A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
November, 2006 Volume 37 / Number 3

Brian Dykes, left, and Nate Grimm struggle to complete the last task of the two-person pole climb.

Honing a Competitive Edge

Construction Management students trained for their spring competition in Reno by challenging themselves on the new Outdoor Education Ropes Course behind Yolo Hall on October 28. It was Preview Day on campus, and several new students and their parents wandered by. “This leadership training will surely increase their competitive edge at the Associated Schools of Construction competition, and even better, stay with them throughout their careers,” said Lori Brown, chair of the Department of Construction Management.

Fourteen construction management students and two CM faculty coaches—Mike Borzage, Design-Build Coach for the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition in Reno, and Denny Gier, Heavy Civil Team and Marine Team Coach—took part in the challenge.

Gier had participated in a similar program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was excited when he saw the new challenge course facility that SALTO! (formerly known as the Outdoor Leadership Program) had refurbished and began using in August. (See Briefly Noted, page 4).

The Reno competition, to be held in February 2007, demands training throughout fall semester and over semester break. “The Outdoor Leadership and Team Building workshop develops the same kind of skills that are essential to doing well at the ASC, ” said Gier..

Challenge course participants discuss what they learned from a team-building activity.