Civil engineering wins award for its support of military reserves

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been awarded the Patriotic Employer Award from Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a program of the Department of Defense, after being nominated by civil engineering senior Justin Long.

The award recognizes employers who give outstanding support to their employees serving in the military reserves. Employers must be nominated by a service member or his or her family.

"It's something that as an officer I am able to give to an employer, and since I'm in school right now, I decided to nominate the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering," Long, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, said.

Long said the department has been supportive of his duties and has helped him in key ways throughout the semester.

"My professors are pretty understanding that as a lieutenant, I get called up pretty frequently and sporadically," he said. "They're usually really, really flexible about it, and that makes what I do easier."

The award includes a plaque and a U.S. flag pin, which Long said Department Head Peggy Johnson displayed in a case visible to faculty and anyone walking past the department in the Sackett Building.

Long said he is glad to see the department get recognized for its efforts. "Even though it's something they do every day and don’t really think about it, it means a lot to me," he said. "And not just myself -- there’s a lot of other reserves in the department."

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Last Updated November 30, 2010