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Cross USA Lecture Tour

The Geo-Institute of the ASCE provides the Cross USA Geo-Institute Lecture Tour as a service to local G-I groups and members as an ongoing program to enhance the prestige of the Geo-Professions. The Cross USA G-I Lecturer (Lecturer) will be a nominated distinguished geoprofessional.

The 2012-13 Lecturer is Dr. John T. Christian.

Tour Program

  1. Lecturer nominations are open to any member of the G-I. The nominees will be selected based on a range of criteria, including prestige in the geoprofessional community, professional achievements, and lecture abilities. The Lecturer will present at five different U.S. locations.
  2. If a GSO is selected as a host, it shall invite area professionals to attend. The host groups will be selected based on a range of criteria, including past selection as a host group, population base, geographic location, and application presentation.
  3. The Lecturer will provide the host groups with a choice of one or more lecture topics. Each group will jointly decide with the Lecturer the final topic to be presented at their location. The Lecturer or host group should contact the G-I Director if difficulties occur in finalizing tour dates or arrangements. If coordination conflicts are not able to be resolved, the alternate host will be contacted.
  4. An honorarium of $1000 per lecture will be provided to the Lecturer by the G-I. In addition, the Lecturer's travel expenses for the tour will be reimbursed by the G-I in accordance with current ASCE travel guidelines. Travel expenditures will be submitted to the G-I Director for reimbursement. The local host group will provide local lodging, local transportation, and meal expenses.


November 1st: G-I staff sends targeted request for nominations to Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs), Organizational Members, Technical Committees and Chapters.
November 15th: G-I staff sends general nomination announcement in the monthly e-newsletter.
January 15th: Lecturer nominations due to G-I staff.
January 31st: G-I Past President forms selection committee of Past President and two other governors to review rank nominations.
February 15th: Ranked nominees due to the G-I Board of Governors (BOG) from selection committee.
Annual Congress: BOG selects Lecturer at meeting held in conjunction with G-I annual congress.
March 1st: G-I staff announces Lecturer (may be done after March 1 if the annual congress takes place in March, but the following steps are still taken) and sends host application out to GSOs and Chapters.
April 15th: Host applications are due to G-I staff.
April 15th: G-I Past President forms selection committee of Past President and two other governors to review and rank applications.
April 30th: Ranked host applications due to BOG.
May: BOG meets for final selection of hosts. Five hosts will be selected, with an alternate host selected if one host drops out.
May 31st: Staff announces hosts.
June 1st -May 31st: Lecturer and Hosts negotiate topics, local transportation, lecture dates and other logistics. G-I staff is available to facilitate communication if necessary.