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Time Boundary Track Professional Track Office Track Equipment & Technology Track
Monarch Room Salon E Salon H-F Keystone/Telluride Room
7:00am Registration Open
8:00am-10:00am JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “How to Make a Boundary Determination that Will Win in Court” JASON EMERY, PLS and PATRICK MCGRANAGHAN “Pondering the Hayden Survey of the Colorado and Adjacent Territories” MICHAEL DENNIS, PHD, RLS, PE, National Geodetic Survey Representative “GPS, Geodesy and the Ghosts in the Machine: Office Edition” None
Exhibitor breaks as needed
10:00am-12:00pm JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “How to Make a Boundary Determination that Will Win in Court” JASON EMERY, PLS and PATRICK MCGRANAGHAN “Pondering the Hayden Survey of the Colorado and Adjacent Territories” REBECCA BRUNO, Bureau of Land Management Representative “Office Research and Project Considerations” None
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH (Golden Ballroom): PLSC Annual Meeting, Introduction of PLSC Board of Directors, Exhibitor Introduction (5 minutes each)
1:00pm-3:00pm JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “How to Make a Boundary Determination that Will Win in Court” ALAN BLAIR, PLS “Ethics for Land Surveyors” JILL HATFIELD and JOE BELONGIA “Title Insurance: What you need to know” DAVID SANFORD “Carlson Field to Finish for the Field and Office”
Exhibitor breaks as needed
3:00pm-5:00pm JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “How to Make a Boundary Determination that Will Win in Court” ALAN BLAIR, PLS “Ethics for Land Surveyors” BRIAN DENNIS, PLS “Addressing Title Commitments on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey” KEN GOFF “Understanding Utilities and Field Markings”
5:00pm-7:00pm EXHIBITOR SOCIAL – Raffle, Exhibitor Passport
Time Future of Surveying Track Business Track Field Track Equipment & Technology Track
Monarch Room Salon E Salon H-F Keystone/Telluride Room
7:00am Registration Open
8:00am-10:00am JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “Relevancy in the 21st Century” MELODIE REAGAN “Key Marketing Trends, Social Media, SEO and Going Digital” MICHAEL DENNIS, PHD, RLS, PE, National Geodetic Survey Representative “GPS, Geodesy and the Ghosts in the Machine: Field Edition” TOM RICHARDSON & GWENDOLYN RICHARDSON “Senate Bill 18-167 & ASCE Standard 38-02 Levels of Utility Locates
Why are they important to me?”
Exhibitor breaks as needed
10:00am-12:00pm JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “Relevancy in the 21st Century” MELODIE REAGAN “Key Marketing Trends, Social Media, SEO and Going Digital” SEAN MULLEN, Bureau of Land Management Representative “Field Procedures in the PLSS” DUSTIN HOAGLIN, PLS “Lead Your Survey Department into the Roaring 20’s”
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH (Golden Ballroom): 20 Minute presentation on PLSC Activites, NSPS Young Surveyors Meeting (informal), Exhibitor Introduction (5 minutes each)
1:00pm-3:00pm JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “Relevancy in the 21st Century” BRIAN ANDERSON and BARBARA SABLE “Contracting for Projects Large and Small: A look at Contracts and Insurance for Land Surveyors” GARY GABLE, PLS “Best Safety Practices for Field Crews KEN MARTINEZ “Beyond State Plane – A look at Custom Ground Coordinate System Definitions in Autocad Civil 3D/Map 3D”
Exhibitor breaks as needed
3:00pm-5:00pm JEFFERY N. LUCAS, PLS, ESQ “Relevancy in the 21st Century” KIM EICKHOFF “Attracting and Keeping Great Employees” KEN GOFF “Utilities and Marked Utility Lines for Field Crews” NATHAN STEPHANSON & PHIL JANS “Utilizing High Accuracy UAV and Mobile Scanning Data”
5:00pm-7:00pm EXHIBITOR SOCIAL – Raffle, Exhibitor Passport
7:00pm-9:00pm Chapter Summit – Aspen Rooom
Time CFedS Track Colorado Law Track Federal Track CST Exam Track
Monarch Room Salon E Salon H-F Aspen Room
7:00am Registration Open
8:00am-10:00am GENE KOOPER, PLS, CFedS and STEVE PARRISH, PLS, CFedS “Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys” KELLY MILLER, PLS & JOYCE YOUNG, Dept. of Regulatory Agencies Representatives “AES DORA Board Activities” DARCEE KILLPACK, CARYOL LYDIC & JOSH NIMETZ, United States Geological Survey Representatives “3D Elevation Program (3DEP)” (1 hour) ALAN BLAIR to answer questions prior to Examinations.
Exhibitor breaks as needed
10:00am-12:00pm GENE KOOPER, PLS, CFedS and STEVE PARRISH, PLS, CFedS “Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys” KELLY MILLER, PLS & JOYCE YOUNG, Dept. of Regulatory Agencies Representatives “AES DORA Board Activities” MATTHEW BUDDIE and MARK ENGLISH, Federal Emergency Management Agency Reps. “Flood Hazard Mapping: Past, Present and Future ” (3 hours) Certified Survey Technician (CST) – Level 1 through 3 Exam
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH (Golden Ballroom) – PLSC Awards, Survey Olympics winners, New PLS/LSITs, Long Standing PLSC Members, Scholarship Winner, Plat Contest Winners and Silent Auction winners, Exhibitor Introduction (5 minutes each)
1:00pm-3:00pm GENE KOOPER, PLS, CFedS and STEVE PARRISH, PLS, CFedS “Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys” ANTHONY BASILE and JOHN DINGESS “Water Law 101” MICHAEL DENNIS, PHD, RLS, PE National Geodetic Survey Representative “New Datums and Coordinates in 2022: A Spatial Odyssey” (3 hours) Certified Survey Technician (CST) – Level 1 through 3 Exam
Exhibitor Break – 10 minutes allotted per hour as needed
3:00pm-5:00pm GENE KOOPER, PLS, CFedS and STEVE PARRISH, PLS, CFedS “Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys” ANTHONY BASILE and JOHN DINGESS “Water Law 101” JOHN HUNTER, PLS “New Datums and Coordinates in 2022: A Spatial Odyssey” (1 hour) Certified Survey Technician (CST) – Level 1 through 3 Exam
5:00pm-9:00pm Casino Night – Held in Exhibitor Hall

Speakers

Wednesday, February 26

Boundary Track

How to Make a Boundary Determination that Will Win in Court

Jeff Lucas, PLS, Esq.

Should you find yourself in court defending your map of survey or your opinion on the location of the property boundaries, what are the important issues to know and understand to make a boundary determination that will win in court?

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Professional Track

Pondering the Hayden Survey of the Colorado and Adjacent Territories

Jason Emery, PLS

This presentation will report on the Hayden Survey of Colorado-Wyoming-Utah in the 1870s focusing on the resulting Atlas.

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Pondering the Hayden Survey of the Colorado and Adjacent Territories

Patrick McGranaghan

This presentation will report on the Hayden Survey of Colorado-Wyoming-Utah in the 1870s focusing on the resulting Atlas.

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Ethics for Land Surveyors

Alan Blair, PLS

This discussion of ethics for surveyors will focus on existing guidance from national, state and local sources including: state societies, state agencies and the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

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Office Track

GPS, Geodesy and the Ghosts in the Machine: Office Edition

NGS Rep. Michael Dennis, PHD, RLS, PE

Managing data collected with GPS (GNSS) technology can be scary.  “Ghosts” may lurk in the “machine” of your office software, in the form of complex, proprietary algorithms and vendor-dictated workflows.

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Office Research and Project Considerations

BLM Rep. Rebecca Bruno

Ever wonder how BLM conducts records research?  What goes into building a survey project before any field work is ever done?  Or how a field survey becomes an Officially Approved record?

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Title Insurance: What you need to know

Joe Belongia

This presentation will review title insurance, along with rights and ownership of real property.

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Title Insurance: What you need to know

Jill Hatfield

This presentation will review title insurance, along with rights and ownership of real property.

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Addressing Title Commitments on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey

Brian Dennis, PLS

How do you address a legal description provided in a title commitment if that property does not exist, or they request a metes and bounds description of a platted lot?

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Equipment & Technology Track

Carlson Field to Finish for the Field and Office

David Sanford

Field to Finish is one of Carlson Software’s premier routines for producing automated drafting.  Field to Finish works with the survey codes used in the field to automatically draw linework and symbols in CAD.

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Understanding Utilities and Field Markings

Ken Goff

Surveyors lack of familiarity and knowledge of utilities and physical utility features in the field, and utility markings on the ground. This lack of knowledge directly impacts the Surveyors’ clients – the Engineers, by improper labeling of physical utility features in the field.

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Thursday, February 27

Future of Surveying Track

Relevancy in the 21st Century

Jeff Lucas, PLS, Esq.

Will surveying, as we know it, remain relevant in the 21st century, or are land surveyors destined to become the buggy-whip manufacturers of our time?

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Business Track

Key Marketing Trends, Social Media, SEO and Going Digital

Melodie Reagan

Join Melodie Reagan, CEO, Crazy Good Marketing for a roll-up your sleeves, interactive workshop on how to win with smart marketing.

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Contracting for Projects Large and Small

Brian Anderson

For most design professionals, negotiating a professional services agreement is NOT the best part of a project. Some “solve” that problem by not having a contract at all, but we all know that’s not an ideal solution.

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Contracting for Projects Large and Small

Barbara Sable

For most design professionals, negotiating a professional services agreement is NOT the best part of a project. Some “solve” that problem by not having a contract at all, but we all know that’s not an ideal solution.

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Attracting and Keeping Great Employees

Kim Eickhoff

Attracting and hiring the right employees, and then providing a great place to work, is what creates GREAT long-term employees. Great employees are imperative for growth, because a business cannot grow without a team.

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Field Track

GPS, Geodesy and the Ghosts in the Machine: Field Edition

NGS Rep. Michael Dennis, PHD, RLS, PE

Presentation Title Two

GPS (GNSS) technology has revolutionized surveying fieldwork: you can now collect (bad) data faster than ever before!  With a field “crew” of one person!  But the gains in efficiency come at a price.

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Field Procedures in the PLSS

BLM Rep. Sean Mullen

Join Sean Mullen as he explains the process of field survey from receiving the assignment instructions to drafting the plat and field notes and the many decision points in-between.

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Best Safety Practices for Field Crews

Gary Gable, PLS

The two-hour session will include many topics that are critical for a field crew to be aware of.

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Utilities and Marked Utility Lines for Field Crews

Ken Goff

Surveyors lack of familiarity and knowledge of utilities and physical utility features in the field, and utility markings on the ground.

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Equipment & Technology Track

Senate Bill 18-167 & ASCE Standard 38-02 Levels of Utility Locates Why are they important to me?

Tom Richardson

In this lecture we will explore what is the recently passed Senate Bill 18-167, and we will also study the four different levels of utility locates per the CI/ASCE Standard 38-02 mentioned in the Bill.

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Senate Bill 18-167 & ASCE Standard 38-02 Levels of Utility Locates Why are they important to me?

Gwendolyn Richardson
In this lecture we will explore what is the recently passed Senate Bill 18-167, and we will also study the four different levels of utility locates per the CI/ASCE Standard 38-02 mentioned in the Bill.

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Lead Your Survey Department into the Roaring 20’s

Dustin Hoaglin, PLS

Are you Made to Measure? In this technical session, the Vectors team will provide you provide you with some insight on new technology, workflows and how this new tech will reduce your field time, speed up your deliverables, and increase your profits.

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Beyond State Plane – A look at Custom Ground Coordinate System Definitions in Autocad Civil 3D/Map 3D

Ken Martinez

This class presents a deeper dive into Coordinate System Definitions in Autocad Civil 3D/Map 3D.  Learn how to create your own custom Ground Coordinate System that spatially references your specific project or city.

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Utilizing High Accuracy UAV and Mobile Scanning Data

Nathan Stephanson

Current data capture techniques both UAV and Terrestrial are providing more accurate data than ever, but why does it matter and how can we harness all of this data so that it can be verified and trusted for accuracy, consumed and shared in order to provide actionable business insights.

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Utilizing High Accuracy UAV and Mobile Scanning Data

Phil Jahns

Current data capture techniques both UAV and Terrestrial are providing more accurate data than ever, but why does it matter and how can we harness all of this data so that it can be verified and trusted for accuracy, consumed and shared in order to provide actionable business insights.

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Friday, February 28

CFedS Track

Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys

Gene Kooper, PLS, CFedS

This full day workshop (2 CEU credits) on “Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys” begins with a brief introduction of mineral surveys.

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Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys

Steve Parrish, PLS, CFedS

This full day workshop (2 CEU credits) on “Advanced Topics & Case Histories in Mineral Survey Resurveys” begins with a brief introduction of mineral surveys.

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Colorado Law Track

AES DORA Board Activities

DORA Rep. Kelly Miller, PLS

This is a unique opportunity to learn all the activities that the AES Board manages, procedure information, and plans for future rule considerations.

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AES DORA Board Activities

DORA Rep. Joyce Young

This is a unique opportunity to learn all the activities that the AES Board manages, procedure information, and plans for future rule considerations.

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Water Law 101

Anthony Basile, Esq.

In the arid West, water is not just a resource; it is a property right, a crucial economic driver, and a constant point of contention. This “Water Law 101” class will examine those issues.

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Water Law 101

John Dingess, Esq.

In the arid West, water is not just a resource; it is a property right, a crucial economic driver, and a constant point of contention. This “Water Law 101” class will examine those issues.

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Federal Track

3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

Darcee Killpack

The presentation will include an overview of 3DEP, a new 3D Nation Survey, partnerships, and the associated products, services, and tools.

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3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

Carol Lydic

The presentation will include an overview of 3DEP, a new 3D Nation Survey, partnerships, and the associated products, services, and tools.

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3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

Josh Nimetz

The presentation will include an overview of 3DEP, a new 3D Nation Survey, partnerships, and the associated products, services, and tools.

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Flood Hazard Mapping: Past, Present and Future

Matthew Buddie

This presentation will explain how FEMA is utilizing LiDAR from the USGS, State partners, and others to move flood hazard mapping into the next generation.

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Flood Hazard Mapping: Past, Present and Future

Mark English

This presentation will explain how FEMA is utilizing LiDAR from the USGS, State partners, and others to move flood hazard mapping into the next generation.

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New Datums and Coordinates in 2022: A Spatial Odyssey

Michael Dennis

This presentation is about a change that is nearly upon us: in 2022 or shortly after, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will modernize the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

About Michael Dennis

New Datums and Coordinates in 2022: A Spatial Odyssey

John Hunter, PLS

This presentation is about a change that is nearly upon us: in 2022 or shortly after, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will modernize the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

About Michael Dennis

CST Exam Track

CST Exam – Q&A

Alan Blair

Alan Blair to answer questions prior to Examinations.

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Exhibitors & Sponsors

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Hotel Information

The Marriott Denver West at 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, CO 80401 is the Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit hotel.

A room rate of $139 per night is available. Call the hotel reservations at 888-238-1803 and ask for the CO Land Surveyors rate. You can also reserve your room online.

Committee & Board Members

Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit Committee

Kayce D. W. Keane, PLS

Chairman

Mrs. Kayce Keane, a western North Carolina native, is the Survey Director for Boulder Land Consultants. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S degree in Applied Mathematics on full academic scholarships.

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Becky Roland

Executive Director, PLSC

Becky Roland is the Executive Director of PLSC and joined the organization in 2012. She has an MBA from Regis University and has been in association management for 31 years (she started when she was 12).

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Robert Boehm, PLS

Robert began his career in surveying in 1992 and he is currently a Global Technology Leader and Project Manager for Jacobs.

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Michael M. Greer, PLS

Director, PLSC

Michael M. Greer celebrated his 30th anniversary with Jefferson County April 1, 2019.  The first five years were spent in the Mapping Dept. retracing the original surveys in the Evergreen / Conifer area and along the various west County lines.

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Heather Lassner, PLS

Heather Lassner is a newly minted Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Colorado but has been working in the field of surveying or related fields since 2006, with ten years being municipal work at various locations across the Front Range.

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Shaun Lee, PLS

Treasurer PLSC

Shaun is native to Pennsylvania and grew up in a small town before moving to Maryland, then Colorado in 2007.

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Steve Parker, PLS

President PLSC

Steven Parker, PLS CFM CFedS, is the current president of the PLSC, and has been involved in the Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit since it’s inception in 2011. Steve is a Professional Land Surveyor at NV5 in Colorado Springs.

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PLSC Board of Directors

PLSC Officers

President
Steve Parker

Vice President
Don Hulsey

Secretary/Treasurer
Shaun Lee

Past President
Todd Beers

Executive Director
Becky Roland

Northern Chapter
Heather Lassner

Central Chapter
Eric Carson
Mike Greer

Western Chapter
Scott Thompson
Tom Sylvester

Southern Chapter
Eric White
Brian Dennis

NW 1/4 Chapter
Leif Joy

WPFS Delegates
Todd Beers
Roger Nelson

NSPS Governor
Todd Beers

Southern Chapter

President
Don R. Hulsey, PLS

Vice President
Spencer Barron, PLS

Secretary
Steve Parker, PLS, CFedS, CFM

Treasurer
Dan Hanten, PLS

Director
Joseph Alessi III, PLS, CRA, GRI, BSME

Director
Mark Johannes, PLS, CFedS

Director
Steve Rutzen, PLS

Director
Jon Tessin, PLS, CFedS

Director
Eric White, PLS, CFedS

Director
Kenneth Gould, PLS

Director
Dennis Craig, PLS

Director – NGS Champion
Gary Rust, PLS

Central Chapter

President
Robert Boehm, PLS

Vice President
Derek Brown, PLS

Secretary
Cole Conger

Treasurer
Daniel Davis, PLS

Director
Devon Arnold, PLS

Director
Dane Courville, PLS

Director
Bryan Douglass, PLS

Director
Jeff MacKenna, PLS

Director
Laura Minchk

Director
Tony Peall, PLS

Director
Brian Socia, PLS

Northern Chapter

President
Tony Fendick

President Elect
Laine Landau

Secretary/Treasurer
Heather Lassner

Director
Ron Perkins

Director
Reade Roselles

Director
Michael DeDecker

Director
Steve Parks

Map / Plat Competition

The Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado is hosting a map / plat competition at the RMSS Conference this Feb 26-28, 2020. We’re looking for your best creations – the ones you spent the most time on – the ones you are most proud of.

The categories will be Subdivision Plats, Boundary/Cadastral Maps, Topographic Maps, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, and Miscellaneous Maps with first and second prizes awarded in each category. Entries will be judged on a variety of criteria by a 6 person panel of professionals from the PLSC chapters. Top entries will be showcased at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Surveyors Summit and the winners will be honored at lunch on Friday Feb. 28th.

This is your chance to inspire and enlighten your survey colleagues with your creative techniques while also striving to raise the bar for survey deliverables. We look forward to seeing and showing off your work.

Application & Additional Details

Register

Half Day One Day Two Days Three Days
On or before January 15, 2020
PLSC Member $125 $175 $325 $490
Non-Member $195 $275 $42 $590
Student N/A $75 $125 $200
After January 15, 2020
PLSC Member $140 $200 $375 $550
Non-Member $210 $305 $475 $650
Student N/A $100 $155 $250

Catered breakfasts & lunches will be provided on all days.

Members
Non-Members
Students