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One hundred and twenty-five golfers took to the links May 14 for the tenth annual Construction Management Technology Golf Classic. The daylong event, which took place at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, attracted supporters of the CECS construction management technology program from throughout the industry, including bankers, attorneys and construction professionals, among many others. Approximately 20 volunteers from CSUN and the participating companies made sure everything ran smoothly, while a golf professional helped coordinate the event.

With the entire course given over to the tournament for the day, participants were treated to breakfast, lunch and an awards dinner, where the winners were recognized. Everyone also received a gift bag and had a chance to purchase squares on an “opportunity board” for raffle items.

The tourney dates back to 2003, when the first CMT Golf Classic took place to raise funds to attract students to the CMT program, which was not yet in operation and was being set up as a self-supporting major. The tournament has been successful every year since—so successful that in addition to the money it generates to support the CMT program, it has contributed more than $100,000 to the college’s general fund over the past three years.

The golf tournament is organized each year by a committee made up of members of the CMT Advisory Board or who are associated with the companies represented on the board. Civil engineering professor Steve Gadomski coordinates the event for CSUN.

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This year, the Golf Classic raised approximately $65,000 for the CMT program. But not all the benefits were monetary. “It also puts our name out in industry,” says Nazaret Dermenjian, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management. “And people usually leave with a lot of positive feedback.”

CIVIL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT: A NEW NAME

Now eight years old, the college’s construction management technology program has really come into its own. The evidence? It is now part of the department’s official name. Effective with the 2012-13 academic year, the department has changed its name from Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics to
Civil Engineering and Construction Management.

“Ten years ago we didn’t have construction management,” explains department chair Nazaret Dermendjian. “It’s a newer program that started in 2004. Now civil engineering and construction management are the two undergraduate programs that the department hosts. We still offer applied mechanics courses but only offer a discipline-specific master’s degree in structural engineering. So the department felt we needed a name change to reflect our undergraduate programs.”