April 2021
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Concrete Industry Management eNews
Update on CIM's Auction at World of Concrete
The 2021 World of Concrete (WOC) will be held June 7-10, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV. Consequently, the National Steering Committee (NSC) for Concrete Industry Management (CIM), in conjunction with management of the WOC, will hold our annual CIM auction on June 9, 2021. Last year the CIM Auction featured more than 150 items in our live and silent auctions, and we raised more than $1.2 million. With your continued support, we will make the 2021 CIM Auction the best ever.  
Interested in making a donation? Contact Auction Committee Chairman Ben Robuck at ben.robuck@cemex.com or (404) 456-6867 or visit our donation page on our website for further details!
Mark Your Calendar: Application Cycle for AOE Fellowship Beginning July 1
The American Concrete Institute Foundation (ACIF) announced the establishment of The Advancing Organizational Excellence (AOE) Fellowship which will be available to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a CIM degree. Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • $10,000 - $15,000 USD educational stipend for tuition, residence, books, and materials
  • Appropriate recognition in Concrete International magazine and on the Foundation website
  • Paid travel expenses and attendance fees to two ACI conventions
  • Assistance in finding an industry mentor

The next application cycle will open on July 1, 2021. Visit the ACI Foundation website to learn more and to apply.

"AOE has been a tremendous partner for the CIM program and the fellowship is an example of their commitment to the industry,” said CIM Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher. “The fellowship will help ensure students are able to continue their education and fulfill their dream of working in the concrete industry. To help us fulfill our mission of advancing the industry by degrees and to ensure we continue to develop the future leaders for the concrete industry, we count on leadership from organizations like AOE. We appreciate their ongoing support and leadership."

For details on the AOE Fellowship, download this flyer. To find out more about AOE, visit their website.
CIM University News
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Chico Grad Xiong Featured in Precast, Inc.
The latest issue of NPCA’s magazine, Precast, Inc., featured Chico State graduate Jerry Xiong. The article tellls Jerry’s story about how the National Precast Association Foundation (NPCA) and the CIM program helped him on his journey to a full-time position with Jensen Precast in Sacramento. Read Jerry’s story on page 25 of this article.
Chico State CIM To Participate in Build with Strength-Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity recently partnered with Build with Strength to convert homes from wood frame construction to concrete. According to Doug Guerrero, CIM and Construction Management students from Chico State are anxious to participate in these builds, starting in late April. “We will even be sponsoring a student as a summer intern, doing much of the management of our students over the summer,” said Guerrero. Construction Management is also sponsoring an internship. 

NRMCA, Habitat for Humanity and Chico State will be photographing and filming the project to be able to publicize this build and the opportunity it promotes. To find out more about this project, read this Builder article here. 
Olsen Receives Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Scholarship
CIM student Tanner Olsen recently received the 39th annual Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Scholarship for his major achievements in the classroom and in the community. He was honored in a special Zoom ceremony on March 5. 

The award—one of the largest and most prestigious at Chico State—celebrates scholarship, extracurricular activities and outstanding academic and professional accomplishments. Awards are also based on evidence of a student’s sincere intent to complete their education, to increase their personal knowledge and to achieve success in every aspect of life.

The Rawlins merit scholarships are named in honor of Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins, who died piloting a B-29 bomber over Tokyo Bay during World War II. Wishing to leave a legacy in the name of her son, Fern Rawlins established the endowment in 1981.Congratulations Tanner!
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MTSU Holds Groundbreaking For New Building

On April 6, MTSU held groundbreaking ceremonies for its new $40.1 million Concrete and Construction Management building. Located on the corner of Blue Raider and Alumni Drives, the 54,000-square-foot facility features classroom, faculty and staff offices and laboratory space for the School of Concrete and Construction Management. To see a video of the new building, click here
Want to watch the ongoing process of the new building? Check out the time-lapse camera here. 
Brown Awarded ACI’s Joe W. Kelly Award

Congratulations to Dr. Heather J. Brown who was recently awarded the American Concrete Institute’s Joe W. Kelly Award, bestowed specifically for her work helping to define, guide and develop the CIM program at MTSU.
The Joe W. Kelly Award was established in 1974 in recognition of the contributions of Joe W. Kelly, past president of the Institute, to concrete technology, his devotion to teaching, the advancement of his profession, and the use of concrete in construction. The award is given only for outstanding contributions to education in the broad field of concrete and need not be given each year. Dr. Brown received the award last week at ACI’s Spring 2021 Concrete Convention during the President’s Reception.
Save the Date for the Jim Speakman Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us on Wednesday, May 5 for the 17th annual fundraising golf tournament to benefit the CIM program at MTSU. Deadline for registration is April 21. For complete event and registration information, download this form. 
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NJIT Receives $60,000 Grant from PCI Foundation
Each year, the PCI Foundation – the educational entity that supports the Precast/Prestressed concrete industry - awards curriculum development grants to universities who submit applications and pass a rigorous review process for acceptance. The School of Applied Engineering and Technology and College of Architecture and Design at NJIT is one of this year’s awardees of a $60,000 grant for a four-year studio focused on precast and prestressed concrete education.

“This new PCI Foundation studio will add new coursework to the current curriculum and introduce feasible, sustainable, and economical precast systems through new courses and a joint effort between industry and academia,” said Dr. Mohamed Mahgoub. “Students will have hands-on learning through guest speakers, producer plant tours and visits to real world precast concrete projects. This will increase the university’s awareness to the precast concrete industry and attract more students to the program in the future. It will also lead to a meaningful industry engagement to expose students to prospective employers.” 
NJIT Receives Multiple Awards
The NJIT ACI Student Chapter was recently recognized as the 2021 NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) Outstanding Student Organization. This award is given to one NJIT student organization annually.

In addition, for the 11th year in a row, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has named NJIT an Excellent University. The ACI award for university student activities identifies universities that qualify for excellent or outstanding status, based on points received for their participation in select ACI-related activities/programs. NJIT was among 33 universities that received Excellent status. View the complete list of 2020 winners here.
The ACI university award winners were recognized last week during ACI’s Virtual Concrete Convention. 
Recruiting Activities
Dr. Mahgoub and Admissions Recruiter Lucy Watt have been focused on CIM recruiting activities. They have conducted outreach calls and emails with CIM program highlights to accepted general and civil engineering students. See our latest recruitment brochure here. 

In April, Lucy will present to school counselors with an overview of NJIT and admissions requirements. The presentation will also include what NJIT has to offer with highlights of the CIM program, including scholarships, student testimonials, salary outcomes, career opportunities and more. 
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Texas State Accredited By ATMAE
The CIM program at Texas State University is the first program to be accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). ATMAE Accreditation is a public recognition awarded to academic programs that meet established criteria and educational standards. The faculty completed a CIM self-study report, which was a qualitative assessment of the strengths and limitations of the program, including the attainment of program and institutional objectives. To achieve accreditation, faculty, industry leaders and the CIM National Steering Committee showed their passion and support for the CIM program through virtual visits and meetings. With their support, we are now the first CIM program to be recognized by ATMAE. Our first progress report to ATMAE will be due in 2022.
Recruitment Activities at Texas State
As we continue to adjust to the “new normal,” companies, high schools, and community colleges that we spoke to in the fall are beginning to take more interest! Recruiter and Marketing Coordinator Christina Luna continues to work on building relationships with community colleges and has created a few curriculum pathways that are pending department and university approval. Once these pathways are set in place, Christina plans to send CIM marketing materials for each campus to have, share the partnership on our website and hopefully be able to schedule on-site visits!

In addition, Dr. Wilde and Christina traveled to College Station, Texas for the TACA Short Course Conference in February. CIM was there to present a program update to the TACA attendees. The conference was a good mix of a virtual experience and face-to-face. We hope to attend the TACA Annual Conference in June.
Capstone II Course Approval
Dr. Wilde received approval for the Capstone II course to visit a few plant/tour sites during scheduled class time. Students, along with Dr. Wilde and Christina Luna, have been able to visit Five Star Concrete, Yarrington Road Materials and Raba Kistner. The purpose of the trip is for students to meet with those in the concrete industry and ask questions about business operations, accounting methods and using data to make business decisions and to get a glimpse of a few of the day-to-day operations.