Saturday, October 29, 2011

ASP Meeting Notes




· We have $1500 available to use for reimbursement for the Portland conference. We are unsure how it is going be split up amongst the 12 attendees, since not everyone incurred $125 worth of reimbursable expenses. At this time, we have decided that each person should send Karl a hard copy of their receipts for the conference along the necessary EWU form. Once we have determined how much each person incurred in expenses, we can have a better idea of how to distribute funding.


· President absent


· First time with us. Sherwin would like to know how the predecessor handled the job of Cheney rep. He is concerned about the time conflict for him with a class directly after the meeting in Cheney; wants to know if we can discuss this further to figure out the conflict.

· Will, VP standing in for Pres, informed Sherwin that the timing of the meeting was decided based upon desire for participation and this time was when most individuals were available. Also, due to the fact that schedules change every three months, our hands are tied in nailing down a time right now that will work for meeting times for the whole year. He also noted that he would like to hold a meeting with Dr. Winchell to discuss this further.


· Kate noted that she would have liked dialogue about the conference to have started earlier in the year – perhaps over the summer – to better prepare both financially and schedule-wise.

· Others noted that they would have liked the first years to know about the dates sooner.

· Sherwin noted that he would like to see an annual calendar of important events for students.

o Ali will put together a bare calendar of currently known events.


· The Professional Advisory Committee is coming to EWU on Friday 10/28.

· Students raised concerns about a couple of issues that they plan to express at the meeting:

· Lack of technology in classes

· Lack of sufficient GIS training

· Lack of integration of tribal planning in core courses


· The Chili Cook-Off is taking place on 10/28 at 6PM.

· There will not be a keg, but Dr. Winchell plans to drinks for the event

· The pumpkin carving was cancelled due to lack of interest.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Planning for Food

Community Food Access Assessment and Planning For Food
Monday, November 7th at Noon
Spokane County Public Works Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room (2B)
1026 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane
AICP 1 CM pending

Learn how we, as planners, can improve food systems by including language within our comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. Speakers Anthony Summers and Natalie Tauzin will have copies of the sample land use element that they have prepared and will present ideas and examples from communities enhancing their food systems.

Join us for lunch and enlightenment on Monday the 7th. We will have an assortment of sandwiches and drinks, so join us for a healthy lunch and hear about how we can improve the health of our communities.

RSVP to Susan Winchell at or 509/477-4237.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Upcoming Events

We will be holding an ASP meeting on Thursday at 11:45. We intend to discuss activities associated with the Chili Cook-off, the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) meeting on Friday, and reflections on the planning conference in Portland. If you have issues you want to discuss with the PAC, please come and discuss them at the ASP meeting.

The PAC meeting is from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday and is open to all students. This is an opportunity for students to provide feedback on the program and opinions on ways to improve the program.

Also, we will be carving pumpkins following the PAC meeting on Friday. Please bring your own pumpkin and carving utensils. Costumes are encouraged by the ASP for the Chili Cook-off.

Limited edition planning pint glasses will be available for sale at the Chili Cook-off (so don't forget to bring cash). Proceeds will support the ASP and help fund trips to the APA conference in Los Angeles.

William Simpson
ASP Vice President

Monday, October 24, 2011

Central City Mobility Open House

Please plan on attending the third Central City Mobility Open House on October 25 from 5-7 PM at the Bookie Building on the Riverpoint Campus. Come find out more about current projects and provide your thoughts and ideas. Displays include the University District Sprague Corridor, North Monroe Revitalization, Division St Gateways, Inland Pacific Hub, Pedestrian Planning & Complete Streets and many others!

The City is also looking for volunteers to help with the event. According to EWU Urban and Regional Planning Program alumna Jackie Caro, only one person has confirmed that they would volunteer, and they need more. Contact her at

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Annual planning scholarships available

The Urban and Regional Planning Program awards several scholarships throughout the year. To be qualified for these scholarships, you must be a full-time undergraduate student who has declared the Planning major, or a full-time graduate student who is working towards a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning.

The scholarships available this fall are:

  • King & Jan Cole Scholarship, $1400
  • Frank Schadegg Memorial Scholarship, $1000.00
  • Len Zickler Scholarship, $1000

There is only one application for all 3 scholarships. The awards will be announced at the 2011 Chili Cook-off on October 28th. The application is to be returned to Rose in the Planning Office at Riverpoint, either electronically or in hard copy form, by 5 pm on October 21st.

These Scholarships will be awarded to the student(s) who demonstrates the most overall:

  • Academic excellence
  • Commitment to planning
  • Potential future effectiveness in the field of planning
  • Interest in specific planning issues

Book Awards: $1500 available

The Inland Empire Section of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is running an essay contest this week. Four student awards will be presented at the Chili Cook-off on Friday, October 28, 2011. Two graduate students and two undergraduate students will be presented awards. First place for each is $500; second place is $250.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Urban and Regional Planning program at Eastern Washington University. Work must be that of one individual, and may not have been used for another purpose or published previously.

Topics – Entries can answer one of the following questions:

  • Question A: In your opinion, what is the purpose of urban and regional planning?
  • Question B: What global changes do you think are most likely to affect the local future and form of US Cities?
  • Question C: What is the role of urban and regional planning in the current economic situation?

Length – Simple is best. Be concise and efficient when putting your thoughts down on paper. We suggest your entry be:

  • No longer than 1000 words
  • Images may be included in body of document
  • Text should be in sentences, not just bullet points
  • The judges are five Inland Empire Section members

Submitting – Entries must be submitted via email by 5pm on October 21st to Rose at

  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The winners will be announced at this year’s Chili Cook-Off on Friday October 28th.
  • Questions can be addressed to Rose at (509) 358-2230.
  • Include your name, grad or undergrad, email and phone.

Portland Conference Sponsorships

The Inland Empire Section of the WA APA would like to reimburse students the registration fee for attending the conference. (Up to 10 students) To be reimbursed the registration fee:

  • We ask that you provide a ½ page summary of your favorite, most thought provoking or inspirational session that you attend.
  • Please submit proof of registration.
If interested, please ask Rose Morgan to forward your information.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cheney Representative Elected

It is my pleasure to announce that Sherwin Racehorse has been elected as the Association of Student Planners Cheney Representative. Congratulations, Sherwin, and welcome to the executive board. I'm looking forward to strengthening the connection between the Riverpoint and Cheney campuses!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Transformational Lecture Series 2011 - Cascadia Green Building Council

10.12.11 - This coming Wednesday!! 5:30-6:30pm at Escent Lighting, 605 W Spokane Falls Blvd -- CASCADIA Transformational Lecture Series brings Dave Ramslie the City of Vancouver’s Senior Sustainability Programs Manager to look at ‘the human factor’ in cities as the medium to address our most pressing environmental issues and create a “living future.” This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.
Register here:
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

ASP Meeting Minutes



· No advisor present


· Go to lectures that are being offered. There was a Low Impact Development lecture offered on Saturday through AHBL here in Spokane.


· We have 30 “active” members; this is more than half the registered program


· Jeremy is trying to get access to the GIS lab for us. There is a color inkjet printer in this lab that we would like access to. He is also working on upgrading the computers and servers in the Studio.

· Will raised the concern that the computers are often on in the mornings when he gets to the Studio. Jeremy said that they are a timer of sorts to shut off at night, but then turn on again in the morning. He has tried getting the password from Muhammad (somehow he has this) to reset the timers, but he has been unwilling to give it to Jeremy.

· Tara (new student) offered to run the Cheney meetings through Skype, but was unable to this Thursday because of previous conflicts.

· Jeremy is also trying to set up VirtualLab and NetStorage tutorials for new students.


· Karl has been looking into the pint glass cost. He thinks that is will be between $150-200 for 100 glasses. He needs a graphic designer to step up and help with the design.

· Jeremy spoke with the appropriate departments to determine who takes care of EWU logos. Students Accounts helps with ordering, while Marketing/Communications helps with using the EWU logo. We still haven’t decided if we want to have the EWU logo on the shirts.

· Karl had an idea for a t-shirt – Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs having a pillow fight.

· Karl would like the Chili Cook-Off should be a costume party, as well.

· Another game idea for the cook-off would be to guess the age of the student. Two students we would like to use = Joanne & Jason.

· We would like to do a pumpkin carving activity during the day of the cook-off.

· Rose needs some volunteers for set-up and tear-down for the cook-off. Please contact Rose if you are available to help.

· We would also like to designate a DD for the event – in case people drink too much, we would like a safe ride home for them after the event. If anyone is available, please contact Ali Kara.

· Karl would like to do Operation Dinner Out on November 19th. Basically, everyone would get together and go out to a local restaurant here in Spokane, just as a fun social event.

· Karl also mentioned an interest in starting an intramural basketball team. Please talk to Karl if you are interested in playing.


· The Cascadia Conference (for WA & OR) is taking place in Portland this year over the Oct 19-21 weekend.

· We decided to hold a conference coordination meeting on Monday Oct. 10th at 11:45AM in the studio. We will discuss reimbursement for the trip, carpooling groups and rooming situations. If you would like to receive funds from ASP for the trip and want to be involved in this discussion, please attend the meeting on Monday.


· Aline will be giving a lunch time presentation at 11:45 on Thursday the 13th in room 228 about her recent summer internship in North Dakota. Please bring your own lunch (brown bag) and plan to attend to hear about her summer.

The next scheduled meeting on the 20th is cancelled due to the Cascadia Conference. We will plan to meet on the 27th, instead, as a make-up meeting and then continue with our same schedule as before (so back-to-back meetings).


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cheney Representative election

In order to achieve improved communications between the graduate and undergraduate programs at the Association of Student Planners, a representative from the Cheney campus is explicitly included on the executive board. The Cheney Representative is elected each fall quarter. A description of the position is included below.

For the sake of expediency, we will accept only self-nominations. The association president will second all authorized names received into nomination. Written or emailed nominations are due by 5 PM Sunday, October 9, 2011. Please include your name as you wish it to appear on the ballot, and your phone number so that the association secretary can verify the nomination. Ballots will be sent on Monday, October 10, 2011. The ballots will be due 11:30 AM Thursday, October 13.

You should be an active member to participate.

Please deliver your self-nomination to ASP Secretary Ali Kara ( with a courtesy copy to the ASP President ( Thank you for your willingness to contribute to your Association.

On behalf of the Executive Board,
Brian A. Sayrs
President, ASP

Excerpt from the bylaws (Complete set available a

4.5 Cheney Representative
4.5.1 The Cheney student representative shall serve as voting member of the Executive Board
4.5.2 Shall disperse information regarding the Association to students via in class presentations at the beginning of each quarter.
4.5.3 Shall perform such other duties as required by these Bylaws or customary to the office.