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Mission work sparked Kendall Barton’s
interest in a construction science career

Kendall Yvonne Barton, a December 2003 construction science graduate of Texas A&M University, was named the Associated General Contractors Gene Murphree Construction Science Outstanding Undergraduate for fall 2003.

The Katy, Texas native said she became interested in construction while attending mission trips to Tennessee and Reynosa, Mexico. In Tennessee, Barton said she assisted with small projects like building porches and wheelchair ramps. In Mexico, the projects included single-room homes and church buildings.

“Together, these experiences got me truly interested in construction,” Barton said. “I knew that this would be a job that would never become boring and would be an excellent career choice as well.”

After a year-and-a-half of study in A&M’s civil engineering department, Barton learned about the construction science department. The very next day, she met with an advisor and said “sign me up.”

In addition to her academic endeavors, Barton was heavily involved in A&M’s “other education.” That service included chairing a number of committees for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.

In 2003, Barton served as a sub-chair for Texas A&M’s “Big Event,” the nation’s largest one-day student-run service project. Her charge was recruiting Aggies to lend a hand, and she did pretty well. On her watch, over 7,000 students completed over 575 jobs in the Bryan/College Station community.

“I look back on my college years with complete gratification,” Barton said. “Both my academic life and my extracurricular life were experiences that have made me a better person.”

After graduating in December 2003, Barton took a job in the estimating department of Tellepsen Builders, a Houston-based construction and construction management firm.

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