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Construction Management Students Take Third at Recent Competition

November 14, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University construction management students brought home third place from the 2007 Annual Conference and Student Competition of Associated Schools of Construction-Great Lakes Region held recently in Downers Grove, IL.

According to Tom Bridge, engineering technology department chair, the 2007 event was just the second time Western students have competed; 11 schools from throughout the Midwest took part in this year's competition. Western's construction management progam was established in 2002 and was approved as a major by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in September 2004.

"It's quite impressive that a school with such a new program and only their second time in the competition would place in the top three in the Midwest division," Bridge noted.

Team members include seniors Matt Golden, Chris Littlefield and junior Jack Hinterlong, all of Aurora, IL; Kyle Burger of Wauconda, IL; Shawn Lewandowski of Crystal Lake, IL; and Kyle Kruger of Naperville, IL. Visiting Assistant Professor Seongchan Kim serves as coach.

As part of the competition, teams had to demonstrate full knowledge of plans and specifications, problem-solving, methods of construction, presentation and communication skills.

"By participating in these competitions, our students are expanding their knowledge of construction management while meeting professionals and students from other universities," added College of Business and Technology Dean Tom Erekson. "I'm proud of the job they did at this year's competition, and I look forward to watching future teams progress as the construction management major continues to flourish."

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