T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter
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Thought for the Day….
“The statistics on
sanity are that one in every four Americans is suffering some form of mental
illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, it must be you.”
-Rita Mae Brown
Place like Texas…..
After cow punching for nigh on fifty years, a Texas cowboy went on to his
reward. There was considerable excitement in heaven when he reached the
pearly gates. The arrival of a real Texan cowboy was considered something of
an event in heaven. Saint Peter himself came right over and insisted on
giving the cowpoke a tour.
Things were right friendly-like until the cowboy spotted half-a-dozen
cowpokes staked out like broncos.
"Why are all those men staked out?" he asked Saint Peter.
Saint Peter replied: "Those are cowboys from the Panhandle. Every time we
let them loose, they try to go back to Texas!"
Friendly Texas Advice…..
If you hear a person from a rural area (i.e., the 903 area code) exclaim,
“Hey, y’all, watch this!”…. stay out of his way….these are likely the last
words he will ever say.
In the Crosshairs...
Fall survey classes begin in mid August, so start planning now. The
Chapter has raised nearly $5000 for scholarship purposes this year, and the
Executive Committee would like to spend as much as possible with Chapter 5
members. One idea is to provide the course textbook to any student who takes
one of the 3 courses to be offered at North Lake College this Fall (SRVY 1301
Introduction to Surveying, SRVY 1309 Surveying Measurements, SRVY 1315
Survey Calculations). All courses are 3 hour college credit courses, and
recognized by the TBPLS. Since 2 of the classes use the same book, this is a
double help for students, as the course textbooks can cost anywhere from
$65-100. John Pierce (214/631-7888) has info for those with questions on the
courses to be offered and the available textbook funds. Get your up and
coming office and field staff ready now! Also, there are scholarship monies
available through TSFI…access the link through the
state TSPS website and
complete the application. A little time spent could be worth the effort.
Duncanville H.S. Survey
School is out for the summer, but let’s try to not
forget about this growing survey program in our backyard. The students will
return in August anxious to move forward to learn more survey skills and
increase their awareness of the future opportunities that may lie ahead. The
professionals and firms of Chapter 5 need to actively support and nurture this
program….there are so many ways how you can be part of the solution.
Try to be part of the solution by offering your time and knowledge to these very
motivated students at Duncanville High School. To find out how you and/or your
firm can assist in these efforts, contact John Pierce (email@example.com)
or Bill Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the Rearview
June 10th meeting had 35 in attendance
to hear the presentation by John Clark on new developments in the Field to
Office Data Transfer arena. John rearranged his presentation after our
scheduled speaker was not able to fulfill their commitment. Arborist Dennis
Wade, a first time meeting attendee, won 2 tix to a Rough Rider game
(donated by Lennie Lueker/Winkelmann &
Associates), and Jason Jernigan won two vouchers for Texas Rangers
tickets (donated by Lone Star Record &
Abstract). Our SURPAC raffle raised $98.
The High School Surveying & Mapping Camp was held June 8-11 at Tyler
Junior College. Pacheco
Koch Consulting Engineers sponsored the Sunday night Bowling and
Miniature Golf Night. The Camp hosted 17 high school students (3 girls, 14
guys) including 2 sophomores to be from Garland High School. It was
overheard that the student group was the best one yet, and that they all
were active and enthusiastic participants during the Sunday – Thursday
The 2nd Annual High School Educator’s Retreat was held June 11-13 at Tyler
Junior College. 30 high school and middle school teachers attended this
year’s Retreat to learn about Surveying and how to incorporate surveying
into their math classes and problems. Attendees were welcomed on Wednesday
night with a Fish Fry by the fine folks of Chapter 23 (Bill Wright, Randy
Grubbs, Johnny Ingram, and Danny Smith), followed by welcoming remarks by
TSPS President Coleen Johnson. Several employees of Stanger Surveying (Joey
Stanger, Preston Maxfield, Mike Russell, Shane Nealy, et al) assisted
throughout the week. Teachers got hands-on instruction on setting up
instruments, turning angles, running a bench loop, performing calculations,
learning about GPS, and participating in a geocaching event. Darrell Shine
and Nedra Foster presented a historical perspective of surveying for the
teachers, which was very well received. The SKILLS USA students from
Duncanville H.S. spoke to the teachers about their experience since the
inception of their survey program a year ago. This event will
greatly increase our access to educators across the State, and their
awareness of and partnership with the Surveying profession. Chapter 5 showed
its support by donating $1000.00
to help cover costs. Midwest
Surveyors provided funds for 5 handheld GPS units, which were provided
to all the teachers.
Texas Board of
Professional Land Surveying held its quarterly meeting in Austin on June
9th. One item of interest was the adoption of proposed change to Rule
663.17(b) regarding electronic copies of written descriptions. The new part,
663.17 (b) (3) now reads: (c) In addition, the
surveyor may furnish an electronic copy of a written description provided
that the text is verbatim to that on the certified document retained in the
Trig*Star results are in…..Ryan Dewey of Jasper High School (Plano) with
teacher Jayne Fischer was our local winner and he missed Second Place at the
state competition by 3 seconds. Each was awarded
$500.00 for their efforts.
Vladimir Jovanovic of Flower Mound High School with teacher Mary Walker was
our second place winner. Each was awarded
$250.00 for their efforts.
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