Engineers Without Borders works toward clean water for Ecuador community

first_imgThe Notre Dame chapter of Engineers Without Borders contributed to budding engineering developments abroad in a winter break trip to Ecuador this year.The social service organization is currently in the middle of a five-year partnership with the San Pedro de Suma community in Ecuador. With the assistance of its parent organization, Engineers Without Borders USA, and the mentorship of two engineering professionals, the club has developed a sustainable project in terms of assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Cristina Interiano | The Observer President of Engineers Without Borders at Notre Dame senior Madelyn Wesoloski believes the personal relationship the club establishes with the community is essential to the success of the project. “There were two projects over winter break that we implemented,” Wesloski said. “We did chlorination at the two schools there and the town really liked it. Because the town was excited about chlorination, it will now be community-wide, which will be another assessment trip. We can extend our commitment with the community a bit, but we try to fit what we can in there. We travel there at least once a year, because if not, they can lose faith in you and you won’t seem invested.”The club started planning for this implementation trip last year. As part of the preparation process, club members did alternative analyses work for the water chlorinator and the wall they built around the schools to prevent animals from getting in (and students from leaving). During the fall, students prepared designs and calculations for the projects.Project lead and senior Jen Lies emphasized that Engineers Without Borders is focused on improving the health and welfare of those in the community. After the club’s assessment trip last year, they determined the water chlorinator was not just something the community wanted, but a pressing need and a project that the club could feasibly do.“Water chlorination is important because there is E. coli in the water. Wastewater treatment there is poor,” Lies said. “The chlorinator hasn’t gone live yet, but we are looking to increase health and general well-being of the community through the quality of water. We got to see designs we had been working on for entire year come into reality, which was awesome. We couldn’t have done it without the strength of partners who are volunteers and community contractors. It was great to see teamwork despite the bumps in the road.”Prior to the winter break implementation trip to Ecuador, members of the club created pamphlets about water chlorination in Spanish for the community to address the stigma associated with water chlorination. They also wrote maintenance and operation manuals so that town members could effectively use the systems. Wesoloski said the San Pedro de Suma community having a hands-on role in the project will ultimately lead to the successful implementation and effective use of the water chlorinator.“One cool thing is that last year the community was unsure about chlorine and water treatment system. Now, they’re asking if we can do it on a community-wide scale. They bought into water treatment as a whole,” Wesoloski said. “The wall was built by local contractors and labor was from the community. That’s another part of this. We don’t go in and do isolated things, but we involve local people and the economy with the projects. They have a lot of local knowledge that makes projects more effective.”Looking towards the future, Engineers Without Borders is expanding their work to projects in South Bend and increasing fundraising to accommodate the growing club. “We want to make sure people are comfortable and have access to the resources they need,” sophomore and treasurer Mike Marino said. “We hope our students learn a lot about the engineering process. Not just how it feels to interact with the community, but also what it feels [like] to make an impact. It is such a fun process with a lot of cooperation, and we know our work has an impact. We do the numbers, help communities with discernment and figure out what it means to be an engineer.”Engineers Without Borders meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Duncan Student Center. Tags: Engineers Without Borders, San Pedro de sumalast_img read more

49ers’ Robbie Gould, without meaning to, trolls tortured Bears place-kicker

first_imgIf you could have accessed the thought balloons above the 62,462 Bears fans at Soldier Field on Sunday as kicker Cody Parkey double-doinked the potential game-winning field goal, here’s guessing the No. 1 (printable) sentiment would have been: “I wish Robbie Gould was here.”Bite the bullet, Bears fans, this is going to hurt: Gould (pronounced “Gold”) was there.Teaching these boys the history of da @bears #WPMOYCHALLENGEGOULD pic.twitter.com/r7OdoczB7S— Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09) January …last_img

National Affiliate Development Coordinator

first_imgNational Affiliate Development CoordinatorRemuneration: Structured to attract quality candidates & dependant on experienceTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the position of the National Affiliate Development Coordinator for TFA in the Canberra Office.  The position is business critical and vital to the delivery of service support programs for all affiliates participating in one of Australia’s fastest growing sports.  As a key member of the Sports Development team, and reporting directly to the Sports Operations Manager, you will contribute to the strategic direction, long term planning and growth initiatives of the sport of Touch.  Your responsibilities will include coordinating the delivery of affiliate and operational support systems to the national office, state operations and affiliate members under a unified management structure being delivered for the administration of the sport of Touch.You will be tasked with the operational delivery of the national affiliate management and servicing system and business initiatives that are vital to the overall delivery of this exciting sport.A huge focus will be placed on the support to the national network of sport operations and program synergies of the organisation and their improved alignment with the unified operational function. Strong client service and communication skills are a must along with a proven success in operational management.A Job Description including selection criteria is available at: www.austouch.com.au.By COB Thursday the 21 May 2009, applicants should email a 2 page letter of introduction addressing qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to garry.foran@austouch.com.au.  Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.Further information: Garry Foran, Commercial Operations Manager (02) 62122800.Related Filesaffiliate_development_coordinator_01-pdflast_img read more

2013 Metro Cup Finals

first_imgThe 2013 Metro Cup Finals will be held this weekend, with a big 24 hours of Touch Football to be played at Whites Hill in Brisbane. Friday night will see semi finals played and the second grand finalists of each division decided, while Saturday night will determine who walks away as champions in 2013. The first semi finals saw the Uni Rebels progress through to the grand final in four divisions (Men’s divisions one, two and three and Women’s  division three), while the Southern Storm are straight through to the grand final in Women’s division one and two. The grand finals will tap off at 5.00pm on Saturday, 23 November, starting with the Men’s and Women’s division three finals. The Men’s and Women’s two finals will be played at 6.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 7.00pm and the Men’s Open final at 8.00pm. Teams fighting for a spot in the grand final on Friday, 22 November are:Men’s Division 1 – CCC v DodgersMen’s Division 2 – Eagles v DodgersMen’s Division 3 – Redlands Crushers v Uni Rebels AWomen’s Division 1 – CCC v DodgersWomen’s Division 2 – CCC v RedlandsWomen’s Division 3 – Eagles v Uni Rebels MaroonTo view some of the highlights of the Metro Cup season so far, be sure to visit Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/BrisbaneMetroTouch Related LinksMetro Cup Finalslast_img read more