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Ellis Wall Map and Globe Collection Dedication
James and Marguerite Ellis of Sedalia, MO, were honored in April 2006 for their many years of financial support to the Department of Geography. Mr. Ellis graduated from Central's geography and history programs in the 1960s and had a distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Their generosity has made possible special lectures, scholarships for student participation in professional conferences, and the acquisition of new wall maps and globes for the hallway and classrooms. The event included the naming and dedication of the Ellis Wall Map and Globe Collection. Provost Wilson was present to greet the honorees, and Dean Virginia Wheeless of the College of Arts and Sciences (now the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences), gave a special greeting. The geography faculty presented a Power Point show, "The Power and Pleasure of Maps," which showcased a selection of maps, from fantasy and propaganda to GIS student projects. The Ellises have also donated the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World to the geographers (Princeton University Press, 2000); it is housed in the reference collection at the university's Kirkpatrick Library. James Ellis was honored with the Outstanding Alumnus in Geography Award at the 2008 Spring Awards Reception.