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Firefighter Advances His Career in Fire & Emergency Services via FES Program and DCP

While working in fire and emergency services for several years, 38-year-old Brian Canaday decided to pursue a four-year degree to further his education and advance his career. Growing up with love and admiration for the Florida Gators, he fulfilled his dream of becoming one himself via UF Online—the #1 online program for his degree. Set to graduate this May, Brian recently accepted the position of Assistant Fire Chief at the City of Bradenton, Florida.

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Blinn, Desai and Plunkett Named University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni

University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning alumni Nathan Blinn (MSCM ’15, Ph.D. ‘18), Ekta Desai (BDES ’08) and Nicole Plunkett (BLAE ‘10) were three of a select group of UF graduates selected to this year’s prominent “40 Gators Under 40.” The three recipients tie for the most DCP has ever had.

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Safety Yard Officially Opens at UF TREEO Center

Designed to benefit students at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management and reduce the 150,000 annual injuries on construction job sites, the brand-new Safety Yard at the University of Florida TREEO Center officially opened this past Friday, April 1. Collaborating with the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning were the Kiewit Corporation, Santa Fe College, Charles Perry Partners, Inc. and the UF Office of Professional and Workforce Development.

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Rinker Associate Professor Emeritus Jack Martin Passes Away

The University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning mourns the loss of one of its former faculty members: Jack Martin, retired Associate Professor Emeritus of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management and a distinguished veteran and retired Colonel of the U.S. Army. Martin passed away on Friday, March 18, 2022. He was 93.

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Rinker Team Places Second Nationally in ABC Construction Management Competition

A team of four students from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management finished second nationally in the annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Student Construction Management Competition. The contest took place at the 2022 ABC Convention in San Antonio, Texas, March 15-17, and featured 14 of the top construction management programs in the country.

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