APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 October

APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 October

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      October 2022


October 13, 2022
Fall Mixer
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October 17, 2022

PWI Module Two
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October 19, 2022
APWA October Luncheon
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October 26, 2022
Volunteer Night
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Helping in Our Communities:

Natural Disasters, such as Hurricane Ian, quickly show how public works agencies and individuals jump into action and support their communities and neighbors in times of need, showing strength and unity. Thinking about this, I began to compare APWA and how it is like its own working community (of course, in a less severe situation and without lives being lost). Sure, it is a public works agency; but it is a large professional community made up of  agencies/companies represented by individuals all working together to support each other. Let’s take a quick walk through our APWA Community to familiarize ourselves with the structure.

APWA is a national community made up of more than 30,300 members. The Arizona Chapter has 800+ members and two branches (Northern and Southern). There are nine regions, Arizona being in region seven, along with our sister chapters, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Now, you are probably wondering what my point is! Well, it is this….our neighbors are struggling and need our help and support!! Our Northern branch needs members to participate and a facility or conference room to meet in. Currently, they are trying to meet every other month, and we will provide information on the website so you can plan on attending. Our Southern Branch holds regular meetings and has scheduled the Top Golf Event after the first of the year. This event was rescheduled from the statewide conference, and we want to ensure that everyone knows about it and can show support by attending.

Let’s not forget about our sister chapter in New Mexico. After the pandemic, they have been struggling to regain their leadership and membership. David Fabiano, our Regional Director, has requested that Arizona firms with contacts or branch offices in New Mexico help to encourage them to support APWA New Mexico by participating and attending.

Efforts to support and strengthen these branches and Chapters are not limited to APWA but reach far into our communities. Our support helps to re-energize and grow young professionals and public works. Let us unite and show our support!! Future events will be posted on our website and in this newsletter so that you can be sure to attend.

If you have questions or can provide support, please email me at sschepis@ethosengineers.com.


Sandy Niebel

Fall Mixer
October 13, 2022
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Public Works Institute Module Two

October 17-18, 2022
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APWA October Program

October 19, 2022
Topic: Panel of City Engineers
Speakers: Aric Stewart, City of Avondale  |  David Fabiano, Town of Gilbert  |  Greg Froslie, Lake Havasu City
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Volunteer Night
October 26, 2023
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New Members

Zoe BerrySundt Construction, Inc.
Vernon VasquezKimley-Horne and Associates

New Member Spotlight
Be the next new APWA member to be featured!  This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to make new connections with potential clients and customers.

All it takes is to reach out to Joseph Blackman, joe@vitendo.us

Who's Who in Public Works

If you work in Public Works and are interested in being spotlighted in our “Who’s Who in Public Works” Section, please contact Joseph Blackman at joe@vitendo.us

Professional Development
Sign up today to continue growing your career through professional development.

Click, Listen & Learn Webinars & Talking Top Tech Webinars

APWA Educational Calendar. To register, click here: Calendar (apwa.net)

Calibrating Winter Operations:  October 27, 2022
CDL Training Implementation Idea Exchange: November 17, 2022

Find these and other opportunities on the APWA CALENDAR.

Public Works Job Opportunities
This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to joe@vitendo.us. In addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location. 

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Kaeli's Sustainability Tip of the Month:

2022 AZ APWA Scholarship Recipients

Submitted by: Amanda McGennis, Sr. VP - AZAGC

This year I had the honor as serving in the role of Scholarship Chair for the Arizona Chapter. I wasn’t sure what sort of response we might receive as we begin to climb our way out of depths of the pandemic. I was pleasantly surprised by our applicants and want to remind those who read this article the scholarships are open to chapter members (including their family members) who are pursuing careers in public works.

Several years ago, the organization created the Arizona Chapter of American Public Works Association Scholarship program to assist individuals who work/or interested in the public works field, encompassing disciplines from engineering, public administration or continuing education for career enhancement of public agency employees. This assistance in education promotes and ensures a continuation of the high level of skill, talent, and professionalism valued by every member. Each year the chapter awards a total of $4,500 in scholarships to deserving applicants who have chosen the public works field as their career.

AZ APWA is proud to announce the 2022 Scholarship recipients, George William Saphir, Melanie Angela Macioce, Gabriel Gedaliah Geffen and Angel Cobb. Three (George, Gabriel & Melanie) recipients are University of Arizona Civil Engineering students studying under Professors CAC M. Dao and Yao-Jan Wu. Angel Cobb is the AZAPWA current board Secretary and works as a Civil Engineer II for the City of Phoenix.

All four recipients excel at the top of their class and show exciting promise for the future of public works. Their essays and letters of recommendation emphasize why these applicants were deserving of scholarship funds. Here are some brief excerpts from their applications, I think you will agree the future of AZAPWA is in good hands.

Gabriel G. Geffen - 2022 U of A Recipient

“My interest in public works began when I took my first transportation  engineering class entitled Transportation Engineering and Highway Design. I quickly fell in love with the field as it was my first chance as a student to see how my coursework applies to real-world scenarios that affect everyone.”

Melanie A. Maci - 2022 U of A Recipient

“The past two summers I had an internship working in stormwater management. I had the opportunity to contribute to many projects from trail restoration, Penn DOT’s MS-4 program and surveying clear zones to minimize vegetation loss along I-80 corridor in PA. These projects gave me hands on experience in making communities sustainable through a lens of stormwater management. My lifetime goals are directly influenced by my passion to improve my community. I look forward to creating a career in sustainable infrastructure.”

George W. Saphir - 2022 U of A Recipient

“I came to the U of A as an undeclared major hoping to find a niche that would combine my love of critical thinking, sustainability and elaborate manmade structures. It didn’t take long for me to discover Civil Engineering (CE), the major that seemed to have been designed with me in mind. The exposure to so many different fields within CE (such as structures, transportation, sustainability) continued to thrill me. The thought that one day I might drive over a complex bridge that I designed seems unreal but very achievable thanks to the expansive diversity that is public works."

Angel Cobb

“I believe that Angel Cobb is a great representative of the values of APWA. She is a dedicated public works professional and is committed to continuing her impact upon the City of Phoenix within the field of public works. Over the years I have observed that Angel’s leadership qualities in the role of project manager have played an integral part in the success of many projects within the City of Phoenix including winning an ACEC Engineering Excellence award. Angel leads with passion, professionalism and humor. There is no doubt she will continue to influence the future of public works in Arizona.” Kelly Kaysonepheth, Aztec Engineering on behalf of 2022 Recipient, Angel Cobb.

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