Campbellsville University interns learn practical matters in work

Campbellsville University interns learn practical matters in work

                                                                                                                                                            June 22, 2012
                                                                                                                                             For Immediate Release

Marion Hall, left, director of special projects at Campbellsville University, introduces interns Khulan Ganbold of Mongolia and Luisa Crespo Martini of Venezuela, who presented their projects to the building and grounds committee of CU’s Board of Trustees. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s Board of Trustees’ Building and Grounds Committee members had two guests this week, two international students who shared their experiences as interns for two CU departments.

Luisa Crespo Martini of Venezuela and Khulan Ganbold of Mongolia shared with the trustees what they had learned working in grounds and landscaping and special projects, respectively.

Martini reported on landscape design with her idea of an outside student/visitor social area between the Administration Building and Stapp Hall. She showed designs of a 30-foot outdoor patio area that would feature a cantilever pergola that would have only one support at the end and would be a “new and fresh” design, she said.

She said the design would face the front of campus where 99 percent of the people on campus walk through. She said it could have vines around it and have air circulating through it for a natural design.

She said the entire pergola would cost about $15,000 (not including labor) with lighting, flowers, shrubs and trees.

Martini worked with Rob Roberts, director of grounds and landscape development on campus.

“It can be done in less than a month,” she said, “and it will be easy to take care of.”

Martini, who plans to graduate in May 2013, will receive an art degree with an emphasis in graphic design.

Ganbold graduated in December 2011 with his master of business administration and plans to go back to Mongolia and hopefully start his own construction company.

He worked with Marion Hall, director of special projects at CU, who said Ganbold has gotten job offers from five companies in Mongolia which has the fastest growing economy in the world. He will be going back to Mongolia June 25 with his wife, Zaya, and son, William, who was born in April.

Ganbold worked with Hall with the construction of CU’s newest men’s village residence hall. He learned about contour maps, blueprints, bidding procedures, needs assessment, bill paying, project and construction meetings, framing, geothermal heating, septic systems and other construction necessities.

“I want to thank Mr. Hall and Otto Tennant [vice president for finance and administration] for the knowledge I received and the teaching they gave me,” he said.

Ganbold said he would use what he learned at CU in his home country to improve building projects there.

Hall and Roberts said both students were eager to learn and “picked up knowledge quickly.”

Hall said he can’t say that he’s worked with anyone who was as interested in learning as Ganbold. “He is going to make an impression wherever he goes,” Hall said.

Hall and Roberts said the students can learn concepts in the classroom, but it is good for them to have “hands on” experience with “everyday things.”

“It’s really important for us to send students away with a working knowledge in addition to book knowledge,” Hall said.

“What we did is a good part of their education and examples of what we can do here at CU,” he said.

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