To the student members of the American Society of Landscape Architects,
This March I had the incredible opportunity to attend LABash, the annual conference for students. What an experience! The University of Wisconsin ASLA students did an amazing job programing and orchestrating the event this year. I was further impressed by the quality and diversity of students that I met at this year’s national conference. Students from South Dakota, UC Davis, Arkansas, FIU, Ohio State, and more are really pushing the professionalism of our body to a new level. Additionally, students such as those found at UGA, LSU, Cal Poly, Kentucky, Purdue, and Auburn are pushing the limits not only with how we represent landscape, but also how we think of and talk about the many changing landscapes.
It is for these reasons that I am honored to have been elected by each of your Student Chapter Presidents as the Student Representative to the ASLA Board of Trustees. The caliber and devotion that each of you holds for your student chapters, the national student body, and the profession motivates me to do the best that I can to represent your goals and support your efforts. I have witnessed the motivation that many of you have to grow and better your student chapters and communities. Zachary Foster of the University of Arkansas, Josh Bauman of Ohio State, and Alyssa Black of Massachusetts Amherst are just some of the many students who are looking to expand the reach of our student national body.
Like each of you, my background has greatly shaped the person which I have become today. Quite possibly, the most defining experience in my life has come from being married to my wife Kristen almost ten years now and having our four children. I have an undergraduate in counseling (with three years that were emphasizing youth ministry and preaching) and a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy/professional counseling. I grew up in central Indiana and have spent the past 13 years in Knoxville, TN. Living in Knoxville and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains has influenced me in ways that I never expected. This region has instilled a great appreciation for the beauty of our world and the need to protect our natural resources. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to see what good growth and bad growth looks like through cities like Indianapolis, Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Boston, Louisville, Chattanooga, more recently Madison, and many more.
I look forward to following in the footsteps of Andrew Bernard as the Student Representative. He has laid an incredible framework for the upcoming year and his efforts have well prepared us to continue the growth of our chapters and our national voice. Over the next year I will be working with each of your chapter leaders to tease out the healthy initiatives within our body. I look forward to a collaborative effort that will set us up to enter the profession competently, which helps us to engage our communities through service and seeks the promotion of our profession as the keystone to successful social development.
I can’t wait to see what each of you brings to the American Society of Landscape Architects student body this year! Please reach out at any time and share your ideas, frustrations, and success stories!
A sum is always greater than its parts.
Cameron R. Rodman
The University of Tennessee
MLA Candidate 2015
*(If you should seek to read more about my ideas for the national student body please find my Letter for Consideration and Resume HERE. Or, visit my website at CameronRRodman.com