MSU Construction Management program expands engagement with student organizations

Announcing the addition of two construction management-related student organizations: The Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) International Construction Honor Society and the Professional Women Builders (PWB) Student Organization.

PWB 2019 e-board members, including Ashley Prince, Meltem Duva, Mel Rowley, Patty Girardot, Olivia Adamic.
PWB 2019 e-board members, including Ashley Prince, Meltem Duva, Mel Rowley, Patty Girardot, Olivia Adamic.

This fall, the MSU Construction Management program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction is happy to announce the addition of two student organizations: The Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) International Construction Honor Society and the Professional Women Builders (PWB) Student Organization.

SLC official honor society banner with graduation tassles and medal that are usually presented to new members.Sigma Lambda Chi has been officially reinstated at MSU as of Oct. 22, thanks to the efforts of chapter advisors Professor Matt Syal and Assistant Professor George Berghorn. The purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to provide recognition to outstanding students in construction curricula.

Sigma Lambda Chi is the society that offers students the opportunity to be recognized locally and internationally for their academic accomplishments as construction majors. The SLC was founded in 1948, with MSU’s CM program as one of the founders, and was granted the Alpha chapter.

Since that time, the society has grown to include 67 chapters across the United States, Ireland and Australia with a total individual membership of nearly 22,000 worldwide.

This reinstatement was made possible thanks to sponsorships from two alumni-related construction management companies: Commercial Contracting Corp. (alumni: Doug Moody and Kevin Foucher) and Collaborative – a group of BIM consultants (alumnus: Art Theusch). They have pledged five years in financial support of $15K each.

The society will host an initiation ceremony and banquet on Jan. 16, 2020, in Room 300 at the MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing and will start hosting regular meetings during the spring semester.

The Professional Women Builders (PWB) Student Organization held their official kick-off in Fall 2018 during the Greater Lansing Area National Association of Home Builders Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council’s monthly meeting. The PWB became an official MSU student organization and held their first monthly meetings this fall.

The PWB aims to build a supportive community of students, faculty and industry professionals in construction management across the Spartan network, while empowering women in their journey. Associate Professor Sinem Mollaoglu, also CM program director, is the organization advisor.

The Construction Management program also engages with the MSU Student Builders and Contractors Association. They promote the exploration of options in the construction industry and career goals. Membership is open to all construction management students and affiliated majors.


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