CWUNews FeedNews Feed wins Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award, 07 Jun 2017 16:15:10<p>Elaine Glenn has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award. Elaine has been an instructor at CWU since 1994 and has taught thousands of students in World Regional Geography, Political Geography, Geography of Russia, Geography of the Middle East and other courses. Elaine was recognized for enthusiasm for teaching, her devotion to keeping abreast of developments in her subject areas, and especially her compassion for her students.<br>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p><p><br>Photo: Elaine with Elvin Delgado (tenured and promoted to associate professor) and John Bowen (promoted to full professor) at the 2017 Faculty Recognition Ceremony, May 22, 2017.</p></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Patricia Snyder and Gavin Schag Honored For Student Achievement, 05 May 2017 12:31:11<p>Patricia Snyder and Gavin Schag were honored for student achievement at the Celebration of the Sciences 2017 Honors Banquet. The College of Sciences awarded students who exemplify the mission, vision, and purpose of their departments.<br><br>Patricia Snyder serves as the president of CWU's Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Association, where she coordinated various events and panels for Food Day and Earth Day, instituted a monthly series of lunch presentations on resource management issues, drafted a composting resolution for CWU's campus, and organized a Wage Negotiation Workshop for women in STEM. Her classmates and professors have found Patricia to be a very articulate, intelligent, capable, hardworking, and engaged colleague, with a great sense of humor and excellent baking skills. Patricia has been recently hired as the Lead Entity Coordinator with Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board.<br><br>Gavin Schag was recruited to play on CWU's rugby team, which he did for four years as both a starter and team captain. His team was in the top 4 nationally each year; and ended up 3rd last year. They would have done better had Gavin not broken his leg midway through the semifinal game. After a clerical error accidentally put him in a geography class, Gavin discovered the exciting interface between environmental topics and computer science. Geography allowed him to pursue both interests through the GIScience specialization. After completing an excellent Advanced GIS project, Gavin did a project through the McNair program titled: UAV Photogrammetry: Structure from Motion Data Evaluation for Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Generation. This work was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference student poster session. In a field of mostly PhD students, Gavin won Honorable Mention in the Technology, Engineering, and Math category. Next fall, he will be attending San Diego State University, fully funded to work in the Geography Department's MS program.<br>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 640px; height: 480px;"></p><p>From left to right, Dr. Robert Hickey, Gavin Schag, Dr. John Bowen, Dr. Jennifer Lipton, Dr. Anthony Gabriel, and Patricia Snyder.</p></br></br></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;">Maps That Make a Difference by Guest Speaker Jon Hoekstra, PhD, 26 Apr 2017 17:33:57<p>Thursday, April 27th at 1 PM<br>Dean Hall 103</p><p>Executive Director of Mountain to Sound Greenway, Jon Hoekstra will be a special guest speaker in the Department of Geography and Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Program.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;"></p></br></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Geography encourages applications for 2017 scholarships., 25 Apr 2017 17:27:26<p>Geography majors and CERM graduate students, 2017 scholorships are available. For additional information, check out the links under the Scholarships heading on the <a href="/geography/node/2559">Forms</a> page</p>CWU Geography Student Wins Honorable Mention at AAAS Annual Meeting, 18 Apr 2017 16:40:50<p>Gavin Schag (undergraduate, Geography) presented his McNair research at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting.&nbsp; His poster, titled UAV Photogrammetry: Structure from Motion Data Evaluation for Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Generation, was in the Technology, Engineering, and Math category - where he won <a href="">Honorable mention</a>.<br><br>It’s worth noting, that, over the 10 different poster categories, he was the only awardee not from a major research or exclusive private university.&nbsp; Finally, the names and titles of all winners made it into the 24 March issue of Science.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p></br></br></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Geography Students Attend the AAG Annual Meeting, 10 Apr 2017 12:27:40<p>Students attend the American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Boston (from left: Floyd Bull, Trinity Turner and Tricia Snyder).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Geography Students Take Part in Global Humanitarian Digital Mapping Network, 06 Mar 2017 11:12:41<p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 367px;"></p><p>The CWU Geography Club has joined the YouthMappers, a global network of universities working on humanitarian mapping projects. Central Washington University is the first university in Washington state to open a chapter.</p><p>In the United States, most people take easy access to maps—like Google Maps—for granted. However, in many areas of the world, digital map data is nonexistent, outdated, or inaccessible by civilians. Up-to-date online maps are crucial for providing emergency response to natural disasters, planning, and mitigation.</p><p>YouthMappers ( is an organization that works with college students around the world to provide data for places where online maps may be sparse or missing. This is accomplished by tracing and tagging detailed satellite data and aerial photographs in social gatherings called "map-a-thons." YouthMappers is largely funded by USAID and much of the satellite data used in mapping is donated by Microsoft and Yahoo.</p><p>The data is placed in a publicly-available database called OpenStreetMap ( The maps are used for delivering humanitarian aid, planning for disaster response, and other essential services. At one such map-a-thon this past November, CWU students and faculty traced roads and residential areas in Zimbabwe to help Doctors Without Borders plan the delivery of medical services to rural populations.</p><p>"We are very excited for our new partnership and we look forward to working with YouthMappers on a variety of humanitarian mapping events," said Caleb Valko, Geography Club president. "This gives us a chance to make a difference in the lives of others while becoming more familiar with digitizing and OpenStreetMap."<br><br>Geography professor Sterling Quinn encouraged geography students to become involved in OpenStreetMap and YouthMappers because it gave students meaningful hands-on experience in cartography and enhanced their geographic information systems (GIS) skills.</p><p>"Students can download a satellite image, and start investigating what geographical landmarks are in the area, such as buildings, bridges, roads, or significant landscape features such as rivers or lakes," Quinn explained. "They then trace the outlines of the feature with a mouse or stylus, and tag it. It works best when you have someone local to verify what you've tagged."</p><p>But most people can identify a building or lake, he added.</p><p>Quinn has had his students trace and tag the terrain around Ellensburg, things like basic roads, businesses, windmills, and other structures.</p><p>"It really inspires them to look around and pay attention," he noted.</p><p>Quinn's students participated in a Map-a-thon on March 3, where they traced roads and structures in Siaya, Kenya to help the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) determine the optimal geographic allocation of health services. For more information about this project, go to and</p><p>More information can be found at or by contacting Sterling Quinn,</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>March 6, 2017</p></br></br></br></br>CWU Geography Alum Heads Snoqualmie Avalanche Control, 23 Jan 2017 13:36:35<p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 220px; height: 226px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;">John Stimberis’ office looks nothing like that of a typical state employee.</p><p>Sure, there’s an ancient coffee pot in the corner, cheap carpet and old computers humming quietly.</p><p>But you’re also liable to trip over a stray pair of ski boots, and pasted to a glass door is a bumper sticker that reads: “There are very few problems which cannot be solved by the suitable application of high explosives.” The other tools of his trade include skis, snowmobiles, Sno-Cats and an M60 tank.</p><p>Stimberis, 47, is one of two avalanche forecaster supervisors working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Seattle Times</em></a>.</p>It’s More than Maps: Geography Awareness Week November 13-19, 10 Nov 2016 13:58:33<p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 311px; height: 162px;"></p><p>From Google Maps to global warming, we must understand geography to comprehend the immense global social and economic forces that influence our daily lives.</p><p>In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, the Central Washington University Geography Department is hosting a number of events to showcase the importance and fun of geography. All events are free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Third Annual Geography Trivia Death Match</strong><br>November 15, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., SURC Pit<br>If you floated down the longest river in the world, into which body of water would you emerge? What city is partly in in Europe and partly in Asia? If you know the answers to these questions, come try your hand at this trivial pursuit. There will be three rounds of sudden-death elimination geography trivia. The winner of each round will earn a prize of $50.</p><p><strong>Humanitarian Map-a-thon</strong><br>November 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m., GIS Lab, Dean Hall 206<br>In the United States, we take easy access to maps, like Google Maps for granted. However, in many areas of the world, digital map data is nonexistent, outdated, or inaccessible by civilians. Up-to-date online maps can be crucial for aiding disaster response, planning, and mitigation.</p><p>Led by geography professor Sterling Quinn, you’ll learn to trace objects from detailed satellite imagery to fill in undermapped areas, placing the data into a free online map of the world called OpenStreetMap. Examples of recent projects have included tracing roads and buildings in Sub-Saharan Africa to support the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and other organizations that distribute vaccines and other medical assistance.</p><p>No previous experience with mapping technologies is necessary. A short training will be held during the first 20 minutes to aid beginners, but you are invited to come anytime during the event</p><p><strong>What do Geographers Do? Learn at a Field Notes Presentation</strong><br>November 17, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Dean 106,<br>Geography professors Jennifer Lipton and Elvin Delgado will discuss their recent travels and field work in various locations around the world. In two brief talks followed by questions-and-answers, Dr. Lipton will present “Global to Local: The Importance of Geography in a Changing World” and Dr. Delgado will present “From Buenos Aires to Patagonia: Research Perspectives from Argentina”. Refreshments will be served.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>November 10, 2016</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Nicholas Moore Recieves the Dr. Jim and Lillian Brooks Scholarship, 07 Nov 2016 10:00:46<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 533px;"></p><p>Congratulations Nicholas!</p>