November 2017 Vol. 72 No. 11


Sporting Clay Event Raises Money For North Texas UCTA Chapter

The North Texas Chapter of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) eld its annual sporting clay event at the Elm Fork Shooting Sports Complex in Dallas.

The chapter raised more than $11,000 dollars from the contest, exceeding its goal of $10,000. The money will support the scholarships given by the chapter to children and dependents of its members. Last year, the association gave seven scholarships of $1,000 each, in addition to supporting the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education (CUIRE) at the University of Texas at Arlington.

“When we first held this contest in 2011, we never thought that we would be able to offer this many scholarships,” said Donald Lange, P.E., committee chair for this event. “It means a lot to our members and their kids. Moving forward, we hope to increase our investment in the community.”

At the August luncheon, UCTA North Texas awarded $7,000 in scholarships.  The seven recipients were: Kaitlyn Ray, Paetyn Peterie, Mason Dillard, Jacob James, Harrison Wendland, Katherine Dillard and Maria Box. Each was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

The scholarship committee was chaired by Matt Penk; members included Tony Almeida, Craig Crowder and Todd Reck.

The shooting clay event, on Sept. 22, attracted 108 shooters from various firms in the engineering and construction industry. In the team competition, Garver took first place with an average score of 82 (out of a possible 100), while Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) came in second with 75 points. Carollo Engineers took third place.

In the individual competition, Will Chism of the LAN team took the top male honors with an impressive 94 points, and Ellen Carpenter from CP&Y Inc. was the top female shooter with 41 points.

More than 15 companies sponsored the event, including Sharp Shooter-level sponsors CP&Y Inc. and Pure Technologies, with Halff Associates Inc. stepping up as food sponsor.

  • Other sponsors included:
    Marksman – BGE, Cleanserve LLC, DFW Infrastructure Inc., Freese and Nichols, Insituform, McCain Waterworks Marketing, RJN Group, RPS, Schnabel Engineering
  • Marshall – LNV
  • Student Volunteer – CUIRE

The Underground Construction Technology Association was founded in 1992 to promote education, training and research in the development of technologies relating to underground construction, rehabilitation and asset management.


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