President's Squawk Talk: June Edition

President’s Squawk Talk: June Edition



Squawk Talk June 2016

presented by SCASLA Chapter President
Kathleen Duncan

VID_20160519_152742752 from South Carolina Chapter ASLA on Vimeo.


ASLA Elections Open  Voting closes June 23
ASLA Annual Meeting Registration Open Early Bird ends June 17

State Chapter Elections  Nomination due by June 15th
SCASLA Annual Meeting Registration Opens Soon   Save the Date Aug. 4-6


Transcript Updated May 31, 2016
Video captured May 19, 2016


  • ASLA elevates 28 members to the ASLA council of Fellow for 2016.  Among the members elevated were South Carolina members, Greg Duckworth for Service and Kenny Seamon for Leadership/ Management. ASLA Fellow Profiles
  • The Clemson Department of Landscape Architecture would like to extend Congratulations to our BLA May 2016 graduates: Courtney Collins, Thackston Crandall, Brandon Green, Don Hamilton, Gaines Hunter, Hannah Job, Ryan Koehler, Evan Lawson, Collins Martin and Christa Michaels. We wish you much success!
  • Matt Powers was announced as the Advisor of the Year by the Clemson Dept. of Architecture and Humanities.
  • Advocacy Chair and past president Holley Bloss married Mr. Matt Owings on April 9th in Pawleys Island, SC.  She has also accepted a position and begun working with Earth Design as well.
  • Maria Ghys, our lowcountry regional chair, is now engaged to be married to Mr. Charlie Drawdy Jr.


It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Seamon, co-founder and principal of SeamonWhiteside.  Kenny is among the members this year to be elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows .   Mr. Seamon was a leader in to the landscape architecture community in this state and in the region.  He was a family man, an active member of the community, a mentor and a friend.  SCASLA offers our deepest condolences to all of those that knew and loved Kenny.
Kenneth Ray Seamon Obituary


flying saucer capture26939449891_6b8862b2a6_o10 Parks 4Thank you to all who made WLAM a success in our state.  We hosted 6 events across the state.  We had 14 individual posts to our Facebook page with the “This is Landscape Architecture” blue card.  Additionally I know that some firms were posting #WLAM images to their business pages as well.  Thank you for spreading the news about what it is that we as landscape architects do.  In total, there were 5,000 posts across the globe and over 4 million people reached.  I appreciate every effort that was made to generate interest in our profession through the activities of the past month.



Regional Events
June 14 – Otterbine Lunch & Learn – Hilton Head/Bluffton area – Location TBD
Be on the lookout for upcoming events in your region in June

SCASLA Annual Meeting
Come Hell or High Stormwater
August 4-6 (Thursday-Saturday)
Thursday – Afternoon Tour and Evening Awards Banquet
Friday – All Day Sessions and Reception in the Evening
Saturday – Bike Tour
Registration Opening Soon! Check out our Website for Updates
We are pursuing 10 credit hours of continuing education with NCBOLA and LA CES
Check out our website for more information

Parking Day
September 17
Be thinking of themes/ ideas/ sponsors/ locations you would like to see this.  Please let us know if you would like to help out in any way and we can get you hooked up with others in your area with an interest in participating.


We have a few positions opening up for this election.  They include 2 executive committee positions and president elect.  Executive committee members vote on ASLA business and help coordinate activities and/or committees throughout the year.
This year we are doing nominations a little different.  This year we would like you to submit names of persons that you know are interested or would be well suited for an active role in SCASLA.  Nominations are due by June 15th. We will contact the individual to confirm their nomination and level of interest in participating.  The election committee will then meet to prepare the ballot for election.
Elections will begin July 20 and close August 19
SCASLA 2016 Nominations


The Board of Trustees established two new committees, the Student Advisory Committee and the Associate Advisory Committee. The chairs of each of these committees will serve as a nonvoting representative to the Board. Appointments will be made by President-Elect Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, from individuals nominated by a professional chapter. The online nominations process is now open through June 17. Nominations include a description of the nominee’s qualifications and leadership qualities, plus provide a field where the nominator may insert a statement from the nominee. For more information, contact Member and Chapter Services Managing Director Julia Lent, Hon. ASLA


We have a few ways you can get involved.  We can find a way to fit you in big or small role.  You can dip your toe into the committee or jump right in. Anyone is welcome and we are glad to use your gifts.

  1. Attend events, invite others (members and non-members)
  2. Talk to your co-workers and students about the benefits of your ASLA membership
  3. Post content to our social media and share content from our social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn)
  4. Become an Emerging Professionals Chair
  5. Become our Social Media Liason
  6. Host a viewing party for the “10 Parks that Changed America”
  7. Host tours of your office or job sites or completed projects for students and legislators
  8. Help create, identify funding sources, produce SCASLA video
  9. Coordinate a parking day event with LA’s and allied professionals
  10. Vote in the SCASLA and ASLA elections
  11. Meet with local municipalities to share what Landscape Architects do and how we can better serve them.
  12. Assist in annual meeting (graphic design for programs, create tour maps, create an app, print signs and other materials, transporting speakers, stamp CEU forms the day of, run registration table at the meeting, etc.)
  13. Consider a role on the executive committee
  14. Host/ Coordinate LARE prep session

Conact: Kathleen Duncan             email:      phone: 843.422.8239


ASLA Advocacy Day 2016 was a big success this year.  Bill Eubanks, Trustee; Kathleen Duncan, President; and Josh Tiller, President-Elect advocated with 178 ASLA participants to discuss the National Parks Centennial Challenge Fun and Green Infrastructure in Transportation Projects.  South Carolina Chapter of ASLA met with staff for Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott as well as staff for House Representative Mark Sanford to educate and bring awareness regarding these issues.  Staffers were all very receptive and inquisitive regarding the information we shared.  All agreed to place a copy of Landscape Architecture Magazine in their lobby.  We have received follow up emails with staff.  Each office is receptive to site visits.  Please let us know if you have a project that is about to have a ribbon cutting or a site under construction to which you would like to invite your representative and we can help coordinate that invitation.
ASLA Advocacy Day Press Release


Your membership not only provides you a yearly subscription to our award winning magazine LAM. It provides you a voice with legislators, allied professionals, mucipalities, potential sponsors.  There is strength in numbers.  The larger we are as an organization, the stronger voice we have when it comes to our legislators.  This is directly linked to funding for landscape architecture projects and strength of our license.  As you have seen, North Carolina ASLA has had to go to bat to represent their members in their state to maintain the value and strength of their license.  All across the country, threats to our licensure continue to pop up.  I continue to be reminded that we need to be prepared and united.  Additionally, strong member numbers mean we can secure better speakers for conferences and better deals at hotels.


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