The Real Estate Organization (REO) was honored as the 2015-16 Texas Tech University Student Organization of the Year, chosen by the Center for Campus Life. The award recognizes organizations that have shown excellence and achievement in a variety of areas that include fulfillment of purpose, community service, membership involvement, and leadership development. The REO received this award during the Texas Tech Arbor Day events on Friday, April 29.
"The contribution of active members, officers, our advisors - Professor Harrell and Dean Goebel - and alumni made it possible for us to be recognized as the Student Organization of the Year," Dillon Donald, president of REO, said. "The award shows that the organization is on the rise and students hoping to pursue a career in real estate will have the necessary resources to do so."
Attributing to REO's selection was a number of well-rounded organizational activities such as traveling on industry tour trips to Austin, Texas, and Tampa, Fla., during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters; finishing second in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Texas Undergraduate Case Study Competition; placing first at the North Texas Chapter of NAIOP 11th Annual Case Competition; and participating in numerous professional networking opportunities with alumni and industry leaders.
"Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as the faculty advisor to REO and personally observing the impact that REO has on its members. REO members receive real-world exposure to multiple facets of the real estate industry that ultimately have a direct impact on their personal and professional growth," Professor Harrell said.
REO was established in 2004 to assist in the professional, educational, and social development of students interested in areas of real estate such as brokerage, development, management, leasing, appraisal, lending, and securitization. For more information about the REO, please contact Professor Harrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.