ASLA@Berkeley Newsletter February 2014

Hey ASLA@Berkeley!

Welcome back from Winter Break! We just had our first general meeting last week, but in case you couldn’t make it or didn’t catch all the information, here’s a quick recap:

A message from the Executive Committee:

Elections for next year’s ASLA@Berkeley officers will take place next month. If you are interested in getting involved and want to learn more about the different committees and positions, please read the descriptions at the end of this email.

Nominations are open now thru March 3rd, 5pm. To nominate yourself or somebody else, please add them to the list on the ASLA board (outside 315 studio, on the way to the bathroom) or submit your nomination online at:

We are looking for a volunteer to refine our new logo! Estimated time commitment: 2-3 hours. For more info, contact Rae.

Last semester we held a logo design charette and voted for a winner. This semester we need to refine the logo to use on a new ASLA@Berkeley banner and future printed materials.

We are working to organize a new event, a Wine Tour and Networking event with students and local professionals, co-sponsored by the ASLA-NCC, our local chapter. We are planning to hold this event March 15th. If you are interested in helping with this event, contact Rae (eulailarae [at] This will be a great event and an excellent deal for students, so stay posted for registration. More details to follow soon.


A message from the Treasurer:

ASLA@Berkeley was granted full available funds by the GA last semester, and we anticipate the same for the spring semester. We currently have a small surplus of funds which will be used to support upcoming events this semester.

A message from the Professional Committee:

The Professional Speaker series picks up again this month. Details to follow for 2/24.

Coming this spring: portfolio review session. Stay posted for more details.

A message from the Academic Committee:

The department has been implementing curriculum changes over the past few years. We are organizing a forum to get your feedback on what is and isn’t working with these changes as well as what still needs changing. Once we receive comments we will summarize them and present them to the department’s Curriculum Committee. Stay posted for the date and time.

A message from the Social Committee:

We are planning a Spring BBQ Social for LAEP undergrads and grads. If you would like to get involved and help out, contact Mike Peterson, mpeterson833 [at] Otherwise, stay posted for more info.

There are still a few CED happy hours waiting for an organizer. If you want to host a happy hour, contact Marta Gual, marta_gual [at]

A message from the Technical Liaison:

Thank you for providing feedback on your problems with Airbears. Your issues were shared with the CED IT office, and problems were addressed over winter break. Hopefully this issue is resolved. We continue to advocate for better design software to improve our education. The discussion is ongoing. If more technical issues arise, please contact Erik Jensen, erikjensen [at]

ASLA@Berkeley Officer Descriptions

Executive Committee officers may be graduate or undergraduate students.

In addition to the individual responsibilities listed below, the Execuvite Committee works together to establish the strategic direction for ASLA; coordinates communication between committees, facilitates student involvement in department activites such as open houses, orientation, and alumni events, and represents the department on the CED Graduate Student Council, the Graduate Assembly, and (potentially) the CED Undergraduate Student Council.

PRESIDENT  (current: Becky Lithander)

   – Schedules and runs executive, officer and department-wide ASLA at Berkeley meetings

   – Represents ASLA at Berkeley at meetings of the Northern California Chapter of ASLA

   – Represents ASLA at Berkeley at orientation and alumni events

   – PERKS: Free student membership in national ASLA, subscription to Landscape Architecture Magazine, and opportunities to network with Bay Area professionals and alumni

VICE-PRESIDENT  (current: Rae Ishee)

   – Assists the President in scheduling and running executive, officer, and department-wide meetings

   – Keeps track of the committees’ progress in planning activities, ensuring things happen!

   – Supports the rest of the Executive Committee in carrying out their responsibilities, as needed

-Graduate Assembly representative

TREASURER  (current: Jing Ma)

   – Oversees chapter finances, e.g., monitors chapter accounts, processes reimbursements, makes deposits and payments

   – Works with committees to develop and monitor budgets

   – Coordinates and submits grant applications

   – Oversees other fundraising activities

COMMUNICATIONS  (current: Yolanta Siu)

   – Promotes ASLA at Berkeley activities by maintaining and updating the ASLA at Berkeley website and bulletin board, making and posting fliers, etc.

   – Records and distributes notes from executive, officer and chapter meetings

   – Maintains an archive of chapter activities

   – Administers annual officer elections


(current: Marta Gual, Kinya Shiraishi, Mike Peterson, Veronica Wong)

Two graduate student officers and two undergraduate student officers.

The Service & Social Committee provides outlets for social interaction among students, particularly across disciplines, degrees, and classes, and organizes opportunities for students to work together to serve UC Berkeley and Bay Area communities, carrying on the legacy of the Landscape Progress Administration.


(current: Maël Castellan, Nate Kauffman, Miriam Eason, Mariel Steiner)

Two graduate design student officers and one graduate EP student officer and one undergraduate officer.

The Academic Committee represents students’ interests in academic, policy and administrative decision-making within LAEP and CED. Members of the committee act as student representatives on the LAEP Curriculum Committee, sit in on LAEP faculty meetings, and serve as members of the CED Graduate Student Council, which works with the Dean’s office on inter-departmental issues.


(current: Catherine Reibel, Daniel Prostak, Tanya Eggers)

Two graduate student officers and one or two undergraduate officer(s).

The professional committee promotes networking with local professionals, and coordinates events that help students learn about the possible career paths a landscape architecture degree provides and prepare for joining the professional community.


(current: Erik Jensen)

The IT Student Liaison communicates student IT issues and needs to the LAEP Chair and the CED IT. This position began in Spring 2013.


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