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  • January 07, 2021 4:56 PM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    All, 

    Please take interest or help to identify a pool of very well qualified candidates who may be interested to submit a nomination to the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator.  

    The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) announces the 2022 Call for Nominations and notes the information is published in a Federal Register Notice: 

    Federal Register Notice for HSRP Call for Nominations for 2022:

     https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/29/2020-28746/hydrographic-services-review-panel         


    Due date and requirements: 

    Nominations are due via email no later than April 26, 2021, are limited to 8 pages, require a cover letter with response to 5 questions, a short bio and a resume as noted in the FRN below

    While nominations are due on April 26 for a start date of January 1, 2022, you're encouraged to make early submissions. There is a rolling admission - and if you miss the April 26, 2021 deadline, we will keep your nomination on file for future HSRP panel openings. 

    For the nomination requirements, background on the HSRP panel, and NOAA's National Ocean Service navigation service programs, data and information, please find the following links below.

    NOAA HSRP Nomination Information - Federal Register Notice & FAQs:

    - HSRP Nomination information:    

          https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/call-application.html https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/call-application.html 

    -  Federal Register Notice for HSRP Call for Nominations for 2022:

          https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/29/2020-28746/hydrographic-services-review-panel  

    FAQs HSRP call for nominations for new members 29DEC2020.pdf            

    NOAA HSRP background information:

    - HSRP recommendations to NOAA:

          https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/recommendations.html

    - HSRP Member info/bios:        https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/panel.html       

    - HSRP Public Meetings:          https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/meetings.html           

    - HSRP Working Groups:         https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/workinggroups.html

    - HSRP Information:               

     https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.html 

    NOAA's National Ocean Service navigation service programs, data and information:  

    https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/navigation-services-portfolio.html

    https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/navigation-services-portfolio/nos-navigation-services-tri-offices-synopsis-products-data-services-v21apr2020.pdf 

    HSRP recommendations and issue papers: 

    https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm


    Please feel free to contact me with questions.  

    Sincerely, Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

    Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee 

    Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, N/CS

    Phone: 240-533-0064; cell 240-691-6106; Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov



     


  • January 05, 2021 1:18 PM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    Please join us in welcoming the following 2021 THSOA Southeast Chapter Board members! 

    Chairmen - Mike Nitska 

    Secretary and Education Outreach Coordinator - Rachel Bobich

    Treasurer -  Mike Nitska

    Technical Chairmen - Scott Haydel

    Fundraising & Social Events Chair - Kim Dailey and Josh Dugan

    Thank you to all members who took part in the voting process. 

    Best wishes to all as we welcome our representatives to their new roles and look ahead to coming year of 2021.


  • January 05, 2021 1:07 PM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    The Southeast Chapter of The Hydrographic Society of America will be awarding four (4) $1,000 scholarships to the following for 2021: 

    - Adam Gartelman, Louisiana State University (Oceanography/Geology)

    - Cameron Morris, Troy University (Geomatics)

    - Scott Dowdy, Troy University (Geomatics)

    - Halee Elizabeth Covington – Troy University (Geomatics)

    Congratulations, we wish you the best in your endeavors and hydrographic purists!

    Southeast Chapter, THSOA

  • November 06, 2020 9:19 AM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

     The United States National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council) Seeks Public Input on Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Efforts in the U.S. EEZ  

    Public may provide written input by November 12 and participate in online sessions November 16 and 18

    NOMEC Listening Sessions_Nov1618_2020.pdf

    The National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council), a group of federal agencies established to carry out the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, is requesting your input on developing an Implementation Plan and setting strategic priorities for the effort to map the entire U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by 2040 and explore and characterize strategic areas.

    WHAT:

    The public is invited to two Virtual Public Listening Sessions to discuss the NOMEC Strategy and Implementation Plan:

    ·  Session #1: Ocean Exploration and Characterization [November 16, 2:00-3:30pm EST via Zoom]

    ·  Session #2: Ocean Mapping [November 18, 2:00-3:30pm EST via Zoom]

    REGISTRATION

    Session 1: Ocean Exploration and Characterization Nov 16, 2020 @ 2:00pm Eastern Time

    ·  Register https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfumsqDwoGIDLdHYa_l4ASgzeK_mWmwI

    Session 2: Ocean Mapping Nov 18, 2020 @ 2:00pm Eastern Time

    ·  Register https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscemqqjkuGj4ou4-EL5AZJ6f8pZJw0Sc

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

    REQUEST FOR COMMENTS

    The public is particularly encouraged to provide comments via email on the development of the NOMEC Implementation Plan and strategic priorities. Please submit comments and letters by email no later than Nov 12, 2020, to nomec.execsec@noaa.gov, with subject line "Public Comment on Implementation Plan for the National Strategy" for request #1 and subject line, "Public Comment on Exploration Priorities for the Implementation Plan" for request #2. 

    1.     Implementing a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. EEZ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice stating that the NOMEC Council requests input from all interested parties on the development of an Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. EEZ (“National Strategy”). Input should be provided by 12 November85 Fed. Reg. 64446 (10/13/20) [https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/13/2020-22411/request-for-comment-implementation-plan-for-the-national-strategy-for-ocean-mapping-exploring-and].

    2.     Strategic priorities for mapping, exploring, and characterizing the U.S. EEZ NOAA issued a second notice stating that the NOMEC Council requests input from all interested parties on the strategic priorities to be included in the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy. Input should be provided by 12 November85 Fed. Reg. 64448 (10/13/20) [https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/13/2020-22413/request-for-information-implementation-plan-for-the-national-strategy-for-mapping-exploring-and].

    All responses and questions can be addressed to nomec.execsec@noaa.gov. Please reach out for additional information or questions regarding NOMEC.

    TARGET AUDIENCE:

    The NOMEC Council seeks input from non-federal stakeholders interested mapping, exploration, and characterization from all sectors, including academia, non-profit, industry, and community partners. Please forward to anyone who may be interested.

    BACKGROUND:

    In November 2019, the United States issued the Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone and Shoreline and Nearshore of Alaska. Section 2 calls for Federal agencies to develop a strategy to conduct ocean mapping, exploration, and characterization exercises to meet the mandate to map the entire U.S. EEZ by 2040 and explore and characterize priority areas. Following this directive, in June of 2020, the White House released the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. This document sets forth a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), for enhancing opportunities for collaboration among interagency and non-United States Government entities with respect to those activities, and creates the NOMEC Council. Public input is essential for developing the Implementation Plan to carry out the goals and objectives outlined in the National Strategy. The first federal register notice seeks input on the Implementation Plan to carry out the national strategy and the second federal register notice solicits input on the strategic priorities for exploration and characterization activities.  

  • October 28, 2020 8:19 AM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    The Southeast Chapter of The Hydrographic Society of America will be awarding four (4) $1,000 scholarships this year to students enrolled full-time (undergraduate - 12 credits/semester; graduate - 9 credits/semester), in a two year, four year or a graduate program!

    The student must demonstrate a keen interest in pursuing a career in hydrographic surveying or related fields or a High school senior who has applied and has been accepted in a fulltime U.S. college or university located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina with accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S and member of THSOA. The students can apply to both THOSA National and Southeast Chapter Scholarships, they just can only be awarded one. 

    Please do not hesitate to Rachel Bobich, rachelbobich@rmbgeo.co or MIke Nitska, mike.nitska@hydroterratec.com if there are any questions or need additional information.

    The scholarship application is available at https://lnkd.in/g6NZGfn

  • October 28, 2020 8:12 AM | Rachel Bobich (Administrator)

    Elections to be held December 16-31, 2020

    The Hydrographic Society of America-Southeast Chapter (http://www.thsoa.org/Southeast-Chapter) is a non-profit organization which seeks to educate its members and the general public about hydrographic surveying. The officers are all volunteers and receive no compensation for their time and efforts. With leadership and drive from the top, this chapter can continue to provide scholarships to students in our region and also to provide informative presentations and social events. We need dedicated individuals to help give some time back to their profession!

    We are hoping that others with energy and some time will step forward to help the chapter to continue moving forward. If you are able to donate some of your time and effort to the chapter, you will consider running for one of the positions.

    Beginning the November 1st, the chapter will accept nominations for members to serve in the following roles:


    - Chairmen (1-year term)

    - Treasurer (2-year term)

    - Secretary (2-year term)

    - Technical Chairmen (2-year term)

    - Fundraising & Social Events Chair (2-year term)


    Once nominations have closed (Dec 15,2020), we’ll hold an on-line election for Chapter members for positions with two or more nominees starting December 16, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020Results will be announced on January 4, 2021. 

    Nominations may be sent to:

    thsoa_southeastchapter@yahoo.com

    mike.nitska@hydroterratec.com 

    We’ll check with each nominee to confirm their willingness to serve!


  • January 21, 2019 11:17 AM | Deleted user

    Here are the winners of the THSOA-SE Chapter scholarships for 2018/2019.  

    1. Alexandra Juneau – The University of Southern Mississippi
    2. Evan Rohde -The University of Southern Mississippi
    3. Matthew Newton – University of Florida – Gainesville Florida
    4. Reed Nelle -The University of Southern Mississippi


  • October 04, 2018 12:53 PM | Deleted user

    SE Chapter to exhibit at the Working for Our Coast Event at the Fletcher Technical Community College, 1407 LA-311, Schriever, LA 70395, USA

     

    Over 1,100 Juniors will be introduced to coastal careers like hydrography, engineering, design, construction, biology, landscape architecture, geomatics, etc. Students will enjoy lunch and visit outside tables from local organizations and businesses, as well as demonstrations on the main lawn before heading back to school. Fletcher Foundation will also be hosting a thank you lunch for volunteers in their community room as well.

    Please join us in introducing Terrebonne Parish 11th graders to coastal-related careers!

    https://restoreorretreat.org/wfoc/


  • January 03, 2018 1:37 PM | Deleted user

    Here are the winners of the THSOA-SE Chapter scholarships for 2017/2018. I would like to thank everybody that took the time and effort to review and score the applicants:

    High School Student: Robert Bergeron (Virtual Academy of Lafourche)

    Under Graduate Student: Brennon Dardar (Nicholls State University)
    Under Graduate Student: Laura Manuel (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

    Graduate Student: Alexander Kochersperger (The University of Southern Mississippi)

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