As October approaches, the GIS/LIS conference committee continues to get busier and busier preparing for the Rochester conference. Rebecca Foster and her team of volunteers have been working for months to get all the fine details in order before you arrive in October. The 17th annual conference will be held in Rochester at the MayoCivicCenter. Workshops will again kick off the conference on October 10, with the conference itself beginning on October 11. Entertainment at this year’s conference will include a social hour and comedy on October 10 and the annual beer tasting to be held on the 11th. A silent auction to benefit the GIS/LIS scholarship program will again be held this year. Anyone wishing to donate items should contact Jane Mueller at 651-602-7905. Thanks for all the hard work, Jane!
The Consortium will again be sponsoring a student scholarship competition. I would like to extend my thanks to Banette Kritzky and the scholarship committee for all of their work. GIS/LIS will be awarding $5000 worth of scholarships at the 2007 conference. All of the student participants will receive $200 whether or not they win a scholarship. I encourage all of you to check out one or more of the student competitions and see what these bright minds have to offer.
I am also excited to announce the 2007 Polaris Award Winners. Congratulations to Randy Johnson of MetroGIS, Ben Verbick of LOGIS, and Sally Wakefield of 1000 Friends of Minnesota. The Polaris Leadership Award was established in 2003 to honor mid-career professionals who are guiding stars to the rest of us. I believe that these three individuals are very deserving and will make outstanding additions to the growing group of Polaris winners.