Will Schoefmann, GIS coordinator for the City of Keene, was presented with the New England-St. Lawrence Valley AAG 2018 ‘Friend of Geography’ award at the NESTVAL annual meeting in Keene, October 13th. Will is a Keene State alum and longtime collaborator with KSC Geography, Outdoor Recreation, and Planning. For more than ten years, Will has supported the department by providing GIS technical support and data to faculty and students. He has co-presented with students and faculty, helped support student research, and developed and organized projects that give our students real-world skills. Thanks Will, for being a great friend to GORP! We look forward to collaborating for many years to come.
This past Saturday, several geography majors walked at graduation including: Matt Collins, Keri Carr, Cassie Stepanek, Ryan Zarnowski, Danielle Sinvil, Cavan Perrot and Meg Vetter. Congratulations to all our graduates!
Pictured here are (l to r) Dr. Sasha Davis, Meg Vetter, Dr. Lara Bryant, Dr. Chris Brehme, and Ryan Zarnowski.
Fifteen Geography seniors and four faculty members recently attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Held this year in Tampa, Florida, this is the premier conference of our discipline, attended by thousands of academic and professional geographers and scientists from a variety of disciplines.
Keene State was one of the best represented departments among the hundreds attending, as our students made six presentations over four days. One group of seniors, Brian Cote, Brian Jones, Michael Harpool and Abby Martelle, received the award for Best Undergraduate Paper Award from the Regional Development and Planning Group, for their project “The Ultimate Commute: An Assessment of Bike Path Conditions in Keene, NH.”
Faculty members Lara Bryant, Chris Cusack and Chris Brehme presented their latest research results during paper sessions, and emeritus professor Klaus Bayr presented a poster with alums Chris Dunn and Adam Riffle describing Dr. Bayr’s ongoing glacier research.
It was not all work and no play in Tampa. Most of the group took in an NHL Hockey game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. On Wednesday evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner of pizza and cold drinks following our extensive self-guided tour of downtown Tampa. Thursday allowed for some relaxing hours poolside at the conference hotel.
The Annual AAG Meeting has become a rite of passage for our graduating seniors as most look forward to the final weeks of their undergraduate college experience. This year’s juniors should already be looking forward to AAG 2015 in Chicago!
Geography Seniors made a splash at the 2014 Academic Excellence Conference on April 5th with twenty-two seniors presenting six projects. Parents, friends and faculty joined them to share in their success. Read more about all six projects on the student work page. In addition, senior Mike Desjardins gave an oral presentation on the results of his KSC Undergraduate Research-funded work on coral reef conditions in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Read more about his work under his student profile.
On April 25th, twelve students were inducted into Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geography Honor Society. The ceremony was held in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center, and was followed by dinner at a downtown restaurant. Pictured here (l. to r.): Current president Amelia Armstrong, Charles Stoll, David Webb, Steve Vitko, Andrew Lampron, Greg McCormick, Samuel Rand, Emily Francis, Chris Dunn, Bryan Finocchiaro, Mike Harpool (new president), Patrick Brough (current vice president) and Keith Pancake. Not pictured are new members Luke Mathews and Max Marek and current members Kelley Levine, Ryan Gould and Michelle Lefebvre.