On Saturday, May 18, Dan accompanied his father, Reuben, on the Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Reuben served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska with the Alaska Defense Command. After years of supporting the Honor Flight Network, Reuben was blessed with the opportunity to go on the flight with Dan as his volunteer guardian. Congratulations Reuben and thank you for your service to our country!
Students in Rebecca Griffin’s Critical Reading class at Sun Prairie Senior High School recently visited with Dan Birrenkott in their classroom. Rebecca is “working with her students to develop the skills and strategies needed to comprehend the type of texts and reading tasks they will encounter in college and in their career.” By inviting guest speakers into the classroom, students learn real-world examples of strategies they can use when “the reading gets tough!”
Dan presented the students samples of items read on a daily basis in the surveying profession; legal descriptions, title reports, codes, state statutes, and survey maps. He spoke of the importance of wording things carefully, and they asked him questions about the education/training needed to become a surveyor. The next day, they sent Dan this note:
Badger Honor Flight, Incorporation’s mission is to fly veterans at no cost to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. Thanks to Birrenkott Surveying, Inc. for their generous donation of two site plan maps. This will help make it possible for these veterans to visit their memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.
Standing from left to right are: Matt O’Connor (first place); Kelli Sobczak (second place); Joe Sveda (third place); Mitch Oelke (fourth place); Ashley Hoffmann (fifth place) with Dan Birrenkott, Birrenkott Surveying Inc. Not pictured is Tyler Kraut (sixth place).
Matt O’Connor winner of 2011 Sun Prairie High School Trig Star
Trig Star is an annual math competition where students and their schools compete for state recognition. The state winner goes on to compete for the National Title. Sun Prairie has had two prior State winners.
Test questions are based on examples of land surveying problems. The purpose is to show students how trigonometry is used in real-world situations.
The Trig Star test is made up of trigonometry questions proposed by the National Society of Professional Surveyors.
Competition is presented by Dan Birrenkott of Birrenkott Surveying Inc., with the help of the Sun Prairie High School math department and coordination from department head, Wendy Harris.
Local sponsors: Dan Birrenkott, Birrenkott Surveying Inc., Sun Prairie Rotary Club, Madison Area Surveying Association and Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors2011 winners
On Thursday, February 24, 2011 Dan Birrenkott, Chris Casson and Gail Baerwolf headed up to the Realtors Blitz at the Marriott West in Madison. Birrenkott Surveying, Inc. has been an exhibitor for many years. We seen new faces as well as old. It was a great crowd, lots of fun and very rewarding.