Student Organizations-Lincoln Campus
This national group of student organizations holds both annual, regional, and national meetings as well as monthly local meetings. The UNL Chapter was one of the first five organized and involves a program featuring professional speakers and construction site visits, as well as community service projects. Also, this chapter sponsors an annual awards dinner featuring nationally prominent speakers and student and faculty awards.
Contact: Kevin Grosskopf
The Durham Ambassador program is an organization that travels to local and regional high schools in Nebraska promoting engineering, construction and the educational opportunities made available by The Durham School. Ambassador representatives present high school students with information about the engineering and construction programs available at the university and stress the importance of a math and science education.
Contact: Rosemary Edzie
Mechanical Electrical Specialty Contractors (MESC)
This student organization, which is the first of its kind in the United States, was developed during the fall semester of 1997. It receives support from three parent professional societies: The American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA); and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Students participate in field trips, national conferences and innovative projects. The students developed the first HVAC working laboratory in the nation. Other universities have since used our idea to develop their own laboratories. Membership to MESC is open to students from any major.
Local Chapter: http://cmdept.unl.edu/ne-ashrae,
National Chapters: http://www.mcaa.org, http://www.ashrae.org, http://www.necanet.org, MCA-Omaha
Contact: Tim Wentz
National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter (NAHB)
NAHB was developed to provide students in building related fields such as construction management, engineering and architecture, and real estate an opportunity to learn more about residential building through membership in the industry's largest trade association. Each year students from the organization travel to the National Homebuilders Conference to learn about cutting edge tools, technology, and building materials.
National Chapter: http://www.nahb.org/category.aspx?sectionID=724
Contact: Bruce Fischer
Sigma Lambda Chi
An international honors society for Construction majors recognizes the top 20% of the students in the junior and senior class, based upon academic achievement. There are two chapters representing the construction honor society within the Durham School. The Omicron Chapter is represented on the Lincoln Campus. As part of the service to the university and community the students undertake a variety of projects, including; Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army Tree of Lights; collecting food for the Lincoln Food Bank; working on housing projects with Habitat for Humanity; and the volunteering at the UNL Big Event -a program sponsored by the UNL student government as a give back to the community each spring. The chapter has also provided assistance with the annual CM Scholarship and Recognition Banquet.
Contact: Terry Stentz