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Mentors Recruited for ASLA Program in Utah
ASLA Chapter Renews Partnership with USU





Mentors are needed for the Student Mentor Program the Utah ASLA chapter sponsors every year in a partnership arrangement with Utah State University.


Very few mentorship programs exist in the world of landscape architecture -- but Utah is an exception.

Since at least 2010, Utah ASLA members have partnered with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at Utah State University in Logan.

Each year, landscape architecture students are paired with ASLA members in the Student Mentor Program. The premise is to give students a first-hand understanding of the world of landscape architecture. The Student Mentor Program is highly successful, the Utah ASLA chapter said on its website.

"So much so that mentors' efforts were applauded by their peers at the 2010 ASLA National Meeting, and were featured in the May 2011 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine."

Utah ASLA's collaboration with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning "clearly demonstrates how practitioners can give the next generation of landscape architects a better shot at bridging the divide between college and professional life," Utah's ASLA states.

The ASLA chapter is currently recruiting mentors.

"If you have 5 or more years of professional experience, are an ASLA member, and are willing to help a young person, we encourage you to submit a Mentor Form," its website says.

Mentors can be in private or public practice, and in a for-profit or not-for-profit setting.

"In short, it asks you, as a mentor, to open your world to a student for 2-4 hours a month," the website says. "Those hours -- whether visiting a site, sitting in on a public meeting, or commenting on that first interview -- will be invaluable to them, and often will involve little more than the mentor extending an invitation."

Contacts:
o Dustin Wiberg, coordinator of the ASLA Student Mentor Program, (801)575-6066. Email: dwiberg@gbrowndesign.com
o Dave Evans, ASLA Student Mentor Program adviser, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, (435) 797-0508. Email: david.evans@usu.edu

Utah ASLA chapter website: http://aslautah.org/mentor-program/

Annual Floriculture Sales Set to Surpass $6 Billion
The floriculture industry is destined to surpass $6 billion in annual sales, according to Acres Online, a trade group.

Acres Online says on its website that the Department of Agriculture and its National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the 2014 Census of Horticulture Specialties.

Data for this report was compiled in the first half of 2015, and is based on respondents' total sales for the entire calendar year of 2014.

Based on that information, the industry is now producing $5.88 billion in sales of finished floricultural products. This includes bedding and garden plants (annuals and perennials), potted flowers and plants, foliage plants, cut flowers and cultivated greens.

"This is up a whopping 17.2 percent from the 2009 figure of only $5.1 billion," Acres Online says on its website. "If you add in the production and sales of flower seeds ($31.6 million), dried bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers ($71 million), and propagative materials ($695.1 million), floriculture could easily surpass the $6 billion figure."

Acres Online website: http://tinyurl.com/ashpsc








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