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Central Chapter Fall Seminar

Wisconsin Sociey for Land Surveyors (WSLS) Seminar 

Central Chapter Fall Continuing Education Seminar 

Hosted by Mid-State Technical College 

Friday, October 11 

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus

Seminar Fee: $75.00 

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Join the WSLS Central Chapter for our fall Continuing Education Seminar that will include sessions on interpreting recent changes to legislation that affect the profession of land surveying, review of ethics, safety considerations, and demonstration of modern surveying procedures and quipment. Continuing education credits are offered toward professional land surveyor or professional engineer licensure. 

This day long event will feature sessions on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulation of hydro-electric flowage operations, emerging disease risks for workers that are frequently outdoors and a review of ethics as it pertains to the surveying profession.

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. for continental breakfast and networking. Speaker sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. Seminar fee of $75 includes handouts, continental breakfast, refreshments and noon luncheon. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance to validate PDH.

This workshop will qualify for Wisconsin mandatory continuing education. Under A-E 10 you are required to obtain a minimum of 2 PDHs in each of the three categories. This workshop may be used for ethics, land surveying and other related sciences based on the value received by the participant in these categories. It is up to each individual to understand what is included and if audited provide information used to base compliance on. The number of credits claimed is based on how long a participant attended and whether the session fell under the items in the law. The suggested number of applicable credits, and category, is listed for each session for completing the whole session. 

Session Information 

Session A: FERC Projects: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Regulation of Hydro-electric Flowage Operations – 3.0 PDH, category 1 or 3 

FERC license holders own rights to the real estate under the flowage. However, they do not own the water. As part of the agreement to use the water, FERC license holders must maintain the real estate to prevent deterioration and dedicate the use of the flowage to the public. This often presents confusion and frustration to adjoining property owners. It also makes platting of adjoining properties time consuming and difficult. The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company is the steward of the Wisconsin River. Its members control the flow of the river. As a navigational waterway, flow of the Wolf and Fox Rivers are managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, with lock ownership and operation now managed by the Fox River Navigational System Authority. 

 Session B: Environmental disease risks in Central Wisconsin – 1.5 PDH, category 3 

Individuals that spend significant time outdoors in Central Wisconsin have a heightened risk of developing several tick-borne diseases. Many of these diseases, including Lyme disease, are believed to be significantly under-reported. We will discuss the increasing risks of diseases transmitted by ticks including the increased likelihood for the transmission of co-infections and newly emerging variants of Lyme disease. These changing risks impact the diagnosis and management of tick-borne diseases and strengthen the need to implement evidence-based preventions strategies. 

Session C: Ethics and the Surveyor’s Role – 2.0 PDH, category 2 

As professionals, surveyors are held to a higher standard and are expected to follow a code of ethical conduct and operation. This presentation will examine the elements of this code and how they fit in the surveyors conduct. It will also examine real ethical case situations and discuss why they were or weren’t violations of an ethical code. 

Speaker Biographies 

Mark Kjorlie (Session A)

Mark manages facility development and capital for Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC, and is responsible for managing their real estate, capital investments, long range asset planning, and IT for all their pulp and paper locations. After 38 years in construction, Mark had moved through engineering, maintenance, operations, and management roles in the pulp and paper industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison, undertook post-graduate studies in pulp and paper at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, and has an MBA from UW-Oshkosh. Mark is a champion of continuous improvement processes, a certifi ed Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt, and a PE in Wisconsin. 

Outside of Expera, Mark is a Board Member and Investment Committee chair for a local credit union, and volunteers as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Salvation Army of the Fox Cities. He and his wife Marie manage two real estate investment LLC’s, and a fixed asset consulting S-Corp. 

Amy Prunuske (Session B)

Amy is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin campus. She received her PhD in Oncological Sciences from the University of Utah and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry from UW-Madison. Her research areas are diverse and include Lyme disease, educational innovations, community engagement, and citizen science. She has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health, several biotechnology companies, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to monitor the spread of Lyme disease and the dissemination of prevention strategies.

 Grace Schwantes (Session B)

Grace is a first year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree in physics from St. Norbert College and is researching Lyme disease as part of the Physician in the Community course. Her primary focus is on community impacts of Lyme disease, including patient, community, and healthcare team education on the disease and its effects. She hopes to collaborate with a local foundation, which plans to open a Lyme disease healthcare center in northern Wisconsin.

 John Matonich, PS, (Session C)

John is the Chairman of the Board at Rowe Professional Services Company, which specializes in consulting engineering, surveying, planning, landscape architecture, aerial photogrammetry, and land development services in the Midwest and nationwide. He joined Rowe in 1981, was named principal in 1992, president in 1997, Chief Executive Offi cer in 2001, Chairman in 2006, and retired from management of Rowe in January 2016. John is a licensed PS in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. He served as president of the National Society of Land Surveyors in 2009-10, is the current Treasurer of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors, and a past president of the Michigan Society of Land Surveyors. John was voted as a Fellow Member of the NSPS, ACSM, and MSPS organizations. He obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Land Surveying with honors from Michigan Technical University in 1981. John resides in Marinesco with his wife, Stephanie.

If you have a disability and require accommodations to participate in this activity, contact the event coordinator as soon as possible ideally 14 days in advance. 

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