Two Maritime instructors recognized for accomplishments

TRAVERSE CITY -- Two Great Lakes Maritime Academy faculty members were recognized for their achievements and service to the maritime community at the Great Lakes Waterways Conference held recently in Cleveland.

Deck Instructor Bob Mason was awarded the prestigious Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement. The award is presented by the U.S. Maritime Administration to industry leaders who have dedicated years of serivce and made an extraordinarily valuable contribution to the maritime industry.

Also at the conference, Deck Instructor and Training Ship State of Michigan Captain Michael Surgalski was appointed a captain in the United States Maritime Service. Both Mason and Surgalski received their distinctions from U. S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda.

Both are longtime Academy instructors. Mason joined the Academy in 1979 and Surgalski in 1995.

"Our cadets already know of Bob and Mike's dedication to the industry. We're pleased to see them both receive this well-deserved recognition," said Academy Superintendent Jerry Achenbach.

About the Great Lakes Maritime Academy: The Academy prepares college students to become merchant marine officers and business professionals in the global marketplace. The training ship State of Michigan is utilized daily as a floating classroom and hands-on learning environment and sets sail throughout the academic year to reinforce the skills taught shoreside. As cadets progress through the Academy, they learn the maritime industry first hand by completing essential sea time aboard commercial ships of the Great Lakes and oceans.

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Release date: March 6, 2012

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