BSU’s Geography Club is dedicated to the promotion of the study of geography, geography’s role in a broader BSU education, and furthering students as citizens in a global society.
Geography Club Leadership (2017-2018)
- Timothy “TJ” Newcomer – President (Timothy.Newcomer@live.bemidjistate.edu)
- Alexander Danielson – Vice President (Alexander.Danielson@live.bemidjistate.edu)
- Chloe Smith – Secretary (Chloe.Smith@live.bemidjistate.edu)
- Nick Shaske – Treasurer (Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org)
What We Do
By increasing the awareness of geography as a discipline and introducing the BSU community to various aspects of its many sub-disciplines, it is our intent to engage students across campus in activities that elevate integrative global studies. These objectives directly correspond to the university Shared Fundamental Value of heightened international and multicultural understanding.
Further, it is our objective to actively seek participation by the BSU community and the greater Bemidji community in activities that not only inform but generate networking activities, leadership experience and potential internships in the vicinity.
Some of the events we’d like to launch include:
- GPS training workshops (one per semester) with the objective of elevating the technical understanding of how a GPS functions, collection of data and ultimate ways of using that data.
- Each workshop would be followed by a BSU geocaching event (a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt) where newly trained GPS users (or previously trained) could participate. While the event has a high “fun” component, it also brings to the participants an opportunity to use a GPS in a real-time situation.
- We intend to show documentaries, foreign and Hollywood-produced films with a geographic theme (three per semester). Each film cuts across many geographic themes but again reaches a broad, interdisciplinary and multicultural audience by introducing the discipline of geography through viewing of a film.
Another key objective is to showcase GIS in research by sponsoring a mini-conference for students who have prepared a poster with geographic themes. This will be open to any student who has taken or is currently enrolled in an upper-division Geography course. As many of upper-division courses have a Liberal Education component, the mini-conference would be open to any student who wishes to present geographically premised research. It is meant in part to showcase GIS in relevant research, highlight research done by students, and provide a small, but professional venue in which to present individual work. Stay tuned for more information on this!