Local Events Calendar

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Alaska Project Tour – Glenn HWY/Muldoon Interchange 11:30 am
Alaska Project Tour – Glenn HWY/Muldoon Interchange
Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Alaska Project Tour - Glenn HWY/Muldoon Interchange @ Project Field Office | Anchorage | Alaska | United States
SMPS ALASKA PROJECT TOUR Glenn Highway/Muldoon Interchange The Glenn/Muldoon interchange is currently under construction to address significant traffic volume increases, pedestrian safety and bridge clearance. Upon completion, this location will have a new diverging diamond interchange with a much higher capacity for vehicles, reduction of travel delays, and[...]
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SMPS Board Meeting 12:00 pm
SMPS Board Meeting
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SMPS Executive Board Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon-1pm. Locations are different each time, typically at a member’s office. FREE and open to members! Please RSVP to White@rmconsult.com to attend.
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September Luncheon – Media Panel: Meet the Press 11:30 am
September Luncheon – Media Panel: Meet the Press
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
September Luncheon - Media Panel: Meet the Press @ Egan Center | Anchorage | Alaska | United States
SMPS ALASKA SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON MEDIA PANEL: Meet The Press Ever wonder how news organizations find their stories? Join SMPS Alaska for a panel discussion with local media professionals regarding how A/E/C developments make the news. Learn how to build relationships with the media, tips for pitching stories,[...]
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Kid’s Kitchen Volunteering 3:00 pm
Kid’s Kitchen Volunteering
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kid's Kitchen Volunteering @ Fairview Recreation Center | Anchorage | Alaska | United States
          Kids Kitchen http://www.kidskitchenak.com/ has served nutritious, hot healthy meals to 50-100 kids every weekday since 1996; over 1 million meals in total! Founder, Elgin Jones, 76, still works there every day to prepare and serve the meals and also serve as a mentor to[...]
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Wed
2017
SMPS Board Meeting
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SMPS Executive Board Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon-1pm. Locations are different each time, typically at a member’s office.

FREE and open to members!

Please RSVP to White@rmconsult.com to attend.

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September Luncheon – Media Panel: Meet the Press
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

SMPS ALASKA SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON

MEDIA PANEL: Meet The Press

Ever wonder how news organizations find their stories? Join SMPS Alaska for a panel discussion with local media professionals regarding how A/E/C developments make the news. Learn how to build relationships with the media, tips for pitching stories, and what content is relevant for local audiences.

Speakers include:

  • Lauren Maxwell | Reporter, KTVA
  • Kathryn Mackenzie | Managing Editor, Alaska Business Monthly
Sincerely,
Rose Hanson
SMPS Alaska Chapter
Sep
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Wed
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Kid’s Kitchen Volunteering
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Kitchen http://www.kidskitchenak.com/ has served nutritious, hot healthy meals to 50-100 kids every weekday since 1996; over 1 million meals in total! Founder, Elgin Jones, 76, still works there every day to prepare and serve the meals and also serve as a mentor to the kids.

SMPS Alaska is proud to support Kids Kitchen and will be assembling groups of up to 5 volunteers each month to help with food prep, serving, talking to kids and clean-up.

Please email Cynthia Oistad at outreach@smpsalaska.com if you are interested in volunteering on Sept 20th or if you would like be notified of volunteer opportunities in the future for Kids Kitchen!

Members and Non-Members welcome!

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SMPS Board Meeting
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SMPS Executive Board Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon-1pm. Locations are different each time, typically at a member’s office.

FREE and open to members!

Please RSVP to White@rmconsult.com to attend.

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Alaska Project Tour – Loussac Library
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Get the inside scoop on the Loussac Library renovation! Join RIM Project Architect Monica Sullivan, AIA NCARB CDT for a tour of the library’s new and updated features.

Monica has been involved with the library renovation since day one, from the focus groups, master planning, and design. The library, opened in its currently location in 1986, contains Anchorage’s Assembly Chambers on the ground floor. Library floors above house patron services, book and media collections, youth and adult programming spaces, public computers and a community Innovation Lab, a cafe, and the Alaska Collection Wing. Take a look at Anchorage’s most famous library as it undergoes a dramatic change to complement our diverse community.  

Space is limited, so sign up early! 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Meet at the lobby inside of the Loussac Library new enterance on the ground floor.

Please bring a safety vest and hard hats if you have them. This will show that we are in a group and protect us from any construction at the time.


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October Luncheon: Public Involvement
Oct 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

SMPS ALASKA
OCTOBER 
LUNCHEON:
Public Involvement Panel

Public Involvement scenarios are often the most direct way an A/E/C firm interacts with their broader community on topics of their expertise. Learn from local Public Involvement Professionals about the connection between Public Involvement and Business Development, and how to make the most of each Public Involvement opportunity. 

Speakers Include:

  • Katherine Wood, HDR
  • Anne Brooks, Brooks & Associates
  • Van Le, AICP, R&M Consultants
  • Rachel Steer, DOWL

If you have a question you would like to ask the panel, please e-mail it to Rose Hanson (programs@smpsalaska.org) by Thursday October 12.

Learn More About Our Speakers:

Katherine has 15 years’ experience providing public involvement planning, communications strategy, management, and facilitation for infrastructure development projects in Alaska. Katherine’s expertise has resulted in increased public confidence and defensible processes. For Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update, Katherine led a highly successful PI program that received the 2014 Public Outreach Award from the American Planning Association, Alaska Chapter and the Northwest American Association of Airport Executives 2016 Corporate Award of Excellence. She is a member of the IAP2, developed HDR’s best practice document for environmental justice and limited English proficiency (LEP) outreach techniques and presented on EJ/LEP at several national conferences. Recent clients include Alaska DOT&PF, AIDEA, AMATS and BlueCrest Energy.

Anne established Brooks & Associates in November 1993 to provide a variety of technical support to architectural and engineering firms doing business in Alaska. The firm’s current emphasis is on public participation — bringing the public’s voice to projects that will affect them. Anne has more than 17 years of experience working with stakeholders around the state, particularly on transportation projects including on the Parks Highway, Glenn Highway, and Seward Highway. Anne is adept at compiling documentation of public issues and translating technical documents and graphics for the lay public, and has successfully led public involvement on numerous controversial projects.

Van is a Certified Senior Level Planner and a Certified Public Involvement Specialist through the International Association for Public Participation. She is a former Municipal Planner with 14 years of experience in the public and private sectors and is experienced in effective and open communications for a diverse set of stakeholders in Alaska. Van has proven leadership for planning and executing public outreach campaigns and communicating project objectives, capital improvement funding and project milestones to residents, agencies, business stakeholders, community groups, municipal staff and elected officials. She specializes in land use compatibility, code analysis, community development, multi-modal transportation planning, regional planning and project management, as well as area-specific master plans. Van also specializes in Systematic Development of Informed Consent (SDIC) and Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) public outreach methods. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and actively serves on the AMATS Complete Streets Committee, ITE Alaska Section Active Transportation Committee and on the Board of the Alaska Chapter of WTS – Women in Transportation Seminar. Van holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University and a B.A. in Urban Geography from the University of British Columbia.

Rachel is DOWL’s senior public involvement lead. She was born and raised in Anchorage and is well known in the skiing community with roles on the Kincaid Project Group and the Alaska Winter Olympians Foundation. Rachel has run public involvement for several high-profile DOWL projects, including the Glenn Highway/Muldoon Road Interchange and Northern Access to UMed. She is currently working on the Seward Highway: O’Malley Road to Dimond Boulevard and Midtown Congestion Relief projects.

Sincerely,
Rose Hanson
SMPS Alaska Chapter
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October Coffee Meet Up: Debriefing: The Art of Understanding Why You Won or Lost
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

SMPS ALASKA CHAPTER
October Coffee Meet-Up:

Debriefing: The Art of Understanding Why You Won or Lost

Join SMPS Alaska for coffee and a discussion about debriefing strategies, processes, and take aways.

 

 
Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Sincerely,
Katy Kless
Membership Director, SMPS Alaska Chapter
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Learning Lab – Prepare to Win Module 3: Post-Proposal Short-List Presentation
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

SMPS ALASKA CHAPTER
Prepare to Win: Your Guide To Proposal Success Series

Module 3: Post-Proposal Short-List Presentation


Please join us for the third and final module in the Prepare to Win: Your Guide to Proposal Success webinar series. This one focuses on Short List Presentation. We all know that presentations can be hectic and stressful. Planning is the key to taming the chaos. In this session you’ll learn presentation planning and coaching best practices.

  • Receive tips for developing planning strategies to create winning presentations
  • Learn how to effectively coach presentation teams
  • Discuss potential selection committee questions and how to develop answers to best position your team

You’llhear valuable insights plus tips and recommendations for improving writing and presentation skills. Examples will include proposal and presentation successes and failures. “Little Piggy Proposals,” “The Cram,” and “Death by PowerPoint” are all covered with insight and humor to drive home the point that proposals and presentations need to be about the client, not the presenter.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar, attendees will:

  • Better understand the selection process
  • Learn what selection committees typically look for
  • Discover what can influence the selection of professional services firms
  • Explore how to write better proposals that will get noticed
  • Learn techniques for more effective presentation

Register Now!

Thank you for your response. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rob Culbertson

SMPS Alaska Chapter

education@smpsalaska.org

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SMPS Board Meeting
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SMPS Executive Board Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon-1pm. Locations are different each time, typically at a member’s office.

FREE and open to members!

Please RSVP to White@rmconsult.com to attend.

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November Luncheon: Infrastructure Panel
Nov 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Alaska’s infrastructure requires constant maintenance and development. Come learn about how the Port of Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are approaching infrastructure upkeep in Alaska. Panelists will discuss current projects, upcoming work and proposal best practices.

Speakers Include:

  • Sharen Walsh, PE, AMPE, Deputy Director – Port of Anchorage
  • John Johansen, PE, Engineering, Environmental, and Planning – ANC
  • Aldone Graham, Acting Chief of Contracting Division – USACE, AK District

If you have a question you would like to ask the panel, please e-mail Rose Hanson at programs@smpsalaska.org by Thursday November 3, 2017.

Learn More About Our Speakers:

Sharen Walsh, PE, AMPE has served as the the Deputy Director for the Port of Anchorage since 2014. She oversees the operations, maintenance, and security functions of the Port’s day-to-day activities and also manages the as-needed engineering and construction contracts associated with repair and upkeep of the Port’s existing infrastructure. 

Sharen is a lifelong Alaskan. A registered civil engineer, she has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She has 39 years of experience in design engineering, construction management, and construction contracting in both the public and private sectors. From 2010 to 2014, she served concurrently as Anchorage’s Building Official and as Deputy Director of the Development Services Division for the Community Development Department. Her project experience includes: housing, water, and sewer work in rural Alaska; defense contracting projects on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and on the Aleutian Islands of Adak and Shemya; and roads and drainage projects in the Municipality of Anchorage. She has served on the municipal Platting Board, the local boards of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Alaska Association of General Contractors, and the Imaginarium Science Learning Center. She recently completed a year of service on the board of Region II of the International Code Council and currently serves on the Anchorage School District Capital Improvement Advisory Committee.

John Johansen, PE, is the Manager of Engineering, Environmental and Planning at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for the Alaska DOT &PF. He is responsible for the planning and delivery of about $50M in capital projects annually and ensuring the airport is in compliance with environmental regulations.

John is a licensed structural engineer and civil engineer in the States of Alaska and Washington. John was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1980 and he received a Masters of Civil Engineering (Structural) degree from Cornell University in 1985. John worked in Fairbanks with Stutzmann Engineering designing roads, buildings, water and sewer systems, and bridges. In 1989 he moved to Seattle and spent 12 years with KCM, Inc. as a senior structural engineer and project manager designing wastewater treatment facilities, docks, and industrial and commercial buildings. In 2001, John and his wife, Cheri, moved to Anchorage where he spent 4 years with Reid Middleton, Inc. as a senior structural engineer and project manager working on institutional, commercial, and office buildings. In 2005 he took his current position with the State. John is an Accredited Airport Executive of the American Association of Airport Executives

Aldone Graham bio coming soon

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