This is a love letter to each and every one of our wonderful members!
2016 let us do some pretty amazing things as a chapter and I'm honored to have been here for the ride!
what we accomplished in 2016:
- We hosted an awesome National Meeting in NOLA in 2016 including a great Host Booth highlighted by tremendous graphics designed by ASLA LC members displayed in the booth and pocket guide, tours that highlighted landscape architecture in our state, and the most student volunteers of any conference ever covering 100% of volunteer needs at the meeting!
- We saw the largest percentage increase in membership of any chapter in the country last year.
- We hosted one of the best attended ASLA LC State Meetings and Awards Banquet in 2015 at the L’Auberge in BR supported by 10 sponsors, which included presentations from 3 allied professionals, and presented professional awards to 5 firms for 10 projects and one honorary member award to Kerry St Pe highlighted by a dinner presentation from Stan Skalka from Victor Stanley.
- We started a new tradition of ASLA LC Awards Banquet at Hilltop Arboretum in 2015 supported by 8 sponsors, presented professional awards to 4 firms for 8 projects, patron awards to EB Brooks, Sarah Olivier, and John Spain, and Service to the Profession Awards to Haley Blakeman and Max Conrad highlighted by a dinner presentation from Emma Skalka from Victor Stanley.
- In 2016, we had two members, Charlie Fryling and Lake Douglas, receive Fellows designation, one LSU alum, Kurt Culbertson, received the ASLA medal!
- Our members worked with TCLF to produce the What’s Out There Guide for NOLA. We also coordinated with TCLF to jointly honor Sue Turner.
- The chapter was able to support RRSLA by sponsoring students participation in Advocacy Day in Washington DC. Also of note, the last three presidents of the LSU Student Chapter have participated in Advocacy Day.
- The chapter was also able to provide financial support the Neil Odenwald Chair through the LSU Foundation, the new ASLA HQ at the $1899 level for 3 years, the Dan Kiley Exhibit, and the Smart Growth Summit in 2016.
- We enhanced Public Outreach through new ASLA LC website including significant social media presence and hosting the 10 Parks That Changed America premiere at LPB during Landscape Architecture Month.
- And finally, The Legacy Project! There was tremendous work done by members in identifying a site for the Legacy Project with the International School, conducting a charrette to develop a conceptual design, coordinate production of a video highlighting the project, soliciting donations for the project, donating artwork for fundraiser at the national meeting, and transporting donated items from the Convention Center!
A huge thank you to each and every member! We could not have done all this without you!