We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Sasha Davis as our newest faculty member in Geography. Dr. Davis earned his PhD from Penn State in 2003 and most recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. At Keene State, he will teach courses in Human Geography, Tourism, and Recreation. Dr. Davis’ research interests are in the impacts of tourism, as well as the role of militarism, in the Pacific islands.
Jeffery Nugent, Geography Adjunct, works for the Windham Regional Commission for Windham Country, Vermont as a mapping specialist. Recently, he was featured in the Keene Sentinel for his work of mapping the damage from Tropical Storm Irene, which wrecked havoc on the state of Vermont in 2011. These maps, which will provide a historical record of the damage, were released last week and can been viewed at www.windhamregional.org/gis.
The Department of Geography received Keene State’s ‘Transformation Award’ for demonstrating recent achievements in establishing three coordinated initiatives:
- Geography Internship Program;
- GIS Research Lab
- Conference Presentation Opportunities
Geography competed against dozens of other departments and programs on campus to earn second place in the competition. The Transformation Award recognizes departments that have transformed their work to align more closely with the college’s three
- Academic Excellence and Student Success
- Institutional Effectiveness, Sustainability, and Financial Stability
- Diversity in the Community, Curriculum, and Co-curriculum
The award was based on the department’s poster presentation which highlights how we levereged the success of our Senior Seminar course and community partnerships into this new set of initiatives. The poster, created by Dr. Chris Cusack, can be seen here.
In March, Drs. Rydant (Geography), Fleeger (Environmental Studies) and Stephenson (Director, The Global Education Office) travelled to the University of Dundee, Scotland to explore the opening of a student exchange program. Consultations with faculty and administrators were productive; we look forward to creating a new exchange venue for Keene State students with this strong Scottish university.
A little R&R time led the professors to a sighting of Nessie on Loch Ness, castle visits in Edinburgh, visits to a number of Angus Pictish sites and 1500 year old stone sculptures, and a visit to St. Andrew’s University, where Prince William received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography.
New to the Geography department this year is Dr. Lara M.P. Bryant.She joins the faculty at Keene adding her expertise in geographic education.She earned her doctorate in Geographic Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. At Texas State she was actively involved in the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education in a multitude of roles including teacher consultant and conference coordinator.Dr. Bryant is currently the new coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance, and will be engaged in outreach programs with the public school system throughout New Hampshire.
Dr. Bryant has ten years experience teaching geography in both rural and urban secondary schools.At Texas State University she taught introductory courses for World Geography and Geographic Information Systems. Dr. Bryant currently teaches Introduction to World Geography, Geography for Educators and GeoSpatial Technologies for K-12.Dr. Bryant’s research interests include GIS in secondary education, affective education, informal geographic education, and spatial cognition. Dr. Bryant’s international experiences include living in Germany, traveling to China as a Fulbright participant and working in Chile to help develop online geography modules for the Association of American Geographers Center for Global Education.