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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  May 2012

Illinois Public Service Institute
Steve Page, Chair

It was great to see many of you in Springfield at WATERCON 2012. It was a fast trip for me, but I did visit with several IPSI grads and some of our currently sponsored members. It is great to hear how well the program is accepted and the gains that individuals get from it. These are comments from one of the attendees from last year.

Dear Mr. Page,

Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Illinois Public Service Institute (IPSI) in 2011. It was a professionally beneficial experience for me. During the week I was able to consider ways to establish and improve my personal leadership skills. Upon completion of my first year, I have found applications that can be integrated into my daily work. Additionally, I have identified areas where I need improvement, and I have since been able to work on these areas.

I will admit that during the first day of class, I began to become somewhat discouraged as we discussed challenges that we face as public works professionals. A challenge that many are faced with is declining resources and capital, coupled with the expectation to maintain the level of service delivered. This crunch is experienced throughout the public services, and many expressed the stress this has placed on them. The group discussion turned to how we can address this issue to make progress, and we realized that we are generally in a reactive mode. We determined that we need to prioritize where we can be proactive and make a difference in these areas. Ultimately, as the week progressed we were offered tools to face these challenges and shown that these challenges are the reason that we are needed to work in this field.

I was able to attend IPSI because of the scholarship offered from the Illinois Section of American Water Works Association and would like to thank the selection committee for awarding this scholarship to me. As a relatively new member of AWWA, I am very appreciative of all the opportunities that the Illinois Section offers to help in growth of the members.

Thank you,

Eric B. Weiss, P.E., Water Operations Engineer

City of Elgin – Water Department

I hope everyone that is in a role of leadership or plans to be, considers attending the IPSI. The ISAWWA sponsors four new attendees each year for this three-year program; and,m having graduated from the program, I would love to have you apply for sponsorship.

The scholarship is $500 toward the tuition for the first year. Once you have successfully completed the course the first year, you are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship for each of the remaining two years of the three-year course (one week per year). You can start the course any year; you do not have to wait until a "beginning” session because each year is different.   For more information on the Illinois Section AWWA Scholarship.

The scholarship committee would like a short explanation of why you are applying for the scholarship, and how this course will help you in your career. I'm not looking for an essay- a paragraph on each part (the why and the how) will be sufficient. Be sure to include the fact that you are a member of the ISAWWA. You're not going to be judged on how fancy the paragraphs are-we just want to know why and how.

Here is a link to the registration form that will hold a spot for you while the scholarship is being considered.

Stephen K Page
Chief Plant Operator
City of Elgin Water Department
150 Dexter Ct.
Elgin, IL 60120
phone: 847 931-6108


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