Construction student chapter spends winter vacation volunteering on service trip

MANHATTAN — The Kansas State University Kansas Associated General Contractors Student Chapter of GE Johnson’s Department of Architectural Engineering and Building Sciences hosted 14 students and two faculty advisors as part of its annual project winter break service.

Among the attendees was Marissa Ober, Senior Architectural Engineer, from Alden.

This year’s trip took place in Hammond, Louisiana for five days in January, serving local residents damaged by Hurricane Ida.

K-State Chapter members have organized and participated in these winter vacation service work trips for more than a decade, with the majority of previous trips coordinated through Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program for the humanity.

“This trip has been very rewarding for our group,” said Shannon Casebeer, assistant professor, chair of Jim and Carolyn Grier Building Sciences and educational advisor for the Kansas Associate General Contractors Student Chapter. “The opportunity to serve others while gaining hands-on experience on a variety of projects is great for everyone involved.”

The group had the opportunity to work with vinyl siding, rough millwork, flooring, ADA railing and rough electrical. Students from freshmen to seniors participated this year, all gaining industry-related experience while helping a community still struggling to recover from Ida.

Ray Buyle, K-State associate professor and department head of architectural engineering and construction science, and Tointon chair of construction management, accompanied Casebeer in an advisory role to the faculty.

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