The South Dakota State Geography Convention is the longest running student organized and sponsored annual meeting in the United States. Approximately ten eminent academic and applied geographers from around the region, the country, and Canada are invited to make presentations at the conference each spring. The Convention also features social activities, a Gamma Theta Upsilon initiation, and an awards banquet. Field trips are provided on occasion.
The 52nd Geography Convention will be held Thursday, March 18th through Friday, March 19th, 2021. The goal of the convention is to gather current students, alumni of the Geography Department, academic and applied geographers from around the region and share knowledge and enthusiasm for geography through professional presentations, discussions, and social activities.
Events will be in Zoom (https://sdstate.zoom.us/my/sdstategeography). Stay connected for more updates on speakers and schedule of events!
Thursday March 18, 2021
|9:00 am - 9:30 am||Convention Welcome (Thomas White, Geography Club President & Bob Watrel, Department Head)|
|9:30 am - 10:00 am||Student Paper Presentation: Broccoli Over Brownies: Factors affecting healthy food choices for low-income residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Aileen Profir|
|10:00 am - 10:30 am||Student Paper Presentation: Limber Pine: Decline and Survival, Julie Leidholt|
|10:30 am - 11:00 am||Student Paper Presentation: Sea Level Rise Impacts on the City of Cape Coral, Southwest Florida from 2020 to 2050, Jawata Afnan Saba|
|11:00 am - 12:55 pm||Lunch Break|
|1:00 pm - 1:30 pm||Student Paper Presentation: Using GIS and Big Data to Map Wildland-Urban Interface in California, USA, Kwadwo Dwomoh|
|1:30 pm - 3:00 pm||Student Poster Session (Drop in)|
Friday March 19, 2021
|9:00 am -9:30 am||Welcome! (Thomas White, Geography Club President & Bob Watrel, Department Head)|
|9:30 am||Dr. Heidi Hausermann, Colorado State University|
|10:15 am||Dr. Matthew Hafner, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire|
|11:00 am||Dr. Caitlin Mertzlufft, Centers of Disease Control (CDC)|
|12:00 pm - 12:55 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 pm||Panel Session #1 – AAG Presidents|
|2:30 pm||Panel Session #2 – SDSU Alumni|
|5:00 pm||Virtual Happy Hour, AAG Presidential Address, & Department Awards|
1:00pm Panel Session #1 – AAG Presidents
Dr. Alec Murphy, University of Oregon (Moderator)
Dr. Amy Lobben, University of Oregon (Current AAG President)
Dr. David Kaplan, Kent State University
Dr. Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee
Dr. Mona Domosh, Dartmouth College
Dr. Glenn MacDonald, University of California, Los Angeles
2:30pm Panel Session #2 – SDSU Alumni
Kimberly Zerr, South Dakota Department of Transportation
Tara Onken, Edina Realty
Paul Mantz, Northwestern Energy
Ellen Bubak, Zuercher
Patrick Abbott, United States Federal Government
For more details contact: Thomas White, SDSU Geography Club President
Convention History excerpts from:
Origin of the South Dakota State Geography Convention
by Edward P. Hogan
Geography as an academic discipline was reestablished in the curriculum at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in February, 1967. Under the authority of the South Dakota Board of Regents of Education, South Dakota State University was authorized to offer a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. The number of geography majors grew to fifteen by the spring of 1969. At that time, a party was held to celebrate that landmark occasion. The first degree from the new geography program was granted in the fall of 1969.
In 1969, there were two geographers on the SDSU faculty. There was a very active geography club at SDSU that also sought memberships in Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the International Geographical Honor Society. The Delta Zeta Chapter of GTU was chartered at SDSU on March 2, 1970.
One of the primary objectives of the Geography Club was to promote geography in the schools and within the state. In order to achieve this goal, two students and a faculty member met to discuss the possible means by which this objective could be attained. The students, Loren Hill and James Rapp, and the advisor, Ed Hogan, discussed a number of possible means to enhance the status of geography. At some time during the meeting, someone suggested "Let's have a geography convention!" Today, when reflecting on that comment, one is reminded of movies made in the "Thirties" in which someone would say "Lets put on a show and save the college!"