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Institute to honor four transportation leaders

Four transportation leaders will be honored Oct. 8 when the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute holds its annual awards banquet at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Honorees include Steve McCormick Sr., executive vice president of Northern Improvement Co.; Delta Daggett, longtime leader in the trucking industry and former head of Daggett Truck Line of Frazee, Minn.; David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota Adjutant General and former North Dakota director of transportation; and Terry Placek, comptroller proponency program manager and chief, Comptroller Proponency Office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Army.

The institute also will award two $1,500 scholarships to civil engineering students. Garrett Brunell, a senior from Elk River, Minn., and Thomas Kading, a senior from Park Rapids, Minn., will receive Transportation Engineering Scholarships. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and promote the education of transportation students at NDSU and are funded by the Mountain-Plains Consortium, an NDSU led consortium of universities working together under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers Program.

The banquet will begin with a social at 5:15 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available from Kathy McCarthy at 1-7767.

McCormick will receive the John M. Agrey Award. The award recognizes and honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the state of North Dakota, its citizens and its business community through involvement in transportation.

Daggett will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has had a distinguished career in a transportation- related field and who has exhibited longterm professional excellence in the field of transportation.

Sprynczynatyk will receive the Chairman’s Award. The award honors an individual for contributions to transportation research, education and outreach at NDSU, and contributions to the viability of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The award recognizes Sprynczynatyk’s leadership as chair of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’s advisory board from 2003-06.

Placek will receive the 2009 Special Achievement Award for Education. The award recognizes her expertise, advice, on-going support and tireless promotion of the transportation and logistics academic programs at NDSU.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Sep. 30, 2009

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