NSPS Surveying Excellence AwardTheodore D. Kemna, LS, of Plymouth, Minn., was honored with the NSPS Surveying Excellence Award, proudly sponsored by POB magazine. Kemna has been active in his state's surveying society since 1985 and was honored as its Surveyor of the Year last January. This is but one of several state awards he has received. Kemna has been the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors president, legislative chair, joint professional committee chair and acted on numerous MSPS committees. Kemna also researched and compiled the 365-page MSPS 50th anniversary history book. He is currently semi-retired from Schoell and Madson where he worked for 36 years. Sincere congratulations and thanks go to Mr. Kemna from the staff of POB.
Student Surveying CompetitionThe third annual student surveying competition was held during the conference. The University of Akron team, "The Rough Riders," winners of the last two years' contests, once again won this year's surveying competition. The group has also been invited to be re-enactors at some of the notable Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Signature events spanning the Lewis & Clark Trail until 2006.
Surveying Sports Competition"Let 'er out and do 'er up." That was the direction University of Akron, Ohio, student Joel Metzger gave to the Survey Chain Throwing contestants at the annual Surveying Sports Competition held on April 20 at the ACSM-TAPS Conference. Continuing its annual sponsorship, POB magazine supported the seventh annual game of chain throwing and coordinated a first place prize with Allen Precision Equipment of a $300 gift certificate. Honors went to Ferris State University student Paul Heintz of Gladwin, Mich., who won out over the other contestants with a time of 46 seconds, which is the same recorded time as last year's winner. Runners-up Marvin Myers of Ferris State University and Marian Clark, PhD, of East Tennessee State University, clocked in at 49 and 51 seconds, respectively. Both received a POB hat and T-shirt.
To view various session papers presented at the conference, and to view the 2004 scholarship recipients, click to www.acsm.net.