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Citadel News Service
28 Jun 2011

Civil engineering students finish year in top eight

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Cadets Aaron Lee, Ben Schwenk, John Tousignant, Ray Nix, Clay Frontz and Franklin Settle take a break before making a presentation to the Civil Engineering Advisory Board regarding ASCE activities.

The Citadel student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was named one of eight finalists for the ASCE Robert Ridgway Award for the Most Outstanding Student Chapter which is selected through a rigorous review process based on evaluation of a comprehensive annual report describing chapter activities and projects from the previous year.  ASCE has more than 280 student chapters in the United States and international student groups in 11 countries.

Citadel civil engineering students racked up major awards in the 2010-2011 academic year—receiving both the national ASCE Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award and the 2011 ASCE Region 4 Distinguished Chapter Award for two consecutive years. The eight-state region includes chapters from 32 colleges and universities in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, the Virginias and the Carolinas. Citadel students also earned third place in the annual ASCE Carolinas Conference held at N.C. State University and finished in the top 30 teams at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) hosted by Texas A&M University.

“After another impressive year, it’s clear The Citadel is performing well in student competitions and conducting meaningful professional and community service for which chapter leaders are to be commended,” said Thomas E. Hill, ASCE national committee on student activities.  “Citadel students are distinguishing themselves from their peers with their professionalism, respectfulness, and leadership, demonstrated in everything they do.  Congratulations on another great year, inside and outside the lines of competition.”

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College of Charleston student Tiffany Norton and civil engineering cadets complete data collection for the B2B on Center Street in Folly Beach. From top left: William Northcutt,  Ernest Williams, Greg Smith, Peter Fultz, John Tousignant, Chris Geary, Chris Corbett and Paul Dennison.

The Citadel chapter had 104 active members in 2010, held 17 professional meetings, delivered six presentations, sponsored 12 field trips and participated in major events such as the Workshop for Student Leaders in Portland, Maine, the Carolinas Conference in Raleigh, N.C., and the NSSBC in College Station, Texas. The Citadel chapter also hosted National Engineers’ Week events on campus and a professional activities event at the alumni center attracting companies to a career fair for engineering students.

“The Ridgway Award is the pre-eminent ASCE award to recognize student chapter achievement.  Only a handful of schools are selected as Ridgway Award finalists each year.  Congratulations to The Citadel for their outstanding work as exemplified in their professionally prepared annual report,” said ASCE National Committee on Student Activities Chairman James C. Williams.

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