CSU, Chico News

Construction Management Students, Faculty Member Honored by Associated General Contractors of America

Date: 03-15-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Rovane Younger, chair
Department of Construction Management

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has once again named California State University, Chico’s AGC chapter its first-place Outstanding Student Chapter, an award students received at the organization’s 94th annual convention in Palm Springs March 6-9.

In addition, David Shirah, faculty member in the Department of Construction Management and the chapter’s advisor, was honored with the AGC Education and Research Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Educator Award. The Outstanding Educator receives a $5,000 cash award and may name two students as recipients of $2,500 scholarships for the coming academic year. Shirah previously received AGC’s Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for 2010-2011.

“As a construction contractor with a great deal of experience in our industry, David has a depth of knowledge that is essential to educating our future professionals,” said Jack Kelley, president of the AGC Education and Research Foundation. “In addition to the very demanding classroom role as educator and mentor, he has gone the extra mile (extra 10 miles in David’s case) outside the classroom to give his charges every possible exposure to our industry. His dedication to the education process and his students is truly outstanding.”

CSU, Chico’s AGC student chapter has earned recognition as an outstanding chapter for the past four years, winning third place in 2011, first place in 2010 and second place in 2009. Other winners over those years included Iowa State, Kansas State and Boise State.

“Chico State’s construction management program is one of the largest in America, and these national awards by the Associated General Contractors of America certify that its students are among the most active,” said Rovane Younger, chair of the Department of Construction Management. “This ranking is also acknowledged by the 70-plus construction companies that come to campus throughout the year to recruit construction management graduates and interns.”

The AGC student chapter at CSU, Chico aims to create and promote an environment that brings students, industry professionals and community members together in the common interest of advancing construction ideals and practices within the University and community. Membership is open to all construction management students with $10 yearly dues.