In Memoriam

APPA member David D’Angelo was killed last October in a motorcycle accident near his home. D’Angelo was the director of facilities management at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and the Institutional Representative to APPA.

“He especially found pleasure in praising his staff, and he started every conversation with a success story about someone in his department,” said Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration Bill Torrey.

D’Angelo’s most recent accomplishments on campus included the restoration of the Chapel and the construction of Kanbar Hall, which he helped to dedicate the night before his death.

Just a Reminder

APPA has moved to a Web-based, user-friendly data program which will allow you to access your member record 24-hours a day; search the member directory for colleagues or business partners from around the world; register for APPA’s quality educational programs; complete APPA’s annual Facilities Core Data Survey; and much more. In the months to come you will see even more services, such as an improved bookstore, online research results, and a customizable MyAPPA page.

You should already have received a username (your APPA member number) and a randomly chosen password. For security purposes, APPA recommends that you change your password and make a record of it.

If you already have a username and password, you will need to discontinue using it. The username and password sent to you by e-mail will replace them.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the APPA member services department at 703-684-1446.

Data Collection Survey Deadline Extended

The deadline for completing APPA’s new Facilities Core Data Survey has been extended to March 18, 2005.

This new survey will be conducted annually and has 12 modules which can be divided among staff members. You may choose to complete the entire survey or only several modules each year. Upon completion of a module, you will receive an instant report based on your responses. The data collected from this survey will be compiled for various purposes, including a publication on facilities performance indicators. Review the survey questions and definitions at Remember, the more information APPA has, the better we can serve your data needs.

Overstock Catalog Available

Now is your chance to add several APPA classics to your resource library, from A Foundation to Uphold to Changing Currents in Deregulation, at significant savings to you. These books are packed full of relevant

information necessary to perform your job effectively on a day-to-day basis. Take advantage of these overstock publications by visiting APPA’s online bookstore at

PGMS Announces Election of New Leaders

Chris Fay, grounds manager at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was elected and installed as the new volunteer president of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) during the Society’s annual business meeting held in conjunction with the Green Industry Exposition in Charlotte, N.C.

In addition to Fay, PGMS members elected Ellen Newell, CGM, assistant director of grounds services at Arizona State University, as their president-elect, and Greg Nichols of Bryn Mawr College as treasurer.

Joseph Jackson, CGM, and Mike Loftus, CGM, were re-elected as South East and North East regional directors, respectively. Jackson is the assistant director of facilities management at Duke University and Loftus serves the University of Delaware as assistant director of facilities.

PGMS is an APPA strategic alliance partner. For further information on PGMS and its new leaders, visit

Kevin O’Donnell Recognized by PGMS

Kevin O’Donnell, CGM, was honored as the recipient of the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) inaugural E. Earl Wilson Award during ceremonies at the Society’s 2004 School of Professional Grounds Management & Green Industry Expo in Charlotte, N.C. This new award is a tribute to E. Earl Wilson, a past president of PGMS, and is considered the Society’s highest honor. It is presented as deemed appropriate for outstanding and sustained service and dedication to PGMS and the Green Industry as a whole.

O’Donnell is the superintendent of grounds at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.

For a complete list of awards presented by PGMS, visit

2004 Green Star Award


The Professional Grounds Management Society recognized 17 grounds management programs for excellence in the Society’s 2004 Green Star Awards Competition during its 2004 School of Professional Grounds Management held in conjunction with the Green Industry Exposition. Facilities-related grounds management programs are listed below.

Hospital or Institution

Grand Award—Duke University Medical Center
Grand Award—University of Virginia Health System

Park, Recreation Area or Playground

Grand Award—Lincoln Park/Chicago Park District

Athletic or Professional Fields

Honor Award—Texas Tech University
Grand Award—Duke University/ Wallace Wade Stadium

University and College Grounds

Grand Award—California Institute of Technology
Grand Award—Lebanon Valley College
Grand Award—University of Missouri - Rolla
Grand Award—University of Texas at Austin
Grand Award—Wake Forest University

Urban University Grounds

Honor Award—Southern Methodist University
Grand Award—American University
Grand Award—Dallas Theological Seminary
Grand Award—University of Nevada - Las Vegas

AIA Elects New President

Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA, founding principal of Braun & Steidl Architects, Inc. of Akron and Columbus, Ohio, was inaugurated as the 81st president of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) December 3 in Washington, D.C.

Steidl was elected on a platform of professional stewardship to society.

“Sustainable design, smart growth, and livable communities should all be terms that the public immediately associate with the AIA,” stated Steidl in his platform address.

Ecology Yearbook Available

Interested in conservation or sustainability projects? Pick up a copy of the 15th edition of Campus Environment Yearbook, released late last year by the National Wildlife Federation, the nation’s leading conservation, education, and advocacy group.

The current edition includes 46 case studies focusing on projects ranging from generating wind power, to composting with worms, to restoring habitat for wildlife, from 37 higher education institutions in the United States and Canada.

Published each year since 1989, Campus Environmental Yearbook is the only publication of its kind in the U.S.

To order, visit

Facilities Department Recognized

Iowa State University’s Facilities Planning and Management Organization (ISU FP&M) will be recognized for the Tier 3 level of the Malcolm Baldrige National Award Criteria in the category of Business. Governor Vilsack and the Iowa Quality Center will present the Bronze award to ISU FP&M during the Governor’s Recognition of Performance Excellence Celebration on March 1, 2005.

For more information on this award, visit