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  • 15 May 2014 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Inside:

    • Small UAV approval may still be a long way off
    • Judge rejects LightSquared bankruptcy plan
    • NSPS Radio Hour — May 19, 11 a.m. EDT
    • May is World Trade Month; surveyors will get a peek at exporting in September
    • House defense bill includes procurement reform
  • 15 May 2014 9:07 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Representing the Penn State surveying programs at this year’s Annual NSPS Student Competition is
    from right to left, Matthew Boozer, Brian Halchak, and advisor Dr. Wesley Parks.

    Matt is a senior in the Surveying Engineering Program, while Brian is in his third year in the Concurrent Surveying and Civil Engineering Program. This year’s competition was titled, “ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.” Student teams from eight schools each chose a small site under five acres with at least one permanent building on which to perform an ALTA/ACSM land title survey and complete a variety of forms of project documentation. The survey was to be completed in accordance of the 2011 Minimum Standards for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys with specific Table A items specified by NSPS.

    Brian and Matt, under the advisorship of Dr. Parks, chose a rural site in Mehoopany Township, Wyoming County. This site offered a variety of surveying challenges; including junior/senior rights, non-navigable bounding waterways, possible encroachments, etc. The field work was completed over the course of two weekends from February 8-15. Project deliverables, a final plat and a project documentation binder, were competed on March 5.

    The final project requirement was an oral presentation in front of five judges at the Annual NSPS business meeting held in conjunction with the California Society of Land Surveyors/Nevada Association of Land Surveyors Conference in San Diego, California on April 13, 2014. The five judges were from different state jurisdictions across the United States. Final scores, while not sufficient to place the Penn State team in the top three, did get the team an honorable mention. Brian and Matt consider the project a huge success based on what they learned and positive feedback from the five judges.

    Matt and Brian would like to thank PSLS for aiding in the opportunity for us to test our surveying abilities at this year’s NSPS Student Competition in San Diego.

  • 15 May 2014 9:06 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Penn State Surveying Student Lands Cover
    & PSLS Earns Ink in Professional Surveyor Magazine

    A fine picture of Matthew Boozer, Penn State Student and PSLS member, graces the cover of the May 2014 issue of Professional Surveyor magazine.

    Matt is the current president of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Surveying Society, 2013-14 PLS Foundation scholarship recipient, and 2nd place winner in the PSLS Annual Student Competition. 

    Matt submitted the photo as part of the PSLS Reaching New Heights initiative during Surveyors' Week. Check out the May 2014 issue of Professional Surveyor featuring PSLS Reaching New Heights. 

    The tagline added above the feature article by PSLS member Brian Naberezny says it all; “Collaboration among Pennsylvania surveyors exemplifies the spirit of the National Height Modernization campaign.” Check it out now!

  • 13 May 2014 1:25 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania DEP and Marcellus Shale Coalition are offering a workshop on Pipeline Erosion & Sedimentation Control Implementation and Maintenance on June 11, 2014.  Click here for complete information.

  • 09 May 2014 10:52 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    PSLS Members Kreiger and Hartman Attend GIS Conference

    PSLS extends thanks to Mike Kreiger and Jim Hartman for proudly representing PSLS at the 2014 PA GIS Conference May 5-7 in State College.

    In addition to being exhibitors, they were presenters. Kreiger sat on a panel discussion titled Needed GIS/Survey Cooperation--New Opportunities to Work Together, and Hartman spoke aboutLegal Descriptions for Real Property in a Deed.
    We appreciate these volunteers for sharing their time and expertise with others in the GIS community!

  • 07 May 2014 4:23 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    In this issue of NSPS News & Views, NSPS Announces the winners of the National Student Competition.  Also included in this issue:

    Members urged to write Congress in support of 3-DEP funding
    Pressure is on FAA to approve small, commercial UAV operations
    Private Flood Insurance
  • 07 May 2014 12:46 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    NSPS posted a press release today with the results of the National Student Competition.  PSLS is proud of our Penn State student members for all of the hard work and dedication that went into this competition.
  • 01 May 2014 12:00 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Penn State Wilkes-Barre is searching for a full-time instructor to teach Surveying, Mathematics and/or Engineering courses as needed by the campus beginning mid-August 2014. For complete information on this position, visit our Employment Opportunities Section under the Calendar/News tab.
  • 01 May 2014 8:03 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    In this issue of NSPS News & Views:
    NSPS Foundation
    Use of GPS in ALTA/ACSM Surveys
    Proposed Change to Clean Water Act
  • 24 Apr 2014 3:09 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors’ (PSLS) president, Adam D. Crews, PLS, donated more than 500 PSLS book bags to support the Lehigh Valley Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program. On behalf of PSLS, he presented the totes to volunteer Beverly Bradley during the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol event at Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center, Bethlehem, Pa., on April 5.

    Volunteers from Cops ‘n’ Kids will distribute the bags to elementary school children participating in the program’s Eighth Annual Celebration of Reading on April 26, and PSLS will be listed as a proud sponsor. Keep an eye on the the Cops 'n' Kids Facebook page for a posting.

    The goal of PSLS’ donation is to encourage reading by providing a means for children to collect books and other educational materials from information stations at the various Cops ‘n’ Kids social activities.

    “PSLS believes in nurturing educational initiatives that help children strive for academic excellence and have fun in the process,” said Crews, owner of Crews Surveying, LLC, Pipersville, Pa. “The Cops ‘n’ Kids outreach helps teach children to be focused, creative, and thoughtful students and future leaders. In years to come, these young people will enter the workforce, and with encouragement from programs such as Cops ‘n’ Kids, they will be ready to think outside the box and make important decisions for their companies and society.”

    Cops ‘n’ Kids is a national nonprofit organization that exists to offer children access to books and the knowledge they provide, positive relationships between children and law enforcement officers, and creative learning opportunities. The organization draws support from a variety of businesses, individuals, schools, and community groups. More information is available at www.copsnkidslv.org.
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