Department celebrates 50-year anniversary of CEE alumni board
CEE alumni returned to campus September 6-7 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the CEE Alumni Association (CEEAA) board. The celebration began Friday night with a reception in the M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center. On Saturday the department hosted a pre-game brunch at the Activities and Recreation Center, followed by the football game against Cincinnati, at which CEE alumni enjoyed the game together in a reserved block of seats.
CEE students (l to r) Nishant Makhijani, Ryan Chan, Marika Nell and Athena Patras help out at the entry table for the cocktail reception Friday night.
Elaine and Bill Hall (left) visit with Daniel Halpin.
To mark the occasion, the current CEEAA board established a scholarship to be awarded each year to a student with a record of service to the department. To make a gift in support of this scholarship, please contact John Southwood, Director of Advancement, email@example.com, (217) 300-5480.
The CEEAA board was established in 1963, when Nathan M. Newmark was head. The department alumni association at that time was called the Civil Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA), because the department did not add the word “Environmental” to its name until 1998.
At that time, $2 of the $5 annual dues to the University of Illinois Alumni Association was credited to the department Alumni Association to support its activities. Scheduled events that year included a pre-game luncheon before the Homecoming football game and social events in conjunction with various annual professional meetings, including the American Society of Civil Engineers in San Francisco, the Highway Research Board in Washington, D.C., the American Concrete Institute in Houston, Texas, and the Institute of Traffic Engineers in Toronto, Canada.
That year the CEAA Executive Committee included Paul F. Kent (BS 20), president; Frank K. Veasman (BS 39), first vice president; Thomas D. Wofford Jr. (BS 46), second vice president; Edward E. Bauer (BS 19), secretary; and Milton O. Schmidt (PhD 50), CEE professor, assistant secretary.
CEE alumni gather at the ARC for brunch on game day.
Fred and Paula Garrott show off some Illini style at the brunch.
CEE Assistant Professor Dan Work (left) and Professor Emeritus Barry Dempsey.
From left, former CEE department head and dean of engineering Dave Daniel, Vicki Olson, Joseph Abruzzo and Gabriel Wiede.
CEE Professor Imad Al-Qadi, left, and Professor and Head Amr Elnashai.
Helen and Joel Maurer
CEE Professor Emeritus Marshall Thompson, left, and James Hanlon.
From left, John Kos, Andrew Richardson and Greg Cargill.
From left, Margaret Ackerman, CEE senior John Witter and Ray Ackerman.
From left, Paul Koch and John Carrato.