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Arboriculture Team Competes at TCI Expo

Posted: November 11th, 2011

On 4 November 2011, The UMass Arboriculture Team competed in the16th annual Student Career Days skills competition at TCI Expo in Hartford, CT. Team members Ethan Dangelo, Dave Golon, Alex Julius, Jason Sigman, and Bryan Westlake are all students in the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program.  Dave  took first place in the knowledge exam in the men’s division; and Alex, a graduate student, won the overall competition in the women’s division, placing first in the throwline, belayed speed climb, and knowledge events. Alex is studying tree worker safety with Dr. Brian Kane, the Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor of Commercial Arboriculture. Her M.S. thesis research has investigated compliance of commercial tree care companies with the industry’s safety standard. This was the 16th annual student competition at TCI Expo, a national trade show and educational meeting for arborists and urban foresters. More information about Student Career Days can be found at:  http://www.tciaf.org/StudentCareerDays.aspx.