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GEO Articles

Below is a listing of Chimes and Calvin-featured articles that involve the geology, geography, and environmental studies department (dating back to 2008).


The GEO Club is Established


Students Learn Creation Care Through Syrup

The GEO Department's own Jamie Skillen lead a project to tap the maple trees on campus, with help from 1st vanReken and the GEO Department students.

Walking Boldly: Brianna Marshall

Following a summer internship at the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., Brianna Marshall accepted a position as a research specialist for the Center for Social Research.

BANFF Film Fest inspires students

Annual outdoor film festival based in Banff, Alberta, Canada, returns to Calvin for fifth consecutive year.

Geo Department is 'happiest' educational department on campus

Faculty survey indicates GEO professors have highest satisfaction with workplace community on campus.



Geographic literacy merits greater attention in American education system

Increased knowledge of geography helps us to understand our place in the world.

Record-breaking winter temperatures

Intense cold destroys roads but leaves crops mostly unaffected.

Modern Mapmaker

Geography professor trains his expert eye, and GIS mastery, toward solving 'real-world problems'



Bee crisis prompts beekeeping student organization

Calvin students and faculty are doing their part to fight the U.S. bee population crisis.

Another Fulbright to Work in Ethiopia

Professor Bascom of the Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies department shares his experiences in a place dear to his heart: Ethiopia.


20 Calvin professors sign letter to Congress urging action on climate change

Geology professor Ralph Stearley, Emeriti professors Clarence Menninga and Davis Young among signees.

Students harvest syrup from Calvin's campus

Creation Care floor harvests nearly 130 gallons of syrup from campus sugar maples.

Calvin College becomes third college in Michigan to be named tree-friendly

Calvin recognized by Tree Campus USA, only the third school in Michigan to have the distinction.


GIS: a new kind of mapping

Calvin students at the cutting edge of digital mapping by using geographic information systems.


The Scream Wadlopen September 19, 2012

Geography professor Henk Aay takes students in The Netherlands on a unique trip across the Mudden Sea... on foot!


A new museum; a world-class mineral collection June 22, 2012

Calvin alumnus Bruce D. Dice contributes to a new North Hall display a museum full of personal and precious minerals.


Tapping Calvin's maple resources March 9, 2012

Calvin professor James Skillen teams up with the van Reken creation care floor to tap the maple trees on campus.


Senior teaches GIS in Ethiopia March 8, 2012

Emma DeVries taught the country's top geographers how to use geographic information systems software.



Global Hunger and Food Security lecture series November 28, 2011

A year-long lecture series in Calvin's GEO department highlights the importance of preserving farmland and water resources.


Mapping Calvin's trees September 21, 2011

Calvin biology and geography students tackled the monumental task of mapping every tree on campus. The tree map is available online Here.


Banff Film Festival stops at Calvin March 23, 2011

Mountain-climbers, cave explorers, white-water rafters, and dancing cormorants are coming to Calvin via the Banff World Tour.


Q&A: Japanese tsunami March 15, 2011

Calvin professors discuss the topics of earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear power, radiation, and the resiliency of the Japanese people.


Interim: The Geography of Terrorism January 19, 2011

In this geography-based interim course, Calvin College professor Jason VanHorn shows students how to put terrorism on the map.


amazing_raceAmazing Race: Calvin-style January 12, 2011

Re-live Calvin College's Amazing Race interim of 2011 through photos, videos, and commentary.



kellogg_centerGEO duo wins award November 19, 2010

Senior geography majors Seth Kenbeek and Abbie Belford won best student presentation for a regional academic conference of the AAG.


aay_bikingGo Green, Go Dutch, Go BikeSeptember 21, 2010

Calvin professor Henk Aay plans to see the moving elephants and the birds' nests while pedaling.


skillenFaculty profile: James Skillen August 31, 2010

In an ideal world, Calvin environmental studies professor James Skillen says, his job description would be simple: backpacking.


aay_bikingAay lands Fulbright April 26, 2010

Images of the Netherlands - paintings, photographs, and films - have had a significant impact on how Americans viewed the Dutch homeland.


eritrea_atlasCalvin students create national atlases March 26, 2010

Students in a Calvin geography class have created online national atlases for Eritrea, Thailand, and Nepal with more on the way.



dutch_gamePuzzling and Koninginnedag-ing for Dutch Heritage April 3, 2009

For Dutch Heritage Month, many events have taken place from finishing a 9,000 piece puzzle to the celebration of the Koninginnedag, or "queen's day".



serious_stearley Turning tightropes into bridges October 10, 2008

Two geology professors collaborate on a book about Christianity and the age of the earth.