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12-11-2013

Clarkson University Students Awarded Associated General Contractors NYS Scholarships

Five Clarkson University engineering students who are preparing for careers in the construction industry have been awarded scholarships from the Associated General Contractors New York State (AGC NYS) Scholarship program.

Five Clarkson University engineering students have been awarded scholarships from the Associated General Contractors New York State Scholarship Program. Left to right: Veronica Raymond, Thomas Haynes, Cynthia Zatwarnicki, and Benjamin Davis and Adjunct Associate Professor Spencer Thew, director of Clarkson's Construction Engineering Management Program. Missing: Jacqui A. Scibior.“Each year, Associated General Contractors gives out about 20 scholarships to students in colleges and universities across New York State, so we did well to win five,” says Adjunct Associate Professor Spencer Thew, director of Clarkson's Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program.

The CEM studies are a concentration inside the civil engineering program that prepares students to go directly into the construction industry. Thew is in his 47th year of teaching at Clarkson, so he has seen an army of future builders go on to successful careers.

“We had 100 percent job placement last year,” he notes. “With this training, the students can move up quickly in management, usually with large contractors. I just came back from a project site in New York City and several of my former students are working on the Bayonne Bridge. I run into them on almost every job site.”

Associated General Contractors has helped along the way with a financial boost. Since 1988, the New York chapter has distributed $1 million in scholarships to New York-based college students working toward a degree in civil engineering, construction technology or construction management.

The Clarkson scholarship winners are blending their education with hands-on experience in the field.

Benjamin D. Davis of Fulton, N.Y., was awarded an AGC NYS Scholarship. A senior majoring in civil engineering, he enjoys participating in on the concrete canoe and SPEED team. He's interning in the facilities management department at National Grid.

Thomas C. Haynes of Constantia, N.Y., was awarded the J. Keith Waters Memorial Scholarship. A senior majoring in civil engineering, Haynes was a captain in the Clarkson University steel bridge team and is a member of the Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department. This summer, he worked as an intern at ACG member Barrett Paving Materials.

Cynthia L. Zatwarnicki of Whitesboro, N.Y., was awarded an AGC NYS Scholarship. A senior majoring in civil engineering, she is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Outside of class, she enjoys running and geocaching. This past summer, she worked as a transportation inspector with the New York State Department of Transportation.

Veronica E. Raymond of Marcellus, N.Y., was awarded the Anthony S. Santaro Memorial Scholarship. A junior double majoring in aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering, she worked on lean engineering and operations projects as an intern this summer at General Electric Oil and Gas, Dresser Pipeline Solutions in Bradford, Pa.

Jacqui A. Scibior of Utica, N.Y., was awarded an AGC NYS Scholarship. A sophomore, she's majoring in civil engineering, concentrating in architectural and environmental engineering, and minoring in sustainable solutions for the developing world. She plans to enter the field of green building and sustainability with a goal of making environmentally friendly buildings more affordable to low-income families. She likes figure skating and is involved in environmental clubs.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Five Clarkson University engineering students have been awarded scholarships from the Associated General Contractors New York State Scholarship Program. Left to right: Veronica Raymond, Thomas Haynes, Cynthia Zatwarnicki, and Benjamin Davis and Adjunct Associate Professor Spencer Thew, director of Clarkson's Construction Engineering Management Program. Missing: Jacqui A. Scibior.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/agc-2013.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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