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Department of Geography to celebrate National Geography Awareness Week

The New Mexico State University Department of Geography will host several lectures to celebrate National Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day Nov. 17-20.


l Geography Awareness Week was initiated in 1987 by the National Geographic Society's Geography Education Program. The week is an annual celebration to promote geographic literacy and it occurs every November.

The following lectures will be in Room 185 of Breland Hall:

- "Africa's Great Lakes Region" by Steven Pasternack, journalism and mass communications professor at NMSU, noon Monday, Nov. 17.

- "Mexico's Mormon Colonias" by John Wright, geography professor at NMSU, noon Tuesday, Nov. 18.

- "Krakow, Poland: A World Heritage Site" by Robert Czerniak, geography professor at NMSU, noon Thursday, Nov. 20.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day is Wednesday, Nov. 19. The event gives geographic information systems users and vendors the opportunity to showcase the technology to schools, businesses and the general public. GIS is a set of computer programs to assist people in making decisions about maps.

The Department of Geography will host presentations by NMSU graduate students and alumni from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Room 185 of Breland Hall. The afternoon session, the Southwestern Region Geospatial Workshop and Seminar, will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Farm and Ranch Museum.

To register or for a complete schedule of activities for GIS Day, go to http://ecoessence.com/gisday/gis_day_agenda.htm.

For more information on National Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, contact Michael DeMers at (505) 646-3509.