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UMKC EWB Students Commit to Building Bridge in Vallecito, Panama

Survey Calibration, EWB

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter has committed to building a foot bridge in Vallecito, Panama starting 2013-2014. In Fall 2012, the EWB student chapter decided it was time to depart from the Dominican Republic, where it had been working with the support of the EWB Kansas City (KC) professional chapter since 2009, because the projects left to be completed were beyond the scope of the students. Over the next two years, only EWB KC professional chapter members will travel to the Dominican to finalize the program. Thus the UMKC EWB student chapter members starting looking for a new program. While there were lots of opportunities in Africa, SCE students decided to stay in the America’s due to logistical costs. After reviewing options, it was decided that Panama would be a good place to pursue a new program as EWB-Panama needed help with building footbridges. Incentives for choosing Panama included one of the EWB mentors being a native of Panama with her mother living in Panama City and a member of EWB-Panama.

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E-Week Blood Drive Huge Success!

Our SCE E-Week celebration February 20 – 24, 2012 was phenomenal. SCE’s student council and our professional student organizations (ACI, ACM, ASCE, ASHRAE, ASME, EWB, IEEE, IEEE Robotics Competition, MSPE/NSPE, NSBE, SAE, IEEE, SAME, SWE) and honor societies (HKN, PTS) sponsored many great events. One event that will have long-lasting impact is the E-week blood drive sponsored by the Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE/NSPE) student organizations. Clearly, we have a giving, socially responsible SCE community as our drive broke all previous years records. Congratulations and a huge thank you to our donors and supporters – they are the ones that made this drive rock! Sixty-five (65) units of blood were collected. This far surpassed the CBC’s goals for our drive (45 units) and we increased the amount of blood collected from last year by 10% (59 units collected in 2011, 38 units in 2010). We also broke the 2011 record for first time donors (43) and for potential donors (91). Fantastic!