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( April 1, 1998)
AREA SDSM& T STUDENTS ARE COMPETING IN CONCRETE CANOE REGIONAL COMPETITION AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO/ BOULDER THIS WEEKEND
SDSM& T students from the Sioux Falls area will be racing their new concrete canoe, nicknamed “ Peacemaker,” this weekend during the1998 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE). The conference is being held at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 3- 4. Approximately 300 students from ten universities are expected to compete in the conference that features concrete canoe races and steel bridge competitions.
Emily Schaffer of Aberdeen is one of the paddlers for South Dakota Tech’s “ Peacekeeper” canoe. Dana Foreman of Winner serves as canoe co- chair for the team, and Mark Mutziger of Yankton will give the team’s canoe paper presentation.
Other area SDSM& T students who will be attending the Regional Conference include:
Chris Baer, Freeman; Jim Cokeley, Scotland; Andy Durbin, Pierre; Casey Einrem, Avon; John Gesick, Marion; Stacey Johnson, Mitchell; and Holly Lipp, Sioux Falls. All are Civil Engineering majors at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
SDSM& T’s student ASCE chapter has a strong tradition of designing and racing concrete canoes. SDSM& T has placed first in eight of the past ten regional competitions and has finished in the top five in nationals three times. South Dakota Tech won the National Concrete Canoe Competition in 1995 and was selected to host the national competition this summer. The winner of the Rocky Mountain ASCE Regional Conference competition will advance to the national competition, which will be held June 18- 20 in Rapid City. The National ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Master Builders, Inc.
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