It’s always great to see one of our own being recognized for excellent work. Kurt Schindler, Michigan State University Extension regional land use educator, received the prestigious Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) Award for Exemplary Contributions at the 2010 Michigan Association of Planning Annual Conference in Detroit on Oct. 20. Kurt has been involved with MAP for nearly 30 years and is a long-time instructor of MAP programs. The organization recognized as we do Kurt’s ability to work patiently and expertly with government officials and community planners. From defining educational needs to developing quality training programs to persuading community planners to become involved, Kurt is sought out as a person of expertise, humility, vast experience and genuineness. I am proud to congratulate Kurt on this well-deserved honor.