Kansas Association of Mappers

Metes and Bounds Newsletter

Fall 2021

Kansas Association of Mappers
Volume 35, #3

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Conference logoKAM 2021: Brewing New Perspectives in GIS

Hello KAM members!

It is hard to believe that conference is less than 2 months away! And trust me...the unknowns are all on our minds too! But please know that your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us.

The board and program committee have had numerous discussions on how to go forward with an in-person conference safely and productively. In 2020, due to COVID, the hotel and KAM were able to re-negotiate our contract, allowing us to hold a virtual conference in 2020. For 2021, that option is not available and we are contractually obligated to a considerable amount of money to cover food, conference fees, and hotel guest room rentals. Therefore, there will not be a virtual attendee option this year. Early bird registration ends October 1.

KAM continues to monitor the COVID recommendations of the Shawnee County Health Department. At this time, we will be recommending masks to be worn and social distancing during conference. We understand and encourage each of you to make informed decisions about attending this year. Please continue to check our KAM Conference page for updates about the health and safety requirements for attendees and exhibitors.

Aside from all of the learning we have some fun, safe, on-site activities planned for this year! Wednesday night will be "Trick or Treating with Vendors." Join us for a night filled with Halloween games and prizes! Thursday night everyone is invited to our KAM Halloween Ball where everyone can enjoy music and snacks. Please wear a costume. Awards will be given to the best dressed vendor, attendee, and mask!

Please look on KAM website for continuously updated topics and schedule information!

See you all soon!

Cara MaysCara Mays
Program Committee Chair

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Share your work in the Annual Map Gallery!

KAM sponsors a Map Gallery during its annual conference. KAM members are strongly encouraged to submit samples of their best work and be recognized for them. At the end of the conference, two prizes will be awarded based on a popular vote of the membership: one for the best printed masterpiece and one for the best digital masterpiece. In addition to receiving a gift card, the winners will be presented a certificate and recognized during the closing business meeting and have their names added to the Awards Gallery on the KAM website.

Early Deadline: All entries received by 5:00 pm on October 1st will be entered in a raffle for a gift card. One raffle ticket per entry.

Click here for guidelines and submit your work today.

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John Cowan Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

Jonathan SpickelmierCongratulations to Jonathan Spickelmier, student at Pittsburgh State University, for being this year's recipient of the John Cowan Memorial Scholarship.

Jonathan is a senior at Pittsburg State University and is pursuing a bachelors degree in geography with an emphasis in GIS and a minor in Computer Information Systems. He recently completed a GIS internship with the City of Leawood, Kansas for the summer of 2021.

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Lunch and Learn: Making Your Apps Accessible to Everyone

Webinar, 12-1 pm, Friday, October 1, 2021

How do people living with disabilities access your web content? What can we do as mappers to make our web content more accessible? This webinar will cover guidelines and best practices for app customization to allow everyone equal access to use your ArcGIS web applications successfully.


  • Klara Schmitt, Esri UX/UI designer for Esri on ArcGIS Hub who has a passion for web accessibility
  • Nicole Grams, Esri Solution Engineer

No cost to attend! Please register to get the meeting link.

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Your LinkedIn Data May Have Been Scraped for Use on the Dark Web

Riley County GIS forwarded us an article on stolen profile data related to LinkedIn from the security awareness training company KnowBe4. As many of our members have LinkedIn profiles (including KAM itself!), we thought we'd share this link for everyone's information. Thank you, Sherie Taylor, for passing this along!

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KDHE GIS Team Wins Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award

KAM members Nolita LaVoie and Amy Roust were honored by Esri in June for their GIS support of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) during the early stages of COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning. This is the second SAG award that KDHE GIS has won, having previously been recognized in 2012 for their innovative use of web GIS technology in support of the agency. Nolita was a member of that team as well. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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