Constitution

Revised: 1986, 1987,1988,1996,1997,1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010

Article I - Name

Section 1: Board Name

The name of this organization shall be the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board of Bradley University, hereafter referred to as the Board.

Section 2: Board Executive

The name of the Executive Committee of the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board of Bradley University, hereafter referred to as the Executive Board.

 

Article II - Board Functions

Section 1: Board

To provide advice to the CEC Chairperson and faculty on ways in which the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction can be of the greatest service to faculty, students, alumni, and professional organizations connected with the department.

Serve as a sounding board for activities proposed by the department relative to the growth and development of the CEC department and its programs. This includes program revisions and assessment.

Provide, upon request of the faculty, professionals who are willing to speak to classes or special programs.

Make recommendations relative to the Annual Outstanding Faculty Award to be granted to a faculty member in the CEC department.

Make recommendations relative to the Annual Outstanding Alumnus Award to be granted to a distinguished individual who has made significant contributions to the CEC department.

Make recommendations relative to the Annual Outstanding Leadership Award to be granted to a distinguished individual who has made significant contributions to the CEC department.

Make recommendations relative to the Annual Outstanding Student Service Awards of distinguished students who have made significant contributions to the CEC department.

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction department in student recruiting, placement of CEC graduates and part-time employment, securing new scholarships.

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction department in developing marketing materials including brochures, newsletters, videos, and multimedia recruitment CDs.

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction department in marketing the annual honors banquet and solicitation of nomination for awards. 

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction department in the preparation for accreditation visits and assessment questionnaires. These include the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the American Board for Construction Education (ACCE).

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction Department in revisions of its curricula.

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction department in enhancing the Global Explorer Program.

Assist the Civil Engineering and Construction Department in enhancing the quality of the seminars it offers.

Provide advice to the director of the Center for Emerging Technologies and Infrastructure.  The Board will provide suggestions to the Executive Board on issues facing the CETI. 

Section 2: The Executive Board

Shall make final decisions relative to the Thomas J. Williams Student Leadership Award, which is given to a distinguished student who has demonstrated leadership.

Shall make final decisions relative to the Hall of Fame Inductees.

The Executive Board shall be responsible for dealing with any issues regarding the functions of the Board including but not limited to issues dealing with membership, the Bradley University administration, the Center for Emerging Technologies in Infrastructure and members of the Board. 

Article III - Board Organization

Section 1: Rules

Rules governing the Board shall be the Constitution and the Bylaws.

Section 2: Quorum

A quorum shall be constituted by a simple majority of Board members.

Section 3: Officers

The officers of the Board shall be composed of (1) Chairman, (2) Past Chairman, (3) Executive Vice Chairman, (4) President for outreach programs, (5) President for Special CEC Initiatives, (6) President of the Construction Group, (7) President of the Civil Engineering Group, and (8) the CEC Department Chairman. Additional officers may be designated by vote of the membership.

Section 4: Election of Officers

The election of officers shall be held in the spring of odd years by a majority vote of those attending. Officers shall perform such duties as may be prescribed in the Bylaws or required by them of the department. The term of office of the Executive Board shall be for two years for the officers of the Advisory Board.

Section 5: Executive Board

Shall carry out all functions of the Board between scheduled meetings. It shall meet at a minimum once a semester on a date or dates selected by the Advisory Board Chairman.

Section 6: Board Meetings

The Advisory Board shall meet at least once a year on the day of the honors banquet.

Section 7: Agenda for Advisory Board Meetings

The agenda for Advisory Board meetings shall be developed by the coordinated effort of the CEC chairperson and the Board chairman.

Article IV. Advisory Board Membership

Section 1: Number

The Advisory Board shall consist of a minimum of 20 members.

Section 2: Board Composition

The membership should reflect the special areas of emphasis within the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction and provide a proper mix of backgrounds in civil engineering, environmental engineering, and construction. The membership shall comprise people of high caliber with significant backgrounds and accomplishments.

Section 3: Nominations

Nominations for Advisory Board Membership shall be screened by the Executive Council of the CEC department and the Executive Board.

Section 4: Appointment

New Board members shall be appointed by the president of Bradley University. Recommendations for Board membership shall be determined by the Executive Council of the CEC department. Candidates for membership approved the Executive Board shall be forwarded by the chair of the CEC department to the dean of the College of Engineering and Technology who will be responsible for forwarding the nominations to the provost who will be responsible for forwarding the nominations to the president. The president will be responsible for notifying those nominees who have been deemed acceptable for Board membership.

Section 5: Releasing of a Board Member

The term of service on the Board is three years. Subsequently, a Board member’s term is determined based on recommendations by the Executive Council of the CEC department. Such a recommendation must be approved by the Executive Board.

Article V. Amendments

The Constitution and the Bylaws can be amended by the Executive Council of the CEC department.

Article VI. Communication

Section 1: Advisory Board Minutes

The minutes for the annual meeting of the Advisory Board will be taken by the CEC department and mailed to Advisory Board members after the annual meeting. 

Section 2: Departmental Activities

The Chairperson of the CEC Department shall inform the Advisory Board membership on (1) meeting times (2) new members and (3) awards in a timely manner.

The chairperson of the CEC department shall submit at a minimum one report per semester to the Advisory Board on important departmental activities.

Section 3: Civil Engineering Group President

The CE Board president and the CE program head shall be responsible for the coordination of CE group members’ visits to campus for meetings and as guest speakers and also be responsible for meeting Board members’ and students’ needs.  

Section 4: Construction Group President

The CON Board president and the CON program head shall be responsible for the coordination of CON group members’ visits to campus for meetings and as guest speakers and also be responsible for meeting Board members’ and students’ needs.  

Section 5: Chairman of the Board

The chairman of the Board shall be responsible for providing a report on the Advisory Board’s activities and vision during the annual Advisory Board meeting.

Section 6: Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

The executive vice chairman of the Board shall be responsible for providing a report on the Advisory Board’s new developments during the prior year during the annual Advisory Board meeting.

Article VII. Awards Criteria

Section 1: Screening and Selection

Where appropriate nominations for awards will be screened by the Executive Council of the CEC department. The top three nominees in each category are forwarded to the Advisory Board. The winners should be notified by the chairman of the CEC department and Board chairman.

Section 2: Undergraduate Student Award

The recipient(s) of the Undergraduate Student Award shall have provided significant contributions to the CEC department. Specifically, the recipient(s) shall have provided significant service to the department, demonstrated professional and ethical behavior in all of his/her activities, and helped the CEC department achieve its mission, goals and objectives. The recipient(s) shall receive a plaque at the annual honors banquet and a stipend.

Section 3:  Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award shall be nominated by the departmental graduate advisor in consultation with the graduate committee. The recipient(s) of the Graduate Student Award shall have provided significant contributions to the CEC department. Specifically, the recipient(s) shall have provided significant service to the department, demonstrated professional and ethical behavior in all of his/her activities, and helped the CEC department achieve its mission, goals and objectives. In addition, the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award shall have demonstrated scholarly output in terms of his/her research. The recipient shall receive a plaque at the annual honors banquet and a stipend.

Section 4:  Outstanding Advisory Board Member Award

It shall be the responsibility of the chairperson of the CEC department and the chairman of the Advisory Board to select three candidates for the award. The recipient of the award shall have made significant contributions to the Advisory Board and the CEC department. The faculty of the CEC department shall be responsible for selection of the recipient. The recipient shall receive a plaque at the annual honors banquet.

Section 5:  Outstanding Faculty Award

It shall be the responsibility of the chairperson of the CEC department to provide the top three candidates for the award based on the prior year’s evaluation of faculty. The winner will receive $500.

Section 6:  Outstanding Alumnus Award

The criteria for the selection of the Outstanding Alumnus award are (1) the candidate must be a graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Bradley University, (2) the candidate must have made a significant contribution to the civil engineering and construction fields or to Bradley University, or achieved distinction as a leader (past or present), (3) the candidate cannot be a current member of the CEC Advisory Board, and (4) there is a maximum of one award per year. The recipient shall receive a plaque at the annual honors banquet.

Section 7:  Outstanding Leadership Award

The criteria for the selection of the Outstanding Leadership Award are (1) the candidate must not have received a degree from the CEC department at Bradley University, (2) the candidate cannot be a current member of the faculty or administration at Bradley, (3) the candidate must have made a significant contribution to the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Bradley University (past or present) and have achieved distinction in the profession, (4) the candidate cannot be a current member of the CEC Advisory Board, and (5) there is a maximum of one award per year. The recipient shall receive a plaque at the annual honors banquet.

Section 8:  Past Chairman Award

The past chairman of the Advisory Board shall be presented with a plaque at the annual honors banquet in recognition of his/her service to the Advisory Board and the CEC department.

Section 9:  New Members Certificate

New members of the Advisory Board shall be presented with certificates of membership at the annual honors banquet.

Section 10:  Global Explorer Program - CEC Scholar Award

All students who have participated in the Global Explorer Program shall be eligible for recognition at the annual honors banquet by the receipt of the CEC Scholar Award certificate. The nominees shall be screened by the Executive Council of the CEC department for recognition.  The Global Explorer Program director shall be responsible for making the nominations. The faculty members who have participated in the Global Explorer Program shall be responsible for getting the names of the students from the Global Explorer Program director.

Section 11: The Hall of Fame Award

The Distinguished Hall of Fame Award shall be the highest award given by the CEC Board. The award will consist of a plaque and a gold medal. There will be a maximum of one recipient of the award per year. The criteria for selection of the award will be (1) the nominee must have been a past award winner (Outstanding Alumni, Leadership, Faculty, Past Chairman, or Advisory Board), and (2) the nominee must have demonstrated exceptional and continued commitment to the CEC department. The nominee or nominees shall be selected by the executive council of the department and forwarded to the Executive Board who will make the final selection. The award is presented at the annual honors banquet.

Section 12: The Thomas J. Williams, Sr., Student Leadership Award

This award shall be the highest award given by the CEC department to one of its students. The award will consist of a plaque and $500. There will be a maximum of one recipient of the award per year. The criteria for selection of the award will be (1) one nominee must be submitted by each of the four student organizations, and (2) the nominee must have demonstrated exceptional leadership as a member of ASCE, AGC, Sigma Lambda Chi or Chi Epsilon in the CEC department. The four nominees shall be reduced to two by the Executive Council of the department and the two nominations are forwarded to the Executive Board who will make the final selection. The award is presented at the annual honors banquet. The remaining three nominees will be recognized at the annual honors banquet.

Article VIII. Center for Emerging Technologies and Infrastructure (CETI)

Section1 : Oversight

The Executive Board shall have oversight responsibilities for the CETI. The Executive Board will have ultimate authority in matters pertaining to the CETI structure, new agreements, and new initiatives.

Section 2: Structure

The CETI was founded by Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji who serves as its executive director. The Center shall have needed groups to successfully achieve new initiatives. Members of the CETI Industry Institute can include but are not limited to representatives from industry, universities, governments, scholars, and associations.   

Bylaws

Title A:  Purpose

The purpose of the Bylaws is to state the manner in which provisions of the Constitution shall be applied to the government of the Advisory Board.

Title B: Officers

The Board chairman shall be the executive head of the Board and shall preside over its meetings. The chairman shall call for meetings of the Executive Board in coordination with the CEC chairperson. The CEC chairperson and the Board chairman are responsible for setting the agenda for the annual meeting. The Board chairman shall see that the officers discharge their duties faithfully, impartially, accurately and promptly. The Board chairman shall decide points of order and shall vote on all matters. Specifically, members of the Executive Board are charged with the following duties:

Section 1: Board Chairman

Working with the CEC chairperson the Board chairman shall provide the leadership in dealing with accreditation for the civil engineering and construction programs, faculty development and major campaign initiatives.

Section2: Past Chairman

The past chairman of the Board shall share his/her experience with the activities of the Board and provide insights by providing leadership in terms of issues and initiatives facing the Board and the CEC department. The past chairman of the Board shall coordinate with the chair of the CEC department the nomination of the officers for the Board to be presented to the Board every other year. The past chairman of the Board shall represent the chair of the CEC department in his/her absence from meetings of the Board.

Section 3: Executive Vice Chairman

The executive vice chairman shall coordinate with the chair of the CEC department to help implement initiatives for the Center for Emerging Technology in Infrastructure.

Section 4: Vice Chair for Special Initiatives

Shall be responsible for expansion of CEC departmental relations with industry, public organizations, and private organizations to seek new alliances that would benefit the department, and the industry the CEC department represents. Shall provide leadership and focus on internal relations between the CEC department and the University. Shall help with the CEC annual honors banquet, awards and nominations, new board membership, identify new opportunities including fund raising and scholarships for the CEC department.

Section 5: Vice Chair for Outreach

Shall work with the CEC department on the implementation of special initiatives including activities offered through the Race Relations Commission, the Sustainability Commission, and the Industry Institute, and other programs that enhance the educational opportunities for our students and faculty.

Section 6: President – Civil Engineering Group

The president of the Civil Engineering Group shall be responsible, working with the CEC department chair and the CE program head, for the identification of the roles and activities of the Civil Engineering Group. These roles and activities are expected to vary in scope and extend over a long duration. The president of the Civil Engineering Group shall be responsible for providing the leadership in helping the CEC department with ABET accreditation of the civil engineering program that occurs once every six years. The president of the Civil Engineering Group shall be responsible for helping the CEC department with its ongoing assessment process that will have as its main focus outcome assessment. The president of the Civil Engineering Group shall help with the outcome assessment process and its data gathering process for accreditation visits. The president of the Civil Engineering Group shall be responsible for addressing internal matters identified by the Civil Engineering program head. The president of the Civil Engineering Group shall be expected to implement suggested initiatives deemed appropriate by the Board.

Section 7: President – Construction Group

The president of the Construction Group shall be responsible, working with the CEC department chair and the CON Program Head, for the identification of the roles and activities of the Construction Group. These roles and activities are expected to vary in scope and extend over a long duration. The president of the Construction Group shall be responsible for providing the leadership in helping the CEC department with ACCE accreditation of the construction program that occurs once every six years. The president of the Construction Group shall be responsible for helping the CEC department with its ongoing assessment process that will have as its main focus outcome assessment. The president of the Construction Group shall help with the outcome assessment process and its data gathering process for accreditation visits.   The president of the Construction Group shall be responsible for addressing internal matters identified by the Construction program head. The president of the Construction Group shall be expected to implement suggested initiatives deemed appropriate by the Board.

Title C: Membership

The term of membership on the Advisory Board will be reviewed annually by the Executive Council of the CEC department. Board members are expected to serve for three years after which they may be released from their responsibilities. Recommendations to release members must receive the final approval of the Executive Board.

Title D. Nominating Committee

The CEC Board chairman and the CEC chairperson shall serve as the nominating committee of new officers. If either member of the nominating committee is absent, the vice chairman shall take his/her place.