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June 25th, 2002 Meeting Minutes
NATIONAL CAVE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM STEERING COMMITTEE
Minutes -- DRAFT
I. Roll Call
A. Acceptance of proxy(ies)
For Bob Currie: Lindsay McClelland (NPS)
B. Recognition of guests
Hazel Medville - NSS
II. Minutes of the October 16, 2001 meeting, approved as read.
A. Cheryl Jones: Chairman's report --
1. NCKMS Logo
2. Web site
3. Financial Report
B. Albert Krause: Enhancing symposium attendance (attached)
C. 1999 NCKMS:
2. Finance Report (attached)
D. Jerry Trout: 2001 NCKMS status
1. 150 paid attendees, 202 total attendance
E. Mike Poucher/Steve Omeroid: 2003 NCKMS
1. Plans are progressing well.
F. 2005 NCKMS:
1. Ron Kerbo: Hawaii
2. Other ideas for hosts?
G. George Huppert Scholarship Program Committee:
Ron Kerbo, Vice Chairman
The committee will review the scholarship application, , and approval procedure, and submit final copies to the Steering Committee Chairman by September 1. This information will be included on the NCKMS web site, and forwarded to the chairmen of the 2003 NCKMS.
H. Jim Kennedy: Cave Gating Workshop (NCKMS sponsored this event)
1. The event proved to be a good forum for sharing ideas and creating a cave gating manual. The proceedings are due out soon.
IV. Old Business
1. NCKMS Logo: New designs for discussion.
V. New Business
VI. Next Meeting
A. Tuesday, August 5, 2003
VII. The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.
23 April 2002 Status Report to the NCKMS Steering Committee
1. Tasking (per NCKMS Steering Committee Minutes of October 16, 2001)
a. Certification Credits: Al Krause will look into the possibility of the NCKMS linking with the state and federal agencies and organizations requiring symposium attendance for certification of professionals. First step will be the EPA and Florida state certification of professionals linked to karst management.
b. Marketing through organization web sites. Al Krause will also focus on marketing the 2003 NCKMS through University, and hydrological organizations web sites. Information and links to the NCKMS sites will be provided to these organizations, and visa versa.
2. Final Status on Certification Credits.
Actual tasking to me as I recall was that I would look into possibility of obtaining continuing education or comparable credits for NCKMS attendees which would hopefully increase the opportunity for attendees to obtain professional benefits and, perhaps, contributory expense/travel funding for their attendance at the NCKMS.
After investigating various educational and professional channels, it appears impractical to pursue advance certification approval or specific continuing education credits for the NCKMS. Investigation indicates that each and every college, university, county school board and national/state professional certification board has different standards, criteria, evaluation procedures, documentation requirements and submission procedures (and, usually, processing fees). Preparing individual applications for guaranteed advance acceptance/award of credit to hundreds of individual agencies would be an enormous undertaking and, given the relatively open format and broad spectrum of presenters at NCKMS, probably would be impossible to arrange in advance due to short time available between publication of final agenda and date of conference. Even if a University or College were to willing to sponsor the event and agree (for sizable fees) to register the applicants and award continuing education credits, the credits themselves would still be have to go through after-the-fact review and acceptance everywhere else.
The following procedure (suggested by the University of Florida's Division of Continuing Education) is therefore recommended based on common practice nationwide:
Provide formal Certificates of Attendance to attendees [or to a defined class of attendees as the committee may decide]. A formal signed Certificate including the information described below, can be submitted by any professional to their university, college, school board or certification authority along with a copy of the schedule, agenda and/or proceedings, for evaluation and award of credits as may be applicable.
2002 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium
I herewith certify that the following attended the 2002 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium in Gainesville, Florida.
Certificate can take various forms as long as the critical information is included along with an official, original signature. Should be fairly fancy and on good heavy stock. Can be readily printed on home/office Laser printers for economy of production.
3. Current Status on Marketing Initiatives.
No notable progress to date; will work issue this summer in time for Fall, when most activities/agencies begin their new academic/fiscal year.
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