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Citadel News Service
6 May 2010

Civil Engineering students selected as national award finalists


Civil Engineering students rack up awards for 2009-2010.

Citadel Civil Engineering students have racked up awards this semester—the national ASCE Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Carolinas Conference Championship, and most recently the 2010 Region 4 Distinguished Chapter Award in recognition of excellence as an ASCE chapter.  The award recognizes the best chapter in an eight-state region including Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, the Virginias and the Carolinas.

The Citadel chapter had 145 active members in 2009, held 34 professional meetings, delivered 8 presentations and participated in major events such as the Workshop for Student Leaders in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Carolinas Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The Citadel chapter also demonstrated leadership in hosting National Engineer’s Week events on campus and a professional activities event at the alumni center attracting over 20 companies to a career fair for engineering students.

“I would like to commend The Citadel ASCE Student Chapter for their outstanding work in achieving a nomination for the 2010 Ridgway Award. The students of The Citadel ASCE have shown exemplary effort with their 2009 Annual Report as well as in their dedication to improving and enhancing the education of their members,” said Reneé Whittenberger, chair, ASCE committee on student activities.

As a result of being selected the best student chapter in Region 4, The Citadel qualified as one of nine finalists for the ASCE Robert Ridgway Award for Most Outstanding Student Chapter.  The committee on student activities determines the winner 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 270 student chapters in the United States and international student groups in 11 countries. 

"It was not until I began organizing all of our chapter's data and records that I realized the considerable amount of work we conducted and all we accomplished in one year.  I am proud to be a part of this significant accomplishment.  To be ranked in the top nine among elite engineering schools is truly a tribute to the commitment to excellence found in The Citadel Civil Engineering Department," said Cadet Caleb P. Rodgers, 2009 Citadel ASCE secretary and annual report author.


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