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Turning Points: September 2004

September 1, 2004
Two memorial scholarships announced, Pentax's new subsidiary created, and more.

B. Keith Rochester Jr., founder of Rochester & Associates Inc., Gainesville, Ga., died June 24, 2004. Rochester started his company in 1966, and today the firm specializes in mixed-use, master-planned communities. A scholarship fund has been created at Rochester's alma mater, Southern Polytechnic State University. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist talented students pursuing a career in land surveying. Contributions to the B. Keith Rochester Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Surveying are fully tax-deductible for income tax purposes. Checks should be made payable to the SPSU Foundation and marked for the Rochester Scholarship.

Friends and colleagues of Kenneth J. Osborn (1952-2004) have helped establish the Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to him from donated funds administered by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). As a professional cartographer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Osborn was an outstanding practitioner of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry and geospatial information technology, and a great friend of ASPRS. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and commend college students who display exceptional interest, desire, ability and aptitude to enter the profession of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, or geospatial information and technology. In addition, the scholarship recognizes students who excel at communications and collaboration. A complete description of the awards offered and an application (in PDF format) can be obtained at the ASPRS website, www.asprs.org.

Pentax Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, merged its business systems division with PENTAX Precision Co. Ltd., its surveying instruments division, to create a new subsidiary: PENTAX Industrial Instruments Co. Ltd. This move has been made to further harmonize Pentax's research and development program, grow its industrial product offerings and improve overall company efficiency in this sector. Teruyuki Kakeda, current president of PENTAX Precision Co. Ltd., assumed the position of president of the new company.

PBS&J, Orlando, Fla., acquired W. Koo & Associates (WKA), Orange, Calif. PBS&J is an employee-owned firm that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management and program management services to public and private clients. WKA is a consulting firm specializing in infrastructure improvements for public, municipal, transit, port authorities and private sector projects. WKA joins PBS&J as a division of the firm.

SECO Manufacturing Inc., Redding, Calif., hired Tim Koceski as regional sales representative. Bringing nearly 15 years of experience to SECO, Koceski is a field liaison bet-ween SECO dealers in the U.S. and Canada and the California factory. Among his other sales duties, he is available to assist in training dealers and their customers on the benefits of new and existing SECO products.

URISA's GISCorps, a volunteer-based GIS professional entity with the goal of providing short-term GIS expertise to less developed countries and communities around the world, launched a new website. The site, located at www.giscorps.org, includes information about the history of GISCorps; strategic and operational plans; a volunteer application form; contribution opportunities and much more.

Keith Woodruff is the first certified photogrammetric technologist in the new ASPRS certification program. Woodruff, a photogrammetric CAD specialist, is a compiler and editor for Robinson Aerial Surveys Inc., Hackettstown, N.J.

NovaLIS Technologies, Charlotte, N.C., became an authorized reseller for the ESRI Federal General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule. GSA Schedules, also referred to as the Federal Supply Schedules, provide authorized federal government employees across the United States with a venue to conveniently procure goods and services at the most-favored customer price. Through the ESRI Federal GSA Schedule, NovaLIS offers ESRI's scalable family of commercial off-the-shelf GIS software, training, services and technical support.

MSA, Virginia Beach, Va., a regional consulting firm specializing in environmental sciences, development planning, land surveying, civil engineering and landscape architecture, announced new and returning personnel. MSA hired Michael Slider as a survey technician, Dale Snider as a survey crew chief, and Christian Thomas as a survey instrument operator. Steve Moran returned to the firm as an instrument operator. In addition, Craig Davenport, LS, returned to MSA as a survey project manager and is responsible for client relations, setting project scopes and fees, and performing calculations and review of survey products.

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