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Spring 2016 NSPS Director Report

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Spring 2016 NSPS Director Report
by A. Richard Vannozzi, MS, PLS
I attended the NSPS National Meetings in Alexandria, VA, March 16-18, 2016.  Below are a number of key items that MALSCE Members at large should be aware of:
  1. The NSPS 100% membership program has resulted in NSPS membership growing to total over 17,000.  Only two states have not availed themselves to the benefit of this program, Arkansas and California.  If you have friends and colleagues who practice in those states, please speak to them and urge them to urge their state associations to join the rest of the nation in supporting NSPS through 100% membership.
  2. ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) is looking for private practitioners to serve as program evaluators for the accreditation of the various surveying degree programs around the country.  I would be lying if I were to say this was not a big commitment and a lot of work, but it is essential to the future of surveying.  Anyone interested in discussing this, please send me an email at arvannozzi@gmail.com, and I would be more than happy to answer your questions and connect you with the proper people at NSPS and ABET.
  3. NSPS’s has created an extremely successful Young Surveyors program.  This past spring they held their first conference and have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NSPS for a (non-voting) seat on the NSPS Board of Directors.  Most states have named a representative to this group and many states have created a similar state organization for their younger members.  Massachusetts has not done so, and this is a shame.  This is a huge opportunity for MALSCE to participate in the next generation of leadership at the national level.  Anyone who is interested in learning more can contact me at arvannozzi@gmail.com and can also look at the plethora of material on the NSPS Young Surveyor’s webpage: https://nsps.site-ym.com/?page=YSNetwork.  Also, please feel free to contact the national organizer of this movement, Amanda Askren (Amanda.Askren@gmail.com).  Her enthusiasm and leadership in this area is contagious.  EVERY time I see her, along with emails every month or so she asks me about when Massachusetts is going to get involved.  Please let our next conversation be about who our representative is, not who our representative might be.
  4. In order to recognize the contributions many surveyors make to humanitarian efforts around the globe, NSPS created an annual “Humanitarian Award”.  I will keep MALSCE apprised on the nomination process for this award, but in the meantime, begin thinking about worthy nominees from the Massachusetts surveying community.
  5. A motion was passed directing the President of NSPS to write to the National Association of Realtors asking that they insert into their Code of Ethics a statement that Realtor’s shall not engage in activities that constitute the unauthorized practice of surveying.  At the time of this writing, that letter has been sent and I am awaiting word of their response, if any.
  6. NSPS will be developing a white paper to “Defend the Opposition of Deregulation of Land Surveyors” to support challenges to licensure and to support states when omnibus “sunset” reviews are done that require advocacy for the importance of land surveyor licensure to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.


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