Monday, April 25 2016
Where: Room 113 Founders Hall, George Mason University, Arlington VA

Our current, challenging building environment includes many issues like resilience, sustainability, triple bottom line, and life cycle maintenance which go beyond our basic, code-based design requirements. Also consider that just as we are still using 100 year old infrastructure, the infrastructure we design and build today will still be used in 2100, and beyond.

Please join the SAME DC Post and the Northern Virginia Post on April 25th for a forum that will investigate the perspectives of academia, facilities owners, A/E firms, and government on designing and building for these competing requirements and support our aspirations to design and build infrastructure that works today, survives disasters, and causes our great, great grandchildren to say, “Those old folks really were smart!”

See our flier for more details regarding the program agenda.

Register Here!

2016 Annual SAME Washington DC Post Scholarship Golf Tournament

Golf TournamentJoin the SAME DC Post on April 27th, 2016 at the beautiful Courses at Andrews Air Force Base for our Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. The tournament raises funds for scholarships the DC Post awards every year to deserving engineering and architecture students from area universities. In 2015, the DC Post awarded twelve scholarships for $3,000.

When: April 29, 2015
1:00 PM Check-In & Registration
2:00 PM Shot Gun Start
7:00 PM Dinner & Awards

Location: Andrews Air Force Base
South Course
4442 Perimeter Rd.
Andrews AFB, MD 20762

Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available! Please see our Golf Tournament webpage for more details: http://www.samedcpost.org/scholarship_golf.html
For sponsorship or registration questions, please contact Anita Ruth at 410-715-9462 or ARuth@mbpce.com.

Navy Energy and Environmental Readiness Luncheon Recap

Readiness Luncheon

On February 18th, the SAME DC Post hosted a program at the Washington Navy Yard where Director RADM Doug Morton, Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, spoke regarding the Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Program.  He highlighted key initiatives, ashore and at sea, to reduce energy consumption and minimize/eliminate negative environmental impacts.  Check out the Navy’s “Energy Warrior” app and youtube videos here: http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/energywarrior/

Photos from this event can be found on the DC Post’s Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHsksPzyot.

SAME 10th Annual Joint DC/NOVA Small Business Conference Update

The SAME DC Post and Northern Virginia Post are in the process of finalizing details for the Annual Small Business Conference. It was originally scheduled in April, but we had to change the date since the facility will be used for voting.  As soon as we have a new date it will be posted to the website and disseminated to both Posts. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

For questions please contact: Tawania Williams TMAC Communications 301-661-4018

SAME DC Seeking Volunteers for USA Science & Engineering Festival

SAME DC Post is participating in the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest science festival in the US, featuring nationwide contests and school programs. We are looking for volunteers to help man our booth! Shifts are only 2-3 hours.

The event is April 15-17th.  The Festival will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place (between 9th and 7th Streets NW on L Street NW)
http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

This is a wonderful FREE family event. This is a great opportunity for teenagers to earn community service hours! Everyone who volunteers gets a free t-shirt! Please pass this along to any coworker, friend or family member you think would be interested in helping out.   This is a great opportunity for teens to get in required volunteer hours for their schools.  Please make sure to bring your school volunteer form with you for signature.

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/uN3r5K
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

When you sign up please leave a note for your t-shirt size or send an email to John Thrower

If you have any further questions please contact John Thrower at AFG Group 703-344-6655.

SAME Camp Mentor Stipend Applications Due April 5th

Camp MentorsThe DC Post is excited to sponsor two members to serve as mentors at one of the three SAME Engineering & Construction Camps by paying all transportation costs to the camp.  Once at the camp, you will stay with the students and other mentors at no cost.  We encourage you to consider this wonderful opportunity to spend a week at one of the SAME camps to mentor high school students who have expressed an interest in studying architecture or engineering in college. Each mentor is assigned to a group of 10-12 high school students.  We are particularly in need of female mentors as the camps normally have 20 percent female students. 

Each mentor must be endorsed by a SAME Post as part of their application.  To be considered for endorsement by the SAME DC Post, please submit your application via e-mail to LT Jay Shirey at jay.m.shirey@uscg.mil no later than April 5. The Application and Criteria for being a mentor can be found here.   The dates and locations of the three camps are:

• U.S. Army Camp, Vicksburg, MS, June 19 - 25, 2016
• U.S. Air Force Academy Camp, Colorado Springs, CO, July 7 - July 13, 2016
• U.S. Marine Corps Camp, Camp Lejeune, NC, June 19 - 25, 2016

Scholarship Dinner

2016 Scholarship Program Applications

The SAME DC Post is now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program from qualified college students studying engineering, architecture, or environmental science.  Last year the Post proudly presented twelve (12) deserving students each with a $3,000 Scholarship Award.  Applications are due April 11, 2016.  Please see the scholarship webpage for criteria and applications.

SAME Engineering & Construction Camps Applications Due 4/1/16

The Washington DC Post will sponsor several local high school students to attend a SAME summer camp:

U.S. Army Camp
June 19-25, 2016
Vicksburg, MS
U.S. Air Force Academy Camp
July 7-July 13, 2016
USAF Academy-Colorado Springs, CO
U.S. Marine Corps
June 19-25, 2016
Camp Lejeune-Jacksonville, NC
For additional information, including application forms and specific camp eligibility, visit the SAME website (http://samecamps.org/) or contact LT Jay Shirey at jay.m.shirey@uscg.mil. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to LT Jay Shirey at jay.m.shirey@uscg.mil.

4/4/16 Young Member DC Central Kitchen Volunteer Event & Happy Hour

DC Central Kitchen

The SAME DC Post is looking for volunteers to help with evening meal prep at DC Central Kitchen. After we give back to our community, we will gather for a networking happy hour at Kelly’s Irish Times.

Date: Monday, April 4th
4:30PM - Meet at DC Central Kitchen: 425 2nd Street NW Washington, DC 20001
Followed by Happy Hour at Kelly’s Irish Times: 14 F Street, NW, Washington DC, 20001

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Corinn Bovi corinn_bovi@gensler.com or 202-721-6409.

For more information on dress code, directions, and DC Central Kitchen’s mission please visit our Young Member page:  http://www.samedcpost.org/comm_young.html.

3/22/16 SAME Continuing Education Leadership Course

Personify Leadership: Tools for Developing Everyday Leadership Habits (1 Day, 8 PDHs/8 AIA LUs)
Instructor: Paul McMurray, Insight Management Consulting

Discover the four core body-focused leadership competencies through a variety of learning methods including lecture, discussion, experiential activities, and personal reflection. This multi-faceted approach to learning makes the skills easy to retain and apply.

When: March 22, 2016
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites BWI Airport, Linthicum, Md.

The member price is just $240 which is a significant discount. Non-member registration fee is $320. Register here: www.same.org/continuinged.

This event is also tied to the SAME 2016 Transition Workshop and Job Fair which has over 20 companies looking to hire: http://www.same.org/calendar/ModuleID/1581/ItemID/22/mctl/EventDetails

3/17/16 Luncheon: “Meeting the Facility Challenges of a Downsized Army”

Join the DC Post of the Society of American Military Engineers for our March 17th luncheon program featuring Diane Randon, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management Headquarters, Department of the Army.  Ms. Randon serves as a Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff Principal of an organization that is the single resource provider for policies, programs, and budgets for installations worldwide.  She ensures facilities are available for senior installation commanders and takes care of the well-being of Soldiers, Families, and civilians who live, work, and train on Army Installations and who are geographically dispersed.  She has almost 27 years of experience in resource and program management from a variety of assignments within the Department of the Army, both in the continental United States and abroad, and with the Department of Defense.

When:
Thursday, March 17, 2016
11:30 AM Registration/Networking
12:00 PM Lunch Program

Where:           
The Army and Navy Club of Washington, DC
901 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006 

Register Here!

02/12/16 SAME DC Post Announces March Luncheon Topic

Join the DC Post of the Society of American Military Engineers for our March 17th luncheon program regarding "Meeting the Facility Challenges of a Downsized Army” featuring Diane Randon, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management Headquarters, Department of the Army.

Join the DC Post of the Society of American Military Engineers for our March 17th luncheon program regarding "Meeting the Facility Challenges of a Downsized Army” featuring Diane Randon, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management Headquarters, Department of the Army. Ms. Randon serves as a Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff Principal of an organization that is the single resource provider for policies, programs, and budgets for installations worldwide. She ensures facilities are available for senior installation commanders and takes care of the well-being of Soldiers, Families, and civilians who live, work, and train on Army Installations and who are geographically dispersed.  She has almost 27 years of experience in resource and program management from a variety of assignments within the Department of the Army, both in the continental United States and abroad, and with the Department of Defense.

When:
Thursday, March 17, 2016
11:30 AM Registration/Networking
12:00 PM Lunch Program

Where:           
The Army and Navy Club of Washington, DC
901 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006 

Registration will be open soon – thank you for your patience!

02/11/16 USA Science & Engineering Festival Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities

The SAME DC Post is seeking co-chairs to help plan, manage, and run the Post’s exhibitor booth at the 2016 4th Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 15 through 17 at the Washington, DC Convention Center. This is an excellent opportunity to take on a leadership role in the DC Post, promote STEM careers, and network with clients.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is the single largest free science and engineering festival in the world with an anticipated 350,000 attendees visiting booths hosted by over 1,000 exhibitors, including non-profit organizations such as SAME, universities and colleges, companies, individuals.

In 2014, the DC SAME Post hosted a successful exhibit demonstrating hydrogen fuel cells. The 2014 volunteers engaged thousands of children and adults through-out the three days of the festival explaining and demonstrating how fuel cells work. The attendees were able to power up their own fuel cell and use it to power a model car.

In 2016, the DC SAME Post will go back to the basics, and seek to demonstrate the creation and use of simple electrical circuits using food, and everyday kitchen and household items. For the weekend of the Festival, we will have 30+ volunteers to man the booth over the three days.

As co-chair you there is only one requirement; Enthusiasm! Responsibilities for the co-chairs will be:
- Volunteer organization and management – we will use www.volunteerspot.com
- Exhibit Refinement
- Coordination for set-up of exhibit

Please contact John Thrower at jthrower@afgcm.com or 703-344-6655 if you are interested in being a co-chair. We will be requesting volunteers for the Festival weekend starting early March.

02/09/16 Registration Open for the Navy Energy and Environmental Readiness Luncheon

Join the DC Post of the Society of American Military Engineers for a luncheon program regarding the Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division featuring Director RADM Doug Morton. Registration will be open soon – thank you for your patience!

When:
Thursday, February 18, 2016
11:30 AM Registration/Networking
12:00 PM Lunch Program

Where:
Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center*
Bldg 211 at 1454 Parsons Ave SE
Washington Navy Yard
6th and M Streets SE
Washington, DC, DC 20374

Register here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=cmzi54iab&oeidk=a07ec7oav04c449cd08

*Important information regarding Navy Yard access:

Participants without a Military (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired, Dependent) or DoD Civilian ID: must be escorted onto base. We suggest you take the metro Green Line to the Navy Yard Stop, exit New Jersey Ave Exit. Cross the Street to Starbucks where we will have a shuttle to pick up and deliver you to the WNY Catering & Conference Center.

Participants with a Military (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired, Dependent) or DoD Civilian ID Parking is extremely limited at the Washington Navy Yard. We are working on reserving some parking spaces near the Catering & Conference Center and will assign them to a limited number of attendees with Military or DoD Civilian IDs and those on the Access list after registration is complete. We encourage Metro and car pools to maximize attendance and minimize the number of vehicles requiring a parking spot. If you will be metro-ing, see note above regarding the Starbucks shuttle.

We will send more specific information about our “Starbucks Shuttle”, Parking, and Base Access after you have registered.

01/14/16 SAME DC Post Annual Awards Luncheon

The Washington DC Post held its 20th Annual Awards program on January 14th, 2016 at the National Press Club. Katherine Ollinger, the DC Post Awards Program Chair, and her committee planned a wonderful event to recognize those individuals and sustaining members who have made outstanding contributions to the Post and their professional fields. 

 

Out-going Post President, Brian Moore, spoke to the DC Post’s 2015 successes.  The 2016 Board was installed and incoming President CDR Craig Clutts gave thoughts and goals for 2016.  The 2016 Board Member slate can be accessed on the SAME DC Post’s website: http://www.samedcpost.org/docs/2016_BOD_Slate.pdf.

 

Photos are posted on our Flickr account: https://flic.kr/s/aHsksgxWgj.

 

Congratulations to the following awardees:

  • Distinguished Service to the Washington DC Post
    Ben Piña
  • Post Service Award
    Amanda Sanderson
  • GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc.
  • Young Member Award
    Corinn Bovi
  • Manhattan Construction
  • Outstanding Contributions to the Engineering Profession
    Lieutenant Commander Samantha Spindel, PhD, USPHS
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Outstanding Contributions by Young Military Member
    Major Cullen Jones, PE, PMP
  • US Army
  • Outstanding Contributions by Young Civilian Member
    Seth R. Takoch Woods Peacock Engineering Consultants
  • Outstanding Contributions to Marketing and/or Communications
    Helen Carnevale AECOM
  • Sustaining Medium Business of the Year
    Facility Engineering Associates, PC (FEA)

12/28/15 Applications for the DC Post's Leadership and Mentoring Program Due December 31st!

The DC Post is now accepting applications for the 2016 SAME DC Post Leadership and Mentoring Program. This is a unique opportunity for Young Members, Junior Officers, and NCOs to be mentored by SAME Fellows and senior leaders while developing their leadership skills through focused educational sessions.

The program includes monthly meetings with Fellows to discuss various topics regarding leadership and professional growth. Please see our schedule for more details: http://www.samedcpost.org/docs/LM_Program_Schedule.pdf

Up to 10 applicants will be selected to participate in the program and will earn 14 PDHs over the course of the year. Applications are due December 31, 2015:http://www.samedcpost.org/docs/LM_Program_Application1.pdf

Testimony from 2015 Leadership and Mentoring Program participants:

• An opportunity to develop leadership skills with an intimate group of Young Members while getting unprecedented face time with civilian and military leaders.
• Provided me with condensed, focused sessions on leadership, mentorship, and networking with civilian and military senior leaders to hear their nuggets of wisdom.
• Gave me the opportunity to make connections with each speaker, learn about their journey, and insight to better balance my work and personal life.
• The program helped me to understand the importance of taking initiative in all areas of your life and to get to know a group of people who I did not know before.
• Open my leadership aperture; network and build friendships; develop critical thinking and public speaking skills; understand more deeply the mission of SAME and lifelong learning.
• Unbelievable opportunity to interact in a meaningful way with a cross-section of your military and civilian peers while learning from accomplished senior leaders across the A/E/C community.

12/21/15 Join Us at the National Press Club for the 20th Annual DC Post Awards Luncheon

Please join the Washington DC Post for its 20th Annual Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club on January 14, 2016. We will recognize outstanding individual and sustain members who have made significant contributions to the Washington DC Post and National SAME, and/or their profession. We will also induct our 2016 Board of Directors.

When:
January 14, 2016
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Registration/Networking/Cash Bar
12:00 pm – Luncheon Program

Location:
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Register Now: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=cmzi54iab&oeidk=a07ebz7rg7963b5f47a

12/18/15 SAME DC Post Offering up to 50% Off Government Memberships

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) DC Post is offering up to 50% off government memberships until Dec. 31st! Join the SAME DC Post today to advance your career, expand your professional network, gain leadership experience, interact with Federal leaders, and serve your community.

Young Member (40 and younger) dues are only $40 and student memberships are always FREE. For a limited time, the SAME DC Post is offering discounts on membership fees to uniformed and public sector personnel: http://www.samedcpost.org/docs/SAME_Flyer_Membership.pdf.

Join SAME today! https://same.org/Get-Connected/Be-a-Member/Join-SAME.

12/03/15 DC Post Holiday Party & Armed Forces Appreciation Night

SAME DC Post members and colleagues gathered at the Army Navy Club on December 3rd to celebrate the holidays and the closing of another memorable year. The SAME DC Post recognized a Wounded Warrior and several servicemen and women for their outstanding service and commitment.

In honor of our servicemen and women the DC Post contributed to $750 each to Team River Runners (TRR) in support of our Wounded Warriors and Final Salute, Inc., which supports homeless female veterans.

Prior to the DC Post's annual Holiday Party, Young Members were invited to arrive early to network with the Board of Directors and its associated Fellows.  This event gave Young Members the opportunity to learn about leadership opportunities in the Post, get to know their Board of Directors, and network with other young members.

Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskrmNjk5.

11/19/15 USACE Mission in Afghanistan Luncheon

On November 19th, 2015, the SAME DC Post hosted a luncheon featuring Major General Todd Semonite recently returned from a one-year tour in Afghanistan as the Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. MG Semonite shared his great story on how US Forces accomplished the Train, Advise and Assist mission with emphasis on the Engineer mission.

Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpVcaSm.

9/17/15 2015 Scholarship Awards Dinner

The SAME DC Post held our 20th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on September 17th at the Army and Navy Club to recognize deserving engineering, architecture, or environmental science students from regional colleges and universities.  The SAME DC Post awarded $36,000 in scholarships to 12 exceptional students.  Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/gp/samedcpost/0d0835.

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients: 

Joseph DiBella, Catholic University
Andrew Santiano, Catholic University
Charles Winebrenner, Catholic University
Gabrielle Oakes, Catholic University
Nicholas Yager, Catholic University
Amiel Lumbre, Catholic University
Lauren Auerbach, George Washington University
Keyera Howard, Howard University
Kristina Henneke, Ohio State University
Krystina Kornecki, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Olivia Ferrell, University of Maryland
Rachel Grafman, University of Maryland

6/21/15 YM DC Central Kitchen Volunteer Event

The SAME DC Post Young Members volunteered at the DC Central Kitchen on June 21st for the second year in a row.  Our group helped transform 3,000 pounds of donated food into 5,000 balanced meals that DC Central Kitchen distributes to 88 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations. Following the event volunteers headed to Kelly’s Irish Time for happy hour and networking. Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpZ18Zj

6/9/15 Young Member Project Tour: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The SAME Washington DC Post Young Members took a project site tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on June 9th, 2015. The new museum occupies the last available space on the National Mall and is situated prominently between the National Museum of American History and 15th Street, next to the Washington Monument. When it opens to the public in 2016, the museum will be a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a primary exhibition space for African American history and culture. For more information: http://nmaahc.si.edu/Building

Representatives from the design team Perkins + Will and SmithGroup hosted the tour and explained project challenges and unique features of the building. Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskthvsMU

1/22/15 SAME DC Post Annual Awards Luncheon

The Washington DC Post held its 19th Annual Awards program on January 22nd, 2015 at the National Press Club. Katherine Ollinger, the DC Post Awards Program Chair, and her committee planned a wonderful event to recognize those individuals and sustaining members who have made outstanding contributions to the Post and their professional fields. 

Out-going Post President, Cameron Manning, spoke to the DC Post’s 2014 successes.  The 2015 Board was installed and incoming President Brian Moore gave thoughts and goals for the upcoming year. 

Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/gp/samedcpost/zE704X

Congratulations to the following awardees:

  • Outstanding Contributions to the Engineering Profession
    Michelle Connor, PE
    NAVFAC Washington
  • Outstanding Contributions to Architecture
    Captain Robert Harris, RA, AIA, LEED AP, CFM
    NAVFAC Washington
  • Outstanding Contributions by Young Military Member
    Lieutenant Edward Fosson, PE
    NAVFAC Washington
  • Distinguished Service to the Washington DC Post
    Susan Merrigan, CPSM
    Perkins+Will
  • Outstanding Contributions by Young Civilian Member
    James Symanski PE, CEM, LEED AP
    US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Construction & Facilities Management
  • Post Service Award
    Al O’Konski, AIA
    URS Corporation
  • Outstanding Contributions to Marketing and/or Communications
    Master Gunnery Sergeant David Prutz
    Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  • Sustaining Medium Business of the Year
    Perkins+Will

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