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  • 12 Jan 2016 1:58 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    We would like to begin participating in an outreach group that works with High School students - perfect for PLSO's strategic plan. Volunteers are needed to help me get us involved. There are several areas that we can get involved so depending on a person’s skill sets and available time there is probably a great spot for them.  Events are happening soon so quick responses are appreciated. 

    Take a leap of faith and step outside your comfort zone and help promote our wonderful profession by presenting to High School students and ideally some future surveyors about a career to consider! Remember it is easy to talk about something you love that has treated you well! Also it is a way of giving back to others and your professional community.  We would love to have some Technicians be a part of this too for you are the ones who use the tools and most often closer to High School ages.  Here is a great chance for Technicians to get involved and share. 

    More details about program and how this started!

    Willamette Promise -

    Willamette Promise Industry involved -

     Regional Events:

    • Jan 22 Woodburn High School 
    • Feb 5 Gervais High School  
    • Feb 26 Stayton High School                                                                       

    Three ways to participate:

    1. We need 2 keynote speakers at each Regional Event to start the conversation with Junior’s about Oregon Industry.  350- 450 students will meet in an auditorium/ gym to start their Industry Exploration: Application, Resume, Interviews and Industry Search.
    2. We need 25 participants at each Regional Event for a 3.5 hour block of time to give 8- 10 minute interviews to students. 350 -400 students
    3. We need 5 Industry Partners at each Regional Event to work with a group of students to learn the process of researching a company (the company could be your company), the facilitator will facilitate 4 groups of students in a 3.5 hour time frame.  350- 400 students


     Build Oregon Trades Day:
    • Feb 19 Yamhill Carlton High School
    • March 11 Central High School, Independence
    • April 18   Sprague High School
    • April 26 St. Helen High School
    How to participate:

    We need industry to provide an engaging presentation and information about Oregon Industry.  We love having equipment on site that students can become familiar with as well as materials that students can learn “how it works”, as well as to gain an understanding of the wide variety of jobs within Oregon industry. Trades Day/ Career Expo event 500 – 2000 students. 

    We are currently looking for cool technology and geard, such as Robotic Total Stations, GPS Rovers, 3D Scanners, Lazer Distomat, UAV or Drones, 3D CAD drawings and more. We will still need Surveyors to help show how the gear is used and provide stories that get the students interest. 

    I need to let the organizers know where we can support and put the right people in the right spots to highlight what we do and support their efforts.  Have people contact me who have interest in stepping outside their comfort zones to help with these great opportunities! 

    Tony Brooks and Gary Anderson


  • 07 Jan 2016 7:10 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    A huge THANK YOU for your support to the Clark College Surveying & Geomatics program. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I am confident we can meet President Knights decision.

    I will be in touch as we move forward and look forward to continue the Surveying & Geomatics program for years to come.

    What a great way to start the new year!

    Tim Kent


    From: Knight, Robert
    Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2016 11:01 AM
    To: College Master List
    Subject: Message from President Knight

    Dear college community,

    Happy New Year! As we start winter quarter, I want to update you on four of the topics I will be discussing at the annual State of the College address on Thursday, January 21 at 11 a.m. in Gaiser Student Center: Instructional Budget Recommendations, overall college budget, hiring leadership for our key administrative positions in HR and the Office of Diversity and Equity, and the timeline for and current discussions on food service and culinary programs.

    Instructional Budget Recommendations
    The instructional budget reduction process is moving forward in accordance with the faculty contract. I have received and accepted the recommendations of the Reduction in Force (RIF) committee. The final recommendations can be found on ClarkNet<>.  The RIF committee recommendations include a financial incentive for affected faculty members.  This part of the proposal must be approved by the state’s Office of Financial Management (OFM) so my acceptance is pending that approval by OFM.

    I have also confirmed the other parts of the proposal and support Instructional Council as they work with the formal Instructional Planning Team (IPT) process to eliminate the Fitness Training, Medical Radiography, Nursing Assistant Certified and Paralegal programs. Based on a commitment from community members to temporarily cover costs needed to sustain the Surveying & Geomatics program, I have decided to continue the Surveying & Geomatics program for up to three years. If enrollment and completions are not improved within those three years to a sustainable number, we will move forward with the elimination.

    I also support the other recommendations to reduce programs and departments as found in the final Instructional Council Report<>. The final stages regarding program and department elimination will take place with IPT or Curriculum Committee in January and February.
    While this has been, and will continue to be, a challenging process for us all, I am extremely proud of our faculty and the staff—particularly those in instruction—as they have thoughtfully compiled and reviewed the data, kept students and student success at the forefront of conversations, and worked through difficult decisions thoughtfully and professionally.

    The new academic plan is nearly complete and will provide strategic direction for our programs and offerings as the college moves forward. Opportunities for developing structured pathways, additional teaching modalities, and increased integrative learning will help address ongoing enrollment and retention concerns.

    Overall College Budget
    Currently, we are not meeting our budgeted enrollment target for state-supported FTES. However, Running Start is coming in stronger than expected. By late January or February, we should know if the additional Running Start revenue is enough to avoid mid-year reductions. Because our revenue picture remains unclear, we are continuing to watch spending very carefully, particularly in the areas of IT equipment, operating supplies, and out-of-state travel.

    The state’s new funding allocation model, which goes into effect July 1, 2016, is still being fine-tuned. Until we see the final version of the model, we can't safely say whether it will provide enough new state funding to help address our operating budget shortfall. Additionally, the Planning and Effectiveness Office is projecting that we will continue to see enrollment declines next year. While there are some parts of the state that have started to see slight improvements in enrollment, a decline in enrollment is consistent with the overall picture across Washington and Oregon.

    With the efforts of the Strategic Enrollment Management team, the Retention Committee, and ongoing efforts across the college—including new program growth and retention initiatives—we are aggressively seeking ways to reverse this enrollment trend. I will be in touch as the budget process continues to share some of these strategies and how they will affect next year’s budget.

    Key administrative positions
    This fall quarter the college was without a Special Advisor for Diversity and Equity, and it is a priority for me to fill this position. To do this, it is important to work with the constituent groups and hear feedback from across the college about what was needed in this role. Conversations with the Office of Diversity and Equity staff, the Cultural Pluralism Committee, and others helped us move this conversation forward.

    I want to thank Vice President Bill Belden, Felis Peralta and the staff in the Office of Diversity and Equity for their continued good work this fall as we were short staffed in that office.  The ODE staff have accomplished a great deal including leading the process of drafting the Social Equity Plan, which is one of the core themes in the Strategic Plan and will be released to the campus shortly before the State of the College.

    In January, the college will be conducting searches for both the Special Advisor for Diversity and Equity and Vice President of Human Resources and Compliance. I want to thank Vice President Bob Williamson for filling in and moving key projects forward including standardizing training for hiring committees and several other initiatives while short staffed. The HR position will include new responsibilities for ensuring College compliance with Title IX and state and federal laws on sexual misconduct and violence.  On that subject, I want to thank all of you who have completed the mandatory, online Title IX training.  We’re not at 100% yet and encourage those who haven’t finished the training yet to do so as soon as possible.  Please contact HR if you have any questions

    Culinary and Food Service
    The college and the Clark College Foundation are both fully committed to restarting the culinary program in the fall of 2016 and remodeling the space previously occupied by the program. Some tremendous progress has taken place lately with new faculty being hired, community partnerships formed, and more. We have some exciting news to unveil about a recent donation commitment we received over the holidays.  An announcement will be coming out at a later date.

    This is an expensive and complex project. There will be continued disruptions both to food service on the main campus and on some events. We anticipate the new culinary space will open in early 2017, and will provide new dining options and much better space for students, faculty, and staff. The current plans include bringing back the dining room, as well as providing space for food vendors. We hope to unveil final plans later this spring.

    In the meantime, we are reviewing the food options on campus and exploring new ways to attract vendors. We also will need to make final determinations about the food carts as our agreement with the city states they will need to move at the end of this academic year.

    Final thoughts
    The start of a new year is always a good time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future.  We certainly faced challenges in 2015, particularly the impact of declining enrollment on our budget.  However, this past year we also saw the fortitude and commitment of our faculty and staff in meeting these challenges.  As I look ahead, I am excited for what 2016 has in store for us as we continue to implement our strategic plan, prepare for the opening of our new STEM facility, and strengthen our local community.

    Best regards,

    Bob Knight


    Tim Kent

  • 02 Jan 2016 12:13 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that PLSO announces the passing of B. Osburn “Ozzie” Shaw. A charter member, Ozzie has been well known to our membership as a two-time recipient of Surveyor of the Year (1985 and 1993), Past-President of the Willamette Chapter and Life Member of PLSO.  

    Services will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Church in Sweet Home, 1347 Long Street. Private interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center or Linn County Parks. 

    To learn more about Ozzie, please click and read the articles below from the Democrat-Herald.

  • 24 Nov 2015 11:47 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Geomatics Workshops


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    January 7-8, 2016

    Registration is open now for the OSU Geomatics workshop, Oregon Land Survey Law #1. This workshop explains the basic Oregon land surveying statutes and common law decisions. It introduces the surveyor to the legal portion of the profession and is helpful in taking the four-hour Oregon Specific Land Surveying Examination. Minimum enrollment is 12. 



    Professor Robert J. Schultz, PE and PLS

    Tyler B. Parsons, PLS, WRE, and CFedS


    January 7-8, 2016

    Thursday/Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Lunch venues are within walking distance.



    110 Owen Hall

    Oregon State University




    $310/person • $100/class notes only

    To register, visit

    Full payment (Visa/MC are accepted) must be received before the first class meeting to assure space in the workshop.



    School of Civil and Construction Engineering

    101 Kearney Hall

    Corvallis, OR 97331

    (541) 737-1207


    Questions? Contact Johanna Carson at or 

    (541) 737-1207.

  • 29 Oct 2015 11:46 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)
    The annual Oregon Tech workshop normally held in November has been postponed until Friday, March 25th, 2016. It will be held at the Oregon Tech Wilsonville campus. Additional info will be forthcoming after the first of the year.

  • 29 Oct 2015 11:14 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Clark College has been working through budget cuts that may impact the Land Surveying and Geomatics Program. Tim Kent asked several key organizations in the profession to send letters of support for the program, including PLSO.

    Click here to see PLSO's letter to Clark College President Bob Knight.

  • 27 Oct 2015 11:59 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Harry Heislein, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away after a valiant battle with pneumonia on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. He was born February 12, 1927, in Rochester, New York, the oldest of three sons, to Harry Philip and Muriel Catherine (Popp) Heislein. Harry grew up in Irondequoit, graduated from Webster High school and from The New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse in 1950. After a brief employment by the New York State Highway Department, he traveled to Oregon for his first assigned employment with the United Stated Forest Service on the Umatilla National Forest in Pendleton. It was there that Harry met his future wife, Leila Beard, and they were married September 7, 1957. They resided in Pendleton until 1959, when Harry was transferred to the Forest Service Region Six office in Portland, OR. In this position, he helped pioneer the computerized design of forest roads for the Pacific Northwest Region. In 1963, Harry was transferred to the Umpqua National Forest in Roseburg, OR, where he was employed as a civil engineer until his retirement in 1987. He also flew fire patrol for ten years, which led to obtaining a private pilot’s license. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the Pendleton Jaycees, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon, which honored him as a Life Member in 1987, after his service to the local Umpqua chapter. Harry enjoyed a life-long interest in trains– especially steam engines– rail travel and model railroading, becoming a charter member of the Umpqua Model Railroaders in 1964. He continued the social aspect of the organization after the loss of his vision and was awarded a Life Membership. Harry enjoyed many years of Tuesday Morning coffee breaks with employees of the Douglas County Title Company. His vision handicap ended his active participation in the Canal Zone Postal Study Group and family history research. He and Leila enjoyed traveling, whether in Oregon or around the world. He was proud to have visited all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and many countries around the world. On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, a celebration was held with family and friends; with a family holiday cruise around the Hawaiian Islands.

    Harry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Leila Heislein, of Roseburg; daughters Lynn Heislein of Reno, Nevada, and Anne (Scott) Nakagawa and their daughter Sydney, of Vancouver, Washington; his brother John (Virginia) Heislein of Salem, New Hampshire, together with two nieces and two nephews; and friend Elisabeth Straumann of Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, also survive him. Another brother, James Richard, preceded him in death at the age of six.

    Services are scheduled for Friday, October 30, 2015, at 12:10 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 800 W., Stanton St. A memorial reception will follow at St. Joseph School, with the family greeting friends. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Harry’s name to Macular Degeneration Center Fund, Casey Eye Institute, 3375 Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR, 97201; or to Oregon State Library, Talking book and Braille Services, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. 

  • 07 Oct 2015 9:23 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)
    Hydrography Workgroup Meets in Salem

    By Darrell W. Fuller, PLSO Lobbyist

    It's Thursday, October 1st, and the small conference room in the Capitol Building in Salem is quickly running out of room.  Staff for State Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) look for extra chairs.  The subject: hydrography in Oregon.

    But let's back up for just a moment: During the Legislative Session, OSBEELS initiated Senate Bill 297 which would revise qualifications for registration to practice professional engineering, land surveying or photogrammetric mapping. An amendment was then proposed by partner organizations that would have further clarified Oregon statute ensuring that all hydrographic surveys were conducted by professional land surveyors or engineers.  Land Surveyors and Professional Engineers have long believed that Oregon law already has such a requirement, but the language of the statute is not written with indisputable clarity.

    Rep. Paul Holvey, the Chair of the House Business & Labor Committee, did not support the amendment to SB297, but he did commit to gathering interested parties during the interim to discuss the issue thoroughly.

    Good to his word, Rep. Holvey gathered stakeholders for the first of what will likely be several meetings to discuss the role of hydrographers in Oregon -- and by extension -- across the country.  A possible outcome of the meetings could be legislation for the 2017 session to settle the issue.

    It should be noted that the meeting was informative and cordial.  Everyone learned something.  And the meeting concluded with a lot of hand-shaking and a commitment to work cooperatively. A couple of issues were also clarified.  First, hydrographers acknowledged that they are still in the early stages of formulating their goals.  Second, a survey of how other states regulate hydrographers -- collected with the assistance of Curtis Sumner and NSPS -- strongly suggests that Oregon may well be the tip of the spear in developing model legislation. This legislation would likely incorporate a proper role for hydrographers -- including appropriate limitations on their scope of work -- within Oregon law and regulated by OSBEELS. 

    PLSO was represented at the meeting by State Chair John Thatcher, former State Chair Lee Spurgeon and Legislative Chair David Williams, along with lobbyist Darrell Fuller.  They will continue to actively participate in workgroup meetings while seeking input from PLSO members across the state once hydrographers have actually created a written proposal for consideration.  So, stay tuned...

  • 21 Sep 2015 11:02 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    The Central Coast GIS Users Group ( is pleased to invite you to the 2015 Cartography Symposium by the Sea on Friday, September 25th at the Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, OR.   Register here:

    Leading cartographers will cover a variety of different guidelines and principles to help make your maps the envy of all your friends.  We all know a great map when we see it, but what are the principles behind making a good map yourself?  GIS has impacted map making for both better and worse from a time honored handmade labor, to mass producing large, data filled maps in minutes.  This all-day symposium will introduce you to the basic principles of cartography, guidelines you can follow for nearly every map,  and tips and tricks for making your map fabulous.  More details, including the agenda, are available on the symposium website (

    Lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee ($35).  If this registration fee is difficult for you, please contact us for alternate options.  In an effort to reduce waste we will not be providing individual bottled water this year.  Please consider bringing a reusable water bottle or other container for drinking water during the symposium.  We will also have cups available in case you forget. Thank you!

  • 18 Sep 2015 12:10 PM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Below is the timeline for the rulemaking process on proposed rules as a result of SB 297, along with a clean copy of the proposed rule language.  For your reference, a copy of the deleted text and proposed text is also attached.

    If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to contact Jenn Gilbert at OSBEELS.

    SB 297 timeline.pdf



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