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2014 ASLA Chapter Reports: Indiana ASLA Chapter

The 20th annual INASLA golf outing served as more than a day of golf and social gathering - it was also a fundraiser for the INASLA fund, a scholarship account created to support the ongoing education and professional development of landscape architecture students in Indiana.

Participants pose with the Outside the Box art piece displaying the elements of landscape architecture. The Indianapolis Central Library first showcased the art near the kid's section before it became a traveling exhibit.

(Left to right) INASLA President Stacy Haviland along with Chapter members David Gorden, Scott Siefker and Brian Staresnick visited Washington, D.C. for National Advocacy Day in May. Participants were able to meet with state representatives to discuss relevant issues and show how landscape architects can provide solutions for many of our nation's problems.

Mayor Greg Ballard signed this proclamation declaring April as National Landscape Architecture Month in Indianapolis. It became a traveling proclamation, visiting many local firms and parks.

The Indiana Chapter truly embraced the campaign of "The Value of Landscape Architecture" as well as National Landscape Architecture Month. The Chapter supported more than 32 events statewide with CEU opportunities, awarding more than 200 CEUs to its membership and reinforcing strong bonds with allied professions.

Landscape Architecture in the Library
ASLA Indiana commissioned Outside the Box, a local non-profit organization that assists people with developmental disabilities, to create an art piece that shows many components of landscape architecture. The Indianapolis Central Library showcased the artwork near the kid's section and highlighted landscape architecture publications. It became a traveling exhibit and found its way to several local branches.

Mayoral Proclamation
Mayor Greg Ballard signed a proclamation declaring April as National Landscape Architecture Month in the city of Indianapolis. The proclamation became a traveling exhibit at many local firms.

Earth Day Indiana
Earth Day Indiana is a popular annual event at White River Gardens. The Chapter participated with an interactive educational booth targeted to young audiences. ASLA members assisted kids in building rain gardens while describing to them the profession of landscape architecture. A large painting of the ASLA national logo was signed by everyone who took the time to learn about the profession. Passersby were encouraged to doodle on the table covering and take information on rain gardens.

Greentown Michiana
The Indiana Chapter held booth space in the Northern Indiana event designed to help create sustainable communities, which attracted landscape architects as well as many allied professions and municipalities. The group participated in roundtable discussions and even spoke with Deputy Mayor Mark Neal of South Bend, Ind.

George Kessler Series
ASLA Indiana promoted the Indiana Landmarks Foundation events during April to celebrate George Kessler, one of the founding fathers of landscape architecture in Indiana and across the country. The chapter sponsored and provided CEUs.

The events included 2 lectures and a bicycle tour of George Kessler sites narrated by landscape architects and historians along the path. Highlights included Kurt Culbertson's lecture focused on history and contemporary relevance of George Kessler's interconnected park and boulevard design for the capital city. James Fadely discussed Thomas Taggart, Mayor of Indianapolis from 1895-1901 and father of Indy's public parks system. This event attracted hundreds of people from all walks of life.

INASLA goes to Washington
Chapter President Stacy Haviland and Chapter members Brian Staresnick, Scott Siefker and David Gorden represented Indiana on National Advocacy Day in Washington D.C., visiting their representatives to discuss relevant issues in the state.

ASLA Golf Outing
This event is always a favorite for Indiana Chapter members to get out, enjoy the beautiful day and raise scholarship money for a landscape architecture student. The 2014 event provided a unique experience for attendees - golfers were able to view a variety of landscape and hardscape installations completed by Smock Fansler Corporation over the past several years, while using private club facilities not normally open to public outings.

ASLA Annual Meeting
The annual meeting is the most attended event each year. This year, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was the opening speaker at Butler University, where 15 continuing educational opportunities were available. Speakers from the allied professions and national ASLA spoke on topics including advocacy and other initiatives.

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