History of Study Association KOers
The official founding of KOers is on December 21st 1978. Reni van Vliet and Huub Heijgele visited the notary office that day to get a certificate of incorporation. In this document the goal of the association was explained: the association aims to represent the interests of students from the mastertrack Structural Design. As of this day KOers was officially founded, although the hard work to make this possible started three years earlier.
As early as 1975 the first study trip was organized with England as its destination. Every two months a movie was played during the lunch break and monthly drinks were held.
In January 1978 the first KOersief was distributed. At the time it was 3 pages long and contained the plans of our study association.
In 1982 the first ideas for lunch lectures began to evolve. The second KOersief was distributed in May the same year. From this year on, the KOersief was distributed regularly. An editorial team was formed and the KOersief is published 3 to 4 times a year.
The study association for Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences (Cheops) was founded in 1985. From this moment KOers is no longer an independent association, but became part of Cheops. This year an excursion to Austria and Italy took place.
Honorary member Jan Siebelink
In 1987 Mr. Jan Siebelink bids farewell to the department. Jan Siebelink was one of the most recognizable and active members of KOers. Because of this, the lunch-corner in the main building was renamed to the Jan Siebelink corner. Eleven years later he was appointed honorary member in gratitude of his involvement and hard work for the association.
Besides the usual activities the Batavierenrace is the highlight of the year. After an extensive training program, the participating students and staff achieve an excellent 221st place during the race in April.
In 1991, the association has about 25 members, KOers participates for the first time in the concrete-canoe race. KOers is represented in Gent (Belgium) with homemade canoes and even manages to win some prizes.
In the year 1996-1997 a lot has been done to attract new members. Among others, a BBQ is organized in June 1996 to celebrate the end of the academic year. After all these efforts, KOers has 66 student members, 11 members and 48 fund-members at the end of 1997.
In 1998 Muriel Alblas is appointed honorary member. As secretary of the department she meant a lot to the association.
At the start of the academic year 2002-2003 the faculty civil engineering moves to a new building: Vertigo. KOers has to say farewell to the office in the main building. KOers got a new accomodation in the new building, at the fifth floor.
This year another move is planned. This time within Vertigo. The board of the association has to move to a different spot on the fifth floor, together with the other study associations.
This is also the year the concrete-canoe race visits Eindhoven. After 13 years KOers has the privilege to organize this international event. After a difficult start, a fantastic event was organized.
Again, the KOers corner has to move within Vertigo, and gets allocated a corner in the former printing office at floor 2. The former location on floor 5 is still in use by KOers members who are graduating.
In September 2015, the Beer Crate Bridge committee (Bierkrattenbrug), consisting of seventeen students, started with one goal: taking the world record back to Eindhoven! The record is given to those that create the largest span with beer crates. It is not allowed to use any connectors or fasteners between the crates and the bridge should exist out of either empty crates, crates with empty bottles or crates with filled bottles. This edition of the Beer Crate Bridge had an extra challenge, namely, building the bridge over water. Besides that, the design of the bridge of 2012 is optimized. The record was broken with a span of 26.69 meters, and is still in our hands!
KOers was asked to organize the concrete canoe race again in May 2018. This time, the event was held at the E3-strand in Eersel, with a record number of teams coming from the Netherlands, Germany, and even Poland!