Bruce and Deborah Dallman can remember when their youngest daughter Rebekah got her first taste of construction as she worked alongside her dad while he built their home in Terra Haute, Indiana.
“She would put bricks in her little red wagon and bring them to him, one brick at a time,” recalled her mother. “She couldn’t have been more than 3 years old. That was her way of helping.”
You could say it was her first experience with materials management. Rebekah’s come a long way since then: a December graduate of construction engineering technology at PSU, she and her parents participated in “the opportunity of a lifetime” as volunteers for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in Joplin last October.
Rebekah, who worked the nightshift along with her dad, served as the materials staging manager. Dr. Dallman was the team leader for one of the “Cobra Teams” for House #6 (the “craftsman” house), and Deborah worked the day shift organizing people at the main volunteer tent.
“This was the first time I’ve gotten to work in a project like this with my dad, so it was neat seeing him in that kind of role,” said Rebekah, a student leader who also earned valuable internship experiences each summer during her college career. “The Extreme Makeover experience though was the best job experience ever.”
When the family relocated to Pittsburg six years ago in order for Dr. Dallman to take the role as dean, Rebekah was still in high school and unsure what path she wanted to take. Her older siblings had pursued civil engineering and musicology, and although she loved music as well, ultimately chose to follow in her father’s footsteps.
For Deborah, volunteering with her daughter and husband was a meaningful way to share the end of her daughter’s college experience.
“I don’t want to get emotional,” she said, smiling at her daughter. “But what a way to end her last semester. This has been amazing.”