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To keep everyone fully informed about activities at ASLA, LAND will run these periodic updates to highlight recent actions and accomplishments by topic area.

Governance and Administration
The 2013 slate of candidates for ASLA office was announced in LAND. They are: President-Elect, Vaughn B. Rinner, ASLA, and K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA; VP Education, Bernard L. Dahl, FASLA, and Sara Katherine Williams, FASLA; VP Government Affairs, Craig C. Coronato, FASLA, and Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA; and VP Communications, Pamela J. Linn, ASLA, and Keith P. Wilson, ASLA. 


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President Tom Tavella, FASLA, and President-Elect Mark Focht, FASLA, visited ASLA headquarters for the 2013 planning meetings and the Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee (AMEAC) meeting. Tavella presented to staff about his career highlights, and both attended an event at the National Building Museum with EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. They also split duties on Friday evening with Tavella attending the AMEAC dinner and Focht attending the inaugural of the new AIA president. On Saturday, Tavella chaired the AMEAC meeting (see more in the Education Programs section). Tavella remained in town for the December 10–11 design charrette to advance ASLA’s proposal for a green and complete street in front of headquarters.

Prior to this, President Tavella hosted nearly 150 potential volunteers from all over New England at a reception and meeting last Tuesday evening in Boston to brief them on the 2013 annual meeting and how they can contribute. Staff presented background on attendance, education and field sessions, logistics, and the ASLA/ACE Mentor Program Legacy Project. This is the largest group of volunteers on record to show up for a kickoff meeting.

On November 30, President-Elect Focht participated in the green infrastructure session at the National League of Cities conference in Boston. On the panel were a city councilwoman from Kansas City, the director of the Milwaukee Sewer Authority, and the public works director for the town of Franklin, Massachusetts.

Immediate Past President Susan Hatchell, FASLA, moderated a panel on Urban Parks at the Association of Architecture Organizations meeting in Dallas in early November. The panel consisted of Charles McKinney from New York City parks; Renee Loth from the Boston Globe; Linda Owen, former president of the Klyde Warren Park; and Mark Banta, current president of the Klyde Warren Park. The park, which bridges a major highway and unifies the downtown Arts District, had opened only days before the conference. There was a great discussion on the environmental, economic, and social benefits of urban parks in New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas, as well as ideas on how private/public partnerships can be used to leverage these types of projects in design, construction, and operations. James Burnett, FASLA, landscape architect for Klyde Warren Park, was the keynote speaker, and Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, was also on a panel.

During the November 20 Executive Committee conference call, the seventh Student Affiliate chapter was approved at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The school offers a bachelor’s and a master’s in Fine Arts. Program enrollment is currently over 50 students.

Education Programs
The Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee (AMEAC) met at ASLA headquarters December 8 to prepare for the launch of the ASLA 2013 Annual Meeting and EXPO Call for Presentations, which opened on December 12 and closes on February 6, 2013. ASLA President and AMEAC Committee Chair Tavella and Education Programs Director Susan Apollonio facilitated the meeting. Apollonio also presented along with Publishing and Resource Development Managing Director Ann Looper, Meetings Director Joyce Depass, Professional Practice and Information Managing Director Susan Cahill, and Education Programs Administrator Maryellen Grant. Associate Manager of Meetings Jennifer White will also participate in the meeting.

The Committee on Education met via conference call and began drafting a short survey to go to the accredited programs of landscape architecture each year during the fall term. The initial purpose of the survey is to present an overview of the current status of landscape architecture education to help inform ASLA. Over time, the goal will be to have a benchmarking tool. The projected delivery date of the first survey is late December to early January.

The LA CES™ monitoring process is under way and will continue into early January 2013. Thirteen active providers have been notified that their course activities will be monitored to ensure compliance with LA CES guidelines and procedures is being met.

Public Relations and Communications
ASLA’s latest animation—Designing Neighborhoods for People and Wildlife—has been launched, completing the series and receiving wide interest from the media and like-minded organizations.

Chapter representatives for the Public Awareness campaign met via a webinar and endorsed the idea of making 2013 a year focused on public service. In addition to already slotted activities, the National Park Service (NPS) is very interested in partnering to conduct charrettes around the country to identify new opportunities for open spaces or plan remediation of compromised ones. NPS will handle logistics and collaterals; the chapters’ role is to recruit the relevant participants as well as the public. All activities will be captured online in a database and will be actively promoted to the local press as they occur, then [TO?] national at year’s end, positioning the profession as dedicated to the public good. Interested? Contact your chapter leadership to learn more.

Jesse Leyh has joined the PR and Communication team web and graphic designer. Leyh moved to D.C. from Philadelphia to take the post after doing freelance design work there. In addition to keeping on top of the ever-changing website, he will develop support collaterals for chapters and other departments and work on tying the ASLA graphic image together.

Landscape Architecture Magazine
LAM received a silver medal and four bronze medals for its five nominations in the 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Awards sponsored by Folio:, the magazine of the magazine industry. The event took place in New York on November 14. The silver medal in best feature design went to “Morocco’s Spell” from February 2012; that feature also won a bronze medal for best use of photography. Other bronze medals were for best feature design for “Skatepark Unintended,” also in February 2012; best cover for August 2011; and best full issue for September 2011.

Finance
The auditors Watkins Meegan were in the office last week performing Interim Tests and Risk Assessments. All work went as planned with no exceptions or concerns noted. The audit fieldwork is scheduled to be performed February 18 through March 1.

Government Affairs
Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell and Manager Kevin O’Hara met with representatives of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and American Rivers to discuss continued collaboration on promoting the use of green infrastructure in Congress and with the Obama administration. Topics included the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, a potential Environmental Protection Agency national stormwater rule, and the recent White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Green Infrastructure summit.

ASLA has joined with allied transportation organizations in signing a letter to President Obama urging him to work with congressional leaders to include transportation infrastructure investments in any end-of-year budget agreement.

Publishing and Resource Development
The December issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features the first product directory the magazine has published on its own in over 10 years. The issue is available on Zinio for free downloading and viewing, and the link will be sent as a gift to ASLA members, advertisers, and allied organizations along with the annual holiday greeting.

Three of the largest sponsors have renewed their commitments for the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting: L. M. Scofield will sponsor the Council of Fellows Dinner and Video; Forms + Surfaces will sponsor the badges and lanyards; and Victor Stanley will sponsor the joint BOT/CPC luncheon. Total EXPO space and sponsorship contracts now total 58 percent of the annual budget goal for 2013.

Glen Cox has joined the staff as a sales manager, filling a vacancy. Cox is a veteran advertising sales representative, most recently with the Townsend Group, where he represented Parks and Recreation Magazine, the magazine of the National Recreation and Park Association, among several other titles.

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