Seniors study Keene microclimates

Four Keene GORP seniors are studying the effects of landcover on temperature variations throughout the Keene valley, to understand impact of different surfaces on diurnal patterns.  Their work entails measuring weather conditions at several sites across the region.  In October, they installed a rooftop weather station on the Science Building, with the weather station interface prominently displayed on the second floor.  Wind speed, pressure, dew point and moisture conditions are collected on a real-time basis and used for anlysis.  Pictured here are (right to left): Zane Atwood, Jason LaPanne, Alex Sabido, and Nick Young.

2016 Geography Graduates

This past Saturday, several geography2016grad1 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.

Senior students assess the Ashuelot Rail Trail and explore the potential for bike commuting in the Monadnock Region

ART_imageWith guidance from Southwest Region Planning Commission, senior students assessed the Ashuelot Rail Trail, which leads from the Keene State College campus all the way to the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, NH.  Using GPS and GIS, students mapped trail conditions and created a final map of ‘ride-ability’ along the 22 mile route.  They also surveyed riders, walkers and other community members about their commuting habits.  The results are available as a final report on our Student Work page.

Students Study Bike Tourism and Trail Conditions from Keene to Walpole

Web_Pic_CRTNIn the fall of 2014, four senior geography students embarked on a semester-long effort to assess the condition of the Cheshire Rail Trail North, a former railroad right of way that now forms the foundation of a nearly 18-mile long rail-trail from downtown Keene to Walpole, NH.  With support from Southwest Region Planning Commission, the students discovered that the most well-maintained portions are within Keene, but some of the most scenic sections are found along the Connecticut River valley, many miles to the north and west. Read more about their project and others on our Student Work page.

New Geography Honor Society Members Inducted

Each spring we are proud to induct a new class of students into Keene State’s Beta Theta chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the International Honor Society of GeGTU_2014ography.  To be eligible, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in all classes and in geography courses.  This year’s new class of GTU members includes Lena Fontana, Samantha Gaudette, Emily Pelletier and Kat Wood.  Not pictured are new members Brian Jones and Megan Pietrowski.  New officers were elected for the 2014-15 academic year: President: Charles Stoll, Vice-President: Kat Wood, Secretary: Samantha Gaudette, and Treasurer: Lena Fontana.  Also present for the induction ceremony were current officers Michael Harpool and Keith Pancake.  After the ceremony, we celebrated over dinner at Elm City Brewing Company.