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  • 07/20/2022 8:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The MAGIP Board of Directors has appointed a new Conference Liaison.

    Please welcome Erich Schreier, a GIS Specialist with the City of Bozeman, to the MAGIP Board!

    Erich replaces Haley Jurecki, who resigned in June after taking on a new employment opportunity.

  • 05/18/2022 9:22 AM | Jeff Hedstrom (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following MAGIP Members on winning the 2022 Board Member Election:

    Vice President - Jeff Sprock, City of Billings

    Member Development Chair - Mike Eidum, MDT

    Conference Liaison Haley Jurecki, Axim Geospatial 

    The proposed changes to MAGIP’s Bylaws in Article II, Sections 1 and 4, PASSED with 88% of the respondents voting 'For', 10.6% voting to 'Abstain' and 1.5% voting 'Against' the changes. View a summary of the election voting results in this document.

    Thank you to everyone who ran for the various positions and for your dedication to MAGIP.

    And a special thank you to the out-going Board members, Michael Krueger, Steve Jay and Phoebe Ferguson, for your time, dedication and commitment to making MAGIP a great organization to be a part of.

  • 04/26/2022 10:33 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Open Board of Directors Positions

    Vice President - Elected to three (3) year term (Vice President, President, Past President)

    • Jeff Sprock, City of Billings
    Member Development Chair - Elected to two (2) year term
    • Mike Eidum, MDT
    • Garin Wally, City of Missoula  
    Conference Liaison – Elected to two (2) year term
    • Haley Jurecki, City of Helena   

    • Brendan Wiltshire, Stillwater County

    For Photos and Bios of each of the Candidates visit: 

    https://www.magip.org/2022Elections/

    In addition to filling these roles, the board is also proposing changes to MAGIP’s Bylaws in Article II, Sections 1 and 4.  Please review the specific changes, which are highlighted in this document.  At this juncture, we would ask for your review to get acquainted with the changes. 

    The elections for both the new board members and this proposed Bylaw revision will open May 2nd and will close May 16th.

    If you have any questions on the nominations or proposed Bylaw changes please reach out to the Election Committee: Michael KruegerJeff Hedstrom, or Meghan Burns for more information.


  • 04/11/2022 10:16 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Open Board of Directors Positions

    Nominations are open through April 25, 2022 for the following positions: 

    Vice President - Elected to three (3) year term (Vice President, President, Past President).

    Duties Include:

    • Parliamentarian – be aware of bylaws and meeting procedures
    • Step in for presidential duties when necessary
    • Attend Board and committee meetings
    • Help plan MAGIP events
    • Promote MAGIP

    Member Development Chair - Elected to two (2) year term. Duties Include:

    • Ensure that the continuing education needs of the membership are met, GISP certification assistance
    • Recruitment of new members and retention of existing members
    • Oversees the mentoring program and GIS Day activities
    • Report Updates at Board Meetings

    Conference Liaison – Elected to two (2) year term

    • Responsible for planning and coordinating the annual GIS conference
    • Responsible for the assembling the conference committee
    • Report Updates at Board Meetings

    Please consider nominating yourself, or someone who you think would make a great addition to the board, using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MAGIP_2022_BOD_Nominations

    In addition to filling these roles, the board is also proposing changes to MAGIP’s Bylaws in Article II, Sections 1 and 4.  Please review the specific changes, which are highlighted in this document.  At this juncture, we would ask for your review to get acquainted with the changes. The elections for both the new board members and this proposed Bylaw revision will open May 2nd and will close May 16th.

    If you have any questions on the nominations or proposed Bylaw changes please reach out to the Election Committee: Michael KruegerJeff Hedstrom, or Meghan Burns for more information.

    Additional information on the elections, current Bylaws, and the board can be found at the following link.

     


  • 04/11/2022 9:56 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The MAGIP Grants and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 awards for Higher Education Scholarships. Despite the ongoing pandemic and challenges of online learning and living, MAGIP was fortunate to receive high quality applications from undergraduate and graduate students alike. While we would like to support all submitted projects, we identified two exceptional Higher Education Scholarship proposals that we are delighted to fund this year. These scholarships will be distributed to one highly motivated undergraduate student, and one Master’s degree student. Furthermore, we are excited to distribute these awards across the Continental Divide and support one student at the University of Montana, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, and one student at Montana State University, Department of Earth Sciences.

    Two (2) scholarships totally $3,000 were awarded to undergraduate or first-year graduate students studying GIS at a Montana college or university through the MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarship.

    Madison Vastine, Undergraduate, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana

    “Spatio-temporal variation in black bear activity patterns”

    Hayden Yates, Master’s Candidate, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University

    “UAS thermal infrared and machine learning to identify surficial and structural parameters diagnostic of surface thermal anomalies near Norris Hot Springs, Montana” 

    For more information visit the Scholarships website


  • 02/09/2022 1:14 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP is now accepting applications for the 2022 MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarships and K-12 Education Grants!

    Applications are due March 25, 2022

    Contact the Scholarship and Grants Committee Chair for more information.


  • 01/05/2022 12:06 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) biannually presents two awards. The Distinguished Service Award is presented for long-term service and leadership to the Montana GIS community and the GIS profession. The GIS Professional Livability Award recognizes an individual's measurable contribution to the application of GIS, thus improving the quality of life within their community.

    The awards will be presented at the Big Sky GeoCon dinner on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 in Missoula.

    Click Here to submit your nomination! 

    The deadline for submission is February 22, 2022.

    If you plan to submit multiple nominations, please create a separate submission for each. Each nomination requires a one-page letter of nomination, two references who also support the nomination, and any supporting documentation.

    On behalf of MAGIP Awards Committee, we look forward to hearing from you!

    Applicants for the Distinguished Service Award must: 

    • Have substantial years of service (10+) in or supporting the Montana GIS Community and a desire to continue to serve
    • Displays exemplary accomplishments as a GIS Professional, selfless service to the profession and participation in committees, workgroups, and organizations that support the Montana geospatial community
    • Has an impact within and / or external to the realm of the member's workplace
    • Undertakes and leads activities that benefit the GIS Community outside of regular job responsibilities
    • Demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness and creativity and is willing to seek out and pursue new challenges that benefit the Montana GIS Profession
    • Acknowledged by his / her peers for leadership and substantial service to the profession and community

    Applicants for the Livability Award must:

    • Demonstrate a measurable contribution to the education, communication, coordination, and application of GIS technologies that have been a major influence to the growth and use of GIS in creating a more livable community
    • Express exemplary dedication with focus to the development and implementation of GIS technologies which enhance individual and community life and promote the efficient use of community resources
    • Acknowledged by his \ her peers for perseverance with belief and purpose; tasking themselves with the growth, as well as the challenges of GIS development for them and for their neighbor...sometimes in the face of discouragement

    Questions? Contact Phoebe Ferguson, 2022 Conference Liaison


  • 11/17/2021 5:00 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    GIS DAY 2021

    Wednesday, November 17


    MAGIP WEB MAP CONTEST RESULTS



    Congratulations to Eric Spangenberg for winning this year's MAGIP GIS Day web map contest.  His web map titled "Economic Development - City of Helena, MT" received the most votes.  Eric's map earned him a $100 prize!

    Our first runner-up was Allen Armstrong and his web map titled "BLM Montana/Dakotas Interactive Map" and Allen won $50 for his map.  

    Rounding out the top three was Haley Jurecki and her web map titled "City of Helena Major Infrastructure Projects".  Haley won $25 for her effort.

    A big thank you to everyone who submitted maps to this year's contest, and thanks to everyone who participated by voting for their favorite!

    I am already looking forward to next year's contest.

    Steve Jay, Membership Development Chair

     

  • 11/16/2021 8:08 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    MAGIP has re-established the special interest group (SIG) to bring together GIS professionals who work in or with local governments to share issues, ideas, problems, or just to meet other local government staff.

    You are invited to join the Local Government Special Interest Group meeting on Thursday, November 18 at 2:00 pm.

    Thank you,

    Tommy Luksha, Madison County GIS

    Local Government SIG Chair

    email: TLuksha@MadisonCountyMT.gov

    phone: 406-843-4242



  • 08/23/2021 8:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Hello MAGIP Member!

    On behalf of MAGIP President, Jeff Hedstrom and Local Conference Chairs Andrew Stickney and Kyle Burke, we invite you to participate on the 2022 Big Sky GeoCon planning committee. The 2022 Big Sky GeoCon will be held at the Holiday Inn, Missoula, MT April 4-7, 2022.

    Help us develop the topics, secure speakers, shape the format, plan social events and more! Time commitment is one-hour planning meetings each month starting in September or October and then twice a month or more often a couple months prior to the conference.  Also plan to be onsite as much as possible during the conference week. If you are interested or would like more information about participating on this committee, please reach to any of us below. We would like to finalize the committee by August 31.  Thank you! 

    Jeff Hedstrom, MAGIP President

    Andrew Stickney, Local Co-chair

    Kyle Burke, Local Co-chair

    Michelle Quinn, MAGIP Administrator




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