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SIUE’s Pembrook Urges Growth and Change Through New Challenges During University Address

21 September 2017, 3:30 PM

SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook presented his second annual State of the University Address to the campus community on Thursday, Sept. 21 with the theme of “Big Questions.” Pembrook highlighted the University’s many successes, motivated future progress, and in light of two racially motivated incidents on campus last week, emphasized SIUE’s strong stance against hate crimes.

“We’re in a higher education setting, and that mea...

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ITC at SIUE Hosts Expert for Screening International Business Partners

19 September 2017, 11:40 AM

Silvia Torres-BowmanThe International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will present “Due Diligence: Best Practices for Screening International Business Partners” from noon-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 at SIUE’s Morris University Center Maple/Dogwood Room.

As part of its Trade Luncheon Series, the ITC will host Louise Kern, managing director of Global Business Information Services, Inc. (GloBIS) and an expert in the business information industry with over 3...

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SIUE to Induct Nine to Alumni Hall of Fame during A Night Among the Stars

15 September 2017, 3:10 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor nine remarkable graduates at the 2017 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony, “A Night Among the Stars,” on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Morris University Center (MUC). These impressive alumni have made exceptional contributions in their chosen fields, in their communities and at SIUE through their leadership, character and hard work.

A cocktail reception in the Meridian Ballroom will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards presen...

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SIUE Explore Days Help Connect Students with their Ideal Academic Program

15 September 2017, 3:10 PM

A prospective student considers the academic programming available at SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s fall Explore Days are offering current and prospective students opportunities for in-depth interaction with representatives from specific academic areas, as they work to decide which program will best foster their growth and prepare them to achieve their future aspirations.

“With more than 280 areas of study, SIUE is equipped to offer students a robust educational experience with diverse programming that will prepare them for successful ca...

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SIUE Study Abroad Fair Inspires Students to Pursue Global Experiences

15 September 2017, 2:35 PM

(L-R) Freshmen Ciara Marold and Hayleigh Lutz listen intently to a representative at the SIUE Study Abroad Fair.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students explored a breadth of cultural immersion opportunities during the Study Aboard Fair held Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Morris University Center.

“It’s important to leave the country to get a broader world view,” said Katie Murphy, a sophomore studying speech pathology, as she explored the Study Abroad Fair. “When you’re in college, your horizons are expanding. That’s why now is the perfect time to travel.”

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U.S. News Rates SIUE a Top 15 Midwest Regional Public University

12 September 2017, 9:40 AM

SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook.U.S. News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 14th consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category. SIUE is also rated among the top Midwest Regionals for least amount of student debt upon graduation. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2018” issue that was released today.

SIUE was featured at number 70 in this year’s rankings of 165 Regional Universi...

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Record School of Nursing and Online Enrollment at SIUE

7 September 2017, 9:45 AM

SIUE Freshman Class of 2021.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recorded its ninth largest all-time enrollment as the School of Nursing (SON) posted record enrollment and online enrollment reached a record 854 students for the fall 2017 semester. SIUE saw its overall student enrollment drop slightly (2.4 percent) to 13,796 students registered for fall 2017, but it still lands among the institution’s all-time top 10 enrollment figures.

The SIUE SON has 1,435 students (increase of 100 students or 7 percent) enro...

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Student Organization and Volunteer Fairs Promote SIUE Values

31 August 2017, 1:30 PM

Kassie Jeralds, of pre-pharmacy major from Royalton, signs up to learn more about G.I.R.L., a new student organization founded by junior mass communications major Dejanee Callahan.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students were presented with ample opportunities to add value and purpose to their higher education experience during the Student Organization and Volunteer Fairs held Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 28-30.

The Student Organization Fair showcased a sampling of the University’s more than 300 student organizations. According to Michelle Welter, associate director of SIUE’s Kimmel Student Involvement Center, student organizations are the most popular wa...

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SIUE’s School of Business Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Receives National Recognition

22 August 2017, 10:30 AM

Kelly Pfaff-Tim SchoeneckerThe Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has awarded the 2016-17 Collegiate Chapter Honor Roll certificate to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business BGS chapter.

According to the BGS chapter year in review results, “The status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus.” 

As a High Honors chapter, SIUE’s ...

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SIUE Welcomes Freshmen to Campus on Move-in Day

17 August 2017, 3:05 PM


Thursday, Aug. 17 marked a significant transition for 1,200 freshmen at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as they moved into their residence halls – their new home away from home as they begin their journey in higher education. The students are among the approximately 1,800 freshmen comprising SIUE’s Class of 2021.

“The transition from high school to college is fun,” said Jeffrey Waple, PhD, vice chancellor for student affairs. “It comes with excitemen...

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SIUE’s Wolff Featured on WalletHub

16 August 2017, 8:55 AM

Laura Wolff, instructor of economics and finance in the SIUE School of BusinessSIUE’s Laura Wolff, instructor of economics and finance in the School of Business, shared her expertise on the value of getting a credit report in a WalletHub article posted July 8.

To read the article, entitled Credit Reporting Agencies: Big 3 & Alternative Bureaus, click here.

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SIUE Names Di Maggio May as SBDC Director

15 August 2017, 2:50 AM

Jo Ann DiMaggio MayJo Ann Di Maggio May is the new director of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE School of Business Interim Dean Tim Schoenecker, PhD, appointed Di Maggio May after she had served as the interim director since August 2016.

The SBDC has offices in SIUE’s School of Business on the Edwardsville campus and at the SIUE East St. Louis Center.

“Jo Ann has performed admirably as interim director,” Schoenec...

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SIUE Alumnus Joins Town and Country Bank as Executive VP and Community Bank President

10 August 2017, 2:51 PM

SIUE alumnus David Hopkins has joined Town and Country Bank as executive vice president and community bank president in the Metro East.

Hopkins earned a bachelor’s in business administration, specializing in economics and finance, in 1982 and a master’s of business administration in 1989, both from SIUE.

The Illinois Business Journal highlighted his new role in this article.

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SIUE Alumnus Dix Named VP at Associated Bank

10 August 2017, 2:50 PM

SIUE alumnus Gregory Dix has been named vice president, relationship manager, Community Markets-Southern Illinois, at Associated Bank.

Dix earned a bachelor’s in business administration/management from the SIUE School of Business in 1991.

Details on his leadership position are available in the Illinois Business Journal.

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SIUE and Lincoln Land Community College Establish 2+2 Program in Nursing

8 August 2017, 11:10 AM

Roberta Harrison, PhD, RN, associate professor and assistant dean of Undergraduate Programs in the SIUE SON.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lincoln Land Community College have established a 2+2 Partnership Program in nursing to offer students a seamless transition to the SIUE School of Nursing’s (SON) baccalaureate program with full support from both institutions.

“We have a number of Lincoln Land students in the program and are glad to offer them this flexible and convenient option that supports the successful completion of their baccalaureate degree,” said Roberta Ha...

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Metro East SBDC at SIUE Salutes Pinot’s Palette for One-Year Anniversary

4 August 2017, 8:40 AM

Jane Seymour, owner of Pinot’s Palette in Edwardsville.When most people retire, they usually look forward to relaxing and not working. For retired Roxana High School art teacher and Pinot’s Palette owner Jane Seymour, she wanted to stay active by opening her own business. Pinot’s Palette was the perfect way for Seymour to bring her love of art to the community in an entertainment venue. Pinot’s Palette is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Edwardsville this month.

The idea to open a paint and sip business was borne from her p...

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SIUE Alumnus Named CFO of Kush Bottles, Inc.

4 August 2017, 8:30 AM

SIUE alumnus Jim McCormick has been appointed chief financial officer of Kush Bottles, Inc., bringing a wealth of financial and strategic leadership experience to the company.

McCormick earned a master’s in business administration from SIUE in 1992. Details on his new position can be found on marketwatch.com.

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SIUE First Day of Classes and Solar Eclipse Events

2 August 2017, 2:20 PM

solar eclipseSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s first day of classes and the total solar eclipse coincide on Monday, Aug. 21. Classes will be held as scheduled. The solar event will begin at 11:50 a.m. and end at 2:44 p.m. with 99.5 percent totality occurring at 1:18 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to experience this scientific phenomenon during your mid-day break or by arranging a convenient time with your manager or supervisor. 

For the University community, telescope ...

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2017 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Offers $15,000 in Prizes

2 August 2017, 7:50 AM

2017 Metro East Start-up ChallengeEntrepreneurs and new business startups are invited to compete in the 2017 Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s fourth annual regional business plan competition.

The MESC is organized by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SIUE. The purpose of the Challenge is to identify, encourage and support entrepreneurs and business startups across the SBDC’s service area, including Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, ...

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Entrepreneur Opens Bridal Parlour in Shiloh with Assistance from Metro East SBDC at SIUE

31 July 2017, 12:55 PM

Heather Craft, Bridal Parlour ownerHeather Craft is a perfect example of an entrepreneur who has turned her passion into a business. With the opening of her Shiloh bridal boutique, Bridal Parlour, this week, she is eager to help brides find the perfect dress for their special day. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has assisted Craft in making her dream a reality.

Bridal Parlour’s grand opening will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m. f...

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Golfer Danny Gorman Named All-America Scholar

27 July 2017, 9:20 AM

SIUE Golfer Danny GormanSIUE senior golfer Danny Gorman has been recognized for his achievement in the classroom and on the course. He was named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

A business major, Gorman is one of just 260 Division I golfers chosen and is the third Cougar in the Division I era to earn the award. He joins Taylor Cox and Taylor White, who were honored following the 2013-14 season.

“This is a nice honor for Danny, and somet...

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City of Collinsville Hosts Metro East SBDC at SIUE Aug. 29

25 July 2017, 3:00 PM

The City of Collinsville and the Collinsville Chamber invite local and regional business owners and entrepreneurs to meet the staff of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to participate in one-on-one counseling sessions. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Collinsville City Hall
Chamber Room located at 125 S. Center St.

Metro East SBDC Interim Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May finds these open ho...

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Metro East SBDC at SIUE and Signature Virtual Assistance Collaborate for Workshop

18 July 2017, 8:30 AM

Lorie NelsonThe Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is teaming with Signature Virtual Assistance (SVA) to explain how a virtual assistant can help small businesses run efficiently and grow. 

A 60-minute workshop will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 1063 S. State Route 157 in Edwardsville.

Workshop co-host Lorie Nelson has been running SVA since 2012 and specializes in working with s...

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Metro East SBDC at SIUE and YCG Accounting to Conduct Budget Strategy Workshop on July 21

14 July 2017, 9:10 AM

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will partner with Susan Young of YCG Accounting to offer practical expertise on budget strategies for small business owners. The Budget Strategy Workshop is set for Friday, July 21 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Reliance Bank, 1254 University Drive in Edwardsville.

The workshop is a 90-minute seminar designed to help business owners financially map out their company’s 3-5 year growth plan.

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ITC at SIUE and Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council to Host Discussion on Export Needs and Trade Initiatives

29 June 2017, 2:40 PM

Silvia Torres Bowman, director of the Illinois ITC.The International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in partnership with The Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council, will host “Export Needs and Trade Initiatives for Southwest Illinois: Lunch and Dialogue with the Business Community” on Tuesday, July 25.

The event will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the Morris University Center’s International Room on SIUE’s campus, and will feature a networking lunch, followed by a roundtable discussion...

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SBDC at SIUE and WBDC Offer Woman Owned Business Certification Workshop on July 18

27 June 2017, 10:55 AM

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is collaborating with the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) to offer practical expertise to female small business owners looking to sell to corporations and the government. “Is Certification Right for You?” is a one-hour seminar designed to help business owners determine if the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certif...

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SIUE School of Business Graduate Program Ranked 7th Nationally

26 June 2017, 7:50 AM

Riza Demirer, PhD, and director of SIUE’s master’s in economics and finance program.The economics and finance graduate program within the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is ranked 7th in The Financial Engineer’s 2017 Financial Economics Rankings.

“It is always rewarding to have our program included among the prestigious schools on this list, and it is an honor to be recognized,” said Riza Demirer, PhD, and director of SIUE’s master’s in economics and finance program. “This is a direct reflection of the hard work ...

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Signature Virtual Assistance Wins First Round of 2017 InnovateHER Contest

5 June 2017, 11:25 AM

Lorie NelsonMetro East resident Lorie Nelson has captured first prize in the local InnovateHER Business Challenge and hopes to vie for a spot in the national competition this fall.

InnovateHER is a business plan contest organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The national competition is open to entrepreneurs and small business owners with products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.

In April, the SBA chose the Illinois Metro East Small Business Dev...

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Metro East SBDC Supports Air Force Vet in Take-Off of Appliance Repair Franchise

30 May 2017, 2:50 PM

Chad GrubofskiUnited States Air Force veteran Chad Grubofski is preparing to open Mr. Appliance of Mid-America, a Metro East-based franchise of a major appliance repair company, in early June, thanks to business plan expertise provided by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Shiloh resident’s Mr. Appliance of Mid-America franchise will serve residential customers from Edwardsville south to Waterloo and east to Lebanon. Grubofski&#82...

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SIUE Student-Athletes Continue to Excel Academically

23 May 2017, 9:20 AM

For 11 straight years, spanning 22 consecutive semesters, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student-athletes have finished with a departmental grade point average of better than 3.0. They completed the 2017 spring semester with a 3.281 GPA, marking the second-highest semester GPA in school history.

“As always I am proud of our student-athletes, staff, academic support and coaches for continuing this tradition of excellence,” said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt.

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Centralia to Host SIUE’s SBDC for the Metro East on June 21

18 May 2017, 10:25 AM

Jo Ann DiMaggio MayThe Centralia Economic Development Office invites local business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region to meet the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center (SIUE SBDC) staff on Wednesday, June 21, at Centralia City Hall, located at 222 South Poplar Street.

The four-hour SBDC Community Day will begin at noon with a one-hour “Starting a Small Business in Illinois” workshop. One-on-one counseling sessions will be available from 1-4 p.m.

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SIUE Golden Graduates Honored During Special Commencement Ceremony

12 May 2017, 3:00 PM

Donning gold regalia, members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Class of 1967 were invited to campus to participate in a special Golden Graduate reunion. The distinguished guests received a commemorative medallion Saturday, May 6 as they walked across the stage during the final spring 2017 commencement ceremony.

“It was an honor to shake hands with this distinguished group of alumni, and present them with a commemorative medallion,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. &#8...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2017

6 May 2017, 5:50 PM

Frankie Muse Freeman 2017 Spring Commencement

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2017 Spring Commencement exercises for 1,957 graduates Friday and Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies are available on siue.edu/tv.

After Chancellor Randy Pembrook addressed the Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students Friday night, he bestowed degrees upon the Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior graduates Saturday morning, the College of Arts and Scien...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Spotlights 1,957 Graduates

5 May 2017, 2:15 PM

pembrook-commencementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook will oversee the 2017 Spring Commencement exercises tonight and tomorrow for 1,957 eligible graduates. The first of four exercises will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies will be streamed live on siue.edu/tv.

Frankie Muse Freeman will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Freeman has spent her lengthy career advocating for civil rights issues that have had a lasting impa...

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SBDC Seeking Innovative Products/Services for InnovateHER Challenge

3 May 2017, 8:05 AM

InnovateHER-logoThe Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is inviting competitors with viable products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families to compete in the national InnovateHER Business Challenge.

InnovateHER is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) national business competition sponsored by the Sarah Blakely Foundation. The SBA will choose 10 competitors from across the natio...

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SBDC Guides Creative Couple To Picture-Perfect Photography Studio Start-Up

27 April 2017, 1:15 PM

minney-johnnieProfessional photo sessions should be fun, creative and affordable, according to entrepreneur Johnnie “Miss J” Minney, owner of Speak To Miss J Photos, a new portrait studio in Shiloh that opened April 12.

Minney and her husband, Denon, who is the studio’s marketing director, have a creative perspective on photography that is markedly distinct and, arguably, more affordable than most. A 20-minute photo session allows individuals or a group of up to 15 people to choose their po...

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SIUE Selected as Peace Corps Site

25 April 2017, 9:55 AM

peacecorpspreplogoSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is now a Peace Corps Prep site. This partnership agreement, signed by Chancellor Randy Pembrook on behalf of SIUE and the U.S. Peace Corps, is available only to students at participating partner schools.

 “This program provides an opportunity for students at SIUE to contribute to international peace, social justice and the development of full human potential,” said Mary Weishaar, executive director of International Affairs. “It su...

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TheOther40 Competition Showcases Students’ Innovative Business Ideas

21 April 2017, 2:55 PM

SIUE School of Business Interim Dean Tim Schoenecker stands alongside first place winner of TheOther40 Celeste Hughes and GAINZ by the Dozen co-founder Brennan Malham.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students presented their business ideas during the 7th annual “TheOther40” competition on Friday, April 7. The event featured presentations by the creators of eight businesses in a Shark Tank-like fashion to a panel of enterprise professionals, with MBA student Celeste Hughes taking first place for GAINZ by the Dozen.

The SIUE School of Business and the Entrepreneurs’ Club of SIUE hosted the competition. Since statistics show that arou...

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Interface Construction’s Spurgeon is 2015 CLI Alumni Leadership Award Winner

17 March 2015, 10:40 AM

Becky SpurgeonBecky Spurgeon, president and chief financial officer of Interface Construction of St. Louis, is the recipient of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s 2015 Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) Alumni Award. The presentation was Friday, March 13, as a part of the CLI Alumni Day and graduation celebration in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

“CLI’s mission is to produce accomplished leaders to improve the processes and outcomes of construction,” sai...

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