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ASU's civil engineering students to
host 2009 Deep South Conference March 26-28
Feb. 27, 2009 --
universities will join Arkansas State University’s student chapter of
the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as ASU hosts the 2009
Deep South Conference, Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28, in the
Convocation Center and at Craighead Forest Park. ASCE is a student
organization which meets and competes annually in various events,
including steel bridge, concrete canoe, surveying, environmental, and a
mystery category. Technical essays and presentations are also a portion
of the competition.
Competing in this year’s event are ASU, Christian Brothers University,
Jackson State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana
State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University,
University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State
University, University of New Orleans, Southern University, and
University of Tennessee-Martin. Arkansas State’s chapter is advised by
Dr. Tom Parsons, professor and director of Civil Engineering.
“The Deep South region consists of universities from eastern Arkansas,
Mississippi, Louisiana, and western Tennessee,” said Brad Marotti,
president of ASU’s ASCE student chapter. “This annual event allows the
regional chapters to develop networking skills while participating in
educational competition. The conference is held at each university once
every 10 years, and this year is ASU’s turn.”
Arkansas State won back-to-back regional championships (2002-03) and is
eight-time national competitors in steel bridge building.
The conference gets underway Thursday, March 26, with registration from
3-5 p.m. in the Convocation Center with a business meeting to follow at
7 p.m. Events start Friday (March 27) at 7:30 a.m. in the Convocation
Center with a steel bridge aesthetics setup, followed by a captain’s
meeting and the setup of concrete canoe presentations. Steel bridge
competition runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., while concrete canoe presentation
will be held from noon-4 p.m. Environmental competition also begins at
Friday’s competition also includes the Mead paper which follows the
“2009 National Daniel W. Mead Student Contest.” The topic is
“Sustainability and Civil Engineering,” and participants are requested
to write a paper to be formally presented at the conference.
Saturday’s events shift to Craighead Park Forest, and the day opens with
the concrete canoe competition setup beginning at 7 a.m. A canoe captain
meeting and aesthetics judging of the concrete canoes is at 8 a.m.
Surveying competition runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and a mystery competition
is from 9-11:30 a.m.
In the mystery competition, engineering students are asked to use
materials provided to them to accomplish a given task, interact with
fellow students, build team work, and have fun. The task will be
assigned at the time of competition.
For more information, contact Dr.
Tom Parsons or Dr. Rick Clifft
at 870-972-2088 or through e-mail at