Iowa State Associated General Contractors Student Chapter earns first place at 2017 Outstanding Chapter Contest

Members of AGC gather at the entrance to Hope Village in West Virginia during their fall 2017 volunteer trip. <i> Photo courtesy Nathan Pals. </i>
Members of ISU AGC gather at the entrance to Hope Village in West Virginia during their fall 2017 volunteer trip. Photo courtesy Nathan Pals.

Construction engineering students bring home national honor for eleventh time

Early this month, Iowa State University’s Associated General Contractors (ISU AGC) Student Chapter won first place in the 2017 AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest.

The contest is organized by the Associated General Contractors of America. Within the application, a major focus is put on the volunteer efforts of a chapter. Iowa State Construction Engineering Program Senior Lecturer Larry Cormicle advises the group.

“The members of the AGC student chapter typically perform more than 4,000 hours of community service every year …” Cormicle explained. “They have performed community service projects over their Thanksgiving break and spring break every year since 2006. Their selfless service to those in need is remarkable and speaks for their commitment to community service.”

Lauren Cowell is the secretary of ISU AGC, a senior in construction engineering, and a veteran member of the student organization. She was responsible for organizing the application, which numbered about 50 pages in length.

“Going to school and completing the construction engineering program is difficult as is,” she says. “To be able to do all these things, for people to put all this time in … Having people coming together and putting in time for those in need and the community is awesome.

Leadership of ISU AGC, along with members, will share a presentation about their volunteer work at the Associated General Contractors of America Annual Student Chapter Meeting being held in March in New Orleans. This year marks the eleventh time the ISU chapter of AGC has brought home first place in the Outstanding Student Chapter Contest.


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