CWUNews FeedNews Feed Letter from the Chair, 21 Jul 2015 12:38:12<p>Read an update of recent activities in the Department of Geography.</p><p><a href="/geography/sites/">Letter from the Chair</a>, Dr John Bowen</p>Geographer honored for a lifetime of achievement, 20 May 2015 14:25:29<p>Emeritus faculty member George Macinko was honored as the College of the Sciences Faculty/Staff of the Year at the second annual Celebration of the Sciences on May 15, 2015. In presenting the award, Associate Dean Tim Englund lauded George’s career-long contributions to the university, the college, and the Department of Geography. Tim also emphasized George’s excellence as a scholar-athlete, noting that the former Geography professor had won multiple international master weightlifting championships for his age-weight bracket in the years after his retirement. In Geography, we are also grateful for the generosity of George and his wife in funding the annual Macinko Award (see our<a href="/geography/node/2453"> </a><a href="/geography/node/2453">Scholarships</a> page).</p><p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;">Tim Englund presents the COTS Faculty Member of the Year Award to Emeritus Geographer George Macinko, May 7, 2015</p>Geographer speaks to Rotary Clubs about ISIS, 20 May 2015 14:18:28<p>On February 5, 2015, Elaine Glenn spoke about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to a Rotary Club gathering of more than 200 people in Yakima. You can see a video of her speech below or read about it <a href="">here</a>. Elaine’s talk, which provides a human geographer’s perspective on the Islamist group’s rapid rise, was so well received that she was invited to give a similar talk to a different Rotary Club in Yakima on May 12, 2015.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p>Scholarships, 12 Mar 2015 11:18:49<p>Applications are now being sought for a variety of undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the Geography Department.&nbsp; Visit the Scholarships section of the <a href="/geography/node/2559">Forms</a> page or contact Dr. Megan Walsh ( for more details.</p>Dr. Joseph Stoltman and Dr. Gillian Stoltman Endowment, 17 Jan 2014 17:48:17<p>Dr. Joseph Stoltman and Dr. Gillian Stoltman have given the university $100,000 to establish a new endowment which will fund scholarships for students in Geography, Resource Management, and potentially other programs on campus, too. Joseph is a 1962 graduate of our department and a longtime professor in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University, where he is now a University Distinguished Scholar. Gillian has a Ph.D. in Virology from University College London. In explaining their remarkable gift to CWU, Joseph noted the great significance that former geography professors (then at Central Washington State College) including Robert Funderburk, Martin Kaatz, and Otto Jakubek had in fostering a love for exploration and in helping to launch him on his career. We are deeply grateful to the Stoltmans and to the other alumni and emeritus faculty whose generosity makes a degree at Central possible for some of our best current and future students.</p>Bachelor of Science in Geography Approved, 17 Jan 2014 17:46:35<p>On January 8, the CWU Faculty Senate unanimously approved the creation of a new Bachelor of Science in Geography, with specialization in Environmental &amp; Resource Geography and Geographic Information Science. The new degree and specializations still have a couple of hurdles to cross, including Board of Trustees approval on February 7, but we expect those final steps to go smoothly and to begin admitting students to the new degree in Fall 2014. If approved, these changes will make CWU the only institution in the state to offer a BS. We believe that our new degree and specializations will appeal to students who want a more rigorous science-oriented geography curriculum and will help our graduates move into fast growing careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. We will retain the BA degree for those students whose academic and career interests are satisfied by our existing degree.</p>Central Washington Historical Aerial Photograph Project, 09 Aug 2013 10:27:33<p>The Geography Department's digital collection of historical aerial photographs is available online. <a href="/geography/node/2587">Visit the site.</a></p>