ASPRS President Karen Schuckman has appointed three new members to the ASPRS Foundation Board of Trustees. The newly appointed trustees are Bryan Logan, President, EarthData Holdings, Washington, DC; Marilyn O’Cuilinn, President, E. Coyote Enterprises, Inc., Mineral Wells, Texas; and Bernard Schur, President, Aero-Metric, Inc., Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This brings the total number of trustees to six.
In making these appointments, Schuckman commented “Our members have responded generously and enthusiastically to the ASPRS Foundation. We hope that the participation of eminent leaders, such as these appointees, in the guidance of the Foundation will continue to inspire member confidence and commitment to achieve our goals. We most certainly appreciate the Trustees’ personal support of the profession and its future.”
ASPRS Foundation President, Thomas Lillesand, noted “Collectively these individuals have already played a substantive role in advancing the geospatial information profession in general, and have made numerous contributions to the goals and programs of ASPRS in particular. They have demonstrated a vision and deep commitment to ensuring the future vitality of educational opportunities in our profession, and that is what the Foundation is all about.”
The ASPRS Foundation has an extensive and broadly-based program that provides grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid to individuals or organizations pursuing knowledge of imaging and geospatial information science and technology, and their applications across the scientific, governmental, and commercial sectors.
The Foundation Board of Trustees has a clearly stated short-term goal of fully endowing all existing ASPRS awards and scholarships. The current estimate is that approximately $500,000 will be required to reach that interim goal. The Foundation balance was approximately $150,000 as of June 2005.
ASPRS strongly supports the Foundation’s goals, and the Board of Direction has specifically set aside funds from the Society’s reserves, totaling $80,000 to date, to match individual ASPRS member and Region contributions to the Foundation.
More information about the Foundation, including the Board of Trustees, is listed on the web site at www.asprsfoundation.org. Donations to the Foundation and the individual awards and scholarships may be made online at www.asprsfoundation.org/donate.
Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 6,000 geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.
Founded in 1979, The ASPRS Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501 (c) 3 organization established to provide grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid to individuals or organizations pursuing knowledge of imaging and geospatial information science and technology, and their applications across the scientific, governmental, and commercial sectors. The Foundation is the primary funding source for all non-sponsored awards and scholarships recognized by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.