Winning team for the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction Healthcare National Competition (from left to right: Nate Boyer, Rob Clark, Kim Braga, Alyssa Zayas, Preston Tziouvaras and Mark Oliveira)
I just got off the phone with Dixie Reid in Sac State's Public Affairs office. She asked me why winning this competition is important to the University. I told her this affirms what our students, alumni, faculty and industry partners already know: Sac State's Construction Management Department is nationally prominent. Let me be more frank: we are one of the best programs in the country. We win a lot of competitions, but winning on the road dispels the myth that we are just a regional school.
DIxie and I joked about Sac State's stigma as a commuter school (the dreaded "C" word). Most people outside of northern California know very little about us. Except in the construction industry. In the construction industry, we are known for creating students that highly sought after and are incredibly successful upon entering the industry.
The above group personifies Sac State CM. They battled against schools much larger than ours and won. If only there was a March Madness for CM...