BCMentors

 

Leadership TeamEstablished in 2008 BCMentors began as a small group of underrepresented students in the program who wanted to reach out to other students and help them adjust to the department, the university, the community and the industry.  Today, we are an inclusive student group that strives to help all Building Construction Management students succeed, managed by a core team of student mentors.

 

Meet the Leadership Team!

Kenneth Beckwith coordinates BCMentors and has been in this leadership role for the past two years.   You can learn more about Kenneth below in Talk to a Mentor.

 

Study Tables

 

 

 

The Academic Committee is responsible for orchestrating weekly study tables where upperclass BCM students provide any BCM student assistance with their courses.  We host exam reviews for key BCM courses such as, BCM 17500, BCM 11200 and BCM 28500. If you would like to become a part of the academic committee, please contact Sam Anderson-Been at academic@bcmentors.org

 

 

 

The Social Committee organizes and schedules activities outside of the classroom for BCMentor members to participate in.  Our social committee manages multiple projects.  Ace TechIntramural saportsnd construction related events, such as attending the ISA (Indiana Subcontractors Association) Trade Show were examples of activities from last year. We are open to new ideas and suggestions and new members, please contact Derek Staley or Evan Elliot at social@bcmentors.org if you would like to work with the Social Committee.

 

 

 

Current BCM students are the best ambassadors for our program!  These students are available to work with faculty on presentations to visiting groups and they are available to travel and present to high school/middle school classes the opportunities available in BCM. Please contact recruitment@bcmentors.org if you are interested in recruiting for BCM.

 

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Talk to a Mentor

Talk to a BCM student mentor!

Want to find out what it's like to be a BCM student at Purdue University? Read what these students have to say — you can even e-mail them for more information.

 

Kenneth Beckwith

 

Name: Kenneth Beckwith, BCMentors Coordinator

 Hometown: Kokomo, IN

 High School: Kokomo High School

 Interest: Camping, cycling, construction

 Classification: Senior, May 2014 Grad

 

 

 

What attracted you to Purdue and Building Construction Management? Why did you choose it over other schools?

Originally, I was interested in Purdue because it wasn’t too far from home and my sister was going there. Also they had the technical majors I was interested in. I applied for the construction engineering program and didn’t get in, so I applied for BCM and was accepted. Now that I am in BCM I know I made the right choice. BCM is much more hands on and focused on practical learning, it fits my interests and personality better then engineering. I chose Purdue over the other schools because having Purdue University on your resume gives you an upper hand in the industry, as Purdue’s BCM program is very well known in the construction industry.

What outside activities are you in?  Are you an officer in any of these organizations? 

Currently I am in BCMentors and I am the coordinator of this organization. I am on the Construction Leadership Council representing BCMentors. I am also in Sigma Lambda Chi Honor Society of Construction Management..

What internship opportunities have you had?

My first summer internship was with an electrical contractor, Gaylor, in Indianapolis. My second internship was working for DPR Construction, a general contractor, in Washington DC as a project engineer. This past summer I worked for Purdue University in the construction department as a scheduler. These internships provide real life learning to take what is learned in the classroom and apply it to the industry..

What would be your "dream job"?

My dream job would be owning my own construction company.

Word of advice for prospective students:

My advice would be to get involved with a couple of the organizations in BCM, make sure one of them is BCMentors. These organizations look great on your resume and help you get awesome internships. These internships will than help you gain experience in the construction industry, network with future employers, and help you decide what you want to do in construction..

 

 

 

 

Derrek StaleyName: Derrek Staley, BCMentors Social Committee Co-Chairman

Hometown: Butler, IN  

High School: Eastside High school

Interest: Construction/ Real Estate Development For free time: Water sports, snow sports, golf and playing guitar

Classification: Senior, May 2014 Grad

 

 

What attracted you to Purdue and Building Construction Management? Why did you choose it over other schools?

I didn’t know it at the time but Purdue is the one of the most elite schools in the country and its BCM program is one of the best in the nations.  I wanted to stay in state and go to a big ten school so the choice was easy.

What do you like about BCM?

The professors are very passionate about what they do and helping students succeed.  Also BCM is a smaller department compared to other majors such as engineering, so we get the best of both worlds; a small community-like feeling within the major with all of the advantages and opportunities of a big ten school like Purdue.

 What outside activities are you in?  Are you an officer in any of these organizations?

I am in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, I’m the Vice President.  I’m also in NAHB and am on the competition team where we traveled to Las Vegas to compete.

What internship opportunities have you had?

I worked in Austin, Texas with SpawGlass last summer and was on a major district-wide renovation on the local elementary, middle schools and high schools.  This summer I accepted a job with Pepper Construction in Chicago.

 What would be your "dream job"?

My dream job would be to be able to work up through Project Manager into a CFO or Operations executive of a large construction company or an executive of a large developer.

 Word of advice for prospective students:

All of the opportunities that I’ve had came from choosing Purdue BCM but to really be successful you need be involved and take on a leadership role.

 

 

Name:  Evan Elliott, BCMentors Social Committee Co-Chair
 

Hometown: St. John, Indiana
 

High School: Lake Central
 

Interest: Sports, Basketball, Construction, Friends

Classification:  Sophomore, May 2016 Grad
 

 

What attracted you to Purdue and Building Construction Management? Why did you choose it over other schools?

The thing that attracted me the most to Purdue University had to be how helpful the people here are, and the size of the campus.  As for Building Construction Management, I heard about it through my undecided course and talking to advisors within the College of Technology.  I chose Purdue and their Building Construction Management program over other schools, because of the numerous internship opportunities and how our program ranks against others in the Nation.

What do you like about BCM?

My favorite part about BCM is number of leadership opportunities that are available to get yourself involved.  The faculty and staff are amazing, and are passionate towards your success.  Another selling point for me was the fact that BCM is more hands on and applied learning versus a major like CEM (Construction Engineering Management).

What outside activities are you in?  Are you an officer in any of these organizations? 

BCMentors, Social Committee Co-Chair
Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA)
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
College of Technology Student Ambassador
Purdue Math Tutor

What internship opportunities have you had?

I worked in Chicago, Illinois with Starcon International over this past summer. I had the opportunity to work one on one with the Project Manager, and do hands-on work throughout the entire Industrial Plant. 

What would be your "dream job"?

My dream job would be to one-day work my way up to being a Project Manager focused in Healthcare Construction (Children’s Hospitals), and eventually being an Operations Manager of a larger Construction Company.

Word of advice for prospective students:

Do not be scared to ask for help!  Also, get involved with a few organizations or clubs within BCM, because they look great on a resume and help significantly with internship possibilities. 

 

 

 

Name: Sam Anderson-Been,  BCMentors Academic Committee Co-Chairman  

Hometown:  Lafayette, IN 

High School: Ivy Tech-home schooled

Interest: Construction-Healthcare, BCMentors, Farming, Equestrian Sports.

Classification: Senior, May 2014 Grad
 

What attracted you to Purdue and Building Construction Management? Why did you choose it over other schools?
It is hard to pass the up the opportunity to attend a school of the caliber and reputation which Purdue University carries, especially when it is located in your backyard.  So much so, that I never considered attending any other university.  I am the third in my family to attend Purdue, and my sister (the fourth) is starting her college career here in the fall of 2013.  I chose BCM largely due to the influence of my elder brother’s roommate, who is a BCM graduate.  His encouragement, advice and assistance convinced me that BCM is where I wanted to be.  BCM’s strong career placement, internship opportunities, national and worldwide ranking, and exceptional faculty has assured me that this is where I belong.

 
What do you like about BCM? 
I really enjoy the close-knit family feeling of the BCM community.  I have not had any other classes at Purdue in which the professors were as approachable as BCM professors.  The faculty is excellent, and really make feel at home. 
 

What outside activities are you in?  Are you an officer in any of these organizations?
I am currently a Co-Chairman of the BCMentors Academic committee.  I am a member of SLC, and the Golden Key Honors Society.  Between farming, part-time work, and the Army National Guard, I do not have much time left for anything more than sleep!
 

What internship opportunities have you had?
I have had to stay close to home due to farming and my military obligations, but I have been able to engage in several summers’ worth of residential and agricultural related internships. 
 

What would be your "dream job"?
I love estimating.  If I could work as an estimator for a large contractor, I could not be happier.  Especially if it concerned healthcare construction!

Word of advice for prospective students:
Stay focused on your goal while at Purdue.  Your successfulness during your undergraduate years greatly defines and influences the next several decades of your life.  Party in moderation.  Hold yourselves to a high standard, that way if you falter slightly, you will be fine.  Everyone stumbles once or twice in college, but the ability to pick yourself back up and continue on is what makes you successful.  Graduating on time, with a high GPA vs. late, with a low GPA can be the difference of just a couple bad habits.  BCM has a very supportive community.  Get involved, stay involved, and give back.  There are several student organizations that are great sources for networking and résumé fillers.  BCMentors, which will give you a solid support community is an excellent program to start with, and stick with while you are at Purdue (not that I am biased)!

 

 

 

 
Name: Michael Burger, Lego League Coordinator

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

High School: Bishop Chatard High School

Interest: Construction, movies, games, making models

Classification:  Senior, December 2014 Grad

 

What attracted you to Purdue and Building Construction Management? Why did you choose it over other schools?
I was attracted to the Purdue and Building Construction Management by having heard about the wonderful program here. I talked with a few alumni that I know that went here and through this program and everything they told me really fell under what “fits” me best. I looked into engineering to start, but quickly decided it wasn’t for me and decided to go into college for Building Construction Management.

What do you like about BCM?
There are multiple aspects of the BCM program that I like. First off, the professors really try to reach out to us, the students, to help us understand what is expected of us and they are willing to help us each step of the way. I also like how BCM is predominately filled with material that is best learned through application. I don’t learn well when it comes to test so with most of the classes having a lab tagged with the lecture I am able to apply what I learned and understand how it works.

What outside activities are you in?  Are you an officer in any of these organizations? 
I don’t actually spend much time outside of classes and BCMentors doing anything else. I really try to enjoy my time here with friends and make the most out of everything. I will say that I do regret not getting more involved earlier as I am having a blast helping out within BCMentors each week.

What internship opportunities have you had?
The past two summers I have interned with Shiel Sexton in Indianapolis, IN. I have mostly worked as a general laborer doing odds and ends around a very active job site and I have also worked with their in-house concrete crews building large concrete buildings.

What would be your "dream job"?
I honestly don’t know what my “dream job” would be at this point in time. I really haven’t decided if I want to pursue a career under a Superintendent route or a career under a project manager route. Ideally I would like to see both sides and get a feel for each route to decide ultimately what I would love to do the rest of my life. I will say that I thoroughly enjoy being on site and watching a building rise from the ground to completion, so I would guess that I might want to go in the Superintendent route

Word of advice for prospective students:
One of the best pieces of advice I would give to prospective students is to understand that this major is not the physical labor aspect of the construction process. We are taught to lead and manage the sites, although getting some of that experience within a labor force will earn you much respect with many, if not all, of the companies that will be looking to hire you down the road. This experience also serves as a vat of knowledge that you will use in classes and out on the job for years to come.

Another piece of advice it to get involved with student groups. They will help you really understand material and provide great support all throughout your college career. Not only that, but you will make great friends with not only students, but also possible employers. The student groups are great ways to really branch out your social networking and many people will take notice.

 

 

 

 


BCMentors advisor: Dawn Lamb, Student and Industry Outreach Specialist

If you need further information, please contact Dawn. (765)496-1077