What's New @MizzouGeog? 4.19.21

Soren Larsen

Happy Monday…are you ready for a bit of snow tomorrow? You know what they say, if you don’t like the weather in Missouri, wait five minutes! Yes, winter’s hanging on, but spring is definitely on its way in, as indicated by…

…all the fantastic news on the jobs and admissions front! Geography Club President Jefferson Daubitz accepted a position as a GIS Analyst at Conexon in Kansas City, helping bring fiber networks to rural communities across the state of Missouri. Kadie Clark will be moving to the Washington, D.C. area, where she will be an Investment Analyst with Cambridge Associates, a global investment firm, working out of their Alexandria, Virginia office. And Abby Hunt was accepted into the Washington University Scholars in Law Fellowship Program, and will be starting her Law degree next fall in St. Louis. If you get a chance to congratulate Jefferson, Kadie, and Abby, please do! As that old ‘80s rock band Timbuk 3 sang, “The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades!”— that goes for all our grads!

At last week’s Gamma Theta Upsilon (the international geographical honor society) initiation, the following officers were elected for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • President—Sarah Frost
  • Vice President—Carson Stone
  • Treasurer—Kyle Bals
  • Secretary—Seth Kannarr
  • Historian—Austin Reed

Congratulations all!

We are also pleased to announce that Kyle Bals will be serving as the Jesse H. Wheeler Student Ambassador next academic year. Ambassadors represent the spirit of exploration that geography embraces, demonstrating both a broad knowledge of geography and a level of participation in geography activities. Working in an hourly position, Ambassadors help promote Geography classes, recruit new majors, coordinate departmental events, and represent the Department at on-campus events and meetings. Congratulations, Kyle! We look forward to working with you next year.

Also, I’d like to extend a note of heartfelt thanks to our graduating Wheeler Ambassador, Abby Hunt, who gave numerous in-person and on-line “pitches” for Geography classes, provided able assistance for the Salter Studio Dedication, Jen Jack Gieseking talk, and Scott MacDonald A&S Professor for a Day, and promoted our Department at a number of events and venues, among other things. Thank you, Abby, for your service in this role!

We really, really need your photographs of places in Missouri for the Missouri Bicentennial map project that Tom Vought and his crew at MSDIS are working on. We’ve set a goal of featuring photos and short descriptions of 200 locations from around the state, and we are a ways away from our goal. It can be any place, so long as it’s within the State of Missouri! So, please send your Missouri photos with location information and short description to: msdismail@missouri.edu. There is no limit to how many images individuals can contribute! And thank you for making this storymap a reality.

I am pleased to announce that our Geography Spring Celebration will be held in person, Friday, May 7 at 3:30pm in Stewart Hall Parker Auditorium, followed by a Bar-B-Que at the Clubhouse at Cambridge Place starting at 6pm. We will have our usual awards and recognitions at the ceremony in Stewart before migrating over to Cambridge Place for some good old-fashioned fun.

We can only have 50 total people in attendance, and we will need names and cell phone numbers for contact tracing. So, if you are interested in attending either the Awards Ceremony and/or the Bar-B-Que on May 7, please fill out this survey to get your name on the guest list:


One final thing, and it’s really important: we have a lot going on in our world today, from Minneapolis/Brooklyn Center to Indianapolis to Austin and Shreveport. Please, if you need any help with any of this hard-to-deal-with stuff, just let us know. Reach out to any faculty member and we can sit down (or Zoom it up) for a talk as well as resources and expertise on campus to help you cope. We are here for each other; it’s the only way we’re going to make it through.

Be well till next week—






P.S. For an “earworm” to get your week started off right, check out this link to Timbuk 3, Future’s So Bright, back when music videos were a “thing”!