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Geography Club is a social and academic organization open to all students with an interest in geography. The purpose of the club is to offer a forum for students to network and learn outside of the classroom in both formal and informal settings. In the past the club has sponsored guest lectures, panels, field trips, special exhibits (during National Geographic Awareness Week, for example), and various social gatherings. The club works to support and promote geography on campus and in the larger Missouri community.
(Photo from left to right: Corey Werner, Aaron Kirchhoff, Jon Hilton, Kimberly Tritsch,
Champagne Minx and Justin Fristoe)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Corey Werner
Events: The Geography Club hosts several events and activities for Club members and the community each academic year. Last year's events included a Geography Employers Panel, which included representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Census Bureau, HNTB and Watershed Concepts. The employee representatives from HNTB, Luke Johnson, and Watershed Concepts, Ryan Bechtel, are Geography alums. Geography Club also sponsored a presentation by David Salmon, also a Geography alum, who is a storm chaser and author. The Club went GeoCaching (treasure hunting with GPS devices), hosted a Garmin employment event, with an HR representative and cartographic specialists from Garmin International and held an end of the year BBQ with Geography faculty and staff.
Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), an international honor society in geography, is represented on this campus by the Iota Lambda Chapter. Established in March 1966, the chapter now has about 250 members. The purpose of the organization is to:
1) further professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field;
2) strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory;
3) advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation;
4) encourage student research of high quality and to provide an outlet for publication;
5) create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of geography; and
6) promote life-long learning and enjoyment of geography.
Initiates must have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses and 3 semesters of college course work and hold a 3.3 grade point average (GPA) or above in geography. Application forms and details are available on this web site (click below) and from the Geography Program, Humphreys Building, Room 223, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Regular membership is $25. Honor cords and pins with the GTU symbol can be ordered.
The Geography Program offers Geography Minor (21sh), GIS Minor (23 sh), and Graduate Certificate in GIS (15 sh). Faculty members are advisors and mentors as well as highly trained professionals with diverse interests and teaching expertise.
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GTU Faculty Advisory: Dr. Corey Werner