Archive for 2008


Happy Holidays!

The Geography Department held a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 11. Angie Magnusson and Alye Bohn, both senior Geography majors, shared slides and stories from their semester abroad in India. Students, staff and faculty ate cookies and ham sandwiches, voted on posters to adorn the walls of our new Geography Commons area, and did […]

Dr. Versluis Delivers Lecture at MSU-Mankato

Dr. Anna Versluis of Gustavus gave a colloquium lecture to the geography department at Minnesota State University at Mankato. She lectured to a packed room on “We All Live Downstream: Land Change and Disaster in a Haitian Watershed.” Eight Gustavus students from the Geography Club went along to show their support.  Bob Douglas entertained students […]


Geography students demonstrate stream erosion and deposition

Teaching Assistant Matt Horton (left) and students in the Fall Physical Geography class get their hands wet and sandy with a stream table. Using sand and running water they demonstrate fluvial processes like stream erosion, transport, and deposition. Here they create “landforms” to erode and then watch a delta form where the stream enters a […]

Welcome Dr. Anna Versluis: An Interview with Angie Magnusson

Meet new Geography faculty member, Anna Versluis! Originally hailing from Michigan and Pennsylvania, Anna received her B.A. in Biology from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. After graduation in 1997, Anna left the States to work for a human rights organization in Haiti for three years, which would subsequently become the location for her later […]


Making maps of Saint Peter and Gustavus

Students taking Geographic Information Science (GIS) are making some great maps of Saint Peter and the Gustavus Campus. Check out some of our students’ favorite spots and running routes around town!

Kitty Hurley ’07 in GIS Grad School

Kitty Hurley ’07 is at MGIS student at St. Mary’s University working on GIS for homeland security/emergency management.  She is also a student intern in the Water Resources Engineering group at the MN Department of Transportation.  She also was awarded an assistantship to work at at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego.

Geography Students Attend GIS Meeting

Bob Douglas and GEG-342 students attended the MN GIS/LIS meeting at the Rochester Civic Center on October 2nd.  The students went to hear presentations on GIS analysis of crime in preparation for their class projects.  In attendance were a number of former geography students doing a variety of GIS activities including Joel Koepp (environmental consultant), […]


Kyle Chester ’07 Interns at NASA

Kyle Chester, a  ’07 geography graduate, is working as an intern at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountainview, California.  He is working with satellite remote sensing for earth science research projects.  Kyle is also working on a Master’s in GIS at the University of Minnesota.

Ann Fletchall ’00 Wins Paper Award

Ann Fletchall ’00 won the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Student President’s Award for Outstanding Paper by a Ph.D. Student.  Ann is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University and her winning paper was given in 2007 at the APCG meeting.  Her paper was a study of the Arizona Renaissance Festival and was entitled, “The […]

Nick Jost ’08 to Madagascar

Geography graduate Nicholas Jost ’08 was recently assigned to Madagascar where he will work as a Peace Corps environmental education specialist.  He leaves on February 10, 2009.  During fall 2008 he will audit French classes at Gustavus to get ready for Madagascar where Malagasy and French are the primary languages.