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Fairmont State University GIS & Geography Awareness

A Student-Led Project of the GIS Lab and Geographic Information Science (GISC) Minor housed in the College of Liberal Arts

Fairmont State University GIS & Geography Awareness LibGuide 


Welcome to Fairmont State University GIS & Geography Awareness LibGuide 

-- Celebrate GIS and Geography Awareness Virtually for 52 weeks!


Help Fairmont State University celebrate the rich knowledge and practice of geography to ensure that more people know their world - and make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or help others learn about geo-literacy and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society.

Fairmont State University is an officially registered event site for International GIS Day, National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week, an American Association of Geographers #GEOWEEK, and Citizen Science Month #CitSciMonth

The geography and GISC Minor at Fairmont State wants to thank the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to this ongoing public celebration of geospatial literacy. Fairmont State University students including a student-led project team, and many faculty, staff, alumni, and community members work each semester towards creating a campus and community experience. 

Dr. MacLennan

Fairmont State University Events

Please watch this space for our upcoming events, campus and community Map-a-Thon, GIS Lab Exploratory Days, and more... 

Check out our virtual events on the Fairmont State University Geography and GIS Awareness LibGuide

  • Links and Citations
    • Shareable URL: FAIRMONTSTATE.EDU/geo-awareness-week
    • Fairmont State University is featured in the AAG GeoWeek Storymap 


  If you would like your link listed, please contact Dr. MacLennan with your name, contact info., event title, URL, and brief description.  


Happy Geography Awareness Week, Earthlings! 🙂

To celebrate, join me tonight for a talk on the Earth's GPS Constellation 

GPS and the Space Segment - Josh Revels from NASA IV&V Education Center


November 15th

GIS in the Movies - Gene Del Greco, from West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals (WVAGP)

GIS Day! Nov 15, 2022 06:00 PM - 7:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada), Virtual Zoom will be posted day of event. 


Virtual GeoBee with Prof. MacLennan TBA 


Geography2050:The Future of Food, Lightning Talks

November 17 & 18 Including a lightening talk by Dr. MacLennan and Dr. Harrison, Fairmont State University 


A World of Possibilities: Career Services & Civic Engagement Hiration Workshop

October 11, 2022,  4:30 - 5:30pm, Hybrid Session, 114Hardway Hall or Zoom TB


GIS Geospatial Lab Open House 

October 13, 2022  11:30 - 2:00 pm, Rm 308, Hardway Hall


International Flag Raising Ceremony 

October 24, 2022 12:30 PM at Bryant Street Entrance

Join the Fairmont State University EPICS office in celebrating United Nations Day on campus or play our virtual flag matching quiz in Maps and Quizzes. 


Taste of Fairmont State (Food Geography for Campus) 

November 2, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Main Street Falcon Center

Join the Fairmont State University EPICS office and student organizations in celebrating a Taste of Fairmont, or check out food around the world on our Tell Your Story page. Want to bring a dish, contact the Office of International Services.


Meeples and Mayhem Board Game Night at the Fairmont State University Ruth Ann Musick Library

October 26, 2022 6:30pm - 8:30pm Try out the new Geography and Geospatial games among many others. 

Can't make it to the library? Try out our student-curated Games and Quizzes online 


West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals 2022 Fall Meeting 

November 2, 2022  Join the WVAGP, Fairmont State University, and a span of geospatial organizations virtually and at The Event Center at Brushy Fork, 929 Brushy Fork Rd, Buckhannon, WV 26201






Past Events

Geography Awareness Week 2022

GIS In the Movies Virtual Showing April 14th, 2022 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. 

Check out our Movie Night for more information about this fun event 

WV K-12 Earth Day Geography Bee TBA 

Geography Bee Kahoot! Quiz created by Fairmont State University Students 

The link lets assign the quiz


Geography Awareness Week 2021

National Geographic Geography Awareness Week Events

Geographer Joseph Kerski, Our Earth Live Webcast for GIS Day 2021

GeoTech Center, National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence GIS Day 

U.S. Library of Congress GIS Day Celebration 

Public Health Maps GIS Day 

WV Events 

WV Department of Education invites you to celebrate with the WV Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day StoryMap (Erika Klose,  WVDE STEM, GIS and Computer Science Coordinator) 








35th Annual Geography Awareness Week 

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) theme of Geography Awareness Week 2022 is A World of Possibilities: Celebrate Career Paths in Geography  

The impressive array of career choices might be one of our discipline’s best-kept secrets. This year, AAG aims to change that. During the 35th annual Geography Awareness Week (#GeoWeek2022), we’re showcasing the work of geographers in strikingly diverse areas 

About Geography Awareness Week from National Geographic

Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders. 

 #GeoWeek and #ThatsGeography


GIS Day - Home | Facebook

GIS is the only technology that actually integrates many different subjects using geography as its common framework. - Jack Dangermond

The story of GIS Day

This is not just an event. It's a global movement. This day brings universities, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, and GIS professionals together to build knowledge of GIS in their communities and create understanding about the world we live in.

  1. Watch Esri President Jack Dangermond talk about the meaning behind GIS Day in this video. (2021)

GIS DAY 2020: Discovering the World through GIS (A StoryMap by Esri)

WV GIS: An Education Inspiration

Listen to an interview with Erika Klose, WV Department of Education, published in Directions Magazine. Be inspired by Erika's story!

Advancing the Boundaries of Education and Science through Technology

National and International Events

Dr. Kerski @gisday GIS Day Live Webcast 2022 Part 1 of 4

U.S. Census Geography Awareness Week

Open Street Map Geography Awareness Week

National Geographic Geography Awareness Week Activities



GeoTech Center GIS Day Events

URISA GIS Day Celebration