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Geography Convention

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 ( Stay connected for more updates on speakers and schedule of events!

Thursday March 18, 2021

9:00 am - 9:30 amConvention Welcome (Thomas White, Geography Club President & Bob Watrel, Department Head)
9:30 am - 10:00 amStudent 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 amStudent Paper Presentation: Limber Pine: Decline and Survival, Julie Leidholt
10:30 am - 11:00 amStudent 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 pmLunch Break
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmStudent Paper Presentation: Using GIS and Big Data to Map Wildland-Urban Interface in California, USA, Kwadwo Dwomoh
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmStudent Poster Session (Drop in)

Friday March 19, 2021

9:00 am -9:30 amWelcome! (Thomas White, Geography Club President & Bob Watrel, Department Head)
9:30 amDr. Heidi Hausermann, Colorado State University
Title: TBD
10:15 amDr. Matthew Hafner, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Title: TBD
11:00 amDr. Caitlin Mertzlufft, Centers of Disease Control (CDC)
Title: TBD
12:00 pm - 12:55 pmLunch
1:00 pm Panel Session #1 – AAG Presidents

2:30 pm Panel Session #2 – SDSU Alumni
5:00 pmVirtual Happy Hour, AAG Presidential Address, & Department Awards

Guest Speakers

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 Officers
50th Convention Officer (March 2019)
Club Members with AAG President
Geography Convention Banquet - Club members and the AAG President Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (March 2019)