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Students & Young Professionals  

WEF Community Service Project 

Saturday, September 26th
Pershing Magnet School | 3200 South Calumet Ave

Bus DEPARTS at 8:30 am from the WEFTEC HQ Hotel

The 8th annual WEF Community Service Project, organized by the WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) offers WEFTEC attendees the opportunity to give back to Chicago.  This year's project, held at Pershing Magnet School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood will consist of constructing a rain garden as well as a learning garden that will serve as an educational tool for Pershing teachers to further understanding for the school's K-8 students on water, the environment, and green infrastructure.  The project is free to all volunteers as well as receiving transportation to and from the site, a t-shirt, lunch, and WEF Community Service Project ribbon for your WEFTEC badge.   Registration for the service project is free and open to all WEFTEC attendees and their guests.  We look to have over 100 volunteers help make a positive impact on the local water environment of  Chicago.  As part of WEF's mission to increase public awareness on water related subjects, the SYPC will also be organizing Water Palooza event to be held on Friday, Sept 25 at a local elementary school.  This event brings together water conscious organizations and companies to educate school age children in the community about the value of water through hands-on and demonstrative activities.

Funding for the service project is provided entirely by donations - both monetary and material donations are welcomed. Please contact Tim Moran to donate materials and Dianne Crilley for monetary donations.  Join WEF in committing to civic outreach and sustainability and ultimately making an immediate impact on our host city, Chicago!  

Questions: Contact the WEF Community Service Project:
Co-Chairs, Tim MoranMichael Quamme; SYPC Chair, Haley Falconer or WEF Staff Dianne Crilley


University Student Lounge

Sunday, September 27 – Tuesday, September 29  

The University Student Lounge is sponsored by environmental companies participating in the WEFTEC Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair. Complimentary light lunch and refreshments are provided Sunday and Monday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  The lounge offers students their own place to meet with fellow students and develop lifelong friendships.  

WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee Meeting  

Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM  

Students and Young Professionals are welcome to attend.  Connect with young professionals from around the globe through the work of WEF young professionals.  

Student Design Competition 

Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Member Associations proudly select their best Student Chapter Design Team to participate in this annual WEFTEC Design Competition.  Each design team will receive a recognition plaque / each team member will receive a certificate.  Through sponsorships, award money will be presented to the 1st - 4th place winners from the Wastewater Design competition (hydraulic, capacity design, upgrades to existing systems, biosolids handling etc...) and Environmental Design competition (contemporary engineering topics, i.e. sustainability, water reuse, wetland construction, etc...).  The 2015 teams will be announced this summer. 

Companies interested in sponsoring this event in 2014 should contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley 

Student Chapter Annual Meeting

Monday, September 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

More than 30 annually attend this meeting to include Student Chapter Officers from the 108 WEF Student Chapters,  academic advisors, and Member Association Leaders. This meeting is held annually at WEFTEC, providing a forum to share ideas and programs.  For more information about this meeting or interest in forming a Student Chapter, contact: Darrin Harris 

Students & Young Professionals Networking & Career Fair 

Monday, September 28, 2015 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM 

The Career Fair offers an opportunity to expand the student’s knowledge of the water quality industry and to acquire better interviewing skills. Top environmental firms from the U.S./Canada will be on hand to meet informally with students and also pre-schedule interviewing opportunities.  

Students should submit (email) their resume to by August 25, 2015!
**Word and PDF format accepted**

Companies interested in a 2015 Career Fair booth, contact Dianne Crilley at

Students & Young Professionals Social Events

Black & Veatch Student Appreciation Night 
Monday,  September 28, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM - Location TBA

This annual event provides students an opportunity to network with their peers and to meet the leaders within Black & Veatch.  Kick off the evening with Black & Veatch followed by the Students and Young Professionals reception as detailed below.

WEF Young Professionals Reception 
Monday, September 28, 2015 | 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Carnivale - 702 W Fulton St. Chicago 

Join WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee for a fun-filled evening of conversation and peer-to-peer networking.  Your WEFTEC badge is required. This reception is made possible by contributions from corporate sponsors.

For more information regarding 2015 sponsorship opportunities for the above events, details on submitting a resume, or any other questions, contact Dianne Crilley, / (703) 684-2445 (t) 


Hotel Reservations

A limited number of hotel rooms especially for university students and academics are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the:

Aloft City Center
A bold downtown Chicago hotel in the trendy River North neighborhood. The upbeat vibe is a fresh, forward-thinking alternative perfect for tech savvy and social travelers. Featuring ultra-comfortable signature bedding, an oversized spa shower, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, and more. Different by design, Aloft hotels offer guests a stylish and entertaining venue for mixing and mingling. Play a game of pool in Re:Mix(sm) lounge or surf the internet with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. If cravings start to kick in, explore Re:fuel by Aloft(sm), a 24/7 grab-and-go pantry.

Rate: $219+/night, excluding occupancy taxes & fees
Reservation Deadline: August 28, 2015
Book by Telephone: 1-888-301-4933 (U.S., Canada) or 1-415-979-2298 (globally)
Customer care agents are available Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST. Reference group code “STUD”.