GIS News 2008-09

Hassman Reports from ESRI UC

Hassman ESRI 20008As one of sixty students awarded a student assistantship to attend the ESRI’s International User Conference this August, it was truly an experience of a lifetime. Being part of a collective effort for an event hosting 14,000+ attendees from all around the world, engaged in an array of GIS endeavors was challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. I am an anthropology student who is completing a GIS certificate. It was from another GIS certificate student who participated in the program last year that I learned of this program and was encouraged to apply. Partaking in this opportunity has lead to making new friends and networking relationships within the GIS community that will, I trust, continue long after the conference.

The other students involved in the assistantship program came together from all across the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Although individual students came from vast distances, it did not take much time for us to connect with one another. We came from a variety of academic disciplines, this provided opportunities for us to exchange ideas and learn from one another. Each day, the organizers arranged for the students to be involved in a variety of work activities supporting the conference which included registration, the map gallery, and workshops. Equally as important, the organizers provided opportunities to attend sessions, network, explore San Diego, host a pool party, and even arranged for nights to dance the evening away. Cumulatively, these engagements produced a weeklong positive atmosphere and productive experience.

Throughout my participation in the program and attendance at this conference, GIS became even more dynamic than previously understood. Conversations over the week with participating students, technicians, and professionals allowed for my knowledge of GIS capacity to develop and expand. This conference exhibits the ability of GIS to be applied to almost any activity and for this reason; it has much to offer anyone with a hint of curiosity.


ASPRS Student Chapter to form at UWM

The mission of the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences and to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies.

This chapter will be part of the Western Great Lakes Region (WGL) of the ASPRS. The only other student chapter in this region is at Indiana State University. As a member you could enjoy many benefits including eligibility for National and Regional awards, scholarships and fellowships totalling $30,000.

There are a few requirements to join this group: you must be a UWM student, pay a forty-five dollar fee, and have an interest in Remote Sensing and/or GIS. The chapter is looking for more interested students to join and is hoping to get the chapter up and running by this summer.

Please look at the ASPRS website for more details or contact Andy Tillman with specific questions.

GIS Certificates Awarded

Certificatees 2008Among the students receiving the GIS Certificate in 2008-09 are Matt Robinson, Melissa Mann, Mike Kumbera, Sam Hildebrand, and Artency Davis. They are pictured here with Professor Bill Huxhold at the annual "GIS Chili" celebration.

Other students completing the GIS Certificate Program this academic year are Lee Frederick, Ricky Kubicek, Charlie Leonard, Sean Meehan, Carlos Orozco, and Kenny Aderungboye. GIS Certificate recipients now number 108 since the first certificates were awarded in 1993.