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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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2015 Geographic Awareness Week (GAW) Schedule of Events
"Explore! The Power of Maps"

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. 16-20, 2015)

Snacks & Maps          Tomanek Hall, 2nd Floor Elevator Lobby
Visit the Department of Geosciences in Tomanek Hall for a free bag of popcorn!
Popcorn compliments of: the FHSU Department of Geosciences, GSCI 104 Orientation to Geography class, and Rush County Junior Leaders 4-H.

While getting free popcorn, take the time to mark where you are from and all the places you have been on our map displayed in the hallway. Take a string and tie it to two different colored pins. Place one pin at the location you are from and the other to the place you've been that is farthest away.

Global Photo Contest
Submit a picture of an interesting place you have been from anywhere in the world for a chance to win prizes in our global picture contest. The photos may have been taken at any time prior to the submission deadlines. Photos will be judged by the GSCI 104 Orientation to Geography class. The top six photos will be included in a calendar. The photographers of the top six photos will receive a free calendar. Calendars will also be available for purchase! (Contest open November 16th through 20th.)

Due to current problems with the web submission form, please submit your photography contest entries via email to, subject Global Photo Contest. Please attach your photograph and include the following in the text of the email: Your complete name, your email address, location of the photograph, and a description of the photograph or the trip you took when the photograph was taken.


Scheduled Events

Monday (11/16)    

2:30 - 3:30 pm          Travelogue Series Presentation          Tomanek Hall 108

 "Three Faces of Peru" by Dr. Paul Phillips, Professor Emeritus of FHSU Department of Geosciences
Join Dr. Phillips on a visual journey of his 2015 travels through Peru's ancient, modern, and frontier landscapes.


7:30 - 9:30 pm          Geography Movie Night          Memorial Union, Cody Commons

Movie Summary: A young Indian teen is suspected of cheating when he is a successful competitor in a television game show. Visit India with us to discover why he knows the answers as we watch and discuss the cultural significance of the movie Slumdog Millionaire!          

Tuesday (11/17)    

6:30 - 7:30 pm          PechaKucha Social Gathering           Gutch's Bar & Grill, Hays

Join the Fort Hays State Department of Geosciences for the first PechaKucha powered social gathering at FHSU. Five presentations will be given in a 20 image x 20 second format by our very own Geosciences professors.

PechaKucha is a newly emerging presentation format that is designed to keep presentations short and simple, but cover important information about any topic! 

Wednesday (11/18)     GIS Day      (For more information visit the GIS Day webpage)

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, and presentations.


Thursday (11/19)    

10:30 - 1:00 pm            Geography Trivia Wheel          The FHSU Quad, near the Memorial Union

 Visit us in the quad to win prizes and test your knowledge of geography. Questions span from state capitals to facts about specific landmarks!
    *Spin the wheel.
        *Answer geography trivia questions.
            *Win prizes!

Friday (11/20)   

11:30 - 1:00 pm          International Potluck         Tomanek Hall 213

Bring your favorite international dish to our international potluck! Entries will be given a number to include with the name of the dish when they are delivered. Sample other entries and vote for your favorite by writing down the name and number of the dish. The entries with the most votes will win a prize.                                                *Entries must be delivered between 10:30 and 11:30 am.


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