Awards Recognize Top NAHB Student Chapters, Educators
Capping off a week of NAHB Student Chapters activities at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, more than 1,100 people attended a standing-room-only awards ceremony at Caesars Palace on Jan. 21.
Three professors were singled out as Outstanding Educators for their top-notch efforts: Russ Peterson, Texas A&M University in the junior faculty category; Barney Kahn, Pennsylvania College of Technology, from a two year college; and Patrick Pannell, South Dakota State University, from a four-year university. The winners received cash prizes of $800 or $1,200.
The awards were sponsored by Delmar Cengage Learning, which was the recipient of this year’s NAHB Student Chapters Distinguished Service Award.
Candidates must be affiliated with their NAHB Student Chapter and are judged in five areas: full-time teaching responsibilities; assigned and voluntary extracurricular activities with students; activities with their local home builders association, NAHB and other construction industry organizations; other professional activities such as research, publications and presentations; and overall construction experience.
Also presented were the Outstanding Student Chapter awards, which were sponsored by NCHI — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB. Award winners are regularly dominated by a handful of NAHB Student Chapter powerhouses that receive consistently high marks in five categories: chapter, campus and community activities; fundraising efforts; and quality of the application.
Delgado Community College, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, took home top prize and $2,500. The chapter came in third and second place last year, making a steady comeback after dwindling to just four members following Hurricane Katrina.
Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both sponsored by the HBA of Lincoln, took second and third place, earning $1,750 and $1,250 respectively.
The NAHB Student Chapters program is administered by the Home Builders Institute, the workforce development arm of NAHB.
For more information, e-mail Page Browning at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8918.