December 2005

AWCI, Foundation Debut New Program: AWCI Cares
This month the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry and the Foundation of the Wall and Ceiling Industry are introducing a new benefit for members of the association.

The program, AWCI Cares, is a new assistance program that was created to help good people when bad things happen to them. It will provide financial support to AWCI member company employees and/or their dependents in times of severe hardship.

Although some of the operational guidelines are still being worked out, the program will be funded by the Foundation via corporate giving and tax deductible contributions. The Foundation will invest the funds until needed. When a special need request is made by an AWCI member, the AWCI Cares Leadership Team will review the application for assistance and determine if an award should be made.

The applications for assistance will be available in January in the "About the Foundation” section of AWCI’s Web site, The information provided on the application will be held in the strictest confidence. It will be used only by the members of the AWCI Cares Leadership Team and liaison staff person.

The team will meet in person twice a year at AWCI’s Convention and Intex Expo and at the AWCI Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Week. They will meet via conference call on an as-needed basis.

We will keep you informed as more information about this program becomes available.

Academy 2006 Introduces Spanish-Language Session
AWCI’s Academy 2006 is introducing its first session in the Spanish language. The topic of fire-resistive construction, which will be conducted in Spanish, will be a one-day seminar of La Academia Española. This seminar will be held Feb. 3. Academy 2006 will be held Feb. 2–4 at the Wyndham Atlanta.

Last month we also told you that the first-ever presentation of Steel—Doing It Right, a joint education program of AWCI and the Steel Framing Alliance, would make its debut. The third seminar presentation is "Practical Project Management for Contractors.”

The registration fee for La Academia Española is $200 for registrations received by Jan. 6, 2006, and $225 for registrations received after that date. The registration fee for each of the other seminars is $275 if you register prior to Jan. 6, 2006. After Jan. 6, the registration fee is $325.

If you have any questions, contact Annemarie Selvitelli, AWCI’s manager, meetings and trade show, at 703.538.1610 or

Meet the Magazine’s New Ad Coordinator
Maggie Baker replaced Emily Folsom as the advertising coordinator for AWCI’s Construction Dimensions.

In her new position, Baker assists the associate publisher–advertising, with the coordination of all advertising materials appearing in AWCI’s Construction Dimensions. She also is responsible for The Exchange, the classified section of the magazine that started in August 2003.

Baker can be reached at 703.538.1607 or via e-mail at