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  • Welcome to a brand new year! Congratulations to our spring 2008 graduates!
  • Meteorology major Michael Grogan was recently featured on a library READ poster.
  • The VU radar web page is now available.
  • VU faculty, students, and alumni recently attended the AMS conference in New Orleans.
  • Geography 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 past activities.
  • The Geo/Met Statement on Diversity has been added to the web site.
  • Congratulations to our December graduates and welcome to a new semester!
  • Check out the alumni page for new updates from Geo/Met alumni.
  • There 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.
  • Geography Club and Earthtones are co-sponsoring this year's Earth Week events on campus. Events include:
    • Thursday, April 17th - Professor Janke speaking on Native Americans and their relationship with the Earth
    • Friday, April 18th - Waste Audit
    • Saturday, April 19th - trip to the Shedd Aquarium/Brookfield Zoo (union board co-sponsoring)
    • Sunday, April 20th - BBQ (w/ live music) and campus clean up
    • Monday, April 21st - Panel on climate change
    • Tuesday, 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.
  • The 6th Annual Great Lakes Meteorology Conference sponsored by the The Northwest Indiana AMS/NWA will take place on April 5, 2008.
  • Geography 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.
  • Geography and Meteorology Field Day will be held on Tuesday April 8th.
  • 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 together!
  • Geography 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. See http://www.valpo.edu/organization/nwa/index.html for more information.
  • Preserving the Past: the Sand Islands of Northwest Indiana, a collection of art and artifacts was on display in the Brauer Museum 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 Woodland Savanna Land Conservancy.
  • The Urban Studies Minor web site has been updated with a new look.
  • Congratulations 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 and Meteorology!
  • Besides 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 updated.
  • Congratulations to Dean Kilpinen and to new department chair Bart Wolf!
  • Congratulations to our Spring 2006 Graduates! Graduation photos have now been posted. Sorry for the delay.
  • Professor 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.
  • This fall we welcome Bharath Ganesh-Babu to our faculty!
  • Welcome to a brand new semester and to a spruced-up web site.
  • Photos of the VU radar that was on display at this year's AMS meeting have been posted.
  • The Northwest Indiana chapter of the National Weather Association has posted information about and registration forms for the the 4th Annual Great Lakes Meteorology Conference.
  • The 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.
  • A 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.
  • Spring 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.
  • Information on this year's Geo/Met Field Day sponsored by Chi Epsilon Phi has been posted.
  • The VUSIT Christmas Banquet is Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 157 Jefferson St. in Downtown Valparaiso.
  • The Geography club's first meeting was a success! Stay tuned for details on upcoming activities.
  • We 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!
  • The Chi Epsilon Pi induction ceremony will be November 6 at 12:30 pm in KCH 210. Eleven new members will be inducted.
  • VUSIT overnight in the weather center is Nov 4, sign up now!
  • The NWA sponsored flag football tournament is Nov 5, sign up now!
  • If you are interested in participating in the Urban Studies Semester in Chicago talk to Jon Kilpinen or Michael Longan for more information.
  • Don't miss the Annual Native American Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday October 15-16!
  • The Geography Club will be having an organizational meeting at 11:00 a.m. Come and help to get geography club back in action!
  • Geography students. See your professors for information on and applications for the 2006 National Geographic intern Program.
  • Welcome back for another great year. This fall we warmly welcome two new faculty members in meteorology, Ki-Hong Min and Craig Clark.
  • Craig 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.
  • Congratulations to our Spring 2005 Graduates!
  • We'd 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 photos.
  • "The Making of a Jeopardy! Champion" Met. 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.
  • The Total Sky Imager is now operational. We've posted some screen shots of the images that it produces.
  • The radiosonde launcher (or weather balloon launcher) arrived the day before the dedication. We've posted photos of the installation.
  • Meteorology Field Day was a great success. Check out this article from the Times of Northwest Indiana.
  • Professor 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.
  • Spring 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!
  • You 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.
  • Chi Epsilon Pi 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.
  • Chi 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.
  • The 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!
  • Congratulations to our December 2004 Geography and Meteorology Graduates!
  • An announcement about Dr. Janke's exciting summer field course, Glaciers of Alaska, has been posted.
  • Jon Kilpinen has posted a map for the 2004 presidential election results in his online political geography map gallery.
  • A 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 courses.
  • The GEO/MET faculty took a tour of the new building in mid-September. Take a look inside!
  • Photos of the Schnabel Addition taken at the end of August have been posted.
    See previous photos as well on the Schnabel Hall page.
  • VUSIT has posted information on its upcoming Christmas banquet and its photo contest.
  • The faculty wish to extend our thanks to all of the alumni who visited during homecoming. We enjoyed having you back on campus!
  • Applications 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.
  • Space is available in Dr. Janke's Spring Break Field Course on the Biogeography of the Sonoran Desert.
  • By popular demand, a list of the geography courses with web sites has been added to the Geography Courses page.
  • The folks at IUN Geosciences have invited Valpo Faculty and Students to join them on a geology field trip to Marquette area of Michigan.
  • Photos of the first summer storm chase by Professor Teresa Bals-Elsholz have been posted.
  • Everyone 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.
  • After a great summer we are happy to welcome back all of our students for the Fall semester!
  • In 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.
  • Congratulations to our Spring 2004 graduates in Geography and Meteorology! Photos from graduation are available.
  • A 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.
  • The Schnabel Hall Addition construction is proceeding at a furious pace. Pictures 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.
  • The 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.
  • Students 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!
  • Professor 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!
  • Congratulations to all of our geography majors and minors who graduated in December!
  • Photos from the VUSIT Christmas Banquet held on December 5th have been posted!
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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