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Patricia Snyder and Gavin Schag Honored For Student Achievement

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.

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.

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.
 

From left to right, Dr. Robert Hickey, Gavin Schag, Dr. John Bowen, Dr. Jennifer Lipton, Dr. Anthony Gabriel, and Patricia Snyder.

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