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Fort Hays State University
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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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2014 Geographic Awareness Week (GAW) Schedule of Events
"The Future of Food"

 This year's theme explores the idea that we are all connected to the rest of the world through the decisions we make on a daily basis.

Week Long Events (Nov. 16-20, 2014)

Where in the World is This Food From? On-line Quiz
Based on last year's popular "Where in the World is This Road" quiz, this new and exciting quiz will test your knowledge and ability to use clues to determine where these unique fruits and vegetables come from. Here is the link to the quiz:

Fun Food Photo Contest
Submit a photo of your favorite food dish that includes a caption describing the origin of your favorite food. Be sure to include geographic details. Think about the location, the culture, the atmosphere it is prepared in, and don't forget about how great it tastes! Fun Food Photo Contest Rules and Submission Instructions.

FHSU Geosciences Essay Contest
Ever had a strange meal? This is your chance to tell us all about it! Whether it was sweet, savory, or spicy, we want all the details! Was it on a vacation to somewhere exotic, on a school trip, in your hometown, or simply a dare from your best friend? Be sure to add all the juicy little tidbits you can to describe your experience finding, eating, and critiquing its greatness...or its lack there of. 

Stop by the Geosciences Department Office, Tomanek Hall 233, for complete details.
Click to see the rules and instructions for this contest.
To submit to the contest email all required documents and information to

Drawing the US Activity
 Stop by the Memorial Union Cody Commons and help us draw the best map of the US ever hand drawn! The Geosciences Department challenges all students, faculty, and staff on campus to fill in the continental US on the white board set up on the stage in Cody Commons. Show your participation by posting a selfie of you and your contribution. If you think a boarder could be better, erase what's there and redraw it, document your contribution and let the cartographic drafting begin! An 'official' picture of the progress will be taken every morning at 8:30 am.

 Scheduled Events

Monday (11/17)     Travelogue Series Presentation                     Pioneer Room, Memorial Union

3:30 - 4:30          "Tibet: Prayer Flags, Yak Butter, and Four Wheel Drive" 

This month's Travelogue Series Presentation by Dr. Paul Phillips, professor emeritus of Geosciences, will allow you to  "View Tibetan geography through the oxygen deprived eyes of five intrepid septuagenerian travelers and a 'forty something' novice as they journeyed for nine days across the highland plateau by rail and four wheel drive vehicles."


Tuesday (11/18)     GPS, UAVs, and Geocaching, Oh My!

9:00 - 4:00          Geocaching  

This is a great way to get outside and go exploring. Sign-up in the Geosciences Department Office, Tomanek Hall 233. Pick up an instructions sheet and the clue sheet any time after 9 am, return all cach findings by 4 pm.


12:00 - 1:00        GPS & UAV Applications in Livestock Production     Memorial Union, Trails Room

Dr. Brittany Howell, FHSU Agricultural Department, has prepared a special presentation on how GPS and UAV's are currently being used in various aspects of livestock production. Come see how this type of technology is not only improving processes of livestock production, but also how technology can be used to improve the quality and safety of the food on your supper plate.


Wednesday (11/19)     GIS Day      (For more information visit the GIS Day webpage)

9:30 - 3:00   What is special about the GIS Lab at FHSU? (GIS Lab Open House)     Tomanek Hall 121

9:30 - 10:20   "Careers in GIS/Geospatial Technologies"                                              Rarick Hall 201

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch (Lunch provided for speakers &  attendees)                               Tomanek Hall 217

1:30 - 2:20   "GIS in the ROW Industry"                                                     Memorial Union, Stouffer Lounge        

5:30-6:30     Storm Chasing Course Interest Meeting     Tomanek Hall 225
 Think you might be interested in a taking a Storm Chasing course or workshop? This meeting is an introductory meeting to gauge the interest in such a course and conduct course pre-planning discussions.


Thursday (11/20)     Workshops & Fun Food Travel Adventures

9:00 - 12:00        Kansas Geographic Alliance Workshop        Tomanek Hall Room 121

"Teaching with Technology" by Cory Rozean, KGA; FHSU Office. This workshop is designed to demonstrate to both pre-service and in-service teachers how to incorporate the use of computer driven technology in the classroom. The workshop illustrate the advantages of the use of ArcGIS Online as a tool for teaching multiple subjects in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to work with lesson plan based mapping exercises designed to get students actively involved in the learning process.

    Sessions are 9:00 - 9:55 am, 10:00 - 10:55 am, and 11:00 - 11:55 am.
     To sign up email workshop coordinator Cory Rozean at


 12:15 - 1:15        GeoGather: Foods from My Travels      Memorial Union, Cody Commons

Come join us as our Guest Speaker Dr. Justin Greenleaf from the FHSU Leadership Studies Department starts our 'open mic' conversation "Foods From My Travels". Dr. Greenleaf will begin our lunch conversation by talking about some of the interesting foods he encountered while teaching in China. Anyone who wants to participate will have a chance to talk about some strange and/or unique food encountered and/or sampled when you traveled away from home. Please grab your lunch and join us. Anyone who has traveled probably has had some unique food experience, it could be as exotic as eating a Tahitian Noni fruit or as shocking as eating Chili and Cinnamon Rolls as a meal for the first time. A strange or unique food to you is based on your own personal experiences and where, geographically, you come from! Hopefully you will consider sharing and learning from others.



Friday (11/21)     Inaugural Ceremony for new FHSU President, Dr. Mirta M. Martin

10:00  am

Join your fellow students, faculty, and staff at Gross Memorial Coliseum for Dr. Mirta M. Martin's presidential inauguration. As president she will have a direct effect on your education and experiences here at FHSU, so join the campus community in officially welcoming Dr. Martin. Following the ceremony you might want to consider taking the time to meet and greet the new president of Fort Hays State University. 


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