Thank You - Nevada Society of Professional Engineers

Southern Nevada Chapter
Las Vegas, Nevada
www.nspenv.org
Meeting Notice and Newsletter
June 2014
June Luncheon Notice:
We are pleased to announce this month’s guest speaker will be Ms. Kristina Swallow, PE of the City of Las Vegas. Ms. Swallow will
be presenting on “Politics and Politicians – An Engineering How To”. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Lawry’s
The Prime Rib, 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway.
Ms. Kristina Swallow, PE is a Program Manager in the Public Works Department of the City of Las
Vegas. In that role she oversees a team of engineers responsible for public infrastructure
development, varying from roads to parks and trails to flood control and sanitary sewer systems. Her
team also includes management of the Special Improvement District Program and recently has
taken on bicycle facility improvements. Since joining the City, she also was able to serve as one of
City’s lobbyists in Carson City during the Nevada Legislative Session. Prior to joining the City, she
spent three years on the Congressional staff of Senator Tom Udall, working on transportation policy
and other infrastructure issues. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the
University of Arizona in 1994 and her master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. Ms. Swallow will be speaking on the topic of politcal advocacy titled
“Politics and Politicians – An Engineering How To”.
The lunch will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM and the cost is $25.00 for those who RSVP before 12:00 PM on Friday, June 13,
2014 and $27.00 for those who register thereafter. NSPE Student Chapter Members can attend the luncheon for $20. If you would
like to attend the June luncheon, please RSVP on the NSPE website http://www.nspenv.org/south/lunch-rsvp.html or contact Bob
Colasuonno at [email protected]
June Luncheon Sponsor:
Calendar of Events:
Date
Activity / Location
Time
Tuesday
6/17/14
NSPE Luncheon
Topic: Political Advocacy
11:30 AM
2270 Corporate Circle, Suite 200, Henderson, Nevada 89074
(702) 263-7275 Phone (702) 263-7200 Fax
Friday
6/27/14
NSPE Workshop
at SWG Corporation
10:00 AM
www.atkinsglobal.com/northamerica
www.atkinsglobal.com
Saturday
6/28/14
BINGO
at Red Rock Casino
5:00 PM
Tuesday
7/15/14
NSPE Luncheon
11:30 AM
In This Newsletter:
NSPE State Workshop ............................................Pages 2 & 4
NSPE Bingo ............................................................Pages 2 & 5
NSPE 2014 Annual Meeting............................................ Page 2
Career Center & Job Board ............................................. Page 2
2013-2014 NSPE Officers ............................................... Page 2
Call to Action, Stabilize the Highway Trust Fund ............ Page 6
Thank
You to VTN who sponsored the May
luncheon. The NSPE Southern Nevada Chapter and our
Officers are grateful to all the local companies like VTN who
continue to support NSPE efforts. If your company is
interested in being a sponsor in 2014, please contact Bob
Colasuonno at [email protected]
2013-2014 Chapter Officers:
President.....................................................Bob Thomsen, PE
Meeting Notice & Newsletter
Page 2
GES – Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.
Vice President............................................Sarah Pelissier, PE
Black & Veatch
Happenings & Follow Ups:
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NSPE State Workshop – Register Now! Earn 4 PDHs!
– NSPE State Workshop, Talking the Talk: Keys to
Effectively Communicating and Presenting will be held
June 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Workshop will
be held at Southwest Gas Corporation, 5241 Spring
Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89150. Instructors
include Angela Torres Castro (RTC Southern Nevada) &
Kim Marie Rebeiro (Southwest Gas). Topics will include:
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Elevator Speech, the 5-Minute Sell
Technical Concepts to a Non-Technical Audience
Getting to the Heart of the Message
Body Language and Physical Presentation
Effective Use of Visual Aids
For more information, see attached flyer or register at:
http://nspenv.org/workshop/StateWorkshop2014/StateW
orkshop2014Spring.html
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NSPE BINGO – Let’s play some BINGO!
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Red
Rock Casino Resort & Spa. We will
play the 5 PM session, but meet
outside the BINGO Hall at 4:00 PM.
See attached flyer for more details.
NSPE 2014 Annual Meeting – To be held July 1, 2014
through July 6, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt, Washington
D.C. Join professional engineers from around the
country for networking, continuing education, and a
fantastic Fourth of July celebration in the nation’s capital.
For registration or additional information visit
http://www.nspe.org/resources/annual-meeting
Career Center and Job Board – If your
company has local employment
opportunities, please contact Craig
Sisco at [email protected] for
inclusion in future announcements.
NSPE National also posts employment opportunities on
their website as well as other useful information such as
resume writing services and salary information
http://www.nspe.org/resources/career-center.
Treasurer................................................... Harshal Desai, PE
Atkins
Secretary...................................................Janelle Boelter, PE
Las Vegas Valley Water District
Director, Membership/Website...................Sean Robinson, EI
Kimley Horn
Director, Programming……….................Bob Colasuonno, PE
Henderson Engineering, Inc.
Past President.................................................Craig Sisco, PE
Southwest Gas
2012-2014 NV State Officers:
State President .............................. Brook Demitropoulos, PE
CH2MHill
President Elect ........................................... Jonathan Tull, PE
S&B Christ Consulting
Vice President-Auditing ............................. Bob Thomsen, PE
GES – Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.
State Past President ......................... David James, Ph.D, PE
University of Nevada Las Vegas
National Delegate ...................................... Jonathan Tull, PE
S&B Christ Consulting
State Administrator.......................................................... TBD
NSPE Foundation:
Chairman, Trustee ........................... David James, Ph.D., PE
Trustee ............................................................ Tom Miller, PE
Trustee ....................................................... Jonathan Tull, PE
Trustee ...................................... Michael Holloway, Ph.D., PE
Trustee ..................................................... Claire Kohatsu, PE
Trustee .......................................................... Craig Sisco, PE
Trustee .................................................... Charlie Vaughn, PE
State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator........... Claire Kohatsu, PE
Executive Secretary ........................................................ TBD
Newsletter Attachments
1. NSPE State Workshop – Talking The Talk
2. NSPE Bingo Night
3. Call to Action – Stabilize the Highway Trust Fund
INSTRUCTORS:
Angela Torres Castro
RTC Southern Nevada
and
Kim Marie Rebeiro
Southwest Gas
Talking the Talk:
Keys to Effectively Communicating and Presenting
Friday, June 27, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$50 (NSPE member)/$75 (non-member)
Lunch included
Communicating clearly and effectively can be as
challenging as engineering design. This workshop will
provide you with some tips and tools on enhancing your
presentation and communication skills.
Professional instructors will work with you to
“Talk the Talk”.
Time after the workshop will be available for those
interested in practicing their presentation skills.
Proceeds from this workshop go to local engineering
scholarships & STEM outreach in local schools.
Sign up by Friday, June 20th on the NvSPE website:
http://nspenv.org/workshop/StateWorkshop2014/StateW
orkshop2014Spring.html
Make checks payable to:
Nevada PE Foundation
TOPICS:
 Elevator Speech, The
5-Minute Sell
 Technical Concepts
to a Non-Technical
Audience
 Getting to the Heart
of a Message
 Body Language and
Physical
Presentation
 Effective Use of
Visual Aids
LOCATION:
Southwest Gas
Corporation
5241 Spring Mountain Rd
Building C
Las Vegas, NV 89150
CALL TO ACTION
Urge Congress to Immediately Stabilize the Highway Trust Fund
Professional Engineers play a vital role in planning, designing, implementing, constructing,
operating, and maintaining our nation's infrastructure systems. The single greatest infrastructure
concern in Washington, DC and in states and local districts is the pending insolvency of the Highway
Trust Fund. The HTF funds a significant portion of the construction and repair of the nation's surface
transportation system. The Highway Trust Fund is financed by an 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax,
which has not been increased since 1993. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the
purchasing power of those taxes is about 40% below what it was in 1993.
Since 2008, Congress has relied on $54 billion in general fund transfers simply to keep the HTF
solvent. With the current surface transportation authorization, MAP-21, set to expire at the end of
September, the Senate and the House of Representatives are working on proposals to reauthorize a
long-term surface transportation bill. However, the Department of Transportation has alerted
federal and state transportation officials to the alarming fact that the Highway Trust Fund will
dip below critical levels as early as July. According to the DOT, the HTF is projected to dip
below $4 billion this month, slowing down, and in some cases halting, reimbursements to states.
The HTF is on track to fall below $1 billion by October of this year.
Allowing the Highway Trust Fund to become insolvent could result in 700,000 lost jobs as the trust
fund cannot pay its bills, and 112,000 roadway projects and 5,600 transit projects could be delayed
or halted. State DOTs are already slowing and cancelling new projects as they face a tremendous
degree of uncertainty with federal reimbursements.
Contact your federal officials today to urge them to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund
before it's too late!
Use the address below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/nspe/47ri53z9b.aspx