FSU Holds Panel Discussion at NESTVAL 2013 in Worcester, MA
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society(NESTVAL) was held at Clark University in Worcester, MA, on October 18-19. At the Meeting four faculty members and one student from the Framingham State University Geography Department held a panel discussion organized by Professor and Department Chair Elaine Hartwick. Their session, entitled "Teaching Geography at a State University," provided an opportunity to reflect on the benefits and challenges of working in higher education today. On the panel were (from left to right) Professor Hartwick, Professor Osama Abdelgadir, Professor Judith Otto, Professor David Merwin, and Geography major Joey Wigglesworth.
Two takeaway points from the session were that (1) the FSU Geography Department is doing well recruiting majors and minors (but would always like more!) and is acting as a key provider of general education courses for the university, and (2) moving forward, the Department is solidifying its reputation as the source for Geographic Information Science (GIS) mapping and spatial analysis for the campus community as well as the greater Framingham area. This body of knowledge complements and extends the Department’s existing strengths in investigating the social and economic affects of global and local change, as well as environmental issues in the Northeast and beyond.