to a brand new year! Congratulations to our spring 2008
major Michael Grogan was recently featured on a library
radar web page is now available.
VU faculty, students, and alumni recently attended the AMS
conference in New Orleans.
Club recently visited the Maps: Finding our Place
in the World exhibit at the field Museum. We encourage
you to see this once in a lifetime exhibit before it closes
on January 27th. The Geography
Club page has also been updated with photos from a few
Geo/Met Statement on Diversity
has been added to the web site.
to our December graduates and welcome to a new semester!
out the alumni page for
new updates from Geo/Met alumni.
is still space for students who want to complete the Chicago
Semester for Fall 2008. Contact professor Longan as soon
as possible for more information.
Club and Earthtones
are co-sponsoring this year's Earth Week events on campus.
April 17th - Professor Janke speaking on Native Americans
and their relationship with the Earth
Friday, April 18th - Waste Audit
April 19th - trip to the Shedd Aquarium/Brookfield Zoo
(union board co-sponsoring)
April 20th - BBQ (w/ live music) and campus clean up
April 21st - Panel on climate change
April 22nd - Planet Earth showing (2 or more episodes)
- Mike Umscheid
from the National Weather Service in Dodge City will be
giving a talk on his storm chasing experiences Friday April
4. The evening will begin with a free pizza dinner in KCH
at 6pm, followed by the talk in the tiered classroom.
6th Annual Great Lakes Meteorology Conference
sponsored by the The Northwest Indiana AMS/NWA will take
place on April 5, 2008.
Club is sponsoring another Geography
Information Night for both current and prospective majors
and minors on Tuesday, April 8th in the KCH lobby. Pizza
starting at 5:30PM and presentation at 6:00PM. Professor
Longan will talk about the geography program, employment
and graduate school opportunities, as well as the skills
that employers most demand from geography graduates. Bring
your resume for feedback if you'd like.
and Meteorology Field Day will be held on Tuesday April
- VU faculty
and students will be attending the AMS conference in New
Orleans. Alumni who attend are invited to meet at the Valpo
table on Monday, January 21 at 7 PM to go out to dinner
club meets at 8:30 on Tueday nights in Kally-Christopher
Hall. New members are welcome to attend!
- We are
proud to announce that the local chapter of the NWA is now
a joint student chapter of the American Meteorological Society,
officially: The Northwest Indiana Chapter of the American
Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
for more information.
the Past: the Sand Islands of Northwest Indiana, a
collection of art and artifacts was on display in the
of Art February 6 - 25, 2006. The exhibit was the product
of a multidisciplinary collaboration among students and
faculty in both Geography and Art. The exhibit featured
maps created by Geography professor Dr.
Ron Janke and Geography students as well as photos and
artwork by Art professor Aimee Tomasek and students in the
Department of Art.
More information on the Sand Islands is available from the
Savanna Land Conservancy.
- The Urban
Studies Minor web site has been updated with a new look.
to our May 2007 and December 2006 Graduates! Photos
posted (May photos coming soon!).
- The 2006-2007
academic year marked the 75th
anniversary of the founding of the department of Geography
the new look we now have an Alumni
page, information on the new Geoscience
program, a page on our facilities,
and an online exhibit about
the history of Geography at VU. The degree requirements
and the course listings for all programs have also been
Kilpinen and to new department chair Bart Wolf!
to our Spring 2006
Graduates! Graduation photos have now been posted. Sorry
for the delay.
Janke and students working with him will be presenting information
on the Kankakee Sand Islands project at the Kouts Library
on Tuesday August 22 at 6:30 p.m. See the Kankakee
Historical Society web site for more information.
fall we welcome Bharath
Ganesh-Babu to our faculty!
to a brand new semester and to a spruced-up web site.
of the VU radar that was
on display at this year's AMS meeting have been posted.
Northwest Indiana chapter of
the National Weather Association has posted information
about and registration forms for the the 4th Annual Great
Lakes Meteorology Conference.
Department of Geography and Meteorology has added a Geoscience
major and minor. More information is available via a university
news release. We hope to have more information on the
web site soon.
group of Meteorology Alumni have set up the Valpo
Met Forum, an online forum for Valpo Meteorology Alumni
to talk about the weather, catch up with each other, and
help with job searches.
Break will be busy for geography students and faculty. Professors
Kilpinen and Longan and a number of students will be attending
the annual Association of American
Geographers meeting in Chicago March 7-11. Professor
Janke will also be leading a field course in Hawaii.
on this year's Geo/Met
Field Day sponsored by Chi Epsilon Phi has been posted.
VUSIT Christmas Banquet is
Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 157
Jefferson St. in Downtown Valparaiso.
Geography club's first meeting was a success! Stay tuned
for details on upcoming activities.
enjoyed seeing all of the alumni that came to visit The
Department of Geography and Meteorology during our homecoming
open house. Thanks for coming back to see us!
Chi Epsilon Pi induction
ceremony will be November 6 at 12:30 pm in KCH 210. Eleven
new members will be inducted.
overnight in the weather center is Nov 4, sign up now!
NWA sponsored flag football
tournament is Nov 5, sign up now!
you are interested in participating in the Urban Studies
Semester in Chicago
talk to Jon Kilpinen or Michael Longan for more information.
miss the Annual Native
American Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday October
Geography Club will be having an organizational meeting
at 11:00 a.m. Come and help to get geography club back in
students. See your professors for information on and applications
for the 2006 National Geographic intern Program.
back for another great year. This fall we warmly welcome
two new faculty members in meteorology, Ki-Hong
Min and Craig Clark.
Clark will present a lecture on titled "Future climate
change: Known knows, known unknowns and unknown unknowns"
Monday October 17 at 7:15 p.m. at the Porter County administration
center. See this
article in the NWI Times for more information.
to our Spring 2005 Graduates!
like to thank everyone for joining us at the dedication
of Kallay-Christopher Hall. We enjoyed seeing old and new
friends of Geo/Met and Communication. We've posted a few
Making of a Jeopardy! Champion"
Alumnus Russ Schumacher will be speaking on Thursday, September
22 from 6:30-7:30 in the Christ College Refectory as part
of the Christ College Symposium.
Total Sky Imager is now operational. We've posted some screen
shots of the images that it produces.
radiosonde launcher (or weather balloon launcher) arrived
the day before the dedication. We've posted
photos of the installation.
Field Day was a great success. Check out this
article from the Times of Northwest Indiana.
Janke will be leading a field course on Volcanic
Craters and Shield Volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii
in March 2006. Sign up by May 1, 2005.
Semester finds us enjoying the new Kallay-Christopher Hall.
We have posted some photos
of the completed building. Stop by for a visit if
you have not had a chance to see our new home in person!
are invited to join us for the dedication
of Kallay-Christopher Hall and the rededication of Schnabel
hall on April 30, 2005 at 2:00 in the afternoon.
is sponsoring Meteorology
Field Day for local elementary school students on
Thursday April 28th from 9:00-2:30. Contact Rusta Ault for
information at (219) 464-5140.
Epsilon Pi, the meteorology honor society, has started
a web site. The society sponsors an annual Met Field Day
for local elementary students as well as tutoring for their
fellow students among other activities.
Northwest Indiana chapter of the National
Weather Association has updated and redesigned their
web site. Information about the Third
Annual Great Lakes Meteorology conference is available
Check it out!
to our December 2004 Geography and Meteorology Graduates!
announcement about Dr. Janke's exciting summer field course,
Glaciers of Alaska,
has been posted.
Kilpinen has posted a map for the 2004 presidential election
results in his online political
geography map gallery.
listing of Geography
Courses being offered during the Spring of 2005
has been posted. Course descriptions as well as links to
websites for many of the courses are availalbe to provide
students with information useful in selecting appropriate
GEO/MET faculty took a tour of the new building in mid-September.
Take a look inside!
of the Schnabel Addition taken at the end of August have
See previous photos as well on the Schnabel
information on its upcoming Christmas banquet and
its photo contest.
faculty wish to extend our thanks to all of the alumni who
visited during homecoming. We enjoyed having you back on
for the Chicago Urban Semester are due in early November.
For more information and an application see the Chicago
Urban Semester website or contact Professor Kilpinen.
is available in Dr. Janke's Spring
Break Field Course on the Biogeography
of the Sonoran Desert.
popular demand, a list of the geography
courses with web sites has been added to the Geography
folks at IUN Geosciences have invited Valpo Faculty and
Students to join them on a geology
field trip to Marquette area of Michigan.
of the first summer storm
Teresa Bals-Elsholz have been posted.
liked the tornado "cover image" from this summer
so much that we've started an archive
of the cover images that have appeared on this page.
a great summer we are happy to welcome back all of our students
for the Fall semester!
June some of the Geo/Met faculty toured
the inside of the new building which is rapidly
nearing completion. Earlier photos are available on our
own Schnabel Hall page.
University Relations has also created a website
with extensive information on the new building.
to our Spring 2004 graduates in Geography and Meteorology!
Photos from graduation
listing of Geography
Courses being offered during the Fall of 2004 is
available. Course descriptions as well as links to websites
for many of the courses are availalbe to provide students
with information useful in selecting appropriate courses.
Schnabel Hall Addition construction is proceeding at a furious
taken April 2, 2004 are now available for viewing on the
Schnabel Addition Page.
For the first time we see the "inside" of the
building taking shape.
Second Annual Great
Lakes Meteorology Conference hosted by the Northwest
Indiana Chapter of the National Weather Association was
a great success! Thank you to all who participated.
interested in the Chicago Urban Semester should check out
the Urban Studies
web site or talk to Professor Kilpinen for more information.
Applications are due soon!
Kilpinen has been busy creating an Online Map
Gallery of Ethnic Groups in the United States for
his American Ethnic Geography Course. Next Fall he is teaching
a one credit course on using census data so that you too
can make maps like these!
to all of our geography
majors and minors who graduated in December!
from the VUSIT Christmas Banquet held on December 5th have
- Ground has broken on the new home of the Geography and
Meteorology Department! We celebrated
with pizza and cake.
- Pictures from Graduation
last spring (2003) are available.