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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Week of Welcome: Day Two

Here is a photo gallery of the second day of Week of Welcome.  You can see some of the people who put pins in our map!  Plus the complete map is at the end.  Enjoy!




















A New Semester, A New GSA

The GSA is back!!!!!  We're kicking off this new semester with new (and old) GSA officers and a more enthusiastic, energetic and activity-filled year.  (Including hikes and a map exhibit during Geography Awareness Week in Nov.).

Want to know more? The GSA will be tabling at Week of Welcome in the quad Thurs. from 11 - 2 pm.  We'll be located near the orange balloons near the library side of the quad.  You can stop by for more info or just to say hi.


Wednesday's tabling was quite the success.  We had information about upcoming events as well as a map that you can place a pin in of where you would like to go in the world plus quizzes to test your geographical knowledge.  Don't worry, you get candy regardless of the answer.  

As for upcoming events, our first one is the free LA Geographical Society lecture this Friday at 8 pm at LA City College.  This month's lecture is on Geo-visualizing Community Issues and will be presented by Roosevelt High School students.  If you want to carpool send us an email.  For more information on LAGS lectures, check out their website: http://www.lageography.org.


After that is the Mesa Mania restoration project at Bolsa Chica Wetlands where you can get your hands dirty and help nature.  This will be on Sunday, Sep. 7 from 9 am to noon.  There will be an optional lunch afterwards.

We will have meetings Sep. 10 and 11, Wed. 2:30-3:30 and Thurs. 4-5 pm in PH1-230.  This is a great way to meet fellow geographers, learn about events and even contribute ideas for future events.


September 12th (Friday) is Cultural Night, where we go out to eat at different ethnic/cultural restaurants, learn a bit about the cuisine's history and importance to the culture and just have a good time.  The restaurant hasn't been decided yet, so suggestions are welcome.  Just email us. 

      


We plan to have more events later this month so keep checking us out here and on our other social media site for updates.  We hope your semester is off to a good start and that the GSA can help make it even better.  We hope to see you around.  Spread the good word of geography! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

LAGS Lectures, Hike and Photo Contest

Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been so long since our latest update.  It's been a crazy semester. 

The LAGS had their first two lectures of the year on Feb. 7 on "Fog and Climate Change: Now You See It, Now You Don’t!" by Dr. Steve LaDochy, Professor of Geosciences, CSU Los Angeles and March 7 on "Jakarta: Inside an Asian Mega-City" by Dr. Helga Leitner, Professor of Geography, UCLA. 

The next lecture will be April 4 on "Going Bananas Over Bananas: Ecology and World Trade" by Dr. John Kirchner, Professor of Geography Emeritus, CSU Los Angeles. 

The LAGS will be hosting a special event on May 2, the California Geographical Society Annual Conference.  Students who present papers and maps can possibly get the fee refunded to them through the Geography Department.  Visit the department office for more info or call them: 562-985-8432 or 4977.  

Logo from Google Image Search.
 
The LAGS also has scholarships available and the deadline is April 4.  For more info visit their website

The GSA is planning a hike during Spring Break to Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.  The address is 3601 Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731.  The website also includes driving directions.  Angels Gate Park has Fort MacArthur and the Korean Friendship Bell.

Korean Friendship Bell.  Photo by Laylita Day.

Fort MacArthur.  Photo by Laylita Day.
We're still working out some details, but it'll most likely be a morning hike with a cultural lunch (instead of cultural night dinner) afterward.  Please email us if you're interested in coming so we can get a basic headcount and let us know if anyone needs to carpool.

We will be having our annual photo contest during Earth Week from April 21-24.   We'll have fliers with more details about the contest out sometime next week, so be on the lookout for them!  There might also possibly be other events during that week  hosted by the Environmental Science and Policy Club.  More info to come later.

Image from Google Image Search.
 If there are any questions, suggestions or if you want to volunteer to help with the photo contest just email us: csulbgsa@gmail.com.

I hope everyone has a great and relaxing spring break!!!!!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Week of Welcome

Here are some photos of Week of Welcome in case you missed it or only blurred past it on your way to class.  GSA had a table out and we promoted geography to all who passed by.  Getting rained out though on the second day didn't help but it was still a good time.  I hope everyone else had a chance to enjoy it.  Or at least grab some free stuff.












Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing winter break because it's time to get back to work!  But don't worry, there will plenty of fun things to do too.

First up will be Week of Welcome on Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 2 pm.  The GSA will have a table set up and people waiting to answer your questions about geography, such as why it's awesome.  Or we are also looking for volunteers to help us spread the word about geography.  You don't have to stay for a long period of time.  Even 5 minutes would be greatly appreciated.  If you're interested in helping or have other questions just email us: csulbgsa@gmail.com

The first GSA meeting will be on Jan. 30 at 5pm in PH1-230.  If you have time, please stop by and say hi.  After that meetings will be every other week on Wed. at 1pm (PH1-230) and Thurs. 5pm (PH1-230).

LAGS.  Image from lageography.org.

The Los Angeles Geographical Society (LAGS) will have their first FREE public lecture of the year on February 7 at 8pm.  Directions can be found here.  There will be 2 more lectures on March 7 and April 4.  More info on those later.

Topic:
Fog and Climate Change:
Now You See It, Now You Don’t!
By Dr. Steve LaDochy
Professor of Geosciences, CSU Los Angeles

Location:
Los Angeles City College
Science-Technology Building
855 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90029

Near the end of the semester we're also planning on having our annual photo contest.  More details on that later in the semester.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week was a success!

The Geography Department and GSA brought geography to the people.  Or least geographers got to hang out and do fun geography-related things.


So here's a recap of that fun week before you get down to finishing those projects and studying for finals.  There will be an end of the year pot luck.  More info on that later.

Monday:
Bret Hartt's coffee talk and tasting.  If you missed it, well I can't give you any coffee, but you can download and listen to his talk here.  You can even hear the coffee being ground!  Plus I have pictures.






The outdoor film screening of Urbanized by Gary Hustwit.  Unfortunately I missed most of that but what I did see was interesting.   Here's the trailer.


Tuesday:
 Bret Hartt's film screening of Breakwater about the Long Beach breakwater.  You can download and listen to the Q and A with Brett, the director and the editor.


Wednesday:
MAP EXHIBIT!  We got to show off various maps by students and faculty. 















Dr. Christine Rodrigue gave a talk on the geography of Mars, which was fascinating.  Have a listen to it here.  You can also read and view her slides at her website.  








Thursday:
The last film screening was on a documentary called Africa Representa by Harald Friedl.  This was a great film on life in Africa and how the people see their lives and those of the developed countries.