Maureen Weidner named Educator of the Year by national association

Maureen Weidner

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 10, 2015) — Kennesaw State University lecturer Maureen Weidner was named…

Georgia (Apr 10, 2015)KENNESAW, Ga. (April 10, 2015) — Kennesaw State University lecturer Maureen Weidner was named the 2014 Educator of the Year by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), an organization that serves the heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping and mechanical service industries, during its annual conference in March.

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The national award recognizes MCAA student chapter faculty advisors for exceptional accomplishment as advisors, educators and mentors of students who plan to develop professional careers with the mechanical construction industry.

“This distinguished award was certainly a surprise. My greatest teaching reward has been the difference we make in the lives of our students,” said Weidner, a lecturer of construction management in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at Kennesaw State. “I have a responsibility to these students. My number one job is motivating them and setting the bar high.”

Nominated by her students, Weidner was recognized for her mentoring ability, industry knowledge, and influence and effectiveness in the classroom. According to Brian Hogue, president of the MCAA Student Chapter at Kennesaw State, “her motivation and encouragement to students adds to our own success and that of our fellow students.”

In addition to teaching, Weidner has served as the faculty advisor for the MCAA student competition team, which placed seventh in this year’s competition at the national conference. Weidner has served as faculty advisor for several competition teams in the Construction Management department for the past decade.

Prior to joining the University System of Georgia in 1988, where she taught at both Georgia Tech and Southern Polytechnic State University, Weidner managed her own program management firm specializing in development and construction services for high-profile clients such as Hewlett Packard, CNN Studios and Druid Hills Country Club.                                                      

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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