Events Calendar

FALL 2014

Friday, October 31. GIS Day. Students will learn Geography and global cities through ArcGIS software and Geocaching with Garmin GPS units with a Halloween theme.

Wednesday, November 5. Connected by Coffee:The Future of Fair Trade. Chris Treter, Director of Higher Grounds Trading, will give a discussion on how coffee impacts the livelihood of coffee farmers and the environment.

FALL 2013

Monday, November 25. Planning Alumni pane l. Several graduates (recent and not so recent) will return to talk about their jobs, how to prepare for the workforce, how to get internships, and how they're having an impact on the world. Open for questions.

  • Location: 2266 Kirkhof Center (KC).
  • Time: 5:00-6:00 pm.

Wednesday, November 20. Senior thesis presentations. Presentation to the wider scholarly community is a requirement in our department. Each presentation is 10 minutes long.

  • Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center (KC).
  • Time: 6:00-9:00 pm.

Friday, October 11. Explore Detroit with Judith Transue, Housing and Urban Planning Specialist. Spend the day exploring all that Detroit has to teach us including: The Heidelberg Project, Indian Village, Eastern Market, Belle Isle, and Corktown. Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 9. See the flyer link above for cost and where and when to meet the bus.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013. " Local Food, Global Action." Timothy Young, President of Food For Thought, Inc. Timothy Young will tell the story of how his northern Michigan company has joined forces with others to turn their local food companies into agents of change, supporting local organic agriculture, farmland preservation, and social justice around the world.

  • Location: 123 Manitou Hall.
  • Time: 6:00-7:00 pm.


Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-7:30 pm. Panel discussion, "What are the prospects for a walkable/bikeable 48th Avenue?" Experts from the community and local planning agencies will speak to the issue and there will be a discussion period with question-and-answer. All are invited. See web site:

  • Location: Kirkhof 2215/2216.
  • Time: 6:30-7:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 20, 12:00-1:00 pm. Geography Brown Bag.

  • Location: B-1120 Mackinac Hall
  • Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Featuring Azfar Hussein, Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies talking about Mali, and Argentina.

FALL 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 6:00-9:00 pm. Senior Thesis presentations.

  • Location: 1104 Kirkhof Center.
  • Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 13, 11:00-2:00. Geography Awareness Week event.

  • Location: Kirkhof Center lobby.
  • Time: 11:00 to 2:00 pm.

The Geography and Planning Department and Association of Student Geographers celebrates Geography by displaying winning posters and Amazonian research. Come meet students and faculty and learn more about the amazing job opportunities who have acquired expertise in GIS and/or Planning.

Tuesday, October 2, 1:00-2:15. Dr. Morgan Schmidt. Xinguanos: An Amazonian People, their History and Prehistory.

  • Location: Loutit Lecture Hall (LTT), room 103.
  • Time: 1:00 to 2:15 pm.

Monday, October 1, Open House, Department of Geography and Planning. All majors are invited to attend.

  • Guest speaker: Andrew Moore, Project Planner/GIS Specialist, Williams and Works Engineering, Planning, and Surveying, Grand Rapids.
  • Where: Kirkhof Center Room 2215/2216
    • Session I: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.*
    • Session II: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Due to limited seating we ask that you please attend Session II, if you are able.

Monday, September 17, noon to 1:00 pm. Student research in Peru. Last summer about a dozen Geography and Planning students spent a month conducting forest survey research in the Peruvian Amazon with Professor Jim Penn. These students will discuss their experiences during this event.

  • Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center.
  • Time: Noon to 1:00 pm.

Saturday, September 8. 5:00 pm -. Welcome Back Party.

Join us to celebrate the start of another excellent semester. Food and drink will be provided.

  • Location: The Wagendorps, 1046 107th Avenue, Plainwell. 49080.
  • Time: 5:00-until the end.


Sunday, April 29. 3:00 pm. Graduation party.

Join us to celebrate the achievements of our graduates.

  • Location: 262 Union Avenue SE, Grand Rapids.
  • Time: 3:00-until the end.
  • RSVP. Please RSVP by April 18 to Kendall at Specify the number of guests who'll be attending. Food will be catered and will be Mediterranean.

Monday, March 2. Fools' Ride. Bicycle ride from GVSU Allendale to downtown Grand Rapids.

  • Date: Monday, April 2nd 2012.
  • Meetup time and place: 5:30 p.m. in the North Mackinac Courtyard (the one connected to the cafe with the sculptures).
  • Trip: We will start off at 5:45 p.m., ride along Lake Michigan Drive for approximately 1 mile, then our route goes Linden > Luce> Fennessy > Obrien > Wealthy. We will end up at Founders Brewing Co. The trip is 13 miles.
  • Return: Everyone is responsible for the return home. Students can have someone pick them up downtown when the trip is over, or catch the 50 Campus Connector at the Rapid Central Station which is on the same street as Founders and leaves every 15 minutes. Or ride your bike back to Allendale.
  • To bring: Students should bring their own bike, MUST HAVE A HELMET, comfortable shoes, and a water bottle. We will have an air pump for students to pump their tires before we leave.
  • RSVP: Please email Kendall at if you are planning on going.
  • For questions please contact me or Roy Cole ( .

Thursday, March 29. Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geography Honor Society (GTU) induction ceremony.

  • Time: 5:30-7:30.
  • Place: B-4-243 Mackinac Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.

Eight exceptional students will be inducted into GTU.

  • Catrina Chambers
  • Elisabeth Cole
  • Alex Craig
  • Maciej Halaczkiewicz
  • Kendall Gilbert
  • Rachael Luce
  • Nathaniel R. Mehmed
  • Andrew Wisniewski

Friday, March 2. Michigan Academy Paper and Poster Presentations.

  • Andrew Wisniewski. 9:00-11:30 session. A geopolitical analysis of the distribution of American Recovery and Re-Investment Act funds (paper).
  • Catrina Chambers. 2:00-4:30 session. Climate change and tornadic activity in the United States, 1950 to 2008 (poster).
  • Elisabeth Cole. 2:00-4:30 session. Freedom and Islam: a world study, 1990-2010 (poster).
  • Roy Cole. 2:00-4:30 session. Building Muslim community in the United States: case study of Ohio.

Tuesday, January 31. Open House, Department of Geography and Planning. All majors are invited to attend.

  • Guest speaker: Lotta Jarnefelt (MA, AICP, GISP), Director of the Planning Department, Kalamazoo County.
  • Where: Kirkhof Center Room 2215/2216
    • Session I: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.*
    • Session II: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Due to limited seating we ask that you please attend Session II, if you are able.

FALL 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 6:00-9:00. Fall 2011 Senior Thesis presentations. Come and support your colleagues in the high point of their career at GVSU. Room BLL-126 Mackinac Hall. Click here for the presentation schedule.

Saturday, September 17th, 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Association of Student Geographers (ASGEO) Thornapple River Cleanup.
Volunteers have the opportunity to kayak and canoe to pick up trash on the river (limited room) or walk along the banks. We will meet at Leonard Field in Ada as our starting point. You must sign up by September 13. Attend the ASGEO meeting on Tuesday, September 13th from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the lounge, Mackinac Hall Wing B, 4th floor (Lounge is located down the hall from faculty offices). For more information, please contact Kendall Gilbert


Saturday April 23. Party for 2011 graduates, parents, students, and friends. 3-6pm. Cole residence in Holland. Photos are here.

Wednesday April 13. Student Scholars' Day. Click here for the presentations to be made by Geography and Planning students. Click here for SSD main page.

Friday April 8. Fools' Ride. This group bike ride begins at Mackinac Hall and ends at Founders' Brewery in Grand Rapids. We leave promptly at 3:00 and will roll at a slow pace over the 12.5 miles of gently rolling and flat terrain to Founders. A SAG wagon with a pump and inner tubes will accompany the group. Must be 18 or older. Please disregard the statment on the flyer about age 21. RSVP to Kendall Gilbert at Bring a couple of bucks and ID. Click the link above for more information. Photos.

Thursday, March 31. Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geography Honor Society (GTU) induction ceremony. Nine exceptional students will be inducted into GTU.

  • Where: B-4-243 Mackinac Hall (Dean's Conference Room).
  • When: 5:30-7:00 pm.

Friday, March 11. Three Geography and Planning majors present their research findings at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan.Morning and afternoon sessions.

Monday, February 7. Open House, Department of Geography and Planning. Guest speaker Taiwo "Ty" Jaiyeoba on "The importance of public transit in the urban realm."

  • When: Monday, February 7th, 2011.
  • Where: Kirkhof Center Room 2263.
    • Session I: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.*
    • Session II: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Due to limited seating we ask that you please attend Session II, if you are able.

FALL 2010

Senior Thesis Presentations ( presentation schedule)

  • When: Monday, November 15,2010. 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Where: 2201 Kirkhof Center (KC)

Open House and Career Night, Department of Geographyand Planning

  • When: Thursday, October 7th, 2010.
  • Where: Kirkhof Center Room 2215/2216.
    • Session I: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.*
    • Session II: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Due to limited seating we ask that you please attend Session II, if you are able.

Winter 2010

Friday, February 19, 10:00 am. Presentation by Dr. Marie Price, " Thinking in Maps: Geographic Literacy for a Global Age." 102 Loutit Lecture Hall (LTT).

Open House and Career Night, Department of Geography and Planning.

  • When: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 5:30-7:30PM.
  • Where: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center.

There will be three sessions of presentations by professional geographers and a planner. Come and see what you can do with a degree in Geography and Planning.
The presentations will be given twice: from 5:30 to 6:30 and again from 6:30 to 7:30.

Fall 2009

National Geography Week (November 16 to 20)

  • November 17, 19. Senior Thesis presentations. Schedule.

Fall 2008

National Geography Week (November 17-21) flyer. 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center (KC).

  • November 17, 18. Senior Thesis presentations. Schedule.
  • November 18, 6:00 to 8:00. Building Michigan's Online Interactive Near-Real-Time Digital Atlas, A Private and Public Venture Making Common Space More Commonplace. Panel and Presentations. Room 101 Loutit, Allendale campus. Schedule.
  • November 19. GIS Day. Many talks and demonstrations have been scheduled. Click here for the flyer. Contact Dr. Ma for more information.
  • November 19, 915 to 1:00. GIS Day Middle school activities. Alumni House, Allendale campus. Flyer.
  • November 19, 1:15 to 4:15. GIS Day Conference. Presentations and discussion. Alumni House, Allendale campus. Schedule.

Thursday, October 2, 5:30-8:00. Geography and Planning Openhouse.

Fall 2007

Tuesday, November 6. Dr. Gregory Veeck. A Quarter Century of Change on the Great Grass Sea: Herders, Prices, and Pasture Quality in Inner Mongolia, China. Keynote speaker for National Geography Week (Geography Awareness Week). 4:00 to 5:00 pm. 114 Lake Michigan Hall (LMH). See flyer. Dr. Veeck is Professor of Geography, Western Michigan University.

Tuesday, September 25. Ben Dangl, Resource Wars in Bolivia. 1:00 to 2:15. Cook-Dewitt Auditorium, Allendale campus. See complete flyer.

Tuesday, September 25. Matthew McPherson, The Effects of Tourism and Fisheries on the Environment in Central America. 2:30 to 3:45. Cook-DeWitt Auditorium, Allendale campus. See flyer.

Spring/Summer 2007

Friday, July 13. El cultivo de aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) en la zona de amortiguamiento de la Reserva Comunal Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo: Estrategias, logros, y desafios en la conservación y producción de una especie de palmera para el manejo de un area protegida. Dr. James Penn. Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative (ACLI)program, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana (UNAP), Iquitos, Peru.

Thursday, June 7. 10:00 am. The aguaje palm (Mauritia flexuosa): A conservation and agroforestry project in northeastern Peru. Dr. James Penn. Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany, Chicago Botanical Gardens, Lake Forest, Illinois.

Winter 2007

24 March. Planning Charette. 104 Kirkhof Center. Jan Johnson, Jeroen Wagendorp, area planners, and students focus on real planning problem. Photo 1, photo 2.

Fall 2006

November 13-17. Geography Action Week. Theme: Africa in 3-D: Demographics, Diversity, Discovery. Student presentation schedule.

Wednesday, November 15. GIS Day.

Senior Thesis Research Presentation schedule for Geography Action Week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 1134 ASH.

Oct 26. 2:30-3:45. European Union Universities and Sustainability Practices. Dr. Elena Lioubimsteva. GVSU Sustainability Week, Oct 23-28, Alumni House, GVSU.

Saturday, October 14. Demographic changes and urbanization in the Peruvian Amazon: Examining rural development in the face of resource flow to cities and towns. Dr. James Penn. Ninth Conference on the Americas (COA), Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids.

Saturday, Sept 30. 4:00-5:45.. Climate change,environmental vulnerability and adaptations: Assessment of policy driven scenarios for Central Eurasia. Dr. Elena Lioubimtseva. Seventh Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference, Ann Arbor.

Friday, September 22. 2:30-4:00.. Conceptualizing Africa Regions, Representation, Realities, and Rationales: A Critical Review of Forty-two Geography of Africa Texts, 1953 to 2004. Presentation by Dr. Roy Cole, CLAS Colloquium, 115/116 Kirkhof Center.

November 15 and 16, Senior Thesis Capstone research presentation schedule for Geography Action Week.

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