Department Alumni Highlight Annual Geography Awareness Week

Mike Morlacci

posted November 23, 2015


Pitt-Johnstown’s Geography Department hosted its 29th annual Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 16-20, 2015.

Alumni with accomplishments and expertise in the field of geography highlighted the 2015 lecture and presentation schedule, which included:

  • Geography in Local Government, by Bradley Zearfoss, director of Somerset County Planning Commission and a Pitt-Johnstown graduate;
  • Geographers in Federal Government, by Dorothy Stroz, a Pitt-Johnstown grad and former U.S. Census Bureau analyst;
  • Geography and the Environment, by Brandi Robinson, an instructor and advisor in Penn State’s Energy and Sustainability Policy program, and a Pitt-Johnstown graduate;
  • Environmental and Regional Planning, by Lindsay Pyle, a Pitt-Johnstown graduate and the regional planner for the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.

In addition to a departmental open house, the week included:

  • Geography exhibits in Krebs Hall and the Owen Library
  • Information on Graduate Schools
  • Job opportunities in Geography
  • Visits by Pitt-Johnstown Geography graduates

Geography Awareness Week was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. The Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education, and the National Geographic Society annually join with state organizations as well as college and university geography departments to coordinate a series of scholarly presentations, symposia and exhibits of cartography among other events.