Dear ASC Membership:
I hope everyone is enjoying cooler temperatures and all that the fall season offers.
Since we last met in Washington for the 50th Annual International Conference, the Board of Directors has been working hard to serve you. Several Regions have had or soon will have their annual student competitions including the first successful overseas student competition organized by Region 8. The latest issue (Volume 10, Issue No. 3) of ASC’s International Journal of Construction Education and Research (IJCER) includes a guest editorial by Melinda Patrician, Director of AGC’s Education and Research Foundation. Stay tuned to the Journal and you will see similar guest editorials from other professional industry organizations in the coming issues.
During the summer, I met with the Board of Directors via teleconference in order to consider Regional reports and several committee reports. The objective of this meeting, which was held in July, was to shift some of these reports out of the ASC midyear meeting; allowing more time at the midyear meeting for important ASC business issues.
In mid-September, the Board held its midyear meeting in College Station at the site of the 2015 Annual Conference. Texas A&M’s Construction Science Department graciously hosted the meeting and the Board confirmed that the annual conference is shaping up to be an excellent experience for all attendees. If you are interested in becoming more involved with ASC, I encourage you to attend the conference in April 2015. I also encourage you to contact your ASC Regional Director and/or ASC Committee Chairs. ASC’s Committees need your involvement in order to provide meaningful and beneficial meetings and workshops to the ASC membership. I have no doubt that you can find a committee or two that deal with subjects of interest to you. Of course, I am sure that all of you have also seen the “call for papers” that was distributed by the ASC Proceedings editor for the 51st Annual ASC International Conference. Please go to the ASC web site (i.e., http://www.ascweb.org) for more information about how you can submit your paper for the 2015 51st Annual ASC International Conference.
Please also keep in mind that ASC annually presents awards to outstanding faculty members at the ASC Conference. Regional Directors will be accepting nominations for those awards, so please communicate with them if you have a colleague that is truly deserving of recognition.
Among our other recent news is the unfortunate announcement by Rebecca Mirsky, ASC Secretary, that she will be unable to complete her term of office due to other responsibilities and commitments. The Board was sorry to receive this news at the midyear meeting, but understands Rebecca’s decision. We are also thankful to Rebecca for the outstanding work that she has done in support of ASC. Rebecca is responsible for a reenergized Industry Relations Committee and she has faithfully fulfilled her responsibilities as ASC’s Secretary since 2012. In light of Rebecca’s announcement, we will be organizing a special election for ASC Secretary. In the coming months, please be on the lookout for further information. Rebecca has agreed to continue in her current role until just prior to the 2015 Annual Conference in April. Please join the Board of Directors in expressing our appreciation to Rebecca for a job well done.
Several holidays are just around the corner, so in advance I want to wish all of you and your families the very best of holiday seasons. Thank you again for your selfless contributions and for demonstrating your passion for construction education by participating in the Associated Schools of Construction. I also want to especially thank the members of the ASC Board of Directors for their ongoing outstanding service and sacrifice in support of this remarkable organization.
Brian C. Moore, Ph.D.