EWB Gets Financial Support From St Louis Construction Firm

EWB $10K check.jpgTwo S&T grads, Dick Arnoldy (CE ’69, MS EMan ’73), founder and retired president of Arco Construction in St Louis, and Arco president John Komlos (CE ’85) drove down to Rolla last week to recognize the end of another successful year for S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Dick and John, far left and right respectively, arrived just in time to take part in the team’s end-of-year picnic and present a $10,000 check to EWB. Receiving the check on behalf of the student team were (left to right) president-elect Jennifer Hoffman, outgoing president Dustin Bales, and fundraising chair Grace Harper.
Arco’s support will help support the team’s annual trips to Nicaragua, Bolivia and Honduras where the students concentrate on designing and implementing clean water systems for remote villages. These trips vastly improve living conditions for a neglected part of those populations, and have an enormous impact on the S&T students who undertake this work. EWB advisor Dr. Rick Stephenson says that “these assistance trips provide S&T students with global experience, makes them realize how lucky they are to be living in the U.S., and has even inspired three students, including Dustin Bales, to join the Peace Corps to continue this work after graduation!”
Now that’s a life-changing experience!