May 12, 2009 12:00AM
A few lucky pooches received new, customized homes this week, thanks to the work of several technology education majors.
Students in Mike Neden's Construction Systems class donated the doghouses to the families who adopted the animals, after building them throughout the semester.
"We were looking for a smaller building project," said Neden, assistant professor of technology studies. "Students really enjoyed the fact that they were doing something good for the community. It was a good project because everyone wins."
After meeting the two dogs that were soon to be adopted from the Southeast Kansas Humane Society, students got a feel for their size and needs and began building the doghouses, which featured flip-up roofs for easy cleaning, well-insulated walls, and a Pitt State paint job. Name tags were laser-cut into the shape of bones and attached to the houses.
The dogs, which were adopted earlier this semester, visited PSU on Monday for a tour of their new homes.
"When the dogs were adopted, the owners knew they would be coming with a doghouse," Neden said, giving thanks to Home Depot, which provided discounted materials. "This was a great experience for the students. It's definitely something we'll try again."