December 2018 Print

President's Message

The end of the year is a wonderful time, but can also be quite stressful: Intense deadlines, lack of deadlines, late nights, short days, family battles, personal battles, reflection on the past year, fretting over the next year, missing friends, and missing loved ones.

In a season of intense...everything…I hope you find peace and joy.

Practice mindfulness and self-care so you can enjoy the marathon of seasonal festivities ahead with friends and family.

Instead of grappling with any anxiety about the holiday season, try to seek out joy.  Ingrid Fetell Lee describes joy as “the intense, momentary experience of positive emotion -- one that makes us smile and laugh and feel like we want to jump up and down.”

And as we prepare for 2019, ponder how we as landscape architects can create more joy in the world. We have a few ideas up our sleeves to bring a little more joy to our little corner of the world too… stay tuned! 2019 is shaping up to be an inspiring year for WI ASLA.

From all of us to all of you, Happiest Holidays!

Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President

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Demolition of Dan Kiley Landscape in Milwaukee Announced

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a masterfully designed campus whose building, by architect Harry Weese, and landscape, by Dan Kiley, exist in harmonious equilibrium. Despite being an exemplary collaboration between these two masters of their craft, the cultural venue recently unveiled plans to obliterate Kiley’s grid of horse chestnut trees for the sake of a more flexible outdoor space.

Full article and how you can help:  

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2018 Board Retreat (December 8th)

Another successful WI ASLA Board Retreat is in the books! Each year our WI ASLA Executive Board and Committee members devote an entire Saturday to reviewing the last year and planning for the next. It was a long day but so much was accomplished. Plans to Improve member services, strengthen our relationship with the students and LA Program, continue our advocacy efforts, top secret ideas for social events, and a lot of great discussion as only Midwesterners can do...kindly.

There’s always room for more at our table! If you’d like to be more involved, let us know! Reach out to [email protected] for more information on available positions, time commitment, to share ideas, or any other questions. Otherwise stay tuned to our social media pages as we roll out more information in the coming weeks.

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DSPS Occupational Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed this survey! Time will tell what this means for us, but your input was invaluable in helping to protect our licensure. The extraordinary session ended without fanfare as far as licensure is concerned. We’ll keep you updated as we know more.

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Did you Know? Member benefits

Job postings on are FREE for members! View or submit a posting here:

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Student Chapter/UW DPLA News

Congratulations UW DPLA Students- Jury Week is over! We at WI ASLA wish you a restorative winter break.


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2019 Professional Awards Entries Due Jan 11

2019 Professional Awards Entries Due Jan 11

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2019 Spring Conference: Feb 27-28, Italian Community Center, Milwaukee

This year’s keynotes are official! We’re so excited to hear from Diane Jones Allen of Design Jones, Kim Garza of Atlas Lab, and Michael Ford (the Hip Hop Architect) of BrandNu Design.

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“Cup Night" Fundraisers for UW DPLA Students Jan 31 and Feb 14

Stop by the Nitty Gritty (223 N. Frances St, Madison WI) to help raise funds for LA department student initiatives! Fundraising starts at 9pm both nights. Cups are $5, and with the cup comes $1 Miller High Life or $3 double rail mixers (although you can fill your cup with whatever beverage you like). The students will use the proceeds to buy food for student chapter meetings, buy event supplies, to start up and run the ASLA pantry, and to help make up some of the costs of travel and housing for the National ASLA Conference.

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New Member

Welcome Julia Cogger, ASLA!

25 Years

Michael M. Stark, ASLA

Congratulations and Thank You Michael!

Know anyone celebrating a career milestone? Let us know at
mailto:[email protected]

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Lobbying/Legislative Update

Section 6033(e) of the Internal Revenue Code requires 501(c)(6) organizations to disclose to its members what portion of their membership dues are attributable to the lobbying activities of the organization. 50% of the state portion of your membership dues is a non-deductible business expense due to continued lobbying expenses of WI ASLA.

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