Incoming Texas Section President-Elect Craig Thompson installed the 2015 – 2016 Corpus Christi Branch officers at the Silverado Smokehouse luncheon.  Shown are (l to r) Joseph Minor (President), Anthony Gavlik (Texas Section Director), Daniel Mazoch (Treasurer), Stephen Skrobarczyk (Secretary), Michael York (Vice-President), Michelle Patton (Past President), and Craig Thompson.


Incoming Texas Section President-Elect Craig Thompson led the Corpus Christi Branch members in a pledge to support the new officers in their efforts to guide the Branch through another successful year of activities.

Becky McMillon, Interim Executive Director of the San Patricio Economic Development Corporation, gave a very interesting presentation on the many interesting projects taking place over the next several years in San Patricio County.  She made the point that there is enough work for everybody!


AUGUST, 2015


It is a high honor and distinct privilege to have been elected to serve as President of the Corpus Christi Branch. I look forward to serving the Branch in that capacity. I have met with other newly elected officers. They impressed me immediately as bright, enthusiastic, and career minded young professionals who are anxious to participate, serve, and learn. Further, a review of the Branch membership list reveals a plethora of other EITs as well as many student members. These young people express interests in learning about career paths, engineering organizations, professionalism, and ethics. Those of us who are more senior ASCE members should engage them in ways that will help their career development. I will be looking to you to discover ways to encourage these young professionals.

Joe Minor, P.E.
President Elect



Saturday morning, August 22nd, the Corpus Christi Branch will hold its first ever local "Leadership Workshop". The incoming 2015 - 2016 officers and several committee chairs will gather in Port Aransas to spend an action-packed half-day getting familiar with their duties and brainstorming for the coming year's activities. Branch members who are currently serving on the Texas Section level will also be present to share their experiences.

This new Branch leadership group, to be formally installed at the September meeting, is making plans for an exciting year of interesting programs and other functions that members won't want to miss! Preliminary discussions have already shown they are meshing well and their teamwork is going to benefit everyone who participates. Stay tuned for a follow-up report in next month's newsletter!



Watch for interesting bits of local civil engineering and ASCE Corpus Christi Branch history in future editions of this newsletter. History & Heritage Committee member Tom Stewart will once again be reporting this look into the past. We think you'll find his stories will help put events taking place today into perspective.

We also want to inform you the Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recently approved a request by the Nueces County Historical Commission (NCHC) to place a State Historical Marker on the Corpus Christi seawall. The NCHC is working with the City of Corpus Christi to coordinate placement of the new marker adjacent to the Texas Historical Civil Engineering Landmark marker the ASCE Texas Section dedicated on the seawall on April 9, 1988. This ceremony took place during the Texas Section Spring Meeting, which was hosted at the Marriott Hotel (later known as the Sheraton Hotel, then the Omni Marina Hotel, and is now the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina). History & Heritage Committee member Vernon Wuensche deserves most of the credit for placement of the original Section marker. The new THC marker is expected to be set in the next six-months or so, and we'll keep you posted on the schedule.



Join us September 1st for lunch at Silverado Smokehouse for a presentation from Becky McMillon, Interim Executive Director with the San Patricio Economic Development Corporation, for an Economic Development Overview, and installation of our new branch officers.
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