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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Terracon’s Oklahoma City office recently held its first annual Client Appreciation Golf Tournament at River Oaks Golf & Country Club in Edmond, Okla. More than 60 golfers and numerous volunteers took part. Vendors generously sponsored the event, which raised more than $2,000 for a local charity, Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma.
Neighborhood Alliance works to promote safe, attractive, and healthy neighborhoods throughout Central Oklahoma by teaching people how to create sustainable change through leadership training, grant writing assistance, safety programs, and more.
Krystal Vickers, client development manager, coordinated the event along with several other staff members from Terracon’s Oklahoma City office.
“We wanted to do something special to show our appreciation to our clients and give back to the community,” said Vickers. “Clients seemed to have a great time, and many offered their thanks and mentioned that they are looking forward to taking part again.”
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com.
Terracon's Oklahoma City office staff help introduce eighth grade students to the world of biology and engineering
On June 13, 2013 Terracon’s Oklahoma City (OKC) office hosted 25 eighth grade students, and five faculty members, attending Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) summer camp titled, “Biology and Engineering for a Sustainable Tomorrow.” The camp was funded through the State Regents Summer Academy and was aimed at introducing the students to the vast world of biology and engineering as applied in everyday life. Terracon employees were tasked with covering the topic of bioremediation.
Phil Wood, Terracon’s OKC office manager, welcomed the visitors with an introduction to Terracon, a description of the math, science, and engineering behind all that we do, and an encouraging word regarding the dedication to education required to pursue a career in these fields. Members of Terracon’s OKC environmental department then took the students on a tour through the world of environmental consulting!
First, the students witnessed the drilling of a soil boring and installation of a monitoring well by Terracon’s OKC drilling staff. The students aided in classifying soils, gauged the monitoring well, and learned about such topics as groundwater flow, subsurface contamination, plume migration, and contaminant delineation. In the afternoon, they broke into groups and rotated through five stations covering the topics of geology, groundwater flow, injections, bioremediation, and health and safety. Through discussion and hands-on learning, the students discovered the world of rocks and minerals, learned about groundwater quality and field data collection, developed an appreciation for the intricacies of enhanced anaerobic bioremediation, tried on an array of personal protective equipment, and took a stab at creating their own mini-landfarm.
The program was an opportunity for Terracon to reach out to the community, and share with the next generation the importance of math, science, and engineering. The students had a great time at Terracon and the OSU staff is already looking forward to next year’s camp!
As you celebrate the birth of our great country, please treat fireworks with respect. To help prevent injuries and accidents, read all of the cautions and warnings and use common sense. Lighting fireworks indoors, throwing them from automobiles, and lighting multiple devices at the same time can lead to accidents and are not how fireworks are intended to be used. If you see someone misusing fireworks, especially children, stop them. Show them the correct way to use consumer fireworks and do not ever use professional fireworks or illegal explosives. Here are some fireworks safety tips to keep in mind:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
- Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Use common sense when using fireworks. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter. The shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated” shooter.
- Only persons over age 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives; they can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
Please do your part to keep your family and friends safe this holiday season. For more information, visit: http://fireworkssafety.org/
Consulting Firm Awards Grant to the University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health to Expand Online Graduate Certificate Program
In commemoration of Utah Workplace Safety Week, the Terracon Foundation will present a $12,000 grant to the University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) to assist in expanding the organization’s online occupational safety and health graduate certificate program.
The grant will be presented to RMCOEH by Donald Marano, president of IHI Environmental, a Terracon Company, on Friday, June 28, at the AFL-CIO Convention taking place at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. The timing of the grant award during Utah Workplace Safety Week is quite relevant according to Marano, who has had a close working relationship with the RMCOEH in various capacities over the past 33 years.
“This funding will contribute to the future safety of workers by providing online educational tools for the health and safety students of today, who will be the practitioners of tomorrow,” Marano said. “The program will also advance our profession by giving students more alternatives to learn about various occupational hazards, solutions to these challenges, and proactive measures for prevention of injury and illness in the workplace.”
Marano added that the grant will support the RMCOEH program in issuing graduate certificates in Occupational Safety and Health through online courses to individuals desiring to expand their knowledge and skills in their fields of expertise. These certificates will include ergonomics and safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and general occupational safety and health.
The creation of a graduate certificate program for studies related to occupational and environmental health and safety provides the opportunity for individuals who are working in these or related fields to obtain increased information and training to improve their skills at a pace that will generally fit their schedule and while continuing to work full-time.
In addition, the students who take courses for the program will be permitted to apply the course credits they successfully complete toward a Master of Science degree in the future. University of Utah Professor and RMCOEH Director Dr. Kurt Hegmann acknowledged the importance of the award.
“We are very excited about receiving this grant from the Terracon Foundation, as it will provide much needed support for faculty time to convert our industrial hygiene courses to a distance-based format,” Hegmann said. “We are also very pleased about extending our long-term, symbiotic relationship with IHI Environmental to their new parent company, Terracon.”
Terracon acquired local consulting firm of 33 years, IHI Environmental, during early 2013.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services from more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com.