May 2, 2019 at 6:00 am

Alumni, Friends Invited to Celebrate Geography’s 50th Anniversary, Nov. 15-16

The Geography Department at Ohio University invites alumni and friends to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, 2019, on the Athens campus.

“We hope you will be able to join us for one or both days!” Details and descriptions of specific events are described below. Questions, please contact Patti Malloy ( or Dorothy Sack (

50th Anniversary Schedule of Events

Third Annual JobQuest, Friday, Nov. 15:  Activities begin on Friday with JobQuest, at which alumni panelists speak with current students about jobs in geography from first-hand knowledge. Each pre-arranged panel of four to six alumni will represent a different geographic specialty. Panelists will speak briefly about their background, offer advice about jobs and working in geography, then field student questions. Faculty members will host the panels and moderate the discussions. Each panel will be scheduled for a 55-minute morning or afternoon class period in the department. A networking lunch will be provided for alumni and student participants. The topics for the JobQuest panels are scheduled with times and rooms below:

  • Environment & Education, 11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Clippinger 115
  • Cartography & GIS, 12:55 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Clippinger 119
  • Urban Planning, 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., Clippinger 103
  • Physical Geography & GIS, 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., Clippinger 115

Welcome, Keynote Address, & Alumni Reception, Friday, Nov. 15:  This series of events will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon in Walter Hall 235. The keynote speaker will be Ohio University President and Professor of Geography, M. Duane Nellis. President Nellis is the 21st President of Ohio University, and recognized for his research that utilizes satellite imagery and GIS. President Nellis received his Bachelor’s degree in earth sciences/geography at Montana State University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in geography from Oregon State University.

Abstract: This presentation will provide a broad overview of my career as a geographer, and how my perspectives as a geographer have helped me in my roles as a university administrator. The importance of geography in a time of great change, discovering new geospatial approaches for addressing critical resource issues, and my geographer’s perspectives on trends in higher education will be highlighted.

His talk will be followed by an alumni reception in the 1804 Lounge at Baker Center where you can catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

The Past, Present, and Future of Geography, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m-noon: “For this anniversary symposium, the department seeks alumni input and perspectives on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going as a department and a discipline. We not only welcome your attendance, questions, and discussion, but also invite you to present a poster or 15-minute talk on topics related to such themes as (1) the history of the department, of geographical careers, or of geography; (2) present trends in the field, your ongoing geographical projects, or current research; (3) ideas, glimpses, or hopes on where geography will be in the future.”  The Symposium will be held in Walter Hall 235 and lunch will be served after the symposium.

Spread the Word: Feel free to spread the word about this celebration to other alumni you may know.

Photos:  If you have OHIO Geography-related photos that you are willing to share, the department would love to receive copies of them to help illustrate the department’s history. Again, please contact Patti Malloy ( or Dorothy Sack ( with this information.

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