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April 15, 2010

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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Reklaw Resident Earns Awards for UT Tyler in Regional Concrete Canoe Competition

UT Tyler’s Men’s Endurance Paddlers (Cortland Jones, Owen Sanderson and Clint Morrison)

UT Tyler’s Men’s Endurance Paddlers (Cortland Jones, Owen Sanderson and Clint Morrison)

Cortland Jones of Reklaw, a junior at The University of Texas at Tyler, was a member of the UT Tyler American Society of Civil Engineering Student Chapter which won several awards during the 2010 ASCE Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition held in Austin.

With this year’s canoe entry, “The Force,” the 20-member team placed second overall in competition out of 10 teams, besting universities such as Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, UT Austin and UT El Paso. UT Tyler received second place in oral presentation, third place in technical design report, third in women’s endurance race and first in the men’s endurance race, which Jones also participated.

“This year’s team earned respect for UT Tyler from all of the other engineering schools in attendance and leaves the competition with both pride in a job well done and hope for next year’s competition,” said Dr. Ronald Welch, UT Tyler Department of Civil Engineering chair. “UT Tyler has never finished lower than second in their three years of competing.”

Participants build canoes with concrete and are judged in four categories: technical design report, oral design presentation, canoe final product and racing.

Last year, UT Tyler advanced to nationals by placing first and finished in the top 20 of all entries in the nation with their canoe entry “The Krewe of Rex.”

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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