Alumni organize first annual continuing education event in conjunction with annual meeting

The Nautilus, Fall 2003



The first in what is hoped to be an ongoing series of continuing education events took place on October 23 and October 24. Four programs were presented that allowed participants to receive a total of nine AIA Learning Units. Maria Kieras Vedral of Silver Edge Systems in Chicago, Ill. gave two programs—one on project cost accounting and one on firm financial management. James Partridge gave a presentation on the technical aspects of limiting moisture penetration and preventing mold growth in buildings. This program was eligible for Health, Safety and Welfare credits. Pcubed, of Denver, Colo., presented a program on using Microsoft Project software. The programs were well received. Potential sponsors for next year’s program have already been contacted, and planning is under way for a bigger and improved program.

On the first evening of the continuing education event, alumni held their annual meeting. Alumni Council President Lee Mamola discussed recent activity of the council and Dean Vogel presented his annual "state of the school" address. A silent auction was held in conjunction with the event and featured an original water color by Fred Bidigari, Lithuanian beer donated by Algus Bublys, Red Wing hockey tickets from several sources, dinner at Sweet Lorraine’s and sketch books and albums. Also available for purchase were SOA knit caps, shirts and briefcases.

If you wish to participate with the Alumni Council or on its many committees, contact the SOA and give us your name—we are always looking for help! Watch for mailings on next year’s programs.