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"Proposed Newsletter for Washington State Geographers: This is to remind those of you who attended the Saturday session of last week's Joint Conference of Geographers and to inform those of you who were unable to attend that session, that we resolved to follow up our very successful discussion of many matters of common interest with a newsletter containing information, announcements, etc., of likely interest to our colleagues in the state..." [Memo from Jim Scott to Geographers in the State of Washington, November 2, 1976]

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  • Spring Meeting, 2003
    The AWG 2003 Spring meeting, to be held on the Everett Community College campus, Saturday 12 April, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Registration shall take place from 9:a.m. - 10 a.m.)
    Registration fees shall include the cost of coffee and pastries in addition to a delivered lunch (pizza?). $5.00 or so was the expected cost.
    More Details!]

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  • University of Washington, Department of Geography presents this Colloquium:

    "Hybrid capitalism: Chinese Business in a Global Era"

    Presented by: Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore

    Friday January 10; Smith 409
    2:30 - 3:30p.m.
    Smith 304

    Refreshments at 3:30p.m. Smith 409

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  • Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 21:45:28 From: J. H. Newcomb (jnewcomb@UVic.CA) Subject: WDCAG meeting, 2003 AWG News: For any AWG members who might be interested in exploring "northern" BC, below is first info about Spring 2003 Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers meeting meeting, at University of Northern BC in Prince George. Bring your x-country skiis! John Newcomb ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Greetings! The University of Northern British Columbia will host the 2003 Western Division of Canadian Association of Geographers meeting, 13-15 March 2003. We'll be sending complete information in January, but note the dates on your calendars. Tentative schedule: Thursday, 13 March, Evening - icebreaker Friday, 14 March, Day - field trips, Evening- plenary speech Saturday, 15 March, Day - conference sessions Lunch - AGM Evening - Banquet We look forward to seeing you here in Prince George! Geography and Resource Recreation & Tourism Program, UNBC Gail Fondahl: fondahlg@UNBC.CA

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  • AWG Board Meeting (November 16, 2002; Minutes)

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  • Reprinted with permission:
    Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 16:59:47 -0800
    From: Ronan O'Mahony 
    Subject: Where is Afghanistan? America comes last!
    > The following letter is in response to a report from NPR's All Things
    > Considered last week, which discussed America placing second to last in a
    > National Geographic-Roper study, which tested young men and women aged 18
    > to 24 from nine nations -- Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy,
    > Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the United States.
    > Last week, dismal news arrived about the state of American geographic
    > education. America tested at the bottom of the international geography
    > test-just above Mexico-and the results will be predictable. Every teacher
    > in America will be instructed to point out the Pacific Ocean and
    > Afghanistan, and other geographic tidbits on a blank map.
    > But once again, education will fail geography, as it has done in the past.
    > Geography is NOT simply a list of facts. Rather, geography is a science!
    > It doesn't matter if unfortunate children can find places on a blank map
    > or know the exact population of the United States. It is more important
    > that they know how to use an atlas and learn to use the important tools of
    > geography for everyday living.
    > Unfortunately, prestigious bodies like the National Geographic Society
    > (NGS) are part of the problem, simply because they are IN the fish bowl.
    > Like every other successful international corporation they are driven by
    > the 'bottom line' from quarter to quarter. Such a short-term view is
    > tragic. The lip service that they extend to education is always attached
    > to the almighty greenback. This is not to say that there aren't
    > individuals at NGS who are brilliant and dedicated geographers. I know
    > many of them personally. But in the corporate world of magazine publishing
    > and information, education is often the cinder child in the ashes. 
    > Our children are at sea in the ocean of information, endangered by the
    > oil-slicks of good but misguided intentions. There are three things we
    > MUST do TODAY to immediately address the lack of geography knowledge:
    > 1. Call it Geography. Drop social studies from the educational vocabulary.
    > That was a bad mistake made nearly one hundred years ago.
    > 2. The Geography Lab. Put that sign on a door of one room in each school.
    > This is where we teach geography, with maps, globes, AV equipment etc.
    > 3. Teacher Training. Understand the science and then learn the methodology
    > - how to impart geography knowledge to children.
    > Now is the time for us to stand up for something and make a difference in
    > geographic education, or we risk becoming single-hulled vessels filled
    > with crude knowledge bobbing helpless in unfriendly and stormy waters led
    > by unknown captains of industry. 
    > Kieran O'Mahony M.Ed., F.R.G.S. is the President of the Northwest Branch
    > of the Royal Geographical Society and author of three books on geography
    > education. He also is the President and Head Publisher at
      Educare Press, Seattle, Washington 
      More info at: 

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  • National Geographic Survey: [Click!] Despite the daily bombardment of news from the Middle East, Central Asia, and other world trouble spots, roughly 85 percent of young Americans could not find Afghanistan, Iraq, or Israel on a map, according to a new study... nearly 30 percent of those surveyed could not find the Pacific Ocean, the world's largest body of water...

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  • AWG Board Meeting Minutes 26 October, 2002 (Click for [Word] Attachment!):
    Items discussed include:
    • Fall Meeting of AWG
    • WAGA history, governance, funding, and membership ["Washington Geographic Alliance"]
    • Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR) Vs. Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
    • Royal Geographic Society (RGS)
    • AWG - WAGA (once more)
      • AWG history, background, and possible relationship with WAGA
      • WAGA Web Site
      • Joint Newsletter Proposal
    • Geography Bee

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  • November 20, 2002: King County GIS Day is an annual event during which government agencies, private companies, and educational facilities around the country open their doors to showcase real-world applications of Geographic Information Systems. King County will be celebrating GIS Day 2002 with an open house in the 8th Floor Conference Center of the King Street Center at 201 South Jackson Street in Seattle's Pioneer Square. [ National GIS Day]
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  • Colloquium Schedule: Fall 2002, Department of Geography, University of Washington (Generally Fridays, 2:30)

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    September 27, 2002

    An open invitation to Geography Departments of British Columbia:

    A number of you are already aware that the Association of Washington Geographers is interested in greater interaction with the Geographers in British Columbia from either your attendance at one of our meetings or through reading our web page, http://faculty.washington.edu/krumme/AWG/ . At our last AWG board meeting we agreed to explore the possibility of holding a joint meeting with BC Geographers at a lower mainland or Vancouver Island BC site. But, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, so for the uninitiated allow me to back-up for a minute and provide some background.

    The Association of Washington Geographers, established in the 1960's, is a loose organization of all Geographers in our State, but has mainly focused on our community college and four-year college programs. It provides a forum to trade information, build camaraderie, and provide college students with their first opportunity to participate in an academic meeting. We have two general meetings per year, Fall and Spring.

    Based on our most recent board meeting we have decided to use our Fall Meeting as an opportunity to build support within the field through social events, field trips, opportunities for professionals in the field to discuss their work and current employment prospects, and to build stronger relationships with k-12 Geography teachers.

    The Spring meeting will continue our trend towards having an annual academic conference with emphasis on student participation. We have chosen spring as the time when students have or are in the process of completing projects and have much of interest in sharing. At present we have few regular, local, low cost opportunities for such sharing across campuses focusing at the student level. Faculty are of course also welcome, and encouraged to participate in the sessions, but we are all aware of their other opportunities. To encourage student participation, we have even waived meeting registration fees for the students (yes they can attend for free) and established a series of awards for best undergraduate and best graduate paper and poster. The purpose of this meeting is to both recognize excellent work being done by our students and share these important developments.

    To keep this spring meeting highly attractive and accessible to students, as well as faculty, we want to keep expenses, travel, paperwork, and bureaucracy low. The meeting is held on campus in classrooms, a local keynote speaker (if desired) is recruited usually from the community and perhaps at no expense, and meals are kept simple (for our recent meeting at WWU participants had a choice of getting lunch through the cafeteria or bringing it from outside, the keynote address was held adjacent to the cafeteria and all were welcome). The main task is organizing sessions, obtaining abstracts, and organizing the student paper and poster competition including recruitment of judges.

    To create a critical mass of interested students for such a meeting we would like to invite our sister Geography programs in BC to join us on a regular basis. As a matter of fact to kick-start the process we are looking for a Canadian school that would be interested in hosting a joint AWG/BC Spring meeting either this Spring or next. If you are interested in exploring this possibility more, kindly contact and visit our web page. Also, at present I realize that I don't have a complete e-mail list of all BC Geography programs that might be interested, so feel free to forward this invitation to others.

    Thanks and look forward to working more closely across the border,

    Patrick Buckley
    AWG President
    Western Washington University
    Patrick@cc.wwu.edu -- (360) 650-4773

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  • September 18, 2002 The AWG Board met August 5 and, among other actions, established a tentative meeting schedule for the next three years. [See: Minutes]

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  • June 27, 2002
    A news-update from AWG President Pat Buckley can be found here!
    Items include:
    1. Geographic Alliance
    2. Annual State of Washington Geography Bee
    3. Next Board Meeting

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  • Kent boy gets on the map Erik Miller, 14, an eighth-grade home-schooler from Kent, took third place yesterday in the 14th National Geographic Bee. [Seattle Times, Thursday, May 23, 2002]
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  • Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 09:59:20 -0700 From: John Newcomb Subject: CAG 2003 Conference in Victoria. CAG/ACG 2003 - Victoria The conference organizing committee for CAG/ACG 2003 in Victoria wishes to alert AWG members to the beginnings of our new conference webpage. Please establish any hotlinks directly to this address and stay tuned for future updates: http://www.geog.uvic.ca/cag2003acg/ ************************************************************** 52nd Annual Meeting The Canadian Association of Geographers l'Association canadienne des géographes Tuesday, May 27 to Sunday, June 1, 2003 email: cag2003@mail.geog.uvic.ca *************************************************************** 2003 is 40th anniversary year of the inauguration of the University of Victoria - and our UVic Geography Dept! John

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  • Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 12:47:15 -0700 From: John Newcomb Subject: AWG: SOGS Report Association of Washington Geographers, As the end of term has arrived in the Frozen North, our Society of Geography Students of the University of Victoria respectfully submits its Annual Report 2001 - 2002 for your review, as a 378KB pdf file at: office.geog.uvic.ca/dept/undergrad/sogs/SOGS_Annual_Report_01_02.PDF John Newcomb AWG member, UVic Geography course advisor and friend of SOGS

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  • Professional Geographers of Puget Sound: Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 16:36:47 -0800
    From: "Alvine, Michael" (Michael.Alvine@METROKC.GOV)
    Subject: PGoPS - Hold these dates! April 12 and April 26

    Dear Members,
    Once again we are meeting for our informal lunch (second Fridays of the month) at Bruno's (1417 Third Ave) . We meet at 11:45 AM. Go through the food line and look for 6 or 8 nearly normal looking people sitting together - straight back from the food line. We also have a brown bag lunch discussion planned for April 26th. It will be in the Key Tower, Room 3403 (34th Floor). The entrance is at Fifth and Columbia in downtown Seattle (700 Fifth Avenue) Dr. William Leon (Bill to his friends) has just returned from India where he has been working on a visionary community. Below is an excerpt from the attachment describing this interesting effort. Hope to see you there!

    Humanity has long been in search of an ideal city where people of all nations can live in unity and where the human psyche can connect to its deeper quest, a place where children can nourish their minds and souls and where people of all races and philosophies can realize a deeper level of consciousness within the beauty and harmony of nature.

    A modest but significant experiment with these aspirations was begun some 32 years ago. The international township of Auroville -- fondly called the City of Dawn and founded near Pondicherry, India -- is a living laboratory of evolution. More than 1,500 people from 40 different countries and cultures throughout the world in cooperation with some 5,000 local people are committed to participating together in an adventure in consciousness and to building the city the earth needs.

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  • Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 14:29:15 -0800 From: John Newcomb (jnewcomb@uvic.ca) Subject: AWG News from Canada
  • University of Victoria Society Of Geography Students delegation did well at the recent Western Canadian Association of Geographers meeting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Soggie undergrad Julie Bogdanowicz won best undergrad award for her presentation, "SURFURBIA IN VICTORIA", and Soggie grad student Alexis Johnson won honorable mention in grad students category for her presentation with Dr. Dan Smith, "DATING SNOW AVALANCHE EVENTS AT THE BLACKHORN IMPACT LANDFORM, B.C. COAST MOUNTAINS". [More here!]

    John Newcomb
    AWG member and 
    Uvic Geography course advisor

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    March 4, 2002 Judy Walton (whom many of us know from the time when she was living in Washington State) is the new editor of the California Geographer (published by the California Geographical Society) "I am the new editor of the California Geographer (California Geographical Society), and need to start soliciting articles NOW for the next issue. Below are the three types of articles you can submit:
    1) Geographic scholarship - refereed articles that reflect the diverse interests of our membership. Submissions may include all regions, sub-fields, and geographic techniques.
    2) Geographic Chronicles - shorter items of general geographic interest, including thesis abstracts and preliminary research findings, notices of professional meetings, grant and study opportunities, travel advisories, book reviews, discussions of current debates, literature and theory related to geography (subject to editorial review).
    3) Geographic Education - articles, teaching techniques, innovative classroom activities, and other items that stimulate geographic education at all levels."

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  • February 2, 2002 AWG Board Meeting in Seattle (Minutes)

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    The Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University warmly invites you to attend and participate in the 2002 meeting of the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. The meetings will be held at the Harbour Centre Campus, located at 515 West Hastings Street, at the transportation hub of the metropolitan area [see map]...(much more).....

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    News from PGoPS: Lunch on Feb 8

    Dear Members, (Professional Geographers of Puget Sound)

    Hope the new year is treating you well. Next Friday, the 8 th, we will again meet for our informal lunch (second Fridays of the month) at Bruno's (1417 Third Ave) . We meet at 11:45 AM . Go through the food line and look for 6 or 8 of the usual suspects sitting together. We usually sit straight back from the food line. Please read the attachments regarding some interesting colloquia coming up at the UW. Also one of our members would appreciate your help in finding work. See you soon!

    Mike (Alvine)

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    Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 13:18:07 -0500 (EST)
    From: kerry lyste 
    Subject: FW: Geography featured in new Natural History Exhibit
    I just received this message this morning - thought it may be of interest
    for the AWG newsletter. 
    > ________________________________________________________________
    > The Port Townsend Marine Science Center recently celebrated the Grand
    > Opening of a new Natural History Exhibit and would like
    > to invite all geographers, educators and their families and friends to
    > visit us. We are
    > open Thursday through Sunday, Noon - 4PM and are located on the grounds
    > of Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.
    > The title of the exhibit is WHERE THE LAND MEETS THE SEA: NATURAL
    > HISTORY OF THE SHORELINE. It focuses on beach processes, shoreline
    > bluffs, glacial history, the Ice Age, fossils and sand from the area.
    > Of particular interest to geography lovers will be the WASHINGTON
    > GEO-PUZZLE, an interactive hands-on exhibit that depicts the physical
    > growth of the land area of Washington state as tectonic forces brought
    > new lands to join the original continental mass. Visitors have
    > commented that this physical exhibit makes the state's geology clearer
    > than all of the verbal explanations they had read and heard in the
    > past.
    > The exhibit was designed with the help and cooperation of Burke Museum
    > scientists, DNR geologists, local geographers, ornithologists and
    > specialists in many other areas. Murals and
    > 3-dimensional constructions by Seattle artists have attracted much
    > attention, as have the interactive exhibits appropriate for all ages.
    > We hope that you will visit us soon. If you would like further
    > information, please contact Anne Murphy, ptmsc@olympus.net or
    > 360-385-5582."

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    January 16, 2002: Sustainability! Geography Colloquium Series, Winter 2002
    Department of Geography, University of Washington, Geography Colloquia meet on Fridays at 2:30 in Smith Hall 304. The general theme for this quarter is "Sustainability". The usual format is a brief introduction, a 40-minute presentation, and 15 minutes for questions. At 3:30, the formal session is followed by informal discussion over refreshments. Please join us!

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    Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 02:56:15 
    From: neil sorenson 
    Subject: Jack Pierce
    Dear AWG
    Pat Buckley informed me that Jack Pierce passed away on 9 Jan. Jack was a 
    loyal member of the AWG who managed to make it to most of our meetings. He 
    will be missed.

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  • January 2002: Upcoming Conferences [from: 47o North: Newsletter of the Department of Geography at CWU]
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  • Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001
    From: "Alvine, Michael" 
    Subject: PGoPS Needs You! & Bruno's Lunch next Friday!!!
    Hello Members,
    As you may have noticed, PGoPS has been rather inactive this fall because
    several of the current officers have been caught up in the demands of
    work and have not had time to arrange brown bag speakers or plan other
    It is an appropriate time to solicit new officer candidates.  The
    steering committee recently combined the membership chair and treasurer
    positions, to simplify those tasks.  Founding membership chair David
    Fansler has agreed to continue to manage our database and membership
    The other two key positions are President and Meetings Chair.  Neither of
    these is a big job, but each takes a small amount of attention at regular
    intervals.  Current steering committee members/officers will be happy to
    assist you in getting acquainted with these jobs.  In particular, we can
    arrange meeting space without any trouble, which constitutes about half
    of the Meetings Chairperson's job.
    We feel it is important to draw new leadership into the organization to
    keep it relevant and fresh.  Please consider volunteering for either of
    these two positions, even if you have not been active in the past.  We
    will have a no-host lunch at Bruno's Mexican/Italian restaurant (1417
    Third Avenue in downtown Seattle) next Friday, December 14, from 11:45 am
    to 1:00 pm.  Please come and meet your fellow members and learn more
    about the leadership positions.
    					Mike Alvine,  Outgoing President

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  • Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001
    From: John Newcomb 
    Best of the Season to AWG Board!
    Announcing release of new text below which might be worth considering 
    for a BC or Canada-theme geography course that a Washington university
    or college might be offering. 
    John Newcomb
    lab instructor, Geography Dept, UVic, and
    Society of Geography Students adviser:
    Canadian Western Geographical Series 
    Volume 36
    Edited by Colin J.B. Wood
    ISBN 091983826X
    price: $32.00
    This wide-ranging collection of essays focuses on the geography of British Columbia.
    Chapters, authors:
    1. Introduction, Colin J.B. Wood
    2. Mapping the Province: Past and Present, C. Peter Keller
    3. Landforms and Natural Hazards, Harold D. Foster
    4. Climate, Stanton Tuller
    5. Water Resources, Sandra Smith
    6. Vegetation, Michael C.R. Edgell
    7. Geopolitical Development: An Overview, Paul F. Thomas
    8. Geography and Treaty Negotiations, Frank Duerden
    9 Chinese: The Changing Geography of the Largest Visible Minority, David Chuenyan Lai
    10. Spatial Economy, Colin J.B. Wood
    11 Land Recreation, Bruce Downie
    12 Tourism, Rick Rollins
    13 Land Use Planning, Colin J.B. Wood, Cimarron Corpe' and Laurie Jackson
    14 Mineral Development, Jo Harris
    15 Energy, John Newcomb
    16 Forestry, Alan Vyse
    17 Agriculture In Perspective, Colin J.B. Wood
    18 Fisheries, Colin Wood and Cimarron Corpe'
    19 Marine Conservation, Philip Dearden
    Produced and published by 
    The Western Geographical Press. 

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  • November 4, 2001

    From: Neil Sorenson
    To: AWG Board and Members
    Subject: Report on the AWG Fall Meeting

    The Fall Meeting of the AWG was a huge success. The faculty and staff at the U.W. did a great job of setting up and coordinating the activities that are essential in putting together a well-run conference. A special thanks must go the J.W. Harrington for his leadership and management skills. J.W.'s effort was apparent in the way the meeting smoothly tracked from one event to the next.

    Since we had concurrent session, I was not able to attend all of the presentations. However, the presentations I did attend were excellent. I was particularly appreciative of the student presentations. The student papers were all well thought out and informative.

    This is the second time we have had awards for "best" student paper presentations. This winners were:

    • Chiaki Ito, U.W., Graduate Presentation;
    • Jennifer Harvey, University of Victoria (U.V.), Undergraduate Presentation and
    • Amy Swenson, W.W.U., Poster Presentation.
    These individuals were presented with an AWG coffee mug and a ten-dollar check. The runners up, David Paschane, U.W., and Keltie Craig, U.V., were presented with AWG coffee mugs.

    While I was gratified to hear the student presentations, I was equally happy to hear faculty members from various institutions talk about their research. It is apparent that the faculty at our Washington institutions of higher learning or on the cutting edge of geographic research.

    During the business meeting we were able to complete the elections of officers. We had three positions to fill-Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The new officers will be J.W. Harrington, Vice President; Charles (Chip) Dodd, Treasurer and Todd Wright, Secretary.

    I informed the members present about the passing of Fred Matteucci. Everyone was in favor of looking into establishing an award for either a deserving K-12 student or a geography teacher to be given in Fred's name. Moses Lai liked the idea and made a very nice financial donation to get the award off the ground. This item will be discussed at the next board meeting.

    Photos from the Meeting (Links to our Canadian Friends:)

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