Academic Challenge Plays Key Role in Growing Scholarship Program

CALVERTON, MD (November 25, 2013) — A student team fielded by the University of North Texas (UNT)  won the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) third annual Intermodal Challenge, earning national recognition for their university through IANA’s growing young professionals development program. The first place award was presented to UNT’s Curtis Pogue, Sarah McLaughlin and Chris Turner at the Intermodal Expo in Houston, Texas. Undergraduate business schools from the Universities of North Texas, Maryland and North Florida (IANA Scholarship Award recipients) as well as Auburn University competed, presenting their research, insight and recommendations on a “hot” intermodal industry issue. A panel of experts judged the teams’ research papers and presentations and selected the winning school.

“IANA’s annual academic competition is an integral part of the Association’s Scholarship Program which continues to be an effective tool in attracting and educating the next generation of intermodal leaders,” said Joni Casey, President and CEO of IANA. Since the inception of its Scholarship Program in 2007, IANA has awarded over $1,000,000 to more than 200 deserving students and a growing number of freight-centric university transportation programs. These grants enable schools like the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business to fund its Supply Chain Fellows program and the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute to offer tuition assistance for its executive master’s degree in Intermodalism. 

“Our students appreciated the opportunity to compete in the IANA Student Challenge and to attend the Intermodal Expo,” said Dr. Brian Sauser, Associate Professor in Marketing and Logistics and faculty advisor for the UNT team. “Thanks to IANA’s scholarship award to the UNT’s Center for Logistics Education and Research, our University is able to further the business and management development skills of promising young professionals. Our student team was exceptional and I am proud of each of them.”

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About IANA

IANA is North America's only industry trade association that represents the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. The association’s mission is to promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue. The association offers valuable information and services specific to the intermodal industry encompassing consensus business solutions that facilitate: operations, regulatory compliance, and policy issue management. IANA's membership roster of over 1,000 members represents the diverse companies critical to moving freight efficiently and safely. IANA provides a discussion forum for the many types of stakeholders along the supply chain, resulting in a strong unified voice advocating the needs of intermodal freight transportation. For more information, visit www.intermodal.org.

About UNT’s College of Business

With more than 5,600 students, UNT’s College of Business is one of the largest business schools in the nation and has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1961.

With 112 full-time faculty members, the college offers 17 undergraduate degrees, 24 master’s degrees and 10 graduate certificate programs. Five centers and institutes in the College of Business create synergy among scholarship, research and teaching. Classes take place in the new 180,000-square-foot Business Leadership Building, which opened in 2011.

Students enhance their learning experience through student organizations, study abroad programs, internships and the Professional Leadership Program to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today's technological and global business environment.

About UNT

As the nation's 24th largest public university and the most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while powering the North Texas region, state and nation through innovative education and research. A student-focused public research university with an emphasis on sustainability, UNT has 12 colleges and schools offering 97 bachelor's, 81 master's and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized.


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