Giant Jenga Block Competition, a Towering Success
Towering ambitions at the giant Jenga block competition in Philadelphia.

On March 2, 24 four-person teams of students, mentors and alumni from the Eastern Pennsylvania affiliate matched their skills to erect towers out of giant Jenga blocks, while raising funds for the affiliate’s new alumni scholarship. The event netted approximately $9,500 for the scholarship.
More than 200 people gathered for two thrilling competitions refereed by ACE alumni.  The first was a speed round when teams strove to build the tallest tower in five minutes.  This was a warm-up for the big event, a single elimination tournament when individual teams competed against each other using standard Jenga rules.  The grand champion, an Allan Myers Company team, gets to put its company name on the 2017 alumni scholarship.    
Philadelphia companies, trade organizations, and universities involved in ACE sponsored teams for $500 each.  Drexel University provided free space.    
Other affiliates can easily replicate this event. The relatively inexpensive giant Jenga blocks were purchased through Amazon.  For more information, contact Tiffany Millner, executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania affiliate.
All Affiliates Conference Update  
The 1½-day conference on June 26-27 in Kansas City will feature practical sessions of interest to affiliates large and small, mature and emerging.  ACE’s new database will be unveiled at the opening plenary session.
Leaders from 15 affiliates will explain their successes and strategies in breakout sessions allowing maximum audience interaction and covering the following topics:  
  • Fundraising
  • Board development
  • Mentor recruitment and retention, team leader development
  • Managing affiliate expansion
  • Student recruitment, partnerships with schools
Early-bird conference registrants will save $50 before April 15Click here to register. 
Bentley Systems has signed on as a Keystone level sponsor for the conference.

ACE Salutes Its Women in Construction
Gilbane mentor inspires young woman to follow in her footsteps.
To commemorate Women in Construction Week (March 5-11), ACE thanks and celebrates the many women who help make the program such a success.  More than 1,330 women mentors, board members and other volunteers (36% of total) inspire our 2,855 female students (34% of total) to become the next-generation architects, engineers, construction managers, and other industry professionals.

Mentor Survey on the Way
In late March, current mentors will receive an email survey exploring their involvement in ACE as well as the program’s professional and personal impact on them.  National and affiliate-specific results will be distributed this summer.  A high response rate will increase the reliability of survey data. 
Fundraising Successes
Affiliates have entered the fundraising season.  Some February results follow:
  • Chicago’s 17th annual Change Makers luncheon on February 21 raised $280K.  More than 700 supporters from 50 firms filled the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom.
  • The Los Angeles Spotlight Awards dinner on February 23 celebrated the affiliate’s 15th anniversary. The event was a sell-out (300 guests) and netted $150K.
  • San Antonio organized a bowling tournament as one of its fundraising events.  The February 16 tournament drew 70 participants and raised $4,300 for scholarships and insurance.  It was also an occasion to attract new mentors.

Affiliate Roundup
Los Angeles students at a trades day connect a circuit board.
  • Now its second year, the Southern Nevada affiliate, based in Las Vegas, is experiencing exponential growth pains, expanding from 12 students last year to 50 this year.
  • The Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia affiliate, located in Chattanooga, awarded a record $15K in scholarships this year, 20% higher than last year.
  • On Saturday February 18 Los Angeles organized its second in a series of trades days this year. Almost 90 students bent conduit, wired a circuit and took part in other activities at the Electrical Training Institute.

More Kudos for ACE Leaders and Mentors
  • The Charlotte Business Journal named two ACE-related people to its list of 2017 Top 40 under 40 Professionals – founding Charlotte affiliate board member Josh Vallimont and current lead mentor Tobe Holmes.
  • Washington DC Metro Area affiliate mentor Kellie Farste was chosen as one of ENR’s 2017 Top Young Professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Summer Scholarships at Falllingwater
ACE is partnering with Fallingwater again this year to offer a $1,200 scholarship for an ACE student to attend a week-long architecture workshop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous house. Additional partial scholarships are available to ACE students.  Click here for more details.  Application deadline, May 1.
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