The T.R. Holleman Student Chapter of the Associated General Contractors
of America at Texas A&M University was recognized by the national
organization as the most outstanding AGC student chapter of 2002.
The award was presented to the Aggie chapter at the March 2002
AGC National Convention in Hawaii.
The chapter offers a direct link between Texas A&M University
construction science students and the construction industry. Chapter
members participate in community service projects, host talks
with construction professionals, and visit construction sites
around the area to get a hands-on look at the industry.
"The AGC student chapter helps our students understand the intricacies
of the construction industry," said James Smith, professor and
head of the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M. "AGC
students really get a feel for the magnitude and diversity of
The A&M chapter's most recent service initiative was "Project
Build Up-Education Outreach," an effort aimed at enhancing the
construction industry's image to elementary and intermediate schoolchildren.
As part of the project, the AGC students developed and distributed
at no charge "build up kits" to the targeted audiences. The kits
were toolboxes filled with activities designed to educate children
about the construction industry.The activities focused on the
industry's impact on the environment and on the quality of life
and the importance of construction site safety.
AGC students distributed more than 75 kits to classrooms in Texas
and New York. The project was funded by grants totaling $13,500
from the AGC of Houston, QUOIN (Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the
AGC) and local companies.
"The interaction between the AGC student chapter and the industry
allows our chapter to grow in ways the classroom cannot provide,"
said Chris Fields, a construction science student and president
of the A&M chapter. "The AGC promotes strong community service
involvement, giving the students a more hands-on involvement with
the construction industry."
Fields said he expects nothing but continued success for the
"The chapter has continued to substantially increase its size
and community involvement," he said. "If the chapter can continue
to raise money, while maintaining the high level of involvement
with the industry and community, there is no limit for the future
of the AGC."