newsletter for students and alumni Construction Management MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD SPRING 2013 Construction Management Golf Event Photos Kraus-Anderson senior project manager Chad Rettke is pictured with (l to r) Provost Anne Blackhurst, Business & Industry Dean Marsha Weber, and CM Professor Norma Andersen. Kraus-Anderson Company visits CM department Chad Rettke, senior project manager at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, visited MSUM’s construction management department last spring to donate items such as hard hats, coffee cups, literature and information about their company. The gifts were given to inform construction management students of Kraus-Anderson and the opportunities they offer. Kraus-Anderson has hired many MSUM construction management majors for internships and jobs, with many of the students’ internships turning into full-time employment. “The reason we kept them on full time was the quality of education they’ve had and the skills that they bring to our company,” Rettke said. “We feel we can help them along and further their education, but they’ve got such a good baseline to start from, and that is certainly a positive that we at Kraus-Anderson view.” Professor Norma Andersen said the construction management program values the relationships between students and businesses in the industry. “Without them we don’t know if we’re preparing students for the right things. We interact with the industry, get their input, get our students out working with them, and get feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. It helps us build our program.” Engineering News-Record consistently ranks Kraus-Anderson among the top 50 Construction Management-at-Risk Firms in the United States. Their Minnesota base of operations is supplemented with regional offices.