Issue #Winter 2016

2016 LandTEXTURE Newsletter

Published January 15, 2016

Published by the MSU Landscape Architecture Alumni & Advisory board for the alumni and friends of Landscape Architecture.

Front cover of the LandTEXTURE Newsletter, Winter 2016.
  • Photo of Craig Johnson,

    Craig Johnson ('64): 2015 MSU Landscape Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award

    Craig Johnson graduated with a degree in landscape architecture from Michigan State University in 1964. Few landscape architects have been as honored as Craig.

  • Photo of Scott Witter

    Director Witter's message

    During this last year, we have experienced a number of exciting new opportunities and said goodbye to a long-term faculty member.

  • Front cover of the From Eye to Heart: Exterior Spaces Explored and Explained book, containing a painting by Dr. Burley of Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain), China (copyright ©2007 Jon Bryan Burley, all rights reserved, used by permission).

    From Eye to Heart: Exterior Spaces Explored and Explained

    A preliminary edition of a new landscape history book authored by Dr. Jon Burley, FASLA, and Dr. Trisha Machemer has been released by Cognella Publishers (San Diego, CA).

  • Several golfers gathered waiting for the start of the Landscape Architecture Alumni Golf Outing.

    2015 Scholarship Fundraiser

    The 2015 Landscape Architecture Alumni Golf Outing will provide nearly $2,500 for undergraduate student scholarships.

  • Jon Burley presents Alumnus Roger Trancik with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.

    LA Club 2015-2016

    LA Club got off to a great start this year with officer’s meetings scheduled regularly on the 2nd Sunday of each month, closely followed by LA Club meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month.

  • Dr. Azami Zaharim presents as a keynote speaker at the WSEAS conference

    World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society Meeting hosted by MSU

    Nearly 100 academic papers were presented at MSU during the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society Meeting in September 2015, featuring speakers from Algeria, Turkey, S. Africa, Portugal, Japan, Malaysia, Italy, and the USA.

  • LAAAB President Deb Cooper.

    President's Message 2015

    The MSU Landscape Architecture Alumni and Advisory Board (LAAAB) has had a great year!

  • Photo of the top of the Aquarium building at Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan

    Program Updates

    In the fall of 2014, the MSU LAAAB and LA program worked in collaboration with the Belle Isle Conservancy and the MDNR to host two events celebrating Belle Isle and the work of Frederick Law Olmsted.

  • Old Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Michigan.

    117th Year: MSU Landscape Architecture All Class Reunion

    In an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for Class Reunions, Prof. Emeritus Jo Westphal invited all of the classes from the LA Program at MSU to gather at Old Mission Peninsula for three days last spring.

  • Two students drawing at Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy.

    MSU Landscape Architecture Study Abraod 2015

    Starting at the southern tip of Spain, our class of 12 students first met [for our Study Abroad experience] in the coastal city of Malaga.

  • Maura Brandi Internship Fund

    The Maura Brandi Internship Fund is endowed and held by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. MSU Landscape Architecture program students are preferred candidates.