Kentucky ASLA did something a little different this year. As the chapter has become more and more integrated with the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture the chapter has been seeking to find ways to invest in future landscape architects and work to help prepare the future leaders of our profession.
This year KY ASLA sponsored a trip to the National Chapter Presidents Council Meetings, Trustee’s Meetings and Annual Conference in New Orleans for Morgan Dunay, Student ASLA, who was student chapter president in 2016 and has been highly involved in both the student and professional chapters. Because of Morgans hard work, the chapter was able to fund a trip for her to New Orleans, LA to attend the Chapter Presidents Council meetings and we also sponsored Morgan’s conference registration.
For those who weren’t able to make it to New Orleans, the events were fantastic, with dozens of students and Kentucky professionals in attendance, but this one had special meaning as it indicated our chapters growth as we start to focus on helping develop the next generations of leaders in our field – which is really the ultimate mission of ASLA.
We also asked Morgan to describe her experience below:
“I was fortunate enough to attend the 2016 ASLA Conference, CPC meetings, and Trustee meetings in New Orleans this year. The CPC meeting was an eye-opening opportunity, as a student, to see how the leadership in this organization meet and share ideas and methods of how to further improve their state chapters. Along with seeing the idea sharing I was fortunate to make many professional and student connections that will help my professional growth for years to come, as well as improve the University of Kentucky’s ASLA Student Chapter by bringing ideas back to our organization. After the CPC meeting and Trustee meeting, I attended the ASLA National Conference and was able to sit in on Education Sessions. Finally, our entire student group attended the Annual Tailgate and won a tailgate spirit contest which will fund 5 student Conference fees for next year’s ASLA Conference in Los Angeles.
This opportunity was a blessing to me and I was not able to do it without the support of Kentucky’s Chapter of ASLA.”
Thank you Morgan for your hard work and dedication, we are so proud of you and all you will accomplish and are looking forward to helping more students in the future!