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. If you are able to attend please RSVP by Friday Nov. 1, 2019, to Patti Malloy ( or Dorothy Sack ( A final schedule with exact times and locations will be available closer to Nov. 15,” says Dr. Dorothy Sack, Professor and Chair of Geography.

50th Anniversary Preliminary 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. If you would like to participate as a panelist, please include that information, along with your field of specialization, when you RSVP by Nov. 1.

Welcome, Keynote Address, & Alumni Reception, Friday, Nov. 15:  This series of events will begin around 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The keynote speaker will be Ohio University President and Professor of Geography, M. Duane Nellis. His talk will be followed by the alumni reception where you can catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

The Past, Present, and Future of Geography, Saturday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m.: “For this anniversary symposium, the department we seek 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.  If you would like to participate with a poster or talk, include that information, along with the topic or title, in your RSVP,” Sack adds.

Accommodations: The Ohio University Inn (740-593-6661) has set aside a limited number of rooms for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, at a reduced rate for Geography 50th Anniversary guests. To take advantage of this rate and availability, you must book by Oct. 16 and mention the OHIO Geography block to reserve your room.

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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