Each year, Engineers Alliance for the Arts is proud to honor individual teachers and volunteers that have made a difference in our Student Impact Project. These recipients are presented with an award and receive recognition at the fall SEAONC meeting. We applaud and congratulate all past winners of the awards.
For over a decade, William “Bill” Kaplan volunteered with the Student Impact Project and helped build EAA into the organization it is today. In memory of Bill and his personal impact on our organization, volunteers, and students, this award was created in 2011 to honor his contributions to EAA. The William S. Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to EAA’s most outstanding volunteer each year at the November meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC).
Engineers Alliance for the Arts is pleased to announce Karen Vogt-Wilcox as recipient of the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award. Karen has been volunteering with EAA for over a decade as a teacher of the Student Impact Project. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented at the November meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), which was held at the headquarters of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).
Joseph Alter was given the Teacher of the Year Award. Joseph teaches at the San Francisco Hilltop High School and has completed two years with our program. He has been an innovator in making this program available and interesting to his students. Joseph secured funding to purchase engineering and construction-based children’s books for his students and their children to further interest in the field. Joseph’s enthusiasm for the program has lead to significant efforts and improvement by his students, even with the challenge of English as a second language. Each year, his students have won multiple honors at the Bridge Showcase and Awards Event. Joseph’s passion and enthusiasm for EAA’s programs and his students make him an excellent role model.
Volunteer Dave Miller of Degenkolb and Teacher Daniel Pasker from NEA Community Learning Center receive their Awards from Student Impact Project Vice President Patrick Murren at the annual SEAONC meeting.
Patrick Murren and Keith Carames receive their Volunteer and Teacher of the Year Awards at the SEAONC meeting, presented by Jax Kneppers, President of EAA along with Laura Whitehurst and Will Kotterman, VP’s of the Student Impact Project.
EAA showed a video highlight of our Student Impact Program and also presented awards to Darrick Hom for his 3 years as Program Director, Taryn Williams for the William Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award, and Gigi Torres for the Teacher of the Year Award. Big thanks to SEAONC for their continued support every year, and to all our sponsors who help make this program happen!
EAA held their second annual Awards night, hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). Award recipients included:
- Linda O’Connor, Teacher of the Year Award
- Derrick Lind, William Kaplan volunteer of the year Award
- Jax Kneppers and Associates, Sponsor Appreciation Award
- Rutherford and Chekene, Sponsor Appreciation Award
- Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Sponsor Appreciation Award
- SEAONC, Sponsor Appreciation Award
- Computers & Structures, Inc., Sponsor Appreciation Award
Engineers Alliance for the Arts participated in the San Francisco Unified School District’s 2012 Young at Art festival; an 8 day celebration of student creativity in visual, literary, media and performing arts hosted by the world renowned de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. For the past 26 years this unique San Francisco event, (formerly San Francisco Youth Arts Festival), has been a point of destination for families, teachers, artists and community members from San Francisco and beyond.