Hello, GEO alumni! What a year, what a year…seems as though the sands keeps shifting under our collective feet. There have been challenges upon challenges, but the Department has been able to keep up and keep moving, with many positives of which to speak. We graduated our first student from the Accelerated Professional Science Master’s program this past summer! If you recall from our previous newsletters, this accelerated version of the PSM was just inaugurated in Fall, ’18 along with twelve other similar programs across campus. Of all of the new programs, two have born the first fruit with graduations – ours and the one in Technology. The Graduate School is particularly proud of this achievement. Hats off to Shirley Menshah, ’19 and ’20, for this singular accomplishment. If you receive the alumni news magazine, “Forever EIU,” you will see Shirley and our program highlighted on page 27. We signed two more Articulation Agreements with Richland Community College and Rock Valley College, with schedules for both Geology and Geography programs in each. Our drone fleet continues to grow, with five more being added to the collection. These drones are being incorporated into our courses with field components as well as in research projects. This give students the opportunity to learn how to utilize this new and exciting technology in ways to further scientific inquiry and revelation. Last but certainly not least, Luke Jansen ’20, who is now a graduate student in our PSM program, won a singular scholarship from across the entire state from ILGISA – the Illinois Geographic Information System Association. In spite of all that is happening, we are still doing pretty well!
I hope this newsletter finds you and yours well and healthy, and I hope to hear from you at some time in the future.