Building Construction Science Program holds fall 2016 convocation

August 17th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds fall 2016 convocation

Fall 2016 convocation for the Building Construction Science Program was held on Aug. 17 in the studios of Howell Building.

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, welcomed the group and introduced Industry Advisory Board member Tony Carroll of Sanderson Construction Inc.

Next, West introduced the new interim director of the program, current CAAD Associate Dean Greg. G. Hall, Ph.D.

Hall welcomed the students to a new year in the BCS program and introduced the returning faculty as well as new faculty before distributing information to students.

Program featured as State Spotlight

July 18th, 2016 Comments Off on Program featured as State Spotlight

Photo by Beth Wynn | Mississippi State University

Photo by Beth Wynn | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State juniors Collin J. Manuel of Biloxi and Hugh Hawkins of Gulfport demonstrate how to dismantle one of the dog houses that MSU building construction science students custom built for medium-sized dogs rescued by the Starkville-based Grassroots Animal Rescue of Mississippi Inc. Looking on are, from left, GARM volunteers Jessica and Ryan Thompson and BCS Assistant Professor Tom Leathem. Jessica Thompson also is an MSU alumna and English instructor.

Leathem’s Studio A students constructed the houses as part of a materials and methods assignment. This is the second year the group has worked on this project and donated the houses.

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New career and technical education teachers train through MSU, Mississippi Department of Education partnership

June 17th, 2016 Comments Off on New career and technical education teachers train through MSU, Mississippi Department of Education partnership

CTE teachers visited Tom Leathem's summer studio class to learn about studio education.

CTE teachers visited Tom Leathem’s summer studio class to learn about studio education.

Via msstate.edu

A cohort of 94 new career and technical education (CTE) teachers have been honing their skills at Mississippi State University as part of their training and licensure to be teachers in Mississippi.

As part of the Vocational Instructor Preparation program, Mississippi State’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) has implemented the New Teacher Induction (NTI) training on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).

During NTI training, RCU professionals teach new CTE teachers from across the state research-based teaching strategies, so they are prepared when the new school year begins. The training is required for all new CTE teachers without a teaching degree who are in the process of obtaining a standard license. Many of them come from industry-related professions.

“The NTI program offers teachers research-based strategies that can be used with high school students,” said Leanne Long, project manager at the RCU. “Teaching is hard work, and we hope to prepare, coach and support new educators, so they will remain in the profession.”

In the training, NTI participants attend sessions on topics such as lesson plan development, classroom management and assessment. Participants also visit industry partners in the Golden Triangle area, including some MSU faculty, gaining insight into real-life applications they can take back to their classrooms.

“It’s important to model for new teachers how they can incorporate industry into their classrooms,” said Lois Kappler, project manager at the RCU. “Making industry connections in their local areas will enhance their classroom instruction and increase the placement of students in the workforce after graduation.”

For more information on the NTI program, visit rcu.msstate.edu/Professional-Learning/VIP or contact Kappler at lois.kappler@rcu.msstate.edu.

To learn more about the RCU and its work to support public education in Mississippi, visit rcu.msstate.edu.

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MSU junior receives national construction industry scholarship

June 16th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU junior receives national construction industry scholarship

Cora Howell

Cora Howell

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State building construction science major is receiving major recognition from the construction industry’s leading organization.

Cora N. Howell of Greenway, Arkansas, is a 2016 selection for a $5,000 Associated General Contractors of America Education and Research Foundation Scholarship. A junior also pursuing a minor in philosophy, she is a student in the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Virginia-based AGC represents more than 26,000 general and specialty contractors and service providers and suppliers throughout the U.S. For more, visit www.agc.org.

In addition to studying at the university, Howell is an assistant superintendent with the Neshoba County-based W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Co. Currently, she is responsible for coordinating and overseeing subcontractors and crews completing two new residence halls on the north side of campus.

Howell began working in commercial construction at age 16. Over the years, she has developed a keen appreciation for the intricate and ever-changing nature of the building process.

“You’re always in the same general environment, but as the job evolves, the problems become more detailed and subtle,” she said. “The job site is never the same two days in a row, but that keeps it interesting because you learn about different systems, standards and requirements.”

Earlier this year, Howell also was awarded a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship made possible by the longtime Columbus-based construction firm.

As she supports herself while pursuing the degree, Howell said she is grateful to have opportunities to explore both career and personal goals while at MSU.

“I always tell people that literature and the arts are my passions, but building construction science is my challenge,” she said. “It’s something I can always improve on, and all of my teachers at Mississippi State have been extremely helpful and contributed so much.”

Offered by the College of Architecture, Art and Design, Mississippi State’s building construction science academic curriculum is one of only two such studio-based programs in the country.

Building construction science majors receive scholarships, awards

May 20th, 2016 Comments Off on Building construction science majors receive scholarships, awards

Mississippi State students from Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas are receiving 2016-17 building construction science scholarships.

Building construction science is a major academic offering of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Also one of only two such studio-based programs in the U.S., its interdisciplinary curriculum in business, engineering and construction science prepares MSU graduates for careers in construction or construction-related fields.

This year’s group includes (by hometown):

BRANDON—Senior Jackson Parker, receiving the Student of the Year Award for having his class’s highest 2015 fall-semester GPA. The son of Lloyd and Denise Parker and a Northwest Rankin High School graduate, he is a two-time recipient of the award.

COLUMBIA, Tennessee—Incoming freshman Victoria A. Thompson, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship. She is the daughter of David Thompson and Julie Thompson and a Battle Ground Academy graduate.

DECATUR, Alabama—Incoming freshman Jalyn R. Wallin, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship. She is the daughter of Richard and Lorraine Wallin and an Austin High School graduate.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Junior Owen A. McVitty, receiving a $500 Brasfield and Gorrie Building Construction Science Scholarship. He is the son of Jim and Alicia McVitty and a Centennial High School graduate.

FULTON—Senior Tanner C. Wallace, receiving a Student of the Year Award for having the highest fall-semester GPA in his class. The son of Ted and Carol Wallace, he is a two-time recipient of the award and an Itawamba County Agricultural High School/Itawamba Community College graduate.

GULFPORT—Incoming freshman Derricka E. S. S. Grayer, receiving a $10,000 Yates Construction Company Annual Scholarship. She is the daughter of Derrick and Gloria Grayer and a Gulfport High School graduate.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Incoming freshman Samuel D. Akers, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Scholarship. He is the son of Tony and Debbi Akers and a Buckhorn High School graduate.

KENNESAW, Georgia—Sophomore John J. Rowan, receiving the Student of the Year Award for having the highest fall-semester GPA for his class. He is the son of Michael Rowan and a Mount Paran Christian School graduate.

KITTY LAKE, Alaska—Junior Cora N. Howell, receiving a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship. She is the homeschooled daughter of Jamie and Kecia Howell.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Junior Jonathan L. “Jon Luke” Cave, the son of Richard and Rene Cave, an Evangelical Christian School graduate and the recipient of a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship; and senior Webb Emerson, the son of Jeffrey and Sherry Emerson, a Christian Brothers High School graduate and recipient of the program’s top award, the Director’s Medallion.

Cave also is a two-time recipient of the Student of the Year Award for having the highest fall-semester GPA in his class.

MOORESTOWN, New Jersey—Incoming freshman Jeffrey F. Hubler, receiving a $750 Chip and Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of Wayne Hubler and Jacquelyn Ott and a Moorestown High School graduate.

SCOTTSBORO, Alabama—Junior Benjamin J. “Ben” Chubb, receiving a $1,500 Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship. The son of Marco Chubb, he is a Scottsboro High School graduate and two-time recipient of the scholarship.

SLIDELL, Louisiana—Junior Regan E. Horn, receiving a $1,000 Abbey Burnett Bridges Endowed Scholarship. She is the daughter of Craig and Lisa Horn and a Northshore High School graduate.

SMYRNA, Tennessee—Incoming freshman Hunter E. Bullock, receiving a $1,000 Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship. He is the son of Scott and Shelley Bullock and a Stewarts Creek High School graduate.

VESTAVIA, Alabama—Incoming freshman William S. Brooks, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of Todd Brooks and Rachel Brooks and a Vestavia Hills High School graduate.

WACO, Texas—Incoming freshman Christopher D. Sharp, receiving a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship. He is the son of David and Jane Sharp and a Reicher Catholic High School graduate.

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Construction association honors MSU’s Leathem

May 16th, 2016 Comments Off on Construction association honors MSU’s Leathem

Leathem_Tom_20141014_R3H6745~tml244 copyBy Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A faculty member in Mississippi State’s building construction science program is receiving a major recognition for helping develop and advance construction education.

Assistant professor Thomas M. “Tom” Leathem is the Associated Schools of Construction’s 2016 selection for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Representing more than 100 member schools spread among seven U.S. and two international regions, the Colorado-based organization works to advance efforts of academic and industry professionals in institutional construction education. For more, visit www.ascweb.org.

Building construction science is a major academic offering of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. It also is one of only two such studio-based programs in the U.S.

Leathem is an industrial technology/construction management graduate of Western Illinois University who worked for more than a decade in Chicago construction management positions. He came to MSU in 2012.

In addition to a master’s degree in design/build from Auburn University—where he was an adjunct professor—Leathem holds certified professional constructor designation from the American Institute of Constructors. For more biographical information, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/bcs/bcsdirectory

“It was especially humbling to be recognized for my teaching efforts because the Associated Schools of Construction is the preeminent association for construction management education,” he said.

“I am grateful that I was able to represent the building construction science program, College of Architecture, Art and Design and Mississippi State University in such a positive way to ASC and my peers in construction education around the world,” he added.

Craig D. Capano, the college’s Roy Anderson Endowed Professor, directs the building construction science program. Leathem’s award is among the most coveted recognitions for higher education faculty members in the field, he said.

“We are honored and proud that one of our Mississippi State building construction science faculty members received this award,” Capano added. “Tom truly is deserving, and we are glad to see him rewarded for his efforts to be a great construction educator.”

See the story in the Mississippi Business Journal.

Building Construction Science Program holds annual end-of-year banquet

May 9th, 2016 Comments Off on Building Construction Science Program holds annual end-of-year banquet

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Class of 2016: (Front, L to R): John Ford, Connor Goodson; (Second, L to R): Timothy Sullivan, Brent Gaude, Robby Keifer, Jackson Parker; (Back, L to R): Will Sparks, Evan Fuller, Webb Emerson, Kyle Alford

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The annual 2016 Awards and Recognition Banquet for the Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Program was held on May 6 at the Ritz Theater & Conference Center in West Point.

A special thanks to all the alumni who attended the event as well as our Advisory Council members, Tony Carroll and Mike Upchurch.

The following students and faculty were recognized at the event:

Students of the Year:
One student from each studio level is selected as the Student of the Year based on academic performance. The student with the highest Grade Point Average at the conclusion of the fall semester receives this award.

BCS Awards 2016_28First Year – John Rowan

BCS Awards 2016_57Second Year – Jon Luke Cave (second-time recipient)

BCS Awards 2016_56Third Year – Tanner Wallace (second-time recipient)

BCS Awards 2016_55Fourth Year – Jackson Parker (second-time recipient)

Director’s Medallion:
Selection criteria include academic effort, participation, leadership abilities, strong moral character and a concern with the sustainability of the program. The recipient must work diligently in the classroom, participate in BCS extracurricular activities and be a role model to students.

BCS Awards 2016_582016 recipient: Joseph “Webb” Emerson

BCS Awards 2016_40Faculty Teaching Award – Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann, Esq.

BCS Awards 2016_39Faculty Service Award – Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients:

Brasfield & Gorrie Building Construction Science Scholarship
Owen McVitty

Kline Mechanical Systems Annual Scholarship
Hunter Bullock

MS Associated Builders & Contractors Scholarship
Samuel Akers, Victoria Thompson

Brislin Inc. Annual Scholarship
Benjamin Chubb, Cora Howell, Jon Luke Cave

Chip & Jennifer Crane Endowed Scholarship
Jeffrey Hubler

Abbey Burnett Bridges Endowed Scholarship
Regan Horn

MS Contractors Endowed Scholarship
Jalyn Wallin, William Brooks, Christopher Sharp

Yates Construction Co. Annual Scholarship
Derricka Grayer

BCS Awards 2016_43Thanks to Laura Mitchell for organizing this special event!

(See all the photos from the event below:)

BCS seniors present final project

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS seniors present final project

(Photos by Marissa Landon)

Building Construction Science students in Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann’s senior studio presented their final projects on April 27.

For the project, students prepared cost estimates, schedules, three-dimensional site utilization plans and stormwater pollution prevention plans for a three-story assisted living facility. They also evaluated hypothetical subcontractor bids and assessed real-world business decisions such as whether to work overtime to complete the project on time, versus finishing the project after the scheduled completion date.

Ches Fedrick, a senior project manager at Innovative Construction Management, and Preston Clowney, a project manager at Yates Construction, provided the students with feedback about their projects.

BCS featured as State Spotlight

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on BCS featured as State Spotlight

Building Construction Science students building walls in studio class: Evan Hodges (ech232) in purple shirt, Jeffrey Bassett (jhb351) in vest with orange bands), and Austin Rennie (amr883) in light green shirt. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Shoring Up the Semester

Sophomore building construction science majors (l-r) Evan Hodges from Slidell, Louisiana, Jeffrey Bassett from Long Beach and Austin Rennie from Fayetteville, Tennessee, wrap up their semester coursework at Howell Hall by building walls as part of a studio class assignment.

Building construction science students go on field trip to Memphis

April 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Building construction science students go on field trip to Memphis

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Flintco Construction in Memphis recently sponsored a day-long trip for students in the first and second-year Mississippi State University Building Construction Science Studios.

Approximately 50 students – along with Roy Anderson Professor and Director Craig D. Capano, Ph.D., CPC; Visiting Assistant Professor Mike Duff; and Lee Carson, lecturer – spent the day in Memphis.

The group visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Multidisciplinary Simulation Center and Good Manufacturing Process Facility), Flintco’s office and The Guest House at Graceland.

View the project information sheets here for more details about what the site visits.