Seven SCE student athletes have been named to the Summit League’s 2012-13 Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. Mechanical engineering student Abdul Alawadhi and civil engineering students Cole Chelle, Jr., Dirk Hudson, Meagan Malloy, Dan Mann, Kyle Martin, and Thomas Patino were included in the 84 UMKC student athletes named as honorees. According to the UMKC Roos announcement, a total of 1,003 student athletes, with awardees from all 19 of the sports sponsored by the Summit League, were honored. Each athlete, to be selected, “must carry a 3.00 or better cumulative GPA, achieve sophomore academic standing at the institution, have used a year of eligibility and be on the squad list in the sport in which they are nominated. Transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates must have completed one academic year at the nominating institution. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award.” For more details, see the announcement.
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.