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Fairmont State University GIS & Geography Awareness: Home

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


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... 

  • Fairmont State University Geography and GIS Awareness Lib Guide  
    • Check out our virtual events on the Fairmont State University Geography and GIS Awareness LibGuide
  • Enjoy Earth Day Events with the Fairmont State University  Creative Sustainability Council 
    • Some are events on a specific date, like joining the Spirit Week litter pickup on April 7 and plarn-making on April 1.  Other activities can be done any time, like joining a litter pickup challenge for the month, and taking a selfie when you visit sustainability sites on campus like the solar panels and EV chargers.
    • Check out our CSC Earth Day StoryMap for an Earth Month Tour of Campus Events 
    • This year the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V ERC and Fairmont State University's Creative Sustainability Council challenges West Virginia classes/learners to face-off in the Earth Day Kahoot! challenge through a virtual game show. Games will take place on Zoom and registration is required as space is limited(registrations will be accepted in chronological order)

      Register Here:

      Challenge your knowledge of WV and our environment during one of the 3 options!

      Contest 1- Wednesday, April 20th, 2022  (1p.m.- 2p.m. ET)

      Contest 2- On EARTH DAY!- Friday, April 22nd, 2022 (1 p.m.- 2p.m. ET)

      Contest 3- Friday, April 22nd, 2022 (5p.m. - 6p.m. ET)

  • Celebrate Citizen Science Month, April 2022
  •  GIS in the Movies
    • Watch a special virtual double feature of "GIS in the Movies" Part I and II with creator Gene Del Greco, WVAGP Thursday April 14th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm  (link in Movie Night tab)
  • GIS with a Fairmont State University Alumni Brown Bag Virtual Lunch
    • Listen to an award winning Geoartist talk about using her background in GIS in Geography to create Geoart 
  • Travel Across the U.S. and the World
    • Learn more about World Travel with Fairmont State University faculty and alumni  (TBA on libguide) 
  • Links and Citations

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


Geography Awareness and GIS Events

Schedule of events for November 15-21, 2020

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


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


Past Events with Active Resources

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) 



National and International Events

U.S. Census Geography Awareness Week

Open Street Map Geography Awareness Week

National Geographic Geography Awareness Week Activities


URISA GIS Day Celebration






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

WV GIS: Leads the Way 

Watch and interview with Marvin Davis, City of Morgantown and special achievement in GIS mapping




Learn more about our footprint using the Human Reach: Atlas the most detailed atlas of human activity or explore Mapping Our Human Footprint from Space


The image that made us see the world differently. NASA photo of Earth during the Apollo 10 mission in 1969. 

We see the world and all its facets through our geospatial lens which is a major way that humans experience awe. We see the world differently using satellite and other geospatial technologies. 

According to UC Berkeley's study of the emerging science of awe, the ultimate awe elicitor is one that few of us will be able to experience except through photos and video; the view of Earth from space.

Please watch this short video of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot using the famous NASA photo Earthrise.

Discuss: What is something that has caused you to experience awe?    




Geography Awareness Week

What Is Geography Awareness? 

Geoliteracy has never been more vital.

This year, AAG celebrates Geography Awareness Week with the theme The Future Is Here: Geographers Pursue the Path Forward. Highlighting the many ways that geographers and geospatial professionals are anticipating and shaping a better future in their work, the week will also celebrate the contributions of students, early-career geographers, and -- you.

About Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week is an annual celebration of geography and the important role it plays in our lives. Geoweek typically takes place in November but can be celebrated all year long. From National Geographic, creator of Geography Awareness Week:

“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. Geography Awareness Week is supported by access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists, and all geographically minded global citizens.”


We are putting Fairmont State University on the map!

Map of GIS Day 2021 Events Around the Globe

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