This weekend marks the start of the State Fair of Texas! While there is much anticipation for those Fletcher corn dogs, the Auto Show, pig races, and of course Big Tex himself, here at Alpha Testing, we are most excited about the Canstruction exhibit at the Science Place building. Alpha teamed with Archer Western, HNTB, and AGL Constructors to design and create a structure made entirely of canned goods. It took 13,800 cans and the effort of numerous volunteers to make the not-so-small replica of the Dallas Skyscrapers. Watch our project come to life in the time-lapse video and make sure to see it for yourself at the Fair!
If you think the Rio Olympic events are impressive, the efforts at MobilePack events for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) might be a solid contender. The non-profit organization provides MannaPack meals to malnourished and starving children around the world. In order to create those MannaPacks, FMSC created MobilePack events, and the production is astounding. Alpha’s Jacob Wadlington was a part of the assembly line of volunteers on Friday at the “Turn Hunger into Hope” Dallas MobilePack. In just a single 2-hour shift, the team produced over 95,900 meals – helping FMSC reach their goal of 1 million for the weekend. That alone takes the gold medal. Want to volunteer your time at FMSC? Visit their website for upcoming MobilePack events in your area.
Three of our own hit the greens at the Bear Creek Golf Club for the 19th annual Texas811 Golf Tournament, benefitting The Turning Point. Alpha’s Junior Hernandez, Blain Lehman, and John Moreland along with Amanda Leggett with Enterprise, made up the four person team. While their score cards didn’t exactly compete with their opponents, spending the day with coworkers and friends on a manicured field, benefitting a great cause is winning in our book.
Alpha’s Jacob Wadlington and Alberto Flores, both on the Business Development team in Dallas, volunteered at the WEAT-NTS Clay Shoot on Friday, March 11. Those of us indoors that day might not recall the rain, but for those outside at the Dallas Gun Club – it sure did rain! But the weather didn’t put a damper on the activity at the Clay Shoot and definitely didn’t stop Jacob and Alberto. These two held umbrellas, operated the skeet shoot, put up signs, and attempted to stay dry. This will be Alpha’s sixth time to sponsor the clay shoot, which benefits the Water Environment Association of Texas Scholarship fund. What will be in store next year?
(left to right) Megan, Jordan, Philip, Aja, Victoria, and Jonathon
It was a winning Saturday at the Revenge of the Nerds: Engineers Week 5K in San Antonio. The run benefited a STEM focused scholarship for high school students and there was some definite Alpha domination on the 3 mile loop. Philip Johnson, PE and five Alpha engineering interns from UTSA tackled the 5K… and from the looks of it, doesn’t seem like this was their first rodeo. Philip took 2nd for his age group, Jonathon claimed 1st in his, and Megan won first overall female!
Thanks to all who joined us on Saturday, February 20 in support of DCFA at the Form Follows Fitness 5K. The rain held off and we couldn’t have asked for better running weather! Want to see what you look like tackling the 5K? Pictures will be posted soon and can be found here, just Search by your bib/card number. Join us next year at Klyde Warren Park!
Here’s a 5K with a little mud on it. The MuckFest MS Houston is a 3 mile obstacle run with a unique twist – by the end of the race you might be a little dirty. Sean Bowman, Heath Helgeson, Estela Garza, and Eva Torres braved the mud on Saturday. And from the looks of the
before and after shots, it seemed like a success. The 5K benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and travels to major cities across the U.S. Runners are challenged to 19 obstacles throughout the course and with names like Triple Pits, Crash Landing, and Skid Mark… who wouldn’t want to try? The race is followed by the MuckFestival with music, games, fuel, and hydration. Will you be the next Mucker?
Jacob said it best, “We played for fun, not to win… obviously!” Jacob Wadlington, John Moreland, and John Hero from MYCON made up the 3-man team at the 2015 CEFPI North Texas Chapter Annual Golf Tournament, Oct 28. Alpha was a hole sponsor for the scramble and have sponsored the tournament for many years now (see our 2013 round blog post).
While the A-Team might have been the “tail end” of the jokes, their loss did not go to waste. The tournament benefits the North Texas Chapter Impact Awards and Scholarship Programs, even if a double (or triple) digit number is on the scorecard. And who wouldn’t want a table trophy like that anyways?
A bit about CEFPI: CEFPI recently rebranded to The Association for Learning Environments. Difference name, same goal. That goal is to increase the effectiveness of educational facilities to improve student learning environments. And they have been doing just that since 1921.
Thanks to all who came out on Saturday to support Brian Powell’s daughter Hannah at the JDRF One Walk. Over 140 family and friends walked the 5K at the Lawn at Reunion dressed in Hannah approved purple t-shirts – provided by Alpha! Together, TID-licious raised over $5,000 in support of Type 1 Diabetes research for the cure. Join us next year! Visit the team page here.