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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography



The GeoClub, founded on October 21, 1999, promotes the value of a geographic perspective toward understanding social and environmental issues, carries out service programs within the community, and organizes field expeditions and fund raisers. Also, the club furthers professional interest and development opportunities, such as sponsoring a professional speaker series on-campus and helping undergraduate and graduate students attend scholarly meetings. GeoClub is an organization recognized and partially funded by ECU’s Student Government Association. Anyone (undergraduate and graduate students) with an interest in geography may join this society.

2007-2008 Officers:

President: Suzanne McArdle, Treasurer: Katie Ball

Vice-President: Terri Moreau, Secretary: Arnold Modlin

SGA Senate Representative: Sol Wuensch

2007-2008 School Year Dedication to Katie Ball

In honor of our comrade Miss Katie Ball, who has recently been diagnosed with angio sarcoma, the GeoClub has dedicated the school year in her honor. One of the Club’s efforts to bring more awareness about Cancer to the Community is its involvement in Relay for Life April 4-5, 2008 - Bunting Field. To join the team, go to: or . Katie Ball has also built a personal webpage at the Caring Bridge website . We are also trying to organize for next semester a Locks of Love day where we will be looking for donations to send in to the nonprofit organization. For more information about this organization please go to the following link.

Geography Bowl is an academic competition much like College Bowl, but all of the questions come from the field of Geography. Tournaments are held anually at the State, Regional, and National Levels. Regional tournaments are held at the annual meeting of each participating division of the AAG and the national chapionships is held at the AAG meeting. How has ECU Geography fared in the past? Click here to see.

2007 Geography Bowl


GeoBowl Participants (from left to right): Ryan Covington, Travas Hunter, Sol Wuensch – (Captain), Matt Cecil, Jessica Sliva, terri moreau, Jessie Messina, and Stephen Sanchagrin.

2006 Geography Bowl


Alderman finally gets one right!

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GeoBowl Participants: Anna Eskridge, Caleb Parker, Katherine Ball, Stephen Sanchagrin, Matt Cecil, Sol Wuensch, Sallie Vaughn, and Terri Moreau

News and Announcements

North Carolina World Geography Quiz Bowl 2007

Big Congratulations to the ECU GeoBowl Team. After competing at the University of Greensboro against other NC universities, they finished second in the competition. Team members led by Scott Wade (Organizer) were Sol Wuensch – (Captain), Matt Cecil, Ryan Covington, Travas Hunter, Jessie Messina, terri moreau, Stephen Sanchagrin, and Jessica Sliva. Special Congratulations to Travas for making the North Carolina AllStars team. He will compete in Charleston, South Carolina in November. Here is the link to the GeoBowl write-up in the East Carolinian from 10/04/07.

SEDAAG Conference 2007

GeoClub students will travel to the SEDAAG (Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers) meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 18-20, 2007 to present papers and network with other universities, students, and scholars. Many of our ECU Geography professors and students will be presenting at the Conference. Congratulations to Geography students admitted into the Honors Competition: Suzanne McArdle, terri moreau, Sol Wuensch, Arnold Modlin, and Ahmed Salahuddin.

Community Service Involvement

As active members of the Pamlico Tar River Foundation, the GeoClub will be participating for the second year in their annual "Clean Sweep" of the Tar River. This embodies environmental savvy volunteers from both the community as well as East Carolina students to canoe along the Tar River removing as much trash/pollution possible. The "Clean Sweep" will be held on October 6 at 8:30AM.

The canoes are going to be putting in at the Town Commons on First Street and downdrift to the Port Terminal near Cliff's Seafood off 10th Street. A few canoes will be towed from the Town Commons upstream past the Greene Street Bridge and downdrift back to the Town Commons. Along the way we will be picking up trash collected by fallen trees and if accessible, we will collect trash that has been deposited on the river banks.

Some canoes will be provided, but if you have access to your own canoe please bring it. If you have any information or ideas that can assist in this effort, please feel free to email Matt Hargrove at or Christy Swann at If you want to sign up please email us, and we will take care of the rest!! The GeoClub will be actively involved with the clean up. Volunteers are welcome to help support the GeoClub and the Pamlico Tar River Foundation.

Students Map the News

For the last five years, students and faculty members in the Department of Geography at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina have worked together to design and distribute map posters/pamphlets that highlight current news topics. Carried out as part of National Geography Awareness Week (and in 2005, Black History Month), the program uses geography and mapping to advance public understanding of the world. Each year, over 10,000 copies of a poster/pamphlet are distributed to libraries, bookstores, public and private schools, businesses, and government offices in North Carolina as well as select location across the country. Currently, the program is financed entirely by GeoClub. In addition to serving the public, this award-winning program has the added benefit of giving students experience with state-of-the-art geographic technologies as well as insight into the role that the discipline of geography can play in educating people about places and issues in the news.

2005/2006: “A State Transformed: Latino Immigration to North Carolina”
Students distributed a pamphlet that seeks to educate the public about Latino immigration to North Carolina, the economic and cultural importance of this migration to the state and the region, the reasons behind the immigration decisions of Latinos. The pamphlet has been well received and there are plans to reprint it in Spanish.

2004/2005: “A Street Fit for a King: Naming America’s Roadways after MLK, Jr.”
Students distributed a pamphlet that examined the common yet controversial practice of naming streets after slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The pamphlet, constructed as part of Black History Month, will be distributed locally as well as to civil rights organizations and museums across the country.

2003: “Tempests from the Tropics: Atlantic & Gulf Coast Hurricanes”
Students distributed a poster that addressed the social and physical dimensions of hurricanes in response to the traumatic impact of these events along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and recent hurricane events in North Carolina. One of the poster’s student designers—Nathan Wood—was named ECU’s outstanding adult student.

2002: “Iraq: Center of Controversy”
Students distributed a map poster of Iraq, a place at the center of intense news coverage and public controversy. A local television news station displayed the poster on air whenever it reported on the war in Iraq. One of the poster’s student designers—Christopher McPhilamy—was named ECU’s outstanding graduate student.

2001: “Afghanistan: An Overview”
In the aftermath of September 11, students distributed a map poster of Afghanistan to help shed light on the country and its poorly understood human and physical geography. As a result of the success of this effort, one of the poster’s student designers—Anthony Robinson—received the 2002 National Geographic Award in Cartography.

Supported by the Student Government Association at East Carolina University.