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ARSC Detailed Schedule

2:30 - 3:30 pm Welcome & Connect with Faculty 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/98502062018?pwd=ekQwamJ1QlQxMjRqK1JUMXBCTGdaQT09
Host: Dr. Alberto Giordano
Participants: Drs. Augustin, Butler, Day, Kimmel, Suckling, Devine, Krause, and Li

The “Connect with the Faculty” session is a chance for students and alumni of the Department of Geography to hear from and interact with current and past faculty. Topics of conversation will range from research projects to travels, the state of geography and the state of the profession, as well as memories and future plans. Dr. Yongmei Lu will open the session with a brief update on the state of the department and how we have coped with an especially challenging and difficult year.

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 1 – Environmental Studies 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/93507809310?pwd=RXdsSDhpbDZjUld0Z3VlSE9NUHRpZz09
Interactive session with alumni in the field of Resources and the Environment. This session will be helpful for current students and alum looking to begin or advance their career. Ask questions and receive wisdom from the panelists. 
Host: Dr. Ron Hagleman 
Panelists:

  • Nic Maloukis, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Tracie Tolle, Texas General Land Office and Veteran’s Land Board   

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 2 – GIS 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/93832297087
Interactive session with alumni in the field of GIS. This session will be helpful for current students and alum looking to begin or advance their career. Ask questions and receive wisdom from the panelists. 
Host: Dr. Ed Chow 
Panelists:

  • Steve Floyd, Hays County
  • Bill Shannon, Ziply Fiber 
  • Kenny Skrobanek, City of Buda
  • Victoria Stengel, USGS

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 3 – Urban and Regional Planning 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/93454441593
Interactive session with alumni in the field of Urban and Regional Planning. This session will be helpful for current students and alum looking to begin or advance their career. Ask questions and receive wisdom from the panelists. 
Host: Dr. Eric Sarmiento 
Panelists:

  • Sarah Boza, Gap Strategies
  • Craig Garrison, City of Corpus Christi
  • Caleb Gasparek, City of New Braunfels
  • Emilio Levario, City of Baytown
  • Ashley Lumpkin, City of Hutto 
  • Sofia Nelson, City of Georgetown
  • Amanda Padilla, City of Dripping Springs
  • Andrea Villalobos, Planning & Development Services, City of San Marcos

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 4 – Water Resources 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/92594914741?pwd=TkJkaURxTVVFZGRXOWJqNFh3TlQ0QT09
Interactive session with alumni in the field of water resources. This session will be helpful for current students and alum looking to begin or advance their career. Ask questions and receive wisdom from the panelists. 
Host: Dr. Andy Sansom 
Panelists:

  • Charlie Flatten, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District
  • Dr. Robert Mace, Meadows Center 
  • Dr. Todd Votteler, Texas Water Journal

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 5 – Geographic Education 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/98090214798
Interactive session with alumni in the field of geo education. This session will be helpful for current students and alum looking to begin or advance their career. Ask questions and receive wisdom from the panelists. 
Host: Dr. Injeong Jo 
Panelists:

  • Cinde Thomas-Jimenez, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Environmental Education Administrator 
  • Dean Haakenson, St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, CO
  • Dr. Ellen Foster, University of Mississippi

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 6 – Human Geography 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96608264038
Interactive session with alumni in the field of human geography. This session will be helpful for current students and alum looking to begin or advance their career. Ask questions and receive wisdom from the panelists. 
Host: Dr. Jennifer Devine 
Panelists:

  • Theresa Clifford, Prospective Geography Teacher
  • Daisy Jaimez, Paralegal, American Bar Association ProBAR
  • April Sansom, Executive Director, Bamberger Ranch
  • Cody Silveira, PhD Candidate, University of Denver
  • Emily Raquel Armitano Warren, Water Program and Land Conservation Program Officer for the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation

3:30 - 4:30 pm Career Networking Panel 7 – Graduate School Application Prep 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/99045879487
Learn the do’s and don’ts of successful grad school application preparation.
Hosts: Allison Glass-Smith and Dr. Jennifer Jensen 

4:30 - 5 pm Scholarship and Award Recognition 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/92487733542?pwd=Y2dDM05Ec1lMSmpVdzRGUUF0TzJVZz09 
This session will announce the scholarship winners, GSRS winners, and Geography Department award winners for 2021. Department award winners for 2020 will also be recognized.
Host: Dr. Sarah Blue

5 pm Happy Hour Networking Session 
Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/93196017420?pwd=Z2lkV0pnYnlBd3QwVGVEdHpkRUxPUT09
At 5pm on Friday, it’s time to start winding down and what better way to do that than with a Happy Hour Networking with friends new and old?
Join us and celebrate our very special Geography community!


ARSC History and Purpose

Since spring 1995, the Geography Department has hosted the annual Alumni Reunion & Student Celebration (ARSC) to:

  • foster the continued involvement of Texas State geographers in the department,
  • provide a social network for Geography students past and present, and
  • most importantly to "Celebrate the Spirit of Geography."

Whether you're here to catch up with old friends, visit the faculty, recruit aspiring young geographers, or just want to talk geography, we're always glad to see you.


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