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Citadel News Service
5 May 2010

CE students bring home national service award

The Citadel American Society of Civil Engineers chapter has been awarded the national ASCE Richard J. Scranton Outstanding Community Service Award in recognition of exceptional service by a student chapter. In winning the award, Citadel students were singled out for recognition from among more than 270 ASCE student chapters at colleges and universities across the United States and from 11 countries.

In 2009 civil engineering students logged more than 1,300 hours of community service on projects such as the Morris Island Save the Light Foundation, the Isle of Palms Marina Traffic Study, the Bonneau Ferry Rice Field Rehabilitation, The Citadel Beach House drainage redesign, K-12 student popsicle stick bridge competitions in Greenville and Charleston, and the South Carolina ASCE Infrastructure Report Card.

CE students present findings to IOP town council.
CE students present traffic study findings to Isle of Palms town council.

"Projects like the Isle of Palms Marina Traffic Study and the Morris Island Lighthouse represent the very essence of the Scranton Service Award.  The Citadel ASCE student chapter is to be commended for fostering goodwill between students and the local community and providing students with practical experience through their public service activities.  Well done!" said Ping Wei, director of educational activities for ASCE.

The award recognizes student chapter service activities with an engineering component that have a substantial and lasting impact to the community.

“Presenting our Isle of Palms Marina traffic study findings to the town council and interacting in with local officials was a great learning experience.  I gained a tremendous sense of accomplishment from serving the public and a better understanding of the concepts and analysis methods covered in the class by Lt. Col. Jeff Davis,” said Cadet Alexander J. Wilson, one of the five team leaders for the project, involving 28 student volunteers.

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