Luckily, not everything that "happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" as the slogan for Sin City now goes, and POB is happy to report on the 2005 American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Annual Conference and Technology Exhibition that took place in Las Vegas March 19-23. About 1,500 attendees "anted up" at the event co-hosted by the California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA), the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors (NALS) and the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WFPS). This year's host venue offered visitors a "sinfully" good array of sunshine, entertainment and social events like no place else, and an impressive lineup of speakers, technical workshops and networking opportunities. More than 70 exhibitors displayed the latest and greatest (and the older, still significant and valuable) technology, instrumentation, products and services. Continuing education credits continued to draw attendees to workshops and technology labs. And numerous individuals found themselves in the spotlight as award winners. Here's a snapshot.
ACSM Awards Ceremony and NSPS Surveying Excellence AwardThe annual ACSM awards ceremony honored the following individuals for the noted awards:
- Matthew P. Gotham, Ferris State University, Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying
- Nicholas Robert Malizia, Clark University, CaGIS Scholarship
- Tae-Suk Bae, Ohio State University, AAGS Graduate Fellowship Award
- Steven J. Novak, Ferris State University, AAGS Joseph F. Dracup Scholarship
- Joseph Ryan LaBranche, University of Maine-Orono; and Buku Saliz, University of Alaska-Anchorage, NSPS Scholarships
- David Gutierrez, California State University, ACSM Fellow Scholarship
- James B. Gillis, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; and Branden Lee Langley, New Mexico State University, Schonstedt Scholarship in Surveying
- Alissa T. Pempek, University of Alaska-Anchorage, Mary Feindt Forum for Women in Surveying Scholarship
- Katie R. Blake, St. Cloud State University, NSPS Board of Governors Scholarship
- Katie R. Blake, St. Cloud State University, Nettie Dracup Memorial Scholarship
- Alissa T. Pempek, University of Alaska-Anchorage, Cady McDonnell Memorial Scholarship
- Steven J. Novak, Ferris State University, Tri State Surveying and Photogrammetry Kris M. Kunze Memorial Scholarship
- Dr. David A. Woodward, Earle J. Fennell Award
Robert E. Church, executive director for the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association, was honored with the NSPS Surveying Excellence Award, proudly sponsored by POB magazine. In his 31-year career, Church has complemented the noble profession of surveying in many beneficial ways. A most notable endeavor, and the one in which we applaud him, is the Abraham Lincoln Surveyor Statue Project. Raising more funds than initially necessary, Church commissioned sculptor John McClarey to create a full-size bronze statue of Lincoln at 25 years old as a surveyor. In addition to overseeing and handling all logistics of the project, including those related to the artists, artwork and specifics of its unveiling on Oct. 4, 2003, Church obtained permission from the Illinois Historic Preserva-tion agency to place the statue on land owned by the state of Illinois. It is estimated that more than one million visitors to the Springfield, Ill., area will learn about land surveying and the role it played in Lincoln's life and career. Sincere congratulations and thanks go to Mr. Church from the staff of POB. For more information on the project, click HERE.