October 2018 Print

President's Message

October is a busy month for ASLA.  The WI ASLA Annual Meeting, the ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, transition of WI ASLA officers and committee chairs, advocacy, a fish boil, and planning for the WI ASLA Board Retreat take center stage on the calendar. 

We look forward to a crisp fall evening tinged with seasonal color at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for the WI ASLA Annual Meeting October 11. The expanded program includes continuing education credits and a more robust Fall Social.  We hope to see you there!

If you will be in Philadelphia for the ASLA Annual Meeting, let us know, or find us at the UW-Madison Alumni Tailgate table on October 20th.  Even if you are not a UW-Madison grad, it is an easy way to find other Wisconsinites and meet the UW-Madison students, who always represent Wisconsin well. 

Advocacy efforts are ongoing as we talk to legislators and officials from the Department of Safety and Professional Services about landscape architecture and the importance of licensure. As part the advocacy effort we are inviting members, emerging professionals, and allied professionals to the WI ASLA Fish Boil October 28th. It is an opportunity to talk about advocacy and spend an evening with good food and good company networking with our allied professionals as well as emerging professionals and members.

Finally, November 6th is quickly approaching. Regardless of your affiliations, make sure you participate in the democratic process and vote!

Pull out the sport coats and Happy Fall!


Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President

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Please let us know if you have been selected to serve on an ASLA national committee. WI ASLA has a strong tradition of our members serving at the national level and we want to recognize those individuals.  If you are on a committee and not interested in recognition, note that in your email.

Email your name and committee to Jonathan Bronk before Oct 10th

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Student Chapter/UW DPLA News

The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture just completed its first year as a ‘new’ department within the College of Letters and Sciences at UW Madison. The program will remain housed in Ag Hall for the foreseeable future. You can explore the department’s new website at www.dpla.wisc.edu to see the new administrative structure and read the latest news. Many things will remain the same, such as the annual Jensen-Longenecker Banquet, the Career Fair, and the core of the professional LA program.

However, the professional program degree has a new name: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA). In the past, the BSLA was used in the discipline to distinguish a 4-year degree from a 5-year BLA. As many 5-year programs have now changed to 4-year programs (a trend that is likely to continue), the distinction has become irrelevant. This new name will help to distinguish the professional design program from the forthcoming BA/BS degree, which many of you remember as the “natural resources” or “non-professional” degree. So, don’t be alarmed if you hear the BSLA is being discontinued; it’s only because everyone is transitioning to the new BLA degree.

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Our BLA is due for reaccreditation in fall 2019. In preparation for the team visit, we will be putting together our program self-study, which will be preceded by an alumni survey. So, look for that later this fall or early spring. We don’t have any concerns about the program; in fact, we’re happy to have added an Advanced Visual Communications course and to have better access to courses in the professional MS-Urban and Regional Planning program. Our graduates are finding good jobs and the feedback we are getting from them is that the program has prepared them well.

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Congratulations Shawn Kelly, Distinguished Faculty Associate!

Shawn was recognized by the department and the university as a Distinguished Faculty Associate. The distinguished prefix is “reserved for a small number of academic staff (at the senior level or top level of their title series) whose superlative accomplishments are evidenced by peer recognition beyond the work unit.” Please congratulate Shawn for this long-deserved and well-earned recognition!

You may also remember that Shawn has nearly completed his year as ASLA President-Elect and will start his term as President during the Annual Meeting next month.

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Shawn Kelly Landscape Architecture Fund

A new endowed fund was created in 2018 “to foster and support advances in the teaching and practice of Landscape Architecture in honor of Professor Shawn Kelly.” The $25,000 gift is from former student, Rachel Raggatz Truscott, and her husband, Marq Truscott, FASLA. The donors wish to support our students directly and the funds may be used for a variety of student- or faculty-initiated project types that engage students in developing the skills necessary for the professional practice of landscape architecture. You may donate through the University of Wisconsin Foundation (https://secure.supportuw.org/give/) using this fund name and number: Shawn Kelly Landscape Architecture Fund - 132540067

Thank you Rachel and Marq for your generous and meaningful support of our Wisconsin students!

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2018 WI ASLA Annual Meeting / 10.11.2018 / RSVP by 10.7.2018

You are cordially invited to join us October 11, 2018 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for the 2019 WI ASLA Annual Meeting. Continuing education, the Fall Social, dinner, and a recap of what WI ASLA has been up to over the past year are on the agenda. Registration is complimentary for WI ASLA Members. Register at WIASLA.com  

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Save the Date/2019 WI ASLA Spring Conference: Feb 27-28

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NEW DATE! / WI ASLA FISH BOIL: Oct 28, 2018 / RSVP by Oct 22

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Save the date! Our next LARE review session is scheduled for early February at the Pyle Center in Madison. The session will run Friday evening 6-9 pm and Saturday 9-5 pm. If anyone is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact WI ASLA for more information.

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Recap: WI ASLA Park(ing) Day / 09.21.2018

Another Park(ing) Day is in the books!   Despite the windy conditions, we had a good visitor turnout and a record number of volunteers helping thanks to the UW-Madison ASLA Student Chapter. If you did not get a chance to see the WI ASLA parklet or those from other ASLA Chapters, go to your favorite social media account and type in #ASLAPD18.  You will then see what you’ve been missing out on!

Park(ing) Day is a fantastic opportunity to engage policy makers and the public about what we do as landscape architects.  If you are interested in helping next year, please reach out to us.  Anyone can participate in Park(ing) Day and we challenge firms and landscape architects in Wisconsin to participate next year.  Contact WI ASLA if you need help getting started.

Thank you to Jared Vincent and Audra Lofton for leading this year’s Park(ing) Day effort.  Thank you to Saiki Design for hosting the UW-Madison Student Chapter as they painted our new decking system and giving them a tour of your studio.  Thank you to the UW-Madison Student Chapter for their help with painting, set up, take down, and participating in Park(ing) Day.  Thank you also to our generous sponsors:



Maglin Site Furniture

Donations and support generously provided by:

The Bruce Company of Wisconsin Inc.
Tectura Designs (Wausau Tile)
Gerber Leisure Products
Saiki Design

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WAEE Board Member Nominations / 11. 9.2018

The statewide membership of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) is seeking nominations for 3 new board members for it’s 11-person board.  Board members each serve a three-year term. WAEE's board coordinates all activities of the organization and provide energetic and forward-looking leadership to its membership. Board meetings are held 4-5 times per year, two in conjunction with the annual conference and winter workshop and the remaining via Zoom.

Board candidates are either self-nominated or invited by others to run for election. Each candidate completes a nomination form describing their background, experience, and goals for the organization.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Attend at the majority of annual board meetings.
  • Attend the Board Retreat in Spring 2019 (dates to be announced).
  • Actively serve on at least one WAEE committee each year.
  • Be an ambassador and active team player for the organization.
  • Serve on at least one Annual Conference committee during the three-year term.
  • Communicate with WAEE members as their representative on the board.

Nomination form - Deadline November 9

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