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GEOGRAPHY
LIVES!
GRCC Geography News

January 2015
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2015FACESOFAFRICANWILDLIFECALENDARDECEMBERPHOTO

INTHISISSUE

GRCC GEOGRAPHY HONOR SOCIETY


SENDS AFRICAN GIRLS TO SCHOOL
TheGRCCchapteroftheInternational
GeographicalHonorSociety(GTU)
partnerswiththeCampaignforFemale
Education(Camfed)toraisefundsfor
theeducationofgirlsinEastAfrica.
CamfedmaintainsthatWhenyou
educateagirlinAfrica,everything
changes.Shellbethreetimeslesslikely
togetHIV/AIDS,earn25percentmore
incomeandhaveasmaller,healthier
family.Moreover,aswomenbecome
empowered,townsandvillagestendto
achievehigherlevelsofprosperity.
Economicandpoliticalstabilityare
enhancedandthethreatofcivilunrest
andwarisreducedconsiderably.Raising
fundsforCamfedisonewayGeography
studentsatGRCCmakeadifferencefor
abetterworld.Since2011,enoughhas
beenraisedtosend20girlstoschoolin
ZimbabweandZambia.Thisyearsgoal
istoraisefundsfortheeducationof
threemoregirls.TheGTUchapteris
sellingtshirts,jewelry,andcraftson
campus,andthisisthethirdconsecutive
yeartheFacesofAfricanWildlife
calendarisbeingofferedfordonations
of$10.00.

Careers in Geography and GRCC

Photographsinthecalendarinclude
wildAfricasMagnificentSeven,in
additiontoanumberofother
mammals,aswellasthecolorfulLilac
breastedroller(picturedabove).
Formoreinformation,contactthe
chapterofficers:JeremyTrent
(jeremytrent@email.grcc.edu),
HannahCluley
(hannahcluley@email.grcc.edu),
orLeaOliver
(leaoliver@email.grcc.edu).

AccordingtotheBureauofLaborStatistics,theaverage
salaryforaGeographeriswellover$74,000ayear.The
GRCCGeographyprogramprovidesstudentswitha
solidfoundation,andmanyalumnihavegoneonto
pursuegraduatestudieswithfullfunding.(Photo:
AlysonMabieandNicoleArceconductingfireecology
fieldworkinYosemiteNationalPark)Page2

Alumni Success Stories


TheSouthPacific,Croatia,andMexicoareafewofthe
placesalumnihaveexplored,followingtheawardof
fundsforfieldwork,aswellasteachingassistantships,to
completetheirgraduatedegrees.(Photo:Cadey
Korson)Page4

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of


GEOGRAPHY LIVES! --- a
newsletter designed to provide
the Grand Rapids Community
College student body, faculty,
administration, staff, and
trustees with information and
news about the institutions
Geography program and its
alumni.

GTU/Camfed
HonorRoll
LambdaUpsilonrecognizes
thoselistedbelow,aswellas
manyanonymousdonors,
thankingthemallfortheir
contributions:

Inquiries and comments may be directed to the


Social Sciences Department Educational Support
Professional, Ms. Stacey Herrick:
sherrick@grcc.edu, the Social Sciences
Department Chair, Professor Mike Light:
mlight@grcc.edu, or the Professor of Geography,
Dr. M.S. DeVivo: mdevivo@grcc.edu.

Thephotototherightillustratesgeographical
researchintheSierraNevadaMountains,fundedby
theNationalGeographicSociety.

LaurieChesley
MikeDeVivo
RosemarieDeVivo
JimFox
GildaGely
LisaGloege
TimothyGloege
RobertHendershot
JohnKennedy
MikeLight
HeatherRichards
RaySumner
WaldoTobler
GordanVurusic

___________________
AWordfromthe
SocialSciences
DepartmentChair
DearFriendsandAlumniof
GRCCGeography,
Iampleasedtointroducemyselftoyouasthe
chairoftheSocialSciencesDepartment,and
tobringyouthiseditionofGeographyLives!,
ourannualefforttokeepyouinformedabout
andconnectedtoourworkhere.Our
departmentisveryfortunatetohavehada
longhistoryofdedicatedGeographyfaculty
andstudentssinceIarrivedin1999.These
pagesreportoneventsinthedisciplineover
thelastyear,anddescribesomeofthe
activitiesandaccomplishmentsofourfaculty,
students,andalumni.Someofyoumaynot
knowthatGRCCisapioneerinthefieldof
geographicstudiesnationally.Wewereoneof
thefirstcommunitycollegestobeawardeda
chapterofGTU,theprestigiousgeographical
honorsociety,andtheonlyonetobeawarded
Honors.
Itismyhopethatyoufindtheinformationin
thisnewslettertobeinformativeand
enlightening.Iwishyoualltheverybestas
wemoveintoanotherexcitingyear.
MikeLight,ProfessorofHistory

Careers in
Geography and
GRCC
Geographersareknowntoemployaglobal
perspective.Bypossessingandapplying
knowledgeofhowpeople,places,and
regionsarelinkedbyglobalnetworksand
processes(e.g.,globalization,international
trade,immigration,Internettechnology,
globalclimate),theyareabletoengagein
soundanalysiscriticalforsolvingproblems
facinghumanityandtheenvironment.
AccordingtotheU.S.BureauofLabor
Statistics(BLS),Geographersearnan
averageof$74,760annually.Geography
positionsareexpectedtogrow30percent
ormoreby2022,whichismuchfasterthan
theaveragerateofgrowth.TheBLS
estimatedthat60percentofgeographers
workedforfederalgovernmentagenciesin
2010,15percentforarchitecturalor
engineeringfirmsand9percentforacademic
institutions.Theremaining16percent
workedforcommercialresearch&
developmentfirmsorstategovernment
agencies.
Geographersareoftenplacedinleadership
rolesandfrequentlytaskedwithintegrating
complexinformationfromavarietyof
sources,analyzingit,andengagingin
effectualdecisionmaking.Manyfindthata

strongbackgroundinfieldssuchashistory,
anthropology,economics,international
relations,ecology,andcomputerscienceis
advantageous.Althoughgeography
undergraduateandgraduateprogramsare
locatedincollegesanduniversitiesacrossthe
country,andthepositionofGEOGRAPHERis
heldbyanumberoffederalgovernment
employees,mostgeographersholdpositions
withotherjobtitles.TheGRCCGeography
programisconsideredtobeamongthebest
communitycollegegeographyprogramsin
NorthAmerica.Ofthe300chaptersofthe
InternationalGeographicalHonorSociety,in
2013,theGRCCchapterbecameoneofonly
eightdistinguishedwiththeawardof
Honors.Moreover,GRCCGeography
alumnihaveastrongrecordofsuccessin
gainingfellowshipsandassistantshipsof
$13,000to$23,000annuallyforthe
completionofgraduatedegreesin
Geography.Inthismanner,alumnihave
beenfundedtopursueM.A.andPh.D.
degreesattheUniversityofTexas,University
ofMissouri,OhioUniversity,KentState,
WesternMichigan,Rutgers,andSyracuse.
CurrentGRCCstudentsinterestedin
pursuingGeographyasamajorare
encouragedtocontactProfessorDeVivoat:
mdevivo@grcc.edu.

Jobs for
Geographers

Belowisalistofoccupationsthataresuitable
forindividualswithacademicdegreesin
Geographyinreferencetospecificfields.The
listisnotintendedtobeconclusive;its
simplydesignedtoshowmanyofthe
opportunitiesthatareavailable.
EnvironmentalGeography
Knowingandapplyinginformationaboutthe
naturalenvironmentandthewaysinwhich

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theyareinterconnected,aswellasthe
mannerinwhichhumanscreateimpactson
environmentalphenomena
NaturalResourceManager
ParkRanger
WaterResourcesAnalyst
EnvironmentalScientist
Climatologist
PhysicalScientist
EnvironmentalConservationist
FieldGuide

NaturalHazards
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutnaturalhazards(e.g.,
hurricanes,floods,earthquakes,fire)
EmergencyManagementSpecialist
ForestFireInspector
EnvironmentalConsultant
EcologicalRiskAssessor
GeotechnicalEngineer
HazardsAnalyst

RegionalGeography
Possessingandapplyingknowledgeofthe
physicalandhumangeographyofaspecific
countryorworldregion
MilitaryIntelligenceAnalyst
InternationalDevelopmentSpecialist
ForeignServiceOfficer
UrbanandRegionalPlanner
GeointelligenceSpecialist
TourGuide&Escort
Interpreter&Translator
CommunityDeveloper

CulturalGeography
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutcultureandcultural
processes(e.g.,religion,language,ethnicity,
diffusion,meaningoflandscapes,cultural
significanceofplace)
TourGuideandEscort
Area,Ethnic,andCulturalStudiesTeacher
Interpreter&Translator
HistoricPreservationist
Writer/Editor
Journalist
CulturalResourceManager
FineArtsDirector
RegionalDevelopmentSpecialist

HumanEnvironmentalInteraction
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutrelationshipsbetween
natureandsociety(e.g.,pollutionfrom
industrialdevelopment,economiceffectsof
drought)
TourGuideandTravelConsultant
AccreditedLandConsultant
ManagerofSustainability
EnvironmentalImpactAssessmentSpecialist
EnvironmentalAffairsSpecialist

AgriculturalFoodSupplyAnalyst
Journalist
HumanitarianReliefWorker

EconomicGeography
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationabouttheeconomyand
economicprocesses(e.g.,labor,
development,industry,agriculture,
transportation,trade,resources,landuse,
technologychange)
TransportationManager
LocationAnalyst
MarketResearcher
BusinessDevelopmentConsultant
RealEstateAppraiser
EnvironmentalEconomist
CommoditiesInvestmentAnalyst

PoliticalGeography
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutpoliticalsystemsand
processes(e.g.,governments,political
activism,nongovernmentalorganizations,
nations,states,internationalrelations,
nationalism)
Lobbyist
Diplomat
CommunityOrganizer
PolicyConsultant
PolicyResearcher
PoliticalStrategist
ForeignServiceOfficer
GeopoliticalSpecialist

PopulationGeography
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutpopulation,demography,
anddemographicprocesses(e.g.,population
density,migration,birthanddeathrates,
fertilityrates)
MarketAnalyst
Population,RealEstate,Community
AssociationManager
UrbanandRegionalPlanner
Demographer
PublicHealthOfficer
Cartography
Designingandproducingmaps
CartographerandPhotogrammetrist
SurveyingandMappingTechnician
CivilDrafter
GraphicsEditor
DigitalCartographer

GIS
UsingGeographicInformationSystemsto
acquire,manage,display,andanalyzespatial
dataindigitalform
GeospatialInformationScientistand
Technologist
GeospatialAnalyst
GISDeveloper

LogisticsAnalyst
TransportationPlanner
PublicUtilitiesAnalyst

RemoteSensingandPhotogrammetry
Recording,measuring,andinterpreting
aerialphotographsandremotesensing
satelliteimages
DefenseIntelligenceAnalyst
RemoteSensingScientistandTechnologist
GeointelligenceSpecialist
RemoteSensingAnalyst
SensorSpecialist
RadarandSonarTechnician
Surveyor

WeatherandClimate
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutweather,climate,and
atmosphericprocesses(e.g.,temperature,
precipitation,airquality)
ClimateChangeAnalyst
AirPollutionAnalyst
AtmosphericandSpaceScientist
Climatologist
BroadcastMeteorologist

Biogeography
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutecosystemsand
ecologicalprocesses(e.g.,vegetation,
wildlife,naturalhabitats)
SoilandPlantScientist
NaturalSciencesManager
ZoologistandWildlifeBiologist
Forester
BiologicalScienceTechnician
EnvironmentalConservationOfficer
Ecologist
FieldGuide
ParkRanger

Geomorphology
Knowingandapplyinggeographic
informationaboutgeologyandtheprocesses
thatshapephysicallandscapes(e.g.soils,
hydrology,topography,erosion)
SoilandPlantSpecialist
WaterResourcesSpecialist
EnvironmentalScientist
Geophysicist
TopographicAnalyst

Sources:http://ga.lsu.edu/careers/,
http://jobs.aag.org/,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/lifephysicaland
socialscience/geographers.htm

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Geography Courses
at GRCC
GRCCprovidesoneofthewidestselections
ofGeographycoursesofferedina
communitycollege,andcoursesare
scheduledeverysemester.GE132:Physical
GeographyandGE135:WorldRegional
GeographyareofferedinFall,Winter,and
Summerterms.GE210:CulturalGeographyis
offeredinFallandSummerterms.GE253:
RegionalGeographyoftheU.S.andCanadais
scheduledintheWinterandSummerterms.
PlansarebeingmadetoofferGE140:
GeographyofMichiganinFall2015.Courses
onImmigrationandEthnicityandSub
SaharanAfricaarealsobeingplannedtobe
offeredagainatafuturedate.Allcourses
fosterhighlevelsofcriticalthinkingand
analysis,andseamlesstransfertoGRCCs
principaltransferinstitutionsisagiven.
Althoughitcanbechallengingforsome
students,onlineorhybridformsof
instructionareofferedforeachcourse.This
providesthosethatareunabletoattend
traditionalclassesoptimalopportunitiesfor
success.Infact,therecordshowsthat
studentswhocompleteallassignmentsas
directedtendtobesuccessful.
Eveninthecurrenteraofdecliningstudent
numbers,withrareexception,sectionstend
toreachcapacityenrollment.Atthedawnof
wintersemester,nomorethanthreeseats
remainedvacantineightsections,making
geographycoursesoverall99%full.Students
interestedinanyofthecoursesshould
contactProfessorDeVivoat:
mdevivo@grcc.edu

Alumni
Success Stories
Althoughtheyhavecontinuedtheirstudies
inGeographyelsewhere,mostGRCC
Geographyalumnihavechosentocomplete
theirB.A.degreesateitherAquinasCollege
orGrandValleyStateUniversity(GVSU),and
theytendtopursuegraduatedegrees
afterward.Geographyisuniqueintheliberal
artsandsciences,asthedemandfor
geographersfarexceedsthesupply,so
assistantshipsandfellowshipsforgraduate
studyareplentiful.GRCCGeographyalumni
thatchoosetogotograduateschoolnot
onlyengageintheirstudieswithoutpaying
tuition,theyarepaidstipendstocoverliving
expensesandalsooftenareawarded
additionalfundsforforeignarearesearch.
Inthepastyear,threealumnihavebeen
awardedfundingtoconductresearch

abroad.MarinaPavletic,whoiscompleting
theM.A.atWesternMichiganUniversity,
receivedfundingtoconductfieldworkin
Croatiadevotedtoorganicfarmingand
tourism.BenGerlofs,aPh.D.studentat
RutgersUniversity,wasawardedfundingto
conductresearchontheurbangeographyof
MexicoCity.CadeyKorson,aPh.D.
CandidateatKentStateUniversity,was
fundedtoconductfieldworkintheSouth
PacificFrenchterritoryofNewCaledoniaon
mattersrelatingtopoliticalgeography.
Cadeyplanstocompleteallrequirementsfor
thePh.D.thisyear.Herpioneeringarticle,
PoliticalAgencyandCitizenJournalism:
TwitterasaToolofEvaluation,wasrecently
publishedinthehighlyacclaimedpeer
reviewedscholarlyjournal,TheProfessional
Geographer.Sheconductedananalysisof
tweetsaboutUnitedNationsPeacekeeping
OperationsinHaitiandC^otedIvoire,which
revealedtheusefulnessofTwitter,asa
mediumforcitizenjournalism,inevaluating
phenomenalikepeacekeepingmissions.
JoiningheratKentStatethisyearisMegan
Hornyak,who,likeCadey,isanAquinas
alumna.Meganisstudyingthegeographyof
povertyinreferencetoeducational
attainmentinMidwesterncities.
(Photo:MeganHornyakdiscussingtheimportance
offosteringwomensempowermentinAfricaatthe

presentedattheregionalmeetingofthe
AssociationofAmericanGeographersin
October,takingfirstplaceinthe
undergraduatestudentpapercompetition.
Shebeganherresearchlastyearwith
fundingfromtheGRCCGEOGRAPHYLIVES!
FieldStudiesAward.Herpaper,Claiming
Turf:TheSpatialDistributionofThree
DiscreteTypesofGraffiti/StreetArtin
SoutheastGrandRapids,Michigan,is
consideredoneofthemostcomprehensive
explorationsofurbangraffitiinacademic
geography.
JoiningthematGVSUearlierthisyearwas
anotherGeographyalumnusfromGRCC,
GaryFarris.Garypresentedapaperatthe
annualmeetingoftheCalifornia
GeographicalSocietyinMaytitled:Learning
GeographyOnline:AStudentsPerspective.
Itwasverywellreceived.
Regardless,relatedhereisonlyasmall
sampleofGRCCGeographyalumnisuccess
stories.Therearemore.Theseparatearticle
aboutAmandaColegroveisanexample.

Amanda Colegrove to
Speak Before the
World Affairs Council

CaliforniaGeographicalSocietyAnnualMeetingin
2011)

LindseyHarris,whowasawardedtheB.A.at
GVSU,hasdeferredheradmissionto
graduateschoolatPortlandStateUniversity.
SheacceptedapositionastheLeadGIS
TechnicianwithGreenpeaceinWashington,
DC,afterayearofserviceasaninternwith
theenvironmentalorganization.
ThreeGRCCalumni,currentlycompleting
thebaccalaureateatGVSU,areexamining
mattersrelatingtourbangeography.Nicole
Arcerecentlypresentedahighlyregarded
seniorthesisonurbanblightinGrandRapids
whileJessicaTerVeendiscussedthe
economicgeographyofthecreativeclassin
metropolitanareas.AlysonMabiealso
completedaseniorthesis,whichshe

AmandaColegrove,aGRCCandAquinas
Geographyalumna,hasbeeninvitedtotalk
beforetheWorldAffairsCouncilofWestern
Michigan.ShewillbejoinedbyBecky
McDonald,PresidentofWomenatRisk
International,andMichiganSenatorJudy
EmmonstodiscussHumanTrafficking:A
Local,National,andGlobalProblem!aspart
oftheGreatDecisionsLectureSeries.
AmandaiscurrentlytheCoalitionOrganizer
fortheCoalitionAgainstTrafficking&
ExploitationinSt.Louis,Missouri.Amongthe
numeroushonorsandawardsshehas
receivedforherworkistheAbolitionist
Award,givenannuallybytheCentral
MissouriStopHumanTraffickingCoalition,
andtheprestigiousTributetoUniversityof
MissouriWomen.Amandawasawardedthe
M.A.inGeographyfromtheUniversityof
Missouriin2013,followingthecompletionof
herthesis,AModelforAssessingtheRiskof

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HumanTraffickingontheLocalLevelin
Missouri."WhilePresidentoftheGRCC
chapterofGammaThetaUpsilon,she
workedtirelesslytoinformthecollege
communityabouthumantraffickingissues
andpresentedpapersonthesubjectat
regionalandnationalconferencesacrossthe
U.S.ThelecturewillbeheldattheAquinas
CollegePerformingArtsCenteronMonday,
February23,at6:00p.m.

Pearson Education
and Geography
Societies Fund
Distinguished Lecture

PearsonEducation,inadditiontothe
AssociationofAmericanGeographersand
theInternationalGeographicalHonor
Society,havemadeitpossibleforthisyears
VisitingGeographicalScientist,Dr.Marie
Price,ProfessorofGeographyatGeorge
WashingtonUniversity,todeliverakeynote
lectureattheannualGRCCConferenceon
Race,Ethnicity,andIdentity.Alsoservingasa
ProfessorintheElliotSchoolofInternational
Affairs,Dr.Priceisoneoftheauthorsof
GlobalizationandDiversity:Geographyofa
ChangingWorld,thetextbookusedinall
WorldRegionalGeographyclassesatGRCC,
whichispublishedbyPearson.Highly
regardedforherresearchingeopoliticsand
immigration,aswellasbeinganexemplary
teacher,shehashadadistinguishedcareerin
GeographyandiscurrentlyVicePresidentof
theAmericanGeographicalSociety,founded
in1851astheoldestprofessional
geographicalorganizationintheUnited
States.
ThisisthesecondtimeDr.Pricewillbe
visitingGRCCaspartoftheVisiting
GeographicalScientistProgram.Her2010
lecturecanbeviewedonGRCCTVsYoutube
Channel,ascanthelecturesbyotherpast
VisitingGeographicalScientists:Leon
Yacher,KateSwanson,RebeccaSheehan,
andCarolineFaria.
Dr.Prices2015lecture,Diffusion,Deflection
andDiversity:AGeographicPerspectiveon
Immigration,willtakeplaceonMonday,23
Marchat7:00p.m.inSneden108onthe
DeVosCampus.

Three Geographers,
Three Keynote
Lectures
InadditiontotheWednesdayevening
DiversityLectureSeriestalkofferedbyRolling
Stonejournalist,MattTaibbi,andthe
daytimelecturesofferedbySocialSciences
professorsDillonCarr,SteveAbidandCedric
Williams,the2015annualConferenceon
Race,Ethnicity,andIdentitywillinclude
keynotelecturesbythreegeographers.Dr.
MariePrice,ProfessorofGeographyat
GeorgeWashingtonUniversity,willdeliver
thedistinguishedVisitingGeographical
ScientistlectureonMonday,23Marchat
7:00p.m.,titled:Diffusion,Deflectionand
Diversity:AGeographicPerspectiveon
Immigration.Dr.CourtneyGallaher,Assistant
ProfessorofGeographyatNorthernIllinois
University,willpresentLinkingenvironmental
justiceandcommunityempowermentthrough
urbanagricultureinSouthern/EasternAfrica
onTuesday,24Marchat7:00pm.

(Photos:CourtneyGallaher,left,andAnneBonds,
right)

OnThursday,26Marchat7:00p.m.,Dr.
AnneBonds,AssistantProfessorof
GeographyattheUniversityofWisconsin
Milwaukee,willdiscussColorblindnessand
GeographiesofRacialViolence.AllGeography
keynotelectureswilltakeplaceinSneden
108ontheDeVoscampus.

Conversation with a
Geographer Oral
History Series Begins
its Fifth Year

WiththepassingofWesDowin2011,
GeographylostthearchitectofGeographers
onFilm,oneofthemostsignificantoral
historyresourcesinacademia.Weswas
honoredbytheAssociationofAmerican
Geographersforhiscontributions.Hewas
giftedinhisknowledgeofthefieldand
capableoftalkingwithgeographersofall
genres,genders,anderas,creatingarecord
ofthedisciplinescoursethroughoutthe
twentiethcentury,whichwasmarkedbyrich
substanceandimpartiality.

InspiredbyWes,andinthetraditionof
GeographersonFilm,istheConversationwith
aGeographeroralhistoryseries,whichbegan
withtheDiversityConversationsinterviewof
NewYorkTimescolumnistNicholasKristofin
2011.Amongotherthings,Kristoftalked
muchabouthisfather,thedistinguished
politicalgeographer,LadisKristof.

InterviewsoftheVisitingGeographical
Scientiststhatwereinvitedtospeakateach
annualConferenceonRace,Ethnicity,and
Identity,aswellasothervisitingspeakers,
alsoareincludedintheConversationwitha
Geographerseries,whichisbroadcaston
GRCCTVsYoutubeChannel.Inadditionto
Kristof,thecollectionincludesinterviewsof
LeonYacher,KateSwanson,Rebecca
Sheehan,CarolineFaria,AliciaDecker,Yael
Aronoff,andJerryRedfernandKaren
Coates.InMarch,MariePrice,Courtney
Gallaher,andAnneBondsarescheduledto
beinterviewedandaddedtotheoralhistory
series,whichMikeDeVivohosts.

(Photos:NicholasKristof,aboveleft,CarolineFaria,
aboveright,KateSwanson,below)

GRCC GTU
GammaThetaUpsilon(GTU)waschartered
in1928astheInternationalGeographical
HonorSocietyandcurrentlyincludesmore
than300chaptersworldwide.In2007,the
LambdaUpsilonchapterwascharteredat
GRCC,andalthoughoneofthesmallestin
termsofmembership,ithasconsistently
beenoneofthemostactivechaptersacross
theglobe.In2013,itwasdistinguishedas
oneofonlyeightchapterstoreceivethe
awardofHonors.
Fortheseventhconsecutiveyear,the
chapterwillhostaVisitingGeographical
ScientistinMarch,partlysupportedbythe
InternationalGeographicalSocietyandthe
AssociationofAmericanGeographers.
Moreover,forthepastfiveyears,Lambda
Upsilonmembershaveraisedfundsforthe

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educationofAfricangirls.InMay,Lambda
Upsilonmemberswillbemaking
presentationsattheannualmeetingofthe
CaliforniaGeographicalSocietyforthe
fourthconsecutiveyear.
GRCCGTUmembersalsoparticipate
regularlyinotheracademicactivities.For
example,inadditiontotheircontributionsto
GRCCsannualConferenceonRace,Ethnicity,
andIdentity,theytakepartinregional
Geographyconferencesaswell.

PicturedaboveisHannahCluleyengagingin
theadministrationoftheGRCCSocial
SciencesDepartmentexhibitattheannual
meetingoftheAssociationofAmerican
GeographersMidwesternregionaldivisions,
hostedbyWesternMichiganUniversitythis
pastOctober.Throughouttheconference,
Hannahdiscussedmatterspertainingto
Asiangeopolitics,aswellascareer
opportunitiesinGeography,withGeography
facultyandstudentsfromacrossthe
Midwest;amongthemwerethosethat

graduatedfromGRCC.

Student Spotlight:
Jeremy Trent
Explores Chardonnay
Anumberofexceptionalstudentspursue
theireducationatGRCC,andmanyhave
foundtheirwayintotheGeography
program.AmongthemisJeremyTrent,
PresidentofthecollegesGTUchapter.
Jeremyisanontraditionalstudentwho
worksastheheadchefinalocalcountryclub
andcaresforhisfamilywhenhesnot
engaginginhisstudies.Jeremywas
captivatedbyGeographywhenhetookan
onlineclassdevotedtotheRegional
GeographyoftheU.S.andCanada.He
subsequentlydecidedtomajorinthefield
andbeganplanstograduatefromGRCC,
completetheB.A.,andpursuegraduate
studies.
JeremyactivelyraisesfundsforCamfed,and
hescurrentlyinvolvedinresearchassociated

withthegeographyofviticultureandwineto
fulfillHonorsprogramrequirements.Jeremy
iscomparingChardonnaycultivationand
productioninCaliforniaandMichigan.He
hasreportedthatthewinegrapeoriginated
inLebanonandlaterdiffusedtoFrance,
whereitbecametheonlygrapeallowedto
begrowninChablis.Sincethe1970s,
however,itspopularityintheU.S.has
soared.California,whichaccountsfor90%of
Americanwineproduction,devotes16%of
itscroptoChardonnay,farmorethanany
othervarietal.InMichigan,oneofthetop
fourgrapeproducingstatesinthecountry,
althoughRieslingandPinotNoirhavetaken
theleadinthelast15years,Chardonnay
remainsimportant,anditsacreageunder
cultivationhassteadilyincreasedsincethe
1990s.Giventhegrapessignificanceto
Americanviticulture,Jeremyisexamining
notonlythevolumeofproduction,butalso
thequalityofitsproductioninrelationto
climateandterroir,aswellastheprojected
impactofclimatechange.Jeremyswork,
ChardonnaysGeography:AGlimpseofthe
MostPopularWineGrapeinAmerica,willbe
presentedattheannualmeetingofthe
CaliforniaGeographicalSocietyinMay.

Alumni Voices
MeganHornyak,AssociateofArts,
2011.AtGrandRapidsCommunityCollege,
Iwalkedintomyfirstphysicalgeographyclass
andwasimmediatelychallengedbythe
material,workload,andtheprofessor.The
professorhadchallengedmelikenootherhad
challengedmebefore.WhenIwasassignedto
readthebookArcticDreamsbyBarryLopezI
realizedthattheworldinwhichwelivedin
wasArt.Ilearnedthatunderstandingthe
naturalandsociallyconstructedworldisthe
wayArtcanbeexpressed.Mygeography
professornotonlyopenedmyeyestothe
unbelievable,butsetmeonapathof
enlightenmentandpassionformywork.Other
professorswerebeaconsoflight,challenging
mewithnewideas.Gleaningfromtheir
wisdom,Itriedtoseekwaystoaidpeoplein
southernAfricaandhereintheU.S.Today,I
amagraduatestudentatKentState
UniversityearningmyMastersdegreein
Geography.Iexploreissuessuchaseducation
inequality,raceandethnicidentity,and
gendergeographies.Withouttheguidanceand
encouragementreceivedfrommyprofessorsat
GrandRapidsCommunityCollegeIwould
haveneverachievedmygoal,strivingformore
andstrivingtobeabetteracademicand
humanbeing.

BenGerlofs,AssociateofArts,2008.I
cametoGRCCinthehopethataneducation
wouldleadtojobprospects,andthatan

Associatesdegreewasagoodplacetostart.
Amongabroadsmatteringofclasses,I
discoveredtheendlesslyinterestingfieldof
geography,andaprofessorwhoseadviceand
supportcontinuetoguidemyprofessional
career.AtGRCC,Iwasshowntheincredible
convergenceofphysicalandsocialsciencethat
isgeography,adisciplinethattrainsits
studentstounderstandeverythingfromfluvial
geomorphology(thestudyofriversystemsand
erosion)tocityplanning,andfromthe
complexitiesofglobalgeopoliticstothe
intricaciesofclimatescience.Iwashooked!I
workedthroughthecatalogueofgeography
courses,stayingonthroughsummertermsin
ordertotakespecialofferingsthatincluded
fieldcomponents.Ibecameachartermember
ofGRCCsGTUchapterandwasintroducedto
theworldofacademicconferencesand
colloquia.Icouldnothaveaskedforabetter
mentorwhoseknowledgeofthefield,
passionforteaching,andpedagogical
creativityseeminexhaustible.Heencouraged
metoexploremultipletransferoptionsatthe
endofmyGRCCcareer,andhelpedmegreatly
inmypursuitofscholarshipstothreedifferent
fouryearinstitutions.Hewasalsoinfluential
inmydecisiontoattendSyracuseUniversity,
whereIearnedaMasterofArtsdegree,and
RutgersUniversity,whereIamcurrently
pursuingaPh.D.ingeography,focusingon
contemporarystrugglesforhumanrights
amongmarginalizedpopulationsinMexico
City.IalsoserveasaninstructorattheCity
UniversityofNewYork,andIattributemuchof
myownpassionforthisworktoProfessor
DeVivo,aswellasotherprofessorsinthe
SocialSciencesDepartment,fromwhomI
learnedsomuchatGRCC.

About the Faculty


WhenRichardKurzhalswaspreparingto
retirein2002,asearchwasmadetohirean
academicgeographerwhowasskilledin
teachingcoursesacrossthebroadspectrum
ofthedisciplineandwillingtodevelopnew
coursestomeettheneedsofGRCCstudents.
Kurzhalswashighlyregardednotonlyonthe
GRCCfaculty,butacrossthestate,andhe
wasknownasanexemplaryteacheranda
solidscholar.Infact,hedeclinedanoffer
fromMichiganStateUniversity,andsoon
afterretirementhewashonoredwiththe
GRCCFacultyEmeritusAward.He
establishedascholarshipthatcarrieshis
name.Unfortunately,Dr.Kurzhalspassed
awayin2009asaresultofillness.
Regardless,MikeDeVivo,whowasonthe
facultyofauniversityinPennsylvania,was
consideringamovetoMichiganforfamily
reasons.Hisdaughterhadjustenteredhigh
schoolinMichigan,andhebelieveditwas

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importantforhimtobecloseby.Thus,
shortlyafterinterviewingfortheopening,he
receivedanofferandimmediatelyaccepted
thefacultyappointment.Mikehadbeen
raisedinvariouspartsofEuropeandNorth
America,andafterattendinghighschoolin
Connecticut,heenlistedintheMarineCorps.
FollowingperiodsofservicewiththeMarines
andtheNavy,hewaslicensedasaU.S.
MerchantMarineOfficerandtookcommand
ofanumberofvesselsforthemineralandoil
industry.Hesubsequentlyengagedin
universitystudiesandenteredacademe.
Dr.DeVivocontinuestobethesolefaculty
memberdevotedtotheGeographyprogram
atGRCC.Inrecentyears,inadditiontohis
teachingandadvisingduties,hisroleas
ProfessorofGeographyhasincluded
researchandfieldwork,aswellasgivinga
numberoflecturesonthehistoryof
geography,leadership,geopolitics,
sustainabledevelopment,andeducationin
Africa,Asia,andtheUnitedStates.

theannualmeetingoftheAssociationof
AmericanGeographersEastLakesandWest
Lakesdivisions,aswellasaninvitedlecture
atCalvinCollegetitled,ATaleofDuplicity
andDeceptioninAmericanGeography.
Hisbook,LeadershipinAmericanAcademic
Geography:TheTwentiethCenturywas
publishedinNovember,andanarticlewas
publishedinPastPlacetitled,Ponderingthe
PastinKyotoearlierintheyear.Healso
reviewedMannandKumpsDirePredictions:
UnderstandingGlobalWarmingforan
upcomingrevisededition,andheproduced
the2015FacesofAfricanWildlifecalendar.
Additionally,MikeinterviewedtheAfricanist
scholars,CarolineFariaandAliciaDecker,for
theConversationwithaGeographeroral
historyseriesonGRCCTVsYoutube
Channel.
Forthepastdecade,Mikehasconducted
fieldworkinsouthernAfricawithspecial
referencetosustainabledevelopment,and
2014wasnotanexception.Oneaspectofhis
researchrelatestothesustainabilityofrhino
populationsinareaswithincloseproximityof
impoverishedcommunities(photobelow).
Withrhinohornvaluedat$5550anounceon
theBlackMarket,itslittlewonderthatmore
thanathousandrhinoswerepoachedlast
yearinSouthAfricaalone.Rhinohornisnow
morevaluablethangold,andaboutthesame
valueascocaine.Mikeintendstocontinue
hisfieldworkinAfricain2015.

(Photo:M.S.DeVivo,Angola,2013)

Faculty Activities
In2014,MikeDeVivogaveanumberoftalks
throughouttheyeardevotedtomatters
geographic.InFebruary,hespokeon
AddressingaVitalAmericanInterest:Global
ClimateChangeinSubSaharanAfricafor
theWorldAffairsCouncilGreatDecisions
LectureSeries.InMay,hediscussed
womensrolesamongtheMaasaiinsouthern
KenyaattheannualmeetingoftheCalifornia
GeographicalSocietyinapresentationtitled,
ConversationwithaMaasai.Atthe
conferenceoftheSocietyofSouthAfrican
GeographersinJune,hepresented
ReflectionsonWorldLeaders,Human
Behaviors,andtheShapingofGeopolitical
Landscapes,whichexaminedhowthe
leadershipofUgandasIdiAmininthe1970s
continuestoinfluencegeopoliticsinthe
Levanttoday.InOctober,heofferedabrief
discussionofLeadershipinAmerican
AcademicGeography:ASampleChapterat

Book Nominated for


Award
LeadershipinAmericanAcademicGeography:
TheTwentiethCenturybyMikeDeVivo,
publishedinNovemberbyRowman&
LittlefieldsLexingtonBooks,hasbeen
nominatedforthe2014Associationof
AmericanGeographersMeridianAwardfor
OutstandingScholarlyWorkinGeography.
Initialreviewsofthebookhavebeen
favorable.

ProfessorEmeritusJohnAdams,aPast
PresidentoftheAssociationofAmerican
GeographersandGeographyDepartment
chairformanyyearsattheUniversityof
Minnesota,offerscommentsonthebooks
backcover:Viewedthroughthelensof
JamesMcGregorBurnssconceptsof
transformationalandtransactional
leadershipmodels,DeVivodetailshow
transformationalleadersmadethe
differenceintoptierAmericangeography
doctoraldepartments.Herewehaveavivid
pageturnerforanyoneinterestedin
geographicalthoughtandpracticeinthe
UnitedStates,andtheconsequencesof
individualismandgroupdynamicsflowing
fromleadershipinthedoctoralprograms
thatdominatedthedisciplineduringthepast
century.ProfessorKentMathewson,
EditorinChiefoftheAAGReviewofBooks
offerscommentsaswell:This
groundbreakingstudyofselectgeographers
andtheirdepartmentsoffersatreasuretrove
ofanecdotesandinsightsintothediscipline
information.Theauthorsparesneitherrod
noraccoladeinmakingrevealing
assessments.Drawingonpersonal
conversations,filmedinterviews,archival
materials,andgenerallore,MichaelS.
DeVivobringstolifeactorsandepisodes
centraltoAmericanacademicgeographys
historyinitsfirstcentury.
Thebookisavailableforsaleinhardcover
andelectroniceditionsthroughRowman&
Littlefield,aswellasAmazonandBarnesand
Noble.

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