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After 17 years at ACC, I am retiring. Although it’s not official until August, I have taught my last class here and will be leaving soon (if I can ever get my office cleaned out!). Over the years, I have taught thousands of students both GIS and Geography. It’s been so gratifying to see so many of you go on to outstanding careers in GIS and other fields and I am proud of you all. I am honored and humbled that I got to play a tiny role in starting you down your chosen career paths. I thank you for that opportunity.
On a personal note, when my wife Pat Raimondo was killed by an SUV while walking through her work parking lot in October, the outpouring of shared grief, prayers, thoughts, and love from the Central Texas GIS Community was overwhelming. I appreciate all the support more than you can ever imagine and more than I can articulate here. The Austin area GIS community is truly a close-knit family and I am so lucky to have been part of it.
And finally, what kind of teacher would I be if I didn’t leave you with a word of advice? Tomorrows are not guaranteed. Go out and have experiences, even if it means making do with less “stuff”. If the unimaginable happens, it will be your memories of your shared experiences, not your “stuff”, that will help you somehow survive the seemingly unsurvivable for one more day. For goodness sake, you are all geographers – go travel! And don’t put it off – do it now! I wish you safe travels and I hope our paths cross again in the future.
Mary Beth Booth
CP&Y, an architectural and engineering consulting firm, is seeking candidates for a Senior GIS Analyst position that is technically competent, with proven leadership skills when it comes to developing relationships, growing business and successfully managing all aspects of a team and project.
Please see the attached file for the complete posting. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to Lisa Melane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of San Marcos Information Technology - GIS Division is seeking candidates for a Summer and possibly Fall GIS Intern position. Duties includes: Work with ESRI ArcGIS to insure integrity of mapping and data capture efforts by the GIS Division. Prepare maps and exhibits for user departments. Perform quality control of GIS features including cadastral and infrastructure datasets.
This part-time internship pays $10 per hour. A short exam will be given to all candidates to assess GIS software skills. See the attached posting for more information and to apply for this position.
Bastrop County is seeking candidates for a GIS Analyst to support a wide variety of Geographic Information System needs, including spatial datacollection, creation, manipulation, analysis, map graphics compilation, and web map creation for various projects. This position is responsible for cartographic map production. Work includes GIS, web GIS and project coordination tasks such as: data coordination and integration, data analysis and development, map production, maintenance, administration, modification and troubleshooting of County web mapping presence, including internal and external web mapping applications; create, configure, publish and manage ArcGIS Server map and data services, project coordination, documentation, participation in meetings, and providing GIS technical support to County staff. Duties also include occasional outdoor work and local travel. This position may be called upon to support the County’s Office of Emergency Management during emergencies. Works under the direct supervision the GIS & Addressing Manager with minimal latitude for the use of independent judgment.
Please see the Bastrop County Job Opportunities website for more information and to apply for this position by 5/25.
ACC Professor Tobin Quereau forwarded me this Washington Post article by Ana Swanson: Six Maps that will Make you Rethink the World. In the article she interviews Parag Khanna about his book Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. The article includes a number of stimulating maps that emphasize global connectivity over the historical nation-state. Check out the article and be sure to watch the historical world population growth map at the end.
ACC GIS students have teamed up with the Austin Monitor and the National Weather Service (NWS) this semester to analyze a variety of topics of interest to GIS professionals, Flood SAFE users, and 'Keep Austin Weird' aficionados, including:
Students will be showcasing their semester-long projects at the Broken Spoke - a South Austin cultural icon located on South Lamar.
Attendees are invited to learn about the student projects, visit with each other, and enjoy some local snacks. See pictures from previous Poster Sessions at LCRA and Austin City Hall. Please feel free to forward this email to a friend.
A special thanks to Mike Kanin with the Austin Monitor, NWS Senior Meteorologist Jared Allen, and Ginny White with the Broken Spoke for sponsoring our event. Contact Sean Moran at email@example.com if you have any questions about the Poster Session or visit GIS@ACC to learn more about the ACC GIS program. Hope you can swing by the Broken Spoke on Wednesday, May 11th between 4:00 and 5:30 PM and see our students' latest work!
PS - Head over to the Austin GIS User Group monthly meetup on South Lamar after the Poster Session to celebrate the end of the semester and meet GIS professionals.
The Austin Fire Department (AFD) Planning & Research Division is looking to fill a GIS Intern position. The unpaid internship will begin June 15, 2015 and end on August 15, 2015 (this timeframe is flexible). This position will be responsible for cartographic maps which support our Fire Operations mission. These will be poster-sized, extremely detailed street maps that are used in the fire stations to familiarize firefighters with their territory.
See attached announcement for a complete description and information on applying for this internship.
ESRI Founder and President Jack Dangermond recently selected ACC to receive ESRI's highly regarded Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the 2016 ESRI User Conference in San Diego. ACC GIS was nominated by Dr. Joesph Kerski, a renown Geographer and Education Manager with ESRI, after he visited ACC this spring.
ACC GIS began in 2000 with a single Introduction to GIS course created and taught by Dr. Mary Beth Booth. Since then, the program has grown into a full-fledged department that offers 13 GIS courses, a GIS Associate's degree and two GIS certificates. The curriculum is synchronized with the Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) and coordinated with a GIS Advisory Committee consisting of local public and private sector GIS employers. ACC GIS Faculty include experienced full-time and adjunct instructors that teach students both core and advanced GIS skills, implemented within the GIS analytical process, and practiced as professionals using industry-leading GIS software including the full suite of ESRI ArcGIS products.
ACC GIS students include equal portions of high-school graduates, UT and TSU students, recent Bachelor's degree graduates, and workforce re-trainees. Our graduates work at Google, Apple, DrillingInfo, AECOM, ONE Gas, City of Austin, Austin Fire Department, Travis County, Williamson County, Texas Governor's Office, USGS, and more.
GIS Faculty members Dr. Mary Beth Booth, Sally Holl, and Sean Moran will attend the SAG Award Ceremony at the ESRI User Conference this summer to accept this prestigious award on behalf of ACC. A special thanks to the students, faculty, advisory committee, and administrative staff that make ACC GIS so great!
ONE Gas - Texas Gas Service division in Austin is seeking candidates for a contractor GIS Technician position in Austin. Position will perform digitizing of gas system facilities utilizing ArcGIS/ArcFM and perform data entry in Maximo.
These positions are contract positions with no benefits. A minimum of 35 hours per week is required with 40 hours being preferable. Regular work attendance is a necessity. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Enterprise GIS Manager Shawn Devereaux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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