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Last Call for ASLA Committee Service!

Deadline has been extended to midnight on July 12, 2013.

Over the next several weeks, President-Elect Mark Focht, FASLA, will be considering appointments for committee service during his term as ASLA President (November 18, 2013–November 24, 2014). To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees listed below, please respond by email to corporatesecretary@asla.org, indicating the group(s) of interest to you. A few brief comments on your interests and experience would be helpful as well, but professional commitment and the desire to contribute through ASLA committee service is all that is required.


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ASLA committees support Board of Trustees-approved programmatic objectives by (1) performing specific functions, e.g., the Professional Practice Committee is charged with reviewing and providing input on ASLA professional products, programs, and services; or (2) providing member expertise and input on issues and programs, e.g., the Government Affairs Advisory Committee provides member input on issues that affect the profession and helps determine ASLA’s legislative priorities.

Committee chairs direct the activities of the group in coordination with staff and in accordance with the board-approved Annual Operating Plan and the committee charge. Staff is responsible for coordinating committee activities, including committee communications, and working with the chairs to set agendas. The frequency of committee conference calls, meetings, and correspondence depends on the nature of the work. The ASLA national officers serve as Executive Committee liaisons and are available to assist chairs and committees as needed. Terms range from one to three years and begin and end when the president assumes office at the conclusion of the annual meeting.

Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committe
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The committee makes recommendations to staff for invited continuing education sessions, and reviews and evaluates submissions to the annual meeting call for presentations. Terms are for three years and are staggered to maintain continuity. The committee has one meeting, usually in Washington, D.C., late in the year, and meets by conference call as needed.

Archives and Collections Committee
The Archives and Collections Committee provides member input and works with staff on maintenance of and access to the Society’s official records and archives. Terms are for one year, and members are often reappointed to maintain project continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets monthly via conference call and at the annual meeting. In the upcoming year the committee will continue to review and work with staff on enhancing the archiving guidance documents for landscape architects and chapters as well as expanding the list of archival collections related to landscape architecture.

Audit Committee
The committee oversees the Society’s annual audit and provides independent oversight of its finances, internal control procedures, and accounting, reporting, and compliance practices. Members are limited to chapter trustees, members of the Finance and Investments Committee, and one financial expert who may or may not be an ASLA member. Terms are for two years and staggered, and outgoing members are not eligible for reappointment for at least three years. The committee meets at midyear, at the annual meeting, and via conference call as required.

Committee on Education (COE)

The Committee on Education supports ASLA education programs, and promotes collaboration and information exchange with allied organizations including LAAB, CELA, CLARB, and NAED, in support of ASLA strategic objectives. The committee may be assigned special projects as needed. Appointments are for two-year terms. The COE meets quarterly by conference call. .

Constitution and Bylaws Committee
The committee maintains and interprets the ASLA constitution and bylaws and administrative policies, advises the Board of Trustees on matters of governance and policy, and assists sponsors of proposed amendments. Terms are for three years and are staggered to maintain continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets via conference call as frequently as business demands.

Emerging Professionals Committee
The committee provides member review and input on Student, Student Affiliate, and Associate Member programs and services; promotion of the benefits of ASLA membership; and communication with and among all emerging professionals, ASLA chapters, and student chapters. Terms are for one year, and the committee meets at least quarterly by conference call and at the annual meeting. The 2014 committee goals include providing an education session and hosting a portfolio review for students and emerging professionals at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Denver and developing a chapter mentor program model. The committee will also survey the chapters regarding emerging professional chapter interest groups, connections with alumni, and student chapters. The committee is responsible for the student and emerging professionals web page content.

Ethics Committee
Members must be individuals who are extremely thorough and discreet in their committee work. The committee receives and processes complaints, recommends code amendments to the Board of Trustees, and educates members about ethics issues. Appointments are for three years and staggered to ensure continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets via conference call as often as needed and during the annual meeting.

Finance and Investments Committee
The Finance and Investments Committee advises the Board of Trustees on matters concerning ASLA’s financial management. Members must be skilled in business practices and informed about ASLA’s financial status and condition. Terms are for three years and staggered to provide continuity. The committee meets monthly by conference call and at the annual meeting.

Government Affairs Advisory Committee

The committee provides member review and input on issues that affect the profession and helps determine ASLA’s federal legislative priorities. The committee will continue to implement the set of federal priorities for the second year of the 113th Congress, as determined by the ASLA federal priorities process. The committee will also help establish the agenda and other details for ASLA Advocacy Day 2014. Terms are for two years and staggered for continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets monthly via conference call and at the annual meeting.

Honors and Awards Advisory Committee

The committee recommends the slate of jurors for the professional and student awards programs and reviews and makes recommendations for updating or altering, when necessary, all of ASLA’s awards and honors programs. Terms are for two years and staggered to provide continuity. The committee meets via conference call as needed. During their term of service, members of the Honors and Awards Advisory Committee and their firms/organizations/agencies may not be considered for the medal awards, Firm Award, or Community Service Award.

Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) Editorial Advisory Committee

Committee members provide the editor with ongoing intelligence from landscape architecture practice and education to help maximize the magazine’s editorial relevance to the profession. Members serve two-year terms that are staggered to maintain continuity. The committee meets monthly by conference call and during the annual meeting.

Leadership Development Committee

Committee members develop, implement, and monitor plans to identify potential and emerging leaders with attention to diversity of practice type, gender, and ethnicity; and develop, implement, and monitor plans to encourage participation and guide development through the leadership ladder of ASLA. Appointments are for one year, and the committee meets via conference call three to four times a year. The committee creates leadership development resources for the chapters including identifying web tools, producing the bimonthly Leadership Links email, and presenting a leadership theme presentation for the Chapter Presidents Council at its annual meeting.

Licensure Committee

The Licensure Committee provides member review and input on current and developing licensure advocacy materials and national and chapter outreach efforts. In the next year, the committee is focusing on supporting chapters to defend against deregulation attempts and creating new tools for landscape architects to fight restraints to practice. Terms are for two years and staggered for continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets monthly via conference call and at the annual meeting.

Licensure LARE (Landscape Architecture Registration Examination) Prep Subcommittee

The LARE Prep Subcommittee develops resources and materials in support of those preparing to take the licensure exam and assists ASLA chapters in promoting the benefits of licensure, offering LARE review workshops, and otherwise mentoring exam candidates. With the changes to the LARE, the subcommittee is developing resources to assist candidates and looking for methods to provide support to candidates across the country. Appointments are for one year. The subcommittee corresponds by email and meets monthly via conference call and at the annual meeting.

Member Services Committee

Committee members advise the staff and leadership on member recruitment and retention efforts; new programs and services for ASLA members and chapters; and professional membership qualifications, admission procedures, and privileges. Appointments are for one year, and the committee meets at least quarterly by conference call and during the annual meeting. The committee is responsible for producing the monthly Membership Minute email and quarterly chapter membership chair calls. The 2014 committee goals include brainstorming ideas related to creating chapter membership marketing resources and tools, identifying benefits and recognition for long-term ASLA membership, and communicating the value of membership to members and prospective members.

Policy Committee
The Policy Committee formulates ASLA policy on matters of professional interest and concern and regularly reviews and updates ASLA public policy statements. Terms are for two years and staggered to maintain continuity. The committee meets by conference call as frequently as business demands and at the annual meeting. There is a significant amount of research involved, and writing skills are an asset to this committee.

Professional Practice Committee (PPC)
The committee provides member review and input on specific practice needs and ASLA products, programs, and services. Appointments are for one year. PPC subcommittees include Specifications Review; Business Owners Support, including standard form contract development; Professional Practice Academics; and Firm Technology. The subgroups conduct a significant amount of work via email and by conference call. The full committee meets quarterly by conference call and at the annual meeting. In the upcoming year the committee will continue to work with ARCOM Masterspec to review and update the landscape library specifications; work with staff, legal, and insurer review to develop additional standard form professional services agreements; seek periodic input from professional practice course instructors to continue to expand and enhance teaching resources and information; work to develop a listing of technologies available and what they offer landscape architects in design options and more broadly in accounting, general office management, and project management; and continue to explore the value of building information modeling for site planning and design applications to inform the work of landscape architects.

Public Practice Advisory Committee
Committee members advise leadership and staff on strategies and programs to increase public practitioners’ interest and participation in ASLA and facilitate communication among all practitioners in the public sector. The committee will continue to work to increase the public’s knowledge of public sector landscape architects by interviewing public design practitioners as part of the LAND Policy Shaper series and working with staff to develop information pieces. It also will assist with outreach efforts spotlighting the different roles landscape architects play in public policy and design of public space through transportation system planning, green infrastructure, health care, and historic preservation and will provide students with pertinent career development information. Appointments are for one year, and the committee meets monthly by conference call and during the annual meeting.

Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee
The committee advises staff on development, implementation, and evaluation of media relations strategies, publicity materials, and outreach activities; helps identify members with expertise in various issue and practice areas to represent the profession to the media; and provides member review and input on ASLA web resources and electronic communications. Terms are for one year, and the committee meets at least quarterly by conference call and during the annual meeting. For the next year, the committee will continue to monitor and advise regarding the ongoing public-awareness campaign, explore implications of various communications metrics, and plot possible future courses of action.

To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees listed above, please respond by midnight, July 5, 2013, to corporatesecretary@asla.org.



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