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May 2, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769

UT Tyler Heading Up Habitat for Humanity House

The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Construction Management will lead the construction of a Habitat for Humanity of Smith County house this fall, Dr. Jim Tarter, College of Business and Technology dean, announced.


The house will become the first Habitat for Humanity of Smith County House solely implemented and constructed by UT Tyler volunteers. Construction management department students are leading construction efforts for a classroom learning service project. The first designated work day is Saturday, Sept. 6.

Browning leads a discussion about the project with other construction management students
The entire university community is encouraged to volunteer.


“Our goal is to organize and assist Habitat for Humanity during the summer and then start and complete a UT Tyler home during the fall 2008 semester,” said UT Tyler junior Thomas Browning of Tyler, who serves as a project adviser. “Our last work day will be Saturday, Nov. 22, but if we finish sooner that’s great.”

Students visit Habitat for Humanity of Smith County
Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is a Christian housing ministry and one of 1,675 Habitat for Humanity International affiliates. Its mission is to provide safe, decent and affordable shelter to low-income families.


To volunteer or for additional information, contact Browning, 903.330.2525 or thomasmbrowning@gmail.com, or Dr. John Martin, UT Tyler professor of construction management and department coordinator, 903.565.5913.


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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