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ASLA Show Recap Opening Session The first presentation of the Jot D. Carpenter Medal took place during the Opening Session that also featured a moment of silence for Carpenter and a retrospective that showed pictures of Carpenter from childhood all the way through adulthood. The Jot D. Carpenter Medal is awarded to a Landscape Architect who has made a major impact on the profession. This person must also be a full time or Emeritus faculty member at an ASLA Student Chapter school. Roy H. DeBoer of Rutgers University was the first recipient of the Carpenter Medal. "This is a very moving moment, a culmination," he said. "I want to thank my students for what they have meant to me over the years." The message of this years ASLA show was clearly one of increasing political affiliation at the national and state level. Taking up the banner of "smart growth and livable communities," the ASLA is attempting to ingratiate itself with the congressional leadership by offering itself as an honest broker in the ongoing struggle between environmentalists and developers, the ASLA is seeking to fill the void as a nonpartisan advocate for measured land use. ASLA's efforts in lobbying for CARA and its self-imposed moratorium on genetically engineered horticultural plants were cited as some of the highlights of its legislative activities from the year. A focus on multi-modal transportation and reduced auto dependence are some of the issues slated for the coming session. One of the biggest moments of the opening session was the announcement of the Historic American Landscape Survey, which will partner the national Park Service, the Library of Congress and the ASLA in a project devoted to documenting 350,000 historic landscapes. Kate Stevenson from the National Parks Service and Ford Peatross of the Library of Congress were on hand to seal the deal. Fellows Investure One of the highest honors bestowed by the Associated Society of Landscape Architects is the induction of its Fellows. The ASLA officially inducted its Class of Fellows 2000 during a ceremony held on Saturday, 28 October, at the annual meeting in St. Louis. The honorees included: Ellis L. Antuez, Sierra; Peter Dangermond, Jr., Sierra; Sadik C. Artunc, Louisiana ; Dennis C. Colliton, Great Plains; Dennis J. Day, Prairie Gateway; Dr. Hamid Shirvani, New York; Thomas C. Wang, Boston; Kenneth J. Backman, Great Plains; Michael Wayne Breedlove, Georgia; Steve Estrada, John J. Fernholz, Wisconsin; Richard S. Hawks, New York Upstate; Sara Katherine Williams, Florida; K. Richard Zweifel, Southern California; Dean Cardasis, Boston; Jack Curtis, Connecticut; Jon Stidger Emerson, Louisiana; Daniel B. Franklin, Georgia; Susan M. Goltsman, Northern California; Becca Hanson, Washington; Bernard Jacobs, Illinois; Harold Kobayashi, Northern California; Sunny Jung Scully, Potomac; Austin Paul Tao, St. Louis; Anthony Tyznik, Illinois. Gateway Gala The Gateway Gala was held on Sunday evening at the Missouri History Museum from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests danced the night away to the beat of "Motown Sound." Velvet and The Impact Horns have performed together for over 25 years and many of the members have played with The four Tops, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Drifters, Martha Reeves, Natalie Cole and many other Motown favorites. One of the evening's highlights happened when Jan Schach, FASLA, Past President of ASLA, was invited to sing on stage. She got the crowd going with her rendition of "Shake Your Booty." Those who attended were also treated to a variety of St. Louis specialties ranging from Midwestern roast beef and ribs to St. Louis' own Little Italy. Closing Banquet After four days of meetings, galas, and reunions, the closing banquet was a fitting denouement to the frenzy of activity that swept through St. Louis like a whirlwind the last weekend of October. Departing from the goal setting and normal business of the earlier functions, the banquet reflected a quieter, more contemplative mood as the assembled landscape architects gave pause to consider the accomplishments of the profession and its most distinguished members. Carl D. Johnson gave an impassioned speech, thanking friends, associates and mentors who assisted him throughout his 48 years as a Landscape Architect. The ASLA Medal that Johnson received is the highest honor that the ASLA bestows on a member. Governor Parris N. Glendening described what it was like to be one of the first politicians to make smart growth an issue in the state of Maryland. Despite warnings that he was committing political suicide he stuck to his guns and created new awareness for this issue. Glendening received the Olmsted Medal for his outstanding contribution to the environment. The big surprise of the evening was the President's award, which went to Edward J. Olinger, IASLA whose wife happily chimed, "I'm married to someone famous!" Jan Schach concluded the evening as well as her service as president by recognizing her husband and his unflagging support throughout her tenure. Judging from the response to Schach's farewell address she will be sorely missed. Next Year The ASLA and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects will hold next year's Annual Meeting and Expo on September 22-24, 2001 in Montreal, Canada. The theme for the show will be "Common Ground: Culture and Nature".

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