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Department of Geosciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Tomanek Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Each year, over 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by Presidential proclamation over 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world.

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2016 Geographic Awareness Week (GAW) Schedule of Events
"The Power of Parks"

This year's theme emphasizes that while learning geography, as well as other Earth and environmental sciences, developing spatial thinking through maps can be a very valuable skill.

Week Long Events (Nov. 13-19, 2015)

Chalkboard Questions          Tomanek Hall, 2nd Floor Elevator Lobby
Visit the Department of Geosciences in Tomanek Hall to check the blackboard every day this week to answer daily posted questions!

Fun Facts           Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week to learn exciting facts about our national and world parks.         

Photo Contest
All are welcome to submit a picture in any of the following categories: Geology, Water, Weather, Ecology, Our Heritage in Earth's Systems, or The Power of Parks. The photos may have been taken at any time prior to the submission deadline. Winners will be select for first and second place in each category. Contest open through November 19th. More information can be found at



Scheduled Events

Monday (11/14)    

11:00 - 1:00 pm          Memorial Union Table         

Come out to the FHSU Memorial Union to learn about Geography. Test your knowledge of the states by identifying at least 5 out of 50!


3:30 - 4:30 pm          Travelogue Series Presentation        Tomanek Hall 124

Join us in Tomanek Hall 124 for a presentation by Max Maximov over ChiloĆ©, a beautiful island of Chile. "The Hidden Jewel of Chile: The Island of ChiloĆ©" will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. 

Tuesday (11/15)    

3:30 - 4:30 pm          Big Creek Clean Up           FHSU Campus

Do you still have service hours that need to be filled or just want to have fun on a Tuesday afternoon? Join FHSU students as we clean up Big Creek around campus from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Make sure to bring your own gloves and come prepared for the weather. 

Wednesday (11/16)     GIS Day      (For more information visit the GIS Day webpage)

ALL DAY    Discover the world through Geographic Information Systems! Fort Hays State University Department of Geosciences will host a day full of learning about GIS with tours, workshops, socials, and presentations.


11:00 - 1:00 pm          World Ready Study Abroad Fair          Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union

If you are interested in studying abroad while a student at FHSU, come to the Sunset Lounge in the Memorial Union from 11:00 - 1:00 pm to learn more information regarding studying abroad. And other travel opportunities.


Thursday (11/19)    

10:30 - 1:00 pm            Movie Night          Cody Commons, Memorial Union

 The movie, Unbranded, will be shown beginning at 7:00 pm in the Memorial Union, Cody Commons. Bring your popcorn and favorite beverage to enjoy and evening of some free entertainment. 

Friday (11/20)   


Everyone is encouraged to bundle up and go geocaching around Hays for this event. If you do not already have an account, you can create a free one at Don't forget to share and post pictures of your fun on our social media pages 'Geosciences at FHSU', @GeoFHSU, or email them to us at 


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