May 9, 2018

Closing the Year on a High Note

There are plenty of great news this week as we bring the year to a close:

1) The department had 8 students graduate this semester, plus another 4 obtained GIS certificates. Congratulations to all in this major achievement!


Nick Adkins – MS

Alan Edwards – MA

Bob Wojcieszak – MA

Jacob Wolfe – MA

2018 MA Graduates- Alan Edwards (left) and Jacob Wolfe


Brian O’Keefe – BS

Keith Zeigler – BS

Michael Andry – BS

Kara Scott – BA


GIS certificate undergrad:

Madison Birchfield


GIS certificate grad level:

Todd Cooper

Jason Smith

Katelyn Amspacher

2) The department also handed-out The Dr. Sam E. Clagg Scholarship. Every year the Geography faculty selects an outstanding undergraduate geography major, and in some instances, we have the same recipient. The award is based primarily on academic performance but other factors such as participation in the Geography Club or Gamma Theta Upsilon honorary society may also be considered when deemed appropriate by the geography faculty. The scholarship winner receives a tuition waiver, certificate of recognition, recognition during the Honors College Convocation, and/or a modest cash stipend, when possible. Here are the 2018-2019 recipients:

Ann Lockard, Aaron Murphy, and Tristan Poston

Ann Lockard & Dr. Leonard    Tristan Poston & Dr. Leonard

3) The provost approved the MA Geography program for online instruction starting in fall 2018. Students admitted into the program will be able to complete the program completely through distance learning. A shout-out to Dr. Leonard for spear-heading this process and to the department faculty for developing courses over the years to reach this milestone.

4) Dr. Córdoba was notified last week by the faculty senate to be one of the recipients for the 2018 summer research awards for his project titled "The Evolution of Cuba’s air transport network; A graph theoretic approach 1967-2017". The research seeks to evaluate the impact of Cuba’s lack of connectivity with the U.S. air transport network.

The News Brief will resume in fall 2018, but as always, do not forget to send us updates on your career and personal life- the department always want to hear from current students and alumni. Finally, do not forget to send us any pictures that you happened to take this summer as you trot your local neighborhood or the globe. Have a restful and productive summer!

Job Opportunities

Human Geographer Research Apprentice, Leidos, Springfield, VA

Environment Data Specialist, Virginia State Government, Richmond, VA

GIS Analyst, American Water, McMurray, PA

GIS Analyst, American Water, Scranton, PA

GIS Analyst, The CRS Group, Baltimore, MD

GIS Technologist II, Duke Energy, Charlotte, NC

ArcGIS and ESRI Analyst, eBusiness Solutions, Inc., Columbus, OH

Should you have any questions about any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to get in contact.


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