Asee peer logo

Community Service Projects For Asce Student Chapters

Download Paper |

Conference

2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Student Chapters - Formulas for Success

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

8.306.1 - 8.306.13

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/12350

Download Count

78

Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Mark Evans

Download Paper |

Abstract
NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session 3215

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS FOR ASCE STUDENT CHAPTERS

Mark D. Evans and Denise M. Evans United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Introduction

Community service projects allow chapter members to serve the community, develop leadership skills, interact with professional civil engineers, and hone their own engineering skills on real- world projects. Students perform the role of consultant, corporate president, fund-raiser, project manager, designer, draftsperson, and construction worker. Community service gives students the opportunity to practice their civil engineering skills outside the classroom in “real life” environments. Involved students will acquire more project management experience working on these projects than can be learned in any classroom. Participants are called upon to explore his or her abilities and talents and to communicate ideas logically. Students who can motivate volunteers from start to finish have had a rare opportunity to develop important leadership skills. Chapter members involved in community service cultivate a deep-rooted sense of commitment, not just to the chapter and its members, but also to the community. The “esprit de corps” that results within the chapter is long lasting and is extremely attractive to other students who then want to participate; consequently, the success of the chapter becomes self-fulfilling. Community service projects are key activities for ASCE student chapters, contributing greatly to the education of civil engineering students who participate actively 1, 2, 3. In this paper, the student chapter advisor, chapter leaders, and members will learn proven strategies for conceiving, organizing, and running successful student chapter-lead community service projects.

Value of Community Service

The objectives of a successful ASCE Student chapter are successfully reached through the undertaking of community service projects 4, 5. Community service gives students the opportunity to practice their civil engineering skills outside the classroom in a “real life” environment. Student members should voluntarily accept responsibility for seeing these projects through from beginning to end without receiving any academic credit. Each person can strengthen his or her ability to evaluate situations and set priorities since there often is no entirely right or entirely wrong solution to problems concerning clients, peers, time management, and construction methods. The students will acquire more project management experience working on these projects than can be learned in a classroom. Each participant is called upon to explore his or her abilities and talents and to communicate ideas logically. Most importantly, chapter members involved in community service cultivate a deep-rooted sense of commitment, not just to the Chapter and its members, but also to the community.

The benefits to both the individual members and to the Chapter are enormous. Few activities are so effective in helping students develop leadership skills as the community service project. Students perform the role of consultant, corporate president, fund-raiser, project manager,

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Evans, M. (2003, June), Community Service Projects For Asce Student Chapters Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12350

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015