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Chapter 5 Scholarship Fund Growing, Assisting Survey Students

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristen Evon
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Chapter 5 Scholarship Fund Growing, Assisting Survey Students

Submitted by Chris Freeman, Chapter 5 member, TSPS Director and TSFI Trustee

Dallas Chapter No. 5 received $1,500.00 in donations to its John F. Pierce Scholarship Fund. Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc. (LTRA) contributed $1,000.00, and Chapter member Chris Freeman donated $500.00. Chris and LTRA had pledged the monies at the April Chapter meeting, hoping to prompt other members and firms to support Chapter 5 survey education efforts. 

The Fund also got a boost with the recently completed 18th Annual Tim Mireur Memorial Golf Tournament, held on May 21.  The Tourney attracted more than 90 golfers, at least 15 Hole Sponsors, and a couple attendees that need to review their scorekeeping skills(the usual suspects). The Scholarship Fund received $3,294.80 after all expenses were paid. TC Crocker from Adams Surveying Company did an excellent job at organizing a fun event that Chapter members look forward to every year, and that ultimately benefits many Dallas area surveying students.

For years, Chapter 5 has offered its members and their employees the opportunity to utilize the Chapter scholarship monies to help pay for survey related educational expenses, even making the scholarship monies available to employees of Chapter 2 members when enrolled in any of the survey courses offered at North Lake College through the Dallas County Community College District. Enrollment in survey courses has been strong the past few semesters, a reflection of a strong local economy. The courses offer area paraprofessionals pursuing licensure a local option to obtain college credit hours, and the courses also attract Construction Technology students to explore the surveying profession. Scholarships  used by eligible students cover course fees, textbooks, and calculators. Chapter 5, led mostly by John Pierce‚Äôs efforts, has nurtured the program for nearly 20 years. The Chapter has an excellent working relationship and partnership with a supportive College District staff. College credit survey courses offered at North Lake College include:

  1. Introduction to Surveying - SRVY 1301 (Chris Freeman)
  2. Surveying Measurement - SRVY 1309  (Paul Hubert)
  3. Surveying Calculations - SRVY 1315  (Paul Hubert/Chris Freeman)
  4. Land Surveying -  SRVY 1341 (various Instructors)
  5. Geodetic Surveying and Mappin - SRVY 2331 (Vasileios Kalogirou)
  6. Legal Principles I - SRVY 2343 (Jason Jernigan)
  7. Legal Principals II - SRVY 2344 (Jason Jernigan)

As a reminder to all TSPS members, the TSFI Ray Wisdom Reception and Benefit Auction, which annually raises thousands of scholarship dollars for Texas surveying students, will be held this year on Friday, August 4 at the Omni La Mansion Hotel in San Antonio following the 2017 Strategic Planning event earlier that day. Members, Chapters, firms and vendors are encouraged to attend this fun event, and to also consider a donation of monies or auction items so that the auction will be successful in serving the present and future surveyors of Texas.