By: Ashley Duvelius
On April 19, 2013, at Professor Suckarieh’s retirement reception, his students and Messer Construction Co. surprised the professor with a generous gift of $11,000+ for his George Suckarieh Endowed Scholarship Fund.
On April 19, 2013, at Professor Suckarieh’s retirement reception, Messer Construction Co. surprised the professor with a generous gift of $11,000+ for his George Suckarieh Endowed Scholarship Fund. George Suckarieh, PhD and retiring professor in the CEAS School of Advanced Structures SAS), received the donation from J. Steve Eder, Vice President of Messer Construction Co., and Mark Shields, Project Executive of Messer Construction Co., on behalf of 26 employees and Messer Corporate. The check brings the fund to the endowment level of $50,000, allowing the fund to generate 2 additional scholarships to deserving Construction Management (CM) students.
Suckarieh initiated the scholarship fund in 2007. He continues to contribute to the fund for the purpose of supporting deserving students who need financial assistance and who have strong academic/scholarly performance and service. Along with the check, Messer Construction Co. also presented Suckarieh with a letter stating, “Messer Construction Co. truly appreciates the tremendous influence on our growth and our industry’s growth that you have provided over the course of your career.
It is with great pleasure that the employee-owners of Messer Construction Co. present donations in support of the University of Cincinnati Foundation George Suckarieh Scholarship Fund. Participation came from a multitude of former students and professionals within Messer Construction, all of whom who have experienced and appreciated the energy and passion that you have afforded them in the past and I’m sure will continue into the future.
As your life transitions to a more leisure state of affairs, in lieu of the demands of your profession, you can rest assured that your legacy as a pillar of the UC CEAS School of Advanced Strucrures Construction Management program has been established and appreciated from both those who have had the opportunity of working with you and the soon to be benefactors of your scholarship.”
A moved Suckarieh responded, “Thank you [faculty, staff, and students of CEAS and Messer Construction Co.] so much for all your work and for the contribution of Messer Professionals and Messer Corporate to the George Suckarieh Scholarship Fund. It means so much to me. I am humbled and honored by all you have done and by these contributions. I am amazed and full of pride to have you and Messer professionals generously supporting this scholarship.
I have enjoyed seeing everyone at the [retirement] reception, it was a memorable time that I will never forget. I am really blessed to have touched many lives in a small way, but mostly, I am blessed and very lucky that they have touched my life in a big way.”