Left to right: Howard Greene, Director of K-12 Education Outreach in the College of Engineering; Pattarin Jarupan, Planners' Day in Schools Chair; Billynda Lyon, CRPSA Webmaster, Secretary and Student Representatives Coordinator; Arin Blair, CRPSA President

CRPSA Wins College of Engineering Award for K-12 Outreach

The City and Regional Planning Student Association (CRPSA) was among five student organizations within the College of Engineering that were recognized for their efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators and solve real-world challenges during the second annual Student Organization Recognition & Awards at Drake Union on February 17. 

This prestigious awards night honors organizations for leadership, profound impact and commitment to service. 

“This event reminds me that being a faculty member is one of the greatest jobs in the world,” David Tomasko, associate dean of undergraduate education and student services, said at the event. “I get to watch and sometimes help young women and men accomplish astounding feats in service to their profession and humanity. We are not only proud of you, but thankful for you bringing new perspectives and ideas to us every year.” 

CRPSA won the 2016 K-12 Outreach Award for its involvement in an Ohio Summer Youth Program that engaged 80 disadvantaged youth from Columbus and Franklin County. The group organized and developed a curriculum for a two-day “Planner’s Day in School”, educating students in city and regional planning concepts.

Dean David Williams was the main presenter at the event, which is in its second year. The K-12 Outreach Award was presented to CRPSA by Howard Greene, Director of K-12 Education Outreach in the College of Engineering. The award was received by Pattarin Jarupan, Planners' Day in Schools Chair, Billynda Lyon, CRPSA Webmaster, Secretary and Student Representatives Coordinator and Arin Blair, CRPSA President. Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Maria Conroy is CRPSA’s faculty advisor.

As award winners, CRPSA received a trophy and $250.