Kathy Berryhill using a saw in a lab

When Kathy came to Ball State, she aspired to work on large-scale projects for a general contracting company. Since being on campus, the construction management major has expanded those goals to include promoting the construction and trade industry to underrepresented students. Currently, African-American females in the construction industry are rare, and she hopes to help change that.

An Indianapolis native, the junior has completed two industry internships, including a position at one of the nation’s largest construction firms.

She has also held leadership roles in campus organizations. She co-authored legislation on gender-inclusive housing in the Student Government Association. In the Residence Hall Association, she worked to have water fountains retrofitted with water bottle refill stations.

I've joined these organizations because they allow me to grow as a leader and learn how to work with all types of people. These skills are relevant in construction because, on a day-to-day basis, I'll be working in a team.

One of Kathy’s most memorable experiences was participating in the Associated Schools of Construction’s national competition, where her team won the preconstruction category. In the three-day competition, teams created resumes for a fictitious company and developed safety and logistics plans, a building schedule, and a comprehensive project estimate that were presented to judges.

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