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Geography Department Alumni Newsletter
January 2016

Message from the Chair, Dr. James Dyer

Greetings from Athens, to alumni, friends, and Geography compatriots! I hope everyone enjoys catching up with the Department with this successor to our Geogram. We might have changed a bit since you last looked…. Read more.

Undergraduate News

AMS Names Meteorology Club the Nation’s #1 Chapter!

The American Meteorology Society named OHIO’s Meteorology Club outstanding student chapter of the year “for its commitment to community service, including hosting an annual symposium open to the public, support of StormFest, and outreach to local elementary schools.” Read more.

In March, the club sponsored its Sixth Annual Meteorological Symposium, with invited speakers from government and industry.

GIS Major Tracks the Wake of a Destructive Storm

Geographic Information Science major and Meteorology minor Ashley Maupin is using GIS and remote sensing to track the path of the Joplin Tornado. Read more.

Senior Advocates for Foster Care Students

For Geographic Information Science major and Meteorology minor Michael Outrich, service and research have been an important part of his academic program.  Read more.

Meteorology Major Gets Broadcast Internship at NBC4

Geography major and Meteorology minor Sarah Lemelin gains on-the-job experience with a Columbus TV station. Read more.

California-bound for Student Working with NASA

Meteorology major Kylie Holmes was part of the 2015 NASA Student Airborne Research Program. Read more.

Students Share Experiences from Scotland’s Isle of Eigg

Dr. Geoff Buckley leads environmentally-focused study abroad experience to Edinburgh. Read more.

Graduate Students

Understanding the Resourcefulness of Maasai Women

Ashley Doria’s research is a seamless blend between Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies alongside Geography, an exciting new field called Emotional Geography. Read more.

Tracking Conservation Efforts from Rainforest to Prairie

Steven Richardson assisted national and international groups with their land conservation efforts. Read more.

Alumni News

From Bobcat to Broadcast Meteorologist in Miami

Ryan Phillips shared his experiences with current students and faculty at a recent departmental colloquium. Read more.

Hardy ’88 Named Ohio Sea Grant Educator in Cleveland

Scott Hardy (B.S. 1998, Environmental Geography) named Ohio Sea Grant Extension educator in Cleveland. Read more.

Stevens ’98 to Lead ENSCO Rail Division

Jeffrey Stevens (B.S. 1998, Cartography) to lead ENSCO Rail Division. Read more.

Vickers ’06 Co-Anchors WTOL 11 Your Day

Chris Vickers (B.S. 2006, Meteorology) co-anchors WTOL Your Morning and Your Day in Toledo. Read more.

Kessler ’88 is Geography Associate Professor at Penn State

“In my current position I teach cartography and GIS courses to a mixture of resident and online students," says Fritz Kessler '88. Read more.

Kurowski ’04 is Director of GIS for Arlington, MA

"I have had quite the journey since finishing my degree at OU in 2004," says Adam Kurowski '04 (M.A. Geography). Read more.

Haskins ’14 Puts GIS Degree to Work at Civil Engineering Firm

Within a month of graduating in December 2014, Chris Haskins '14 (B.S. Geographic Information Science) had accepted a position as a GIS Technician with Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. Read more.

Thrush ’09 is Planner for Columbus Transportation Unit

"The skills Ohio University’s Geography Department offered me have been pertinent and useful in my career," says Eliza (Clarke) Thrush '09 (M.A. Geography). Read more.

Faculty News

In Memoriam, Professor Hubert Wilhelm

Faculty remember Professor Hubert Wilhelm, who passed in November as “loved and admired”… “passionate about geography” … a “driving force” in Pioneer America … and for the lasting impression he made on students… Read more.

Teaching Highlights

Ryan Fogt was named a University Professor for 2015-16. Ryan will be offering a University Professor course in the spring on Antarctic Exploration and Climate. Watch Ryan’s Science Café talk on A&S TV: “All Coupled Climate Models Are Wrong, Some Are Useful.”


Yeong Kim and Edna Wangui have been instrumental in establishing both the new Wealth & Poverty curricular theme and Certificate. Coursework, community service, and public speakers address economic growth, wealth distribution, poverty, inequality, and empowerment issues in both domestic and international settings.


Harold Perkins, Geoff Buckley, and Edna Wangui all participated in the Sustainability theme. Read more about a class project to design a sustainable urban neighborhood.

Research Notes

Jim DyerSevere climatic events have lasting legacy on eastern forests

Tim AndersonDispatch from Romania, during his recent Fulbright Award

Tom Smucker, Edna Wangui, Gaurav SinhaLocal knowledge and climate change adaptation in Africa

Departmental News

Geography Has a Drone!

The Department is now the proud owner of a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter with 2.7K Go-Pro Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal. The camera will be a great resource for classroom applications, as well as faculty and student research projects. Jim Lein is starting things off with a “drone seminar” in the spring! Click here to watch a view from 400 feet above South Green.

Ohio University celebrates Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 15-21) and GIS Day (Nov. 18)

The Geography Club marked this year’s Geography Awareness Week by hosting a Map & Geography T-shirt sale all week at the Baker Student Center, and by holding a free screening of “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” (with free popcorn!). This documentary details the filmmakers’ 1993 retracing of Marco Polo's journey from Venice to Anatolia, Persia, India and China. Geography Awareness Week was launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, and seeks to draw attention to the importance of Geo-literacy and geographic understanding.

The Department of Geography also co-sponsored GIS Day held in the new Schoonover Center, which featured National Geographic editor Dennis Dimick, and our new drone! Click here to watch Dimick’s GIS Day talk on A&S TV.

Joe Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

The Department is elated to announce the creation of a new scholarship for Geography students. Professor Emerita Nancy Bain and her husband George endowed the scholarship with a generous donation, which was then combined with funds from the former Margaret Boyd Research Scholarship (that Nancy established in the 1980s). The Joe Ferguson Memorial Scholarship commemorates the contribution of alumnus Joe Ferguson, who was killed on 9/11/2001 in the plane that terrorists crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Geofest [April 9, 2015]

Pictures from the Department of Geography’s annual celebration held at the Ohio University Inn, featuring the presentation of awards to our undergraduate and graduate students.

Capstone Experience in Geography: Research Poster Display and End-of-the-semester Pizza Party [Dec. 3, 2015]

In our Capstone Experience in Geography course (formerly Senior Seminar) required of all majors, students are required to perform a research project in which they develop geographic research questions, use relevant methods, conduct analysis, and communicate findings. Students work individually or in small groups along with a faculty advisor, who helps students develop project objectives and provides guidance as the project proceeds. The class culminates in a poster display attended by the department at large. This year’s event was a huge success! The photos give a sense of the magnitude of the event (31 posters, two rooms and a hallway, and 20 pizzas!). Congratulations seniors (who posed for a group picture after the event).

The Geography Department greatly appreciates the generous contributions of our donors over the past year. Thank you for supporting excellence in our academic mission.

Timothy Anderson
Nancy and George Bain
Gary Belcher
Megan Lyons Bogle
Matthew Brandon
Ron and Kris Cox
Patricia Dodson
Deanna Dove
George Drobnock
Gerard  and Julie Duke
Daniel and Robyn Feinstein
Clark Fuller
Julia and John Goettge
Gaybrielle Gordon
Kurt and Kimberly Grigsby
James Hart
Dennis and Susanne Houmard
J.M. and Kristy Janas
Thomas Janus
Deborah Phillips King
Michael  Kukral
Julie Landes
Janet Luallen
John Maximuk
Vincent Mazeika
Steven McGlone
Joseph and Sandy Moore
Daniel Olson
William and Patricia Phillips
Erin Pierce
PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts
Craig Post
Ashley Reddick
Lillian Scalia
Robert and Margaret Seebald
Rebecca and Jerry Shoemaker
Jim and Kathy Stein
Jacqueline and Robert Venzel
Max and Laura West
John and Reid Wetterau
Josefina and Lyn Williams
Daniel Wise

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