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MidWest Chapter News

  • October 30, 2017 11:26 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    The Mid-West Chapter of The Hydrographic Society of America is proud to announce we will be awarding two (2) $1,000 scholarships this year. The scholarships are available to full-time s(12 credits/semester) college students currently enrolled in a 2-year, 4-year or graduate program and demonstrates a keen interest in pursuing a career in hydrographic surveying, Marine Technology, Ocean Engineering, Ocean Mapping, Geomatics, Ocean Sciences, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or other related field

    The two scholarships will be awarded on Jan. 1, 2018 with the scholarship deadline on December 1st, 2017. 

    All students applying must be located in one of the Mid-West Chapter states to include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

    Scholarship Application here: 2017-2018 THSOA Mid-West Chapter Scholarship Application.pdf

    Any questions, contact the Mid-West Chapter President, James Dunkley at jdunkley@jfbrennan.com.

  • January 25, 2017 7:40 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    THSOA-Midwest Chapter Meeting

    Friday, May 5th, 2017

    Day-long workshops with evening chapter business approx. 6-9pm

    Port Washington, Wisconsin


    Block of rooms set up at:

     Holiday Inn Harborview

    135 East Grand Ave.

    Port Washington, WI 53074

    Mention “THSOA” for discount available Friday and Saturday night.


    Seeking sponsors for the food and drinks at the business meeting to be held that evening, approx. 3 hours.  We are also looking for any interested parties to host workshops related to hydrography.  This can be on-water demonstrations, meetings to learn more on software applications etc. We also welcome service providers to bring your firm's equipment to display the latest technology, data collection etc to attendees. 

    Interested parties should contact the Chapter President, James Dunkley for further details at jdunkley@jfbrennan.com .

    The Mid-West Chapter will serve as a focal point for hydrographic activities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin.

    James R. Dunkley

    Chair of THSOA Mid-West Chapter

    direct 608.519.5362 | cell 608.317.8270 / jdunkley@jfbrennan.com

    J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.                      

    818 Bainbridge St., La Crosse, WI 54603


  • June 20, 2016 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I would like to say thank you very much to each of you who took the time to travel to Chicago last Wednesday evening for the first meeting. I thought we had a successful first run and am very excited to meet with all of you again before Jan. 1.

    I am contacting Hans VanSumeren at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City to secure a venue at the campus for the next meeting so the tentative dates will be Nov. 28, Dec. 2, Dec. 5, Dec. 9, Dec. 12 and Dec. 16. Let’s see what Hans has to say regarding what the college has available before we put out a vote amongst ourselves.

    We should vote on officers at the start of the next meeting. I would like to volunteer as chair for the start, Tami Beduhn has volunteered as secretary and Brian Lounsbury treasurer. If we all agree please weigh-in with a “ya or nay.” for these options. If anyone else would like to put in a name please do so after this email.

    In an effort to have the potential for added USACE involvement we discussed using the meeting to include some training presentations whereas the federal employees may be granted attendance and have more chance for participation. With this J.F. Brennan is prepared to deliver some data and information on multi-beam systems with a focus on ping-rate data vs. detection/modelling of surfaces and engineered structures. Any ideas from the group would be appreciated and we can look into a guest speaker again who could bring some good instruction to the group on relevant topic that we can all gain knowledge from.

    Thank you again for taking time out of your lives to attend. I think this will be a start to something that we can all take value and knowledge from for the future.

    Kind Regards,
    James R. Dunkley
    direct 608.519.5362 | cell 608.317.8270
    J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
    818 Bainbridge St., La Crosse, WI 54603

  • March 18, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Hydrographic Society of America would like to announce the formation of the Mid West Chapter. The newly formed chapter will serve as a focal point for hydrographic activities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin.

    The chapter will have its inaugural meeting in June 2016 in Chicago, IL.

    In order to make the inaugural meeting a success, we would like our interested members to please take the Mid West Chapter member survey at http://goo.gl/forms/haUs9g3r0I. Questions in the survey include:

    • Are you interested in participating in the Mid West Chapter?
    • Would you be able to attend bi-annual meetings?
    • Are you interested in becoming an officer for the Mid West Chapter?
    • Would your employer sponsor/host a future meeting?
    • Would your employer partly or fully fund the event?
    Members who fill out our member survey and leave their information will be contacted. The Mid West Chapter will also plan on having its second meeting in December 2016 so please make sure to subscribe to our emails at www.thsoa.org/subscribe and select to receive the Mid West Chapter News.

    If you have colleagues that would be interested in attending THSOA Mid West Chapter meetings, please feel free to forward them this email and ask them to also submit their answers to the survey.


    James R. Dunkley
    direct 608.519.5362 | cell 608.317.8270

    J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.                      
    818 Bainbridge St., La Crosse, WI 54603