Engineers love numbers right? Well here are two numbers that I personally find abhorrent: 42% and 11%. These numbers are findings reported in the January 2018 California State University Study of Student Basic Needs that found 42% of enrolled students are food insecure, and 11% are homeless. These numbers are similar to those in the December 2017 University of California Global Food Initiative: Food Housing Security at the University of California.

We can do better!

By the time you read this, you’re likely to have received a letter from the Golze scholarship committee requesting your support. Please consider donating to the scholarship fund this year. In case you recycled your letter, or it got lost in the mail, you can donate online by visiting Click on "Donate" and enter any amount. Your generosity allows the Golze Scholarship Committee to award numerous significant scholarships to deserving students at each of the four ASCE Student Chapters in our Section: California State University, Chico; California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; and the University of the Pacific. Scholarships can be a make-or-break difference for completing a degree, and many Chico State students will require extra support this year as a result of the disaster caused by the Camp Fire.

We all have family, friends, and colleagues that have been affected by the fires that have plagued California this year. To me, the Camp and Woolsey Fires were the anvils that broke the proverbial camel’s back. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. But thoughts and well wishes are not enough, so please consider joining me and donate directly to a charity of your choice whose mission focuses on helping the countless people affected by the fires.


Michael V. Konieczki, PE, D.WRE
ASCE Sacramento Section President