Geography awareness week opens geographical world to UTK students

Dr. Sally Horn, geography professor, teaches students about tree rings at the Geography Awareness Week booth on Pedestrian Walkway
Dr. Sally Horn, geography professor, teaches students about tree rings at the Geography Awareness Week booth on Pedestrian Walkway

This week University of Tennessee’s Geography Department is participating in the nation-wide celebration of Geography Awareness Week. With on-campus activities and learning opportunities, the events are in conjunction with National Geographic Society’s 125th birthday week and give students an opportunity to enter into the geographic world

Sally Horn is a professor in the Geography Department and spent much of her time on Tuesday morning at the booth on Pedestrian Walkway with other geography students.

“Geography departments around the nation, especially geography departments such as ours, that work with middle schoolers and high schoolers generally do something special during this week,” says Horn.

Horn was quick to brag on her department, singing praises of her students and administrators alike. Geography students receive many prestigious internships and awards in the field of geography according to Horn.

Today, Jamie Winders, professor at Syracuse University will be a guest speaker for students to come and see as part of Geography Awareness Week. She will be speaking about immigration in the South, specifically in Nashville, and how it is changing aspects of the geography in the Southeast. This will be at MINKAO 404 between 3:40 and 5:00 p.m.

Helping in the booth were undergraduate and graduate students in geology, including the Vice President of Club Geography, Michael Schilling. Visit their facebook page here: www.facebook.com/utkgeographyclub.

Vice President of Club Geography, Michael Schilling, works the booth with Dr. Sally Horn on Tuesday.
Vice President of Club Geography, Michael Schilling, works the booth with Dr. Sally Horn on Tuesday.

Graduate student Ruth Boling talks about some other events in the Geography Department’s future.

“The graduate students are hosting a symposium in February and there will be an opportunity for an undergraduate poster competition,” Boling said.

Edited by Zach Dennis

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