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Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: joanne

Post Number: 39
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 08:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I am hoping for some help in starting our student chapter. We offer good incentives for those student members who attend, but I think--check that--I know that we do not reach our target audience. I recall from CSI University, a few years back, a good conversation on successful student membership.

It is my mission to see a student chapter develop within the next few years so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!
Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI
Senior Member
Username: rliebing

Post Number: 406
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 07:20 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

For a wealth of knowledge on the student efforts you must get in touch with Maragaret Chewning, FCSI
Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: joanne

Post Number: 40
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 10:37 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks Ralph, I will contact her.
Wayne Yancey
Senior Member
Username: wyancey

Post Number: 137
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 11:20 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Contact the Puget Sound Chapter. They have a large student participation.

PSCCSI appears to do something right to attract students besides have some faculty members active in the membership and the monthly programs.
e-mail at office@psccsi.org;
phone 206-382-3393.

Ask for Andrew Estep.

Harold S. Woolard (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 12:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The Houston Chapter has 29 students as Chapter Members and it all starts with getting hold of the right person at the University that will carry the ball for you. We have such a person in Barry Norwood of Prairie View A & M University that can be reached at barry_norwood @ pvam.edu and he can answer what makes them want to continue with CSI. They have been to local, regional and national conventions and have faired very well with the student competitions. We pay for Barry FULL membership in CSI and offer only $5.00 a meal instead of $20.00 for Chapter Meetings. We also have a foundation headed by Doug Frank, FCSI that does quite a bit for the students.
Jonathan Miller, FCSI (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 03:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The Vermont Chapter currently has 82 student members, 81 of them with our Vermont Technical College Student Affilliate.

We have a policy of giving small scholarships amounting to the cost of membership to any interested students in our area.

Their first program attendence is free and the rest is heavily subsidized.

We have <50% renewal rate but our goal is to expose as many students to CSI early so they are aware of it as a choice later in life... if not a continuing professional lifestyle.

Get in touch with your Region Membership Chair (I represent the NE) for more good tips.
Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: joanne

Post Number: 41
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 09:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thank you for the ideas--they are all great! I will definitely pursue the contacts that you all have suggested.
Chris Grimm, CSI, CCS, MAI, RLA
Senior Member
Username: tsugaguy

Post Number: 35
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 09:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Anyone have an update on where CSI is at on the Intermediate Membership extension issue now? (see Anne Whitacre's and Ken Hercenberg's posts from August and September 2002 at http://discus.4specs.com/discus/messages/25/235.html -- "young people often have the most time and energy to devote to organizations, and the smallest salary so that cost becomes a burden to them" ... "Why don't we limit Intermediate Membership to intern architects and those basically with less than 5 years design or construction experience including engineers, contractors, vendors, and other non-architects, such as specifiers without degrees? There are a lot of folks out there, including independent reps, who don't get reimbursed by their companies for membership, so we're losing out on the best resources available.")

What details does anyone have on the current cost and length of Intermediate membership status? Is the time extension still being discussed? Is it a status offered by CSI national, or only through some chapters?
Robert W. Johnson
Senior Member
Username: bob_johnson

Post Number: 108
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 11:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Has this been an issue with the membership committee or just a comment on this discussion forum.
Would suggest that you contact the CSI membership committee with your question/comment. You can find them on the CSI website in the Membership Directory by searching for the Membership Committee - http://www.csinet.org/s_csi/vision_member_demographics.asp.
Lynn Javoroski CSI CCS LEED AP SCIP Affiliate
Senior Member
Username: lynn_javoroski

Post Number: 396
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 12:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The membership committee has already been contacted. I am a member of that committee and have forwarded this link to the other members. We will be having a meeting in a week and 1/2 and I have proposed this for discussion.
M. Keith West (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 11:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Regarding student chapters: If you are planning on attending Institute Convention in Baltimore, Kathy Proctor and Rob Huserik have been asked to host a session on this topic. Kathy and Rob are both passionate about this and know the value of having students participate in CSI. Kathy has not only preached this for years, but has practiced what she preached. Having taught for many years, many of her students are still very active in CSI. Rob is an example of that. Rob is a young man that after graduation, has become extremely active in his home chapter in Memphis, but is also a committee chair in the Gulf States Region.

Kathy and Rob's session will be an extremely good source of information on starting, continuing, or expanding a student chapter. If at all possible, don't miss it.

If you are not attending the convention, I am certain that Kathy or Rob would be happy to discuss this topic with you.

M. Keith West, CSI, CDT
Mississippi Chapter.

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