The Arizona Hydrological Society’s annual symposium held in Tucson last week was a great success. M&A was well represented, and Marla Odom, groundwater hydrologist in the Tucson office, was presented with the AHS Service Award.
The award is given to an AHS member who has provided exceptional benefits to the society and its members in one or more service categories: AHS education programs, chapter service, corporate board service and/or the AHS symposia. Marla has served AHS and its members in all four service categories.
Marla served as a judge for at least 10 years at the Southern Arizona Science and Engineering Fair for the Tucson Chapter. She was the first recipient of the Leonard Halpenny Intern Scholarship in 1996, and after receiving the scholarship has managed the intern program for 23 years. She successfully organized a groundwater modeling flow workshop to raise 10 years’ worth of funds for the Tucson Chapter’s share of funding for the Halpenny intern scholarship program, and she has also coordinated with the Arizona Water Resources Research Center the annual Project WET Workshop held for teachers during the symposium.
She has participated in symposium planning in all three cities (Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff) since 2013, and she chaired the event in 2013. Marla has been a chapter and/or corporate board member for 23 years, serving a variety of positions. She has been the Tucson Chapter president seven times, including her current stint for the past four years. She has also been the corporate board secretary since 2007.
Congratulations, Marla, for this well-deserved recognition! M& A is a proud supporter of AHS and its educational mission both through corporate donations and staff time.