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( April 12, 1997)
SDSM& T STUDENTS FROM BLACK HILLS AREA ARE MEMBERS OF TECH CONCRETE CANOE TEAM COMPETING IN 1997 REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Several SDSM& T students from the Black Hills area are members of the South Dakota Tech Concrete Canoe team participating in the 1997 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) being held in Rapid City this weekend. Approximately 300 students from ten universities are competing in the conference, which features concrete canoe races and steel bridge competitions. Black Hills area team members and their hometowns include:
Custer: Michelle Nielsen
Deadwood: Lisa Oberlander
Hill City: Josh Daiss
Kadoka: Paul Oien
Philip: Shane Matt
Rapid City: Mike Anderson
M. R. Hansen ( Faculty Advisor)
Wendell Hovey ( Chair of SDSM& T Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept)
Spearfish: Shane Trautman Sturgis: Charlie Baker
Norway: Benjamin Torvund ( Kviteseld, Norway)
Morten Ottesen ( Straume, Norway)
South Dakota Tech’s team hopes to become the first team to both host and win the Regional Conference. In 1995 the SDSM& T team won the National ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition. SDSM& T’s student ASCE chapter has represented South Dakota Tech seven of the nine years that the national concrete canoe competition has been held. SDSM& T has placed first in seven of the past nine regional competitions and has finished in the top five in nationals three times.
The winner of the Rocky Mountain ASCE Regional Conference competition will advance to the national competition, which will be held June 19- 21 at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. The National ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Master Builders.
The other universities competing in the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference include: Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, U. S. Air Force Academy, University of Colorado- Boulder, University of Colorado- Denver, Utah State University, University of Utah, and the University of Wyoming.
Conference results and photos will be provided upon completion on the competition. Information about conference events also can be obtained from the web site which was set up for the conference. The web page address is: www. sdsmt. edu/ events/ concretecanoe. The web page will be updated periodically throughout the Regional Conference and may be accessed for results and photographs as they occur.
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