Former Pittsburgh State U. students honored for Ruby Jack Trail bridge project north of Joplin | Joplin Globe

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A group of former Pittsburg State University students who helped build a new bridge along the Ruby Jack Trail north of Joplin last year will be recognized on the national level this spring.

The four students from PSU's School of Construction — Tiara Ewy, Travis Solander, Mollie Currid and Sean Lohman, all of whom have since graduated — will be honored as the Outstanding Student Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America at the national association's 100th annual convention April 1-4 in Denver. The students will receive the Construction Management Skills Award.

"It speaks highly of the program and our students," said Joe Levens, an associate professor at PSU.

The students worked for months last year to design a new bridge for the Ruby Jack Trail, a 16-mile path that runs from Carthage west to the Kansas state line. The bridge, which takes visitors over a small stream, is a former railroad crossing northwest of Ivy Road and Missouri Highway 43.