Geography News

an example of brady's workPostcards from Oaxaca's Past and Present

December 6, 2016

Professor Scott Brady's photoessay is featured in Volume 59 of Focus on Geography, a peer-reviewed digital publication of the American Geographical Society that continues in the tradition of the original paper magazine but in a more dynamic and interactive format. 

Visit Focus on Geography to view Professor Brady's photoessay.


Geography Professor's Recently Published Boo

Insurgencies and Revolutions

November 16, 2016

Professor Jacque Chase is co-editor of the recently published book Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice (Routledge 2017). The book is a collection of essays from scholars who studied with John at UCLA (Jacque’s Ph.D. institution), University of British Columbia, and other universities where John has taught. Jacque edited the section Social Learning, Communities and Empowered Citizenship. She contributed a chapter to that section entitled “Fire, ownership, citizenship, and community,” based on her study of the local foothills community of Concow. The book was launched at the Associate Schools of Collegiate Planning conference in Portland, Oregon, in November 2016. 


chico preview dayStudents and faculty promoted the Geography and Planning Department at Chico Preview Day

October 22, 2016

steve gangerGeography Student Steve Ganger Wins Award at CGS 2016

May 1, 2016

Congratulations to Steve Ganger for winning first place in the Digital Map category at CGS in San Jose this weekend for his story map California State University Chico – Crime and Safety http://tinyurl.com/z96rkev/. He completed the map last semester in Jacque’s 390 class.


GEOG 440's Bottle Ban initiative mentioned in Action News Now

April 11, 2016

See student Charles Winter and Professor Mark Stemen in the video here!


Chico State class works with city to improve streets

December 17, 2015

A group of 14 students from a Chico State University class is working in collaboration with the city to make streets safer in the south campus neighborhood... More here.


CheesO State Wildcart's debut: Wildly successful

October 15, 2015

Geography's 506S course has opted to try out the food truck business for their semester project. On the opening day, the limited 24 sandwiches sold out in less than 30 minutes.

Their progress can be followed on Twitter* and Facebook.

*Twitter account has since been disabled.

attracting interestthe cart is busy

Local news covers Geography student's work

October 8, 2015

Chico State senior Victoria Birdseye has been collaborating with Chico Scrap Metal in a beautification project. See her map and Dr. Stemen in action.


Geography students and professor mentioned in Chico Enterprise Record

September 25, 2015

Dr. Mark Stemen and Latitude 39 president, senior Victoria Birdseye, were mentioned in an article regarding Chico Scrap Metal. Read the full article here.


Club Latitude 39 participates in "Creek Crawl"

September 16, 2015

Formerly known as the Geography Club, Latitude 39 kicked off the fall semester by assisting the Butte Environmental Council in a creek clean-up project. See the results here


Geography student named "Campus watchdog" in CN&R

April 16, 2015

"Friends warn Kaitlin Haley that she’s becoming a “crusty” environmental activist due to some of her behaviors, like hawkishly watching whether students use the correct trash receptacles on Chico State’s campus." More...


Faculty member's class mentioned in News & Review

April 2, 2015

"A handful of students presented on “urban ecology” during Chico State’s annual This Way to Sustainability Conference (March 26-27). The students all took Geography 506, Service Learning and Geography, taught by professor Mark Stemen. In the class, students were tasked with assessing the health of Chico’s urban ecology, measured by the city’s creeks, trees and fish..."

More here!


GIC holds Open House for students, community

April 1, 2015

The Geographical Information Center, a section of the CSU Chico Research Foundation, hosted an Open House with information about the GIC and the Certificate in Geospatial Technology.

Students at GIC Open Housestudents at GIC open house


Geography student accepts position to work at Smithsonian

March 5, 2015

Geography and Planning major Olivia VanDamme will be spending her summer working on a project at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Congratulations, Olivia!


Former student aerial imaging video!

January 29, 2015

Scott Gregory


pollinator garden

GEOG 506 students plant around Chico

December 18, 2014

Professor Mark Stemen's students Danielle Baxter, Meagan Dallas, Tina Lando, and Sarah Anderson spent their Wednesday afternoon contributing to the local environment. The four planted a pollinator garden sponsored by the Geography Department at the Pine/Cyprus/Mulberry Triangle, featuring species such as the California Poppy, Cleveland Sage, Narrowleaf Milkweed, California Goldenrod, California Lilac, McMinn Manzanita, California Flannelbush, Silver Bush Lupine, and California Buckwheat. They also added 15 new trees to the urban forest of Chico, including California Sycamores, Oregon Ash, California Buckeyes, Valley Oaks and Western Redbuds.


CSU Chico first CSU campus to divest from fossil fuel investments

December 10, 2014

Following Professor Stemen's GEOG 440 (Environmental Thought and Action) students' efforts in Spring 2014, the University Foundation Board of Governors voted to fully divest from fossil fuel companies within the next four years. Chico State will be the first California State University to do so.

Following the student vote of April 2014, the students from GEOG 440 kept pestering the foundation staff for a vote at the Board level. They patiently responded to the foundations repeated requests for more information. They did not give up after the issue failed to make the Board agenda in May, nor were the students deterred when it again failed to make the September agenda. Instead, they got the AS student government to formally request a vote in writing. All the while, they were making new allies and expanding their support across campus.

At the meeting on December 9, the students of GEOG 440 gave a stellar presentation. There was a lot of discussion at the board meeting about whether divestment from the top 200 companies was possible, and what the financial impact would be. The investment officer said divestment was possible, largely because so many other foundations were doing it. He also said that since the endowment would now be picking/excluding individual stocks (rather than buying them in a bundle), the management costs would be about $20,000 higher. President Zingg responded that decisions like this need to be made in a context. For investments, the context is our values, and investing in fossil fuels goes against our values as an institution. The university stepped up to stand by priority #6, embracing sustainability, as a way of living and conducting our business.

President Zingg made the motion. The representative from Advancement seconded and the VP of Advancement offered that donors give the university support because of what we do and what we stand for, not what we invest in. The vote was not unanimous, but eight other board members voted yes and the measure passed. The finance subcommittee will begin drafting the new investment protocol that will guide the investment manager.

For more about the divestment, see here and here.

See the simulated oil spill at Kendall Hall here and here.

students perform a mock oil spill


Catalina Llanos

Geography student and club president wins national award

December 2, 2014

The International Map Industry Association has chosen Catalina Llanos for the Gold Award for Student/Best Electronic Map! See her Pancho Villa Capture Expedition here.



Steve Stewart and Renn Rosin

Interim Dean awards BSS Outstanding Lecturer in GEOP Department

November 12, 2014

This year, our interim Dean Eddie Vela started a new award within the college for Outstanding Lecturer. Our student, Renn Rosin, nominated Steve Stewart, and Mike Commons and Eugenie Rovai wrote letters of support. A committee of lecturers from the college then evaluated the materials and made a choice. We received the news on Wednesday, November 12, that Steve has unanimously been chosen as the first awardee, and the following day Eddie and a group of Geography Faculty descended on his class to congratulate him.

Congratulations to Steve for being the first honoree!


Students begin Blitz Plant with 14 new trees

November 8, 2014

Mark Stemen leads students from Geography & Planning, Construction Management, and Fraternity Sigma Pi in a quest to replenish Chico's urban forest. Read the full articles here and here.

Students plant a tree tina lando plants a tree Group gathers around the dean Entire group after blitz plant


Trina Cunningham poses with familyGeography student featured in BBC News article!

November 1, 2014

Trina Cunningham, a student of Chico State's own Geography & Planning Department, speaks of the disappearance of the Maidu language in this BBC News article.



Students search for arundo domaxFire hazard and sewage pond found by professor and students

Both the Arundo domax and sewage pond found by Geography students have the attention of city officials. Each have plans to be removed.

October 28, 2014

City addresses fire hazard creek plants - The Orion

October 10, 2014

Sewage pond in Little Chico Creek traced... - Chico ER


Invasive weed plagues Little Chico Creek, Geography students explore

October 5, 2014

Read full article at ChicoER!

Mark Stemen stands near arundo domaxArundo domax


Geography students hold "Blitz Plant"

September 17, 2014

On Saturday November 8th, 60 students from the Departments of Construction Management and Geography and Planning will participate in a "Blitz Plant" where they will install 32 street trees in south Chico.  The trees are part of a mitigation agreement for last fall's Blitz Build project for the Salvation Army.  Students in GEOG 506: Community Service in Geography have been researching planting sites and species as part of their assessment of Chico's urban ecology.  GEOG 506 students will lead teams of student planters.  The sites include low-income housing along Humboldt Road and at the Torres Shelter off Silver Dollar Way. GEOG 506 is part of Chico State's Sustainable Cities Initiative, now rebranded as CARE.


CSU Chico Geography Alumnus Named 2014 Professor of the Year

September 2, 2014

Tim Beach Professor of the Year stories:

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/geography/news/8246 

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/public-affairs/news/8283 

http://news.aag.org/2014/09/aag-member-tim-beach-elected-2014-professor-of-the-year-at-georgetown-university/

Tim Beach accepting his awardTim Beach at a geography site


Geography alumni find their way back to Chico State for 50th celebration

September 5-7, 2014

Guided tours through the Chico State University campus are common, but usually those looking around are new or prospective students. Saturday the "fresh eyes" on the structures were people who had attended classes long ago... Read more from the Enterprise Record here!

Photos from article about 50th AnniversaryPhotos from article about 50th Anniversary


Geography in the Workforce: Good News to Share

August 1, 2014

If ever there was any question that geography is foremost among professions, the last shred of doubt has been dispelled by reports on employment trends over the past decade... Read more here.



Butte Hall with Students stage 'oil spill' to push Chico State away from fossil fuels

April 4, 2014

Recently, Mark Stemen and students in his Environmental Thought in Action class have been staging some elaborate demonstrations to attract attention to their overall cause of getting the university to divest of their stocks in fossil fuel companies.

Below is a picture of Butte Hall with large orange squares announcing the goal they hope to reach with Chico State. 

To read an article about the mock "oil spill" they staged, click here.


Geography Students in the News!

In Monday, April 7th's edition of the Chico Enterprise Record Pam Figge's GEOG 428 class can be found in an article about their survey of Caper Acres park.  See photos below:

GEOG 428 class article in the Chico ERGEOG 428 class picture


Bizarre Map Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Sarah Bergquist on being a finalist in the Bizarre Map Challenge, a nationwide map design challenge!

To see the winning map and read more about it click here.


"A California Tragedy"

Amy Lippus' award-winning interactive map about the travels and tragedy of the Donner-Reed Party has been featured on National Geographic's website!  This map and its creator were the winners of the 2013 CalGIS Woodward Electronic Map Award last year.  To see it on nationalgeographic.com, follow the link below:

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/student-map-awards/?ar_a=1


Chico Farmers Markets 2030 Vision

Dr. Mark Stemen’s GEOG 498 class focused on post-peak oil food security. The goal of their community service project in geography was to create a typical chapter for the Chico 2030 General Plan expressly focused on the Chico Farmers Markets. The descriptions are general and they illustrate what the Chico Farmers Markets could look like in the future.  In the Chico 2030 General Plan, most chapters have a section on Vision, Trends, and Considerations (replicated in these panels) followed by a series of policies and actions that are intended to ensure the vision becomes a reality.

In November the class held a public charette at the Saturday Farmers Market in downtown Chico to discuss the ideas with the public, farmers and city officials. This project is being supported by the City of Chico Planning Department and the Chico Certified Farmers Market Board of Directors.

Click here for the study.

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Heidi OgleMs. Heidi Marie Ogle was selected by California State University, Chico as the Outstanding Graduate Project Winner for 2012-2013!

Ms. Ogle graduated  from CSU Chico with of Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies in 2005 and completed a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Technology in 2006.  She worked in various capacities as cultural resource GIS specialist for the City of Chico, Davis-King & Associates, and the National Park Service while completing a master’s degree in Geography. Her master’s project  is an historical Geographic Information System (GIS) interactive website of the south campus area located at http://www.csuchico.edu/chicohistoricalgis. This project will remain on a CSU Chico server as a resource and a research tool for the public.