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UGPTI to Host Annual Awards Banquet

Posted: Oct 4, 2006

The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU will host its 11th Annual Awards Banquet Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

The event will feature recognition for several individuals who have provided leadership in the transportation industry in the region and or make significant contributions to programs at NDSU.

The institute's highest award, the Agrey Award, will be presented to Lloyd Thompson. Thompson is chairman of the board for Border States Paving, Inc. of Fargo. He founded the company in 1973 and under his direction the company preformed some of the first asphalt recycling projects in North Dakota and has done a significant amount of asphalt paving in the region. Thompson was also instrumental in establishing a curriculum in construction management and engineering at NDSU and was given an honorary doctorate from NDSU.

The Chairman's Award will recognize three individuals who helped develop NDSU's new Masters of Military Logistics Program. Lieutenant General Claude Christianson is director of logistics at the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. . Lieutenant General Jerry Sinn is Military Deputy for Budget for the Assistant Secretary of the Army. Major General Michael J. Haugen is the recently retired adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Kenneth Casavant, a professor in agricultural economics at Washington State University and an adjunct professor at NDSU. Casavant earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural economics from NDSU in 1965 and 1967. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in agricultural transportation, marketing and policy.

The institute will also present four scholarships to NDSU students. The Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship recognizes academic achievement and interest in agricultural transportation and logistics. Kimberly Spear of Fargo and Chris Duchsherer of Drake, N.D., will receive the award. They are both seniors in agribusiness and applied economics. The University Transportation Center Engineering Scholarship recognizes academic performance and an interest in transportation. The scholarships will be presented to Amy Hardy of Ellendale, N.D., and Jason Mayfield of Fargo. Hardy is a junior and Mayfield is a senior. They are both majoring in civil engineering.

The banquet opens with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. For more information or to make reservations call (701)231-7767.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Oct. 4, 2006

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