2015 Geography Awards Gathering


 The 2015 annual departmental Awards Gathering was held in the Murray Hall Parlor on May 1. All departmental awards and scholarships were announced at the gathering. Congratulations to all award and scholarship recipients!

Undergraduate Student Awards:

The John F. Rooney, Jr. Outstanding Junior Scholarship ($2,000) is presented to the outstanding junior in the Department of Geography.  The scholarship is named in honor of Regents Professor and former department head John Rooney, a pioneer in American sport geography who taught at OSU from 1969 to 1994 and remains in the community. The 2014-15 recipient of this scholarship is Ava Keenen.

The A&S Outstanding Senior Award is presented to the outstanding senior in the Department of Geography and is recognized by the College of Arts & Sciences at its annual Awards Banquet in April of each year. The 2014-15 recipient of A&S Outstanding Geography Senior is Emily Ellis.

In 2012 Dr. Alyson Greiner established the Alyson L. Greiner Undergraduate Travel Scholarship. This award is presented to Geography majors to defray costs associated with travel that supports their professional development, such as attending a major conference or conducting undergraduate research. Students receive up to $500 each to defray costs associated with their travel. The recipient for 2015-16 is Ryan Conner.

Ava Keenen        Emily Ellis      Ryan Conner  

Dale Lightfoot presenting the
Outstanding Junior Scholarship
to Ava Keenen (L)

 

 

Dale Lightfoot presenting the
A&S Outstanding Senior Award
to Emily Ellis  (L)  

 

Dale Lightfoot presenting the
Alyson L. Greiner Undergraduate
Travel Scholarship to Ryan Conner (L)

 

 

Graduate Student Awards:

In 2011 the department received a substantial donation from the family of Robert E. Norris which has enabled the department to endow numerous student travel scholarships. One of these is the Robert E. Norris Field Research Award. This is presented to two graduate students to defray costs associated with travel costs and expenses incurred by students while conducting field work related to their theses and dissertations. M.S. and Ph.D. students may apply for this award in order to secure financial assistance in conducting field work leading to the completion of the thesis or dissertation the following year. Each award is for up to $1,500 in eligible field-work related expenses. The three recipients for 2015-16 are Brian Gilson (MS), Samayita Bandyopadhyay (PhD) and Thomas Craig (PhD).

 

Brian Gilson   Samayita Bandyopadhyay
Dale Lightfoot presenting the
Robert E. Norris Field Research Award
to Brian Gilson (L) 
  Dale Lightfoot presenting the
Robert E. Norris Field Research Award
to Samayita Bandyopadhyay (R)


 The Norris Fund also funds the Robert E. Norris Conference Travel Award. Students receive up to $500 each to defray costs associated with travel to conferences. There are seven recipients for 2015-16: Stephanie Heald, Jordan Brasher, Thomas Craig, and Elizabeth Armstrong.

travel grants    Recipients of Robert E. Norris Conference Travel Grants: (L to R) Stephanie Heald, Jordan Brasher, Thomas Craig, and Elizabeth Armstrong.

The Robert E. Norris Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) is presented to the outstanding first-year master’s student in the Department of Geography.  Bob Norris was a faculty member, well-known textbook author, and friend to OSU students from 1975 until his untimely death in 1991.  The scholarship honors Bob’s dedication to student welfare and his outstanding contributions to the department.  The 2014-15 recipient is Jordan Brasher.


The Robert and Lucy Fite Scholarship ($2,000) is presented to the outstanding first-year doctoral student in the Department of Geography.  The award is named in honor of Robert C. Fite, who served as a faculty member in the department for 33 years between 1949 and 1982, as well as his wife Lucy, who was an integral part of his geographic career.  The 2014-15 recipient is Matt Haffner.

 Jordan Brasher    Matt Haffner
Dale Lightfoot presenting the Robert E. Norris Memorial Scholarship to Jordan Brasher (L)   Dale Lightfoot presenting the Robert and Lucy Fite Scholarship to Matt Haffner (L) 

 

The Susan Shaull Medal for Excellence in Teaching ($500) is presented to the outstanding graduate teaching associate or assistant in the Department of Geography to recognize excellence in teaching as well as the hard work and dedication that characterized Susan’s life.  The 2014-15 recipient is Matt Haffner.

The department is pleased to announce the inaugural Jerry Croft and Family Scholarship for Geography Education ($1,300), a new award funded by Jerry and Laurie Croft and friends of their family for the purpose of recognizing students with an interest in promoting and pursuing geographic education. The award is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate) in Geography as well as secondary Social Studies Education with a focus in Geography. The 2014-15 recipient is Thomas Craig.

 Matt Haffner2    Thomas Craig
 Jon Comer presenting the
Susan Shaull Medal for Excellence
in Teaching to Matt Haffner (L)
      Jerry Croft and Family Scholarship for Geography Education:
Thomas Craig(L) with Jay and Anne Marie Croft

      

Stephen W. Tweedie Travel Award:

The 2015-16 Stephen W. Tweedie Travel Award ($250 each) recipients are Keeley Heise and Nick Deyoe.

 Tweedie Award    
Recipients of Stephen W. Tweedie Travel Award:
Keeley Heise(L) and Nick Deyoe (R) with Dr. Tweedie
   

 Faculty and Staff Awards:

Geography Department Outstanding Faculty Instructor: Jon Comer

Jon Comer      Jeremy Henning presenting Outstanding Faculty Instructor certificate to Jon Comer (R)

 

Geography Department Outstanding Staff Member: Michael Larson

Michael Larson          Keeley Heise presenting Outstanding Staff Member certificate to Michael Larson (R)  

         
Other Awards and Recognitions in 2014-2015:

Matt Haffner (PhD student) was recently awarded a $1,500 South-Central Arc Users Group (SCAUG) Scholarship.

Lauren Wood (MS student) was awarded a $500 OK-SCAUG Scholarship.

Emily Ellis and Nick Deyoe (undergraduates) each received an inaugural SST Software Scholarship.

   

 

Gamma Theta Upsilon (ΓΘΥ) Initiation

On May 1, the Chi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society, initiated 13 new members. Dr. Thomas Wikle, co-advisor of the chapter, and President Keeley Heise inducted the new members who were present.

GTU Initiation
 
GTU Initiation 2015
L-R: Amanda Weber, Sara Skiba, Avonlea Keenen, Ben Hemingway, Brian Gilson, Lela Berastequi, and Elizabeth Armstrong initiated into GTU.