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Chelsie McWhorter and Sarah Jackson presented at AAG in March 2023Both Chelsie
and Sarah earned their master's from our program, and each are in doctoral programs
now - Chelsie is at UC-Santa Barbara and was recently admitted to candidacy while
Sarah is at U. of South Carolina and is also a PhD candidate, getting ready to defend
her dissertation soon.


On March 23, five alumni from our program came to GEOG 499 Senior Assignment.
Pictured from left to right are John Gilmore from Horner Shiffrin, Emily Calderon from
Moran Economic Development, Dean Gunderson from Seed St. Louis, Kady Nolte of
Axim Geospatial, and Ben Woolf of Maxar Technologies.


Dr. Alan Black taught his storm chasing class this 2022 Maymester which culminated in
a storm chase trip to Texas and back. The students had a great time on the road
this past week! Lots of cool storms and great memories!


SIUE geography students Wade Filges, Claire Iott, Milo Phillips and Makenzi Keller
along with BIO student Jack Aydt, and ENSC student Jesus Sanchez, Dr. Martinez
and Dr. Locke are spending a couple weeks in El Salvador as part of the NSF GEOPaths
program. We are interacting with the Universidad Gerardo Barrios showing students
STEM activities, flying a drone, conducting field work and exploring the area.


Honors Day 2022 was a great day. Pictured are Elizabeth Semande, Dr. Stacey Brown Amilian,
Alyssa Hoog, Stefanie Prior, and Sara Chamberlin.  Congratulations to all our awardees!


Samantha Gallatin, SIUE's 2021 Student Lincoln Laureate, was honored in a small
outdoor ceremony. Usually presentations are made at the State Capital but this was
not possible in 2021.  Pictured left to right are: Wendy Shaw (Chair); Kevin Leornard 
(CAS Dean); Samantha Gallatin; Alan Black (nominated Samantha).  We are very
proud of all Samatha's many accomplishments!    Full Story Here 


GEOG 335: Geography of North America students joined Dr. Hume on a field trip to the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, Illinois. This is where the Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1803-1804 at Camp Dubois before their departure. Pictured are Wade Filges, Evan Theising, Michael Drury,  Jessica Garcia, and Dr. Hume at the keelboat display. 


Dr. McCarragher’s Soils class spent some time taking soil samples and exploring physical soil properties along the Delyte W. Morris greenway. The last couple of weeks the students have been participating in hands-on learning activities in the course as part of their final project.


Dr. Brown’s cartography course mapped gravestones at the historic African American Washington Park Cemetery in St. Louis. The class is working with ESRI to create a digital database of the landmark.


Alumni (left to right) John Gilmore (Horner & Shifrin), Breana (Lamb) Buncher (City of Edwardsville), Becca Pulley (NGA), and Dean Gunderson (Gateway Greening) visited GEOG 499 in Fall 2021 to talk to students about career paths, networking, and professionalism as students prepare to graduate.


Elijah Blecha was selected for the U.S. Army Aviation Branch - see full article


Susie Oettle was just voted president-elect of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Chapter 203. PKP is an international honor society. Susie is alumnae of our undergraduate program and is a current graduate student.

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