Press Release for Thursday, November 15, 2007

Construction Department Receives Chapter/Student of the Year

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida recently announced the selection of the University of North Florida’s Building Construction Management AGC student chapter as the 2007 Chapter of the Year and its president, UNF senior Leah Trainer, a Mandarin resident, as 2007 ACGCG Student of the Year. The awards were presented in Jacksonville on November 2 at the AGC/ASC Region II Student Construction Competition.

“Over the past 20 months, the UNF student AGC chapter, led by Leah Trainer, has been there every time we asked for assistance in the Jacksonville area,” said AGCGF President and CEO Bill Spann. “These awards are given to the AGC student chapter and student in our membership area that goes above and beyond.”

The UNF AGC student chapter hosted the Associated Schools of Construction Region 2 competition in Jacksonville and the AGC Golf Classic in 2006 and 2007. Twenty-six members of the UNF AGC student chapter also traveled to New Orleans during spring break this year to help with the recovery efforts that are still ongoing after Hurricane Katrina. The chapter’s Heavy/Civil team also placed second in their division at the competition.

Trainer, a UNF building construction major, has led the UNF AGC student chapter for the last two years and also serves as student chapter president for Sigma Lambda Chi, an international construction honor society. She is also a member of the Construction Management Association.

This year, she directed a group of UNF building construction management students and AGC student chapter members in a recovery effort in New Orleans during spring break as well as volunteered last year in reconstruction efforts in New Orleans. Trainer is also in the process of directing building construction management students in developing a program that will aid low-income and disabled seniors by performing minor residential improvements.