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Student ASLA & Community Design Teams

Community Design Teams

During the 2017-2018 academic year, LAEP students volunteered to design and plan an array of projects for community groups, non-profit organizations and public agencies throughout Utah. The Community Design Team (CDT) projects generate modest costrecovery fees that support our student chapter of the ASLA. These funds help to provide extra-curricular social and educational programs within the department, fund student participation at the State and National ASLA conferences, and contribute to the endowment of the David Bell Scholarship Fund.

Inclusive Play Area design for Grand County in Moab, a streetscape design and city-wide drainage plan for the town of Hatch, Utah, a water-wise garden design for the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station in Logan, a planting design for the Options for Independence non-profit in Logan, and a water-wise design template for the replacement of lawn within a 44 acre 1960’s condominium project. Professional Practice Associate Professor David Evans serves as the faculty advisor to the CDT program with help from other faculty volunteers.

Student Chapter of ASLA

Meeting USU President Noelle Cockett

USU's Student Chapter of ASLA continued to flourish under the leadership of the 2017- 2018 student officers. A successful CREATE 2020 differential tuition proposal, written by the student chapter, allowed the department to send fourteen students to the Annual ASLA Meeting in Los Angeles. During the event, LAEP students won the School Spirit Award, which earned fifteen free student registrations to the 2018 Meeting in Philadelphia. Building on that success, the student chapter again applied for and was awarded a CREATE 2020 grant that will pay for travel and room accommodations for the fifteen students traveling to Philadelphia.

The newly elected 2018-2019 student ASLA officers include: President-Ashley Casperson, President Elect-Anthony Manzione, Public Relations Specialist- Braden Miskin, Professional Development Coordinator-Cameron Blakely, Treasurer- Jaren Hope, Outreach Coordinator-Alyson Hill, Events Coordinator-Sarah Tooley, and Secretary-Madison Pong. Many of the successful programs initiated by the student ASLA, such as ‘Genius Hour’ luncheon presentations in the Common Studio, ‘101 Nights’ where advanced students teach less-experienced students software skills, the collaboration with the Utah ASLA Chapter, which includes the mentorship program, the Christmas Social and the portfolio review nights will be continued and expanded. The incoming officers will honor the legacy that this year’s officers advanced, and will continue to make the USU/LAEP Student ASLA one of the most active and effective chapters in the nation.

USU won the School Spirit award at National Conference
Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning | InSites 2018