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 2020 Geography Awareness Week & GIS DAY

Now Until 11/20 2020 Noon Eastern Time
Student Map Competition
Organized By
UB GIAL, Libraries &

WNY GIS User Group

"All You Can Map": Please Submit Past And Current Maps In Any Style As Long As It Qualifies For A Map Your Submission will be Considered.


1st prize ($60 gift Card),

2nd Prize ($40),

3rd Prize (20$), and

Honorable mentions

for your Resume entries Will Be Awarded By A Panel Of WNY GIS User Group Professionals.  


Competition will take place without display and  Only Winners And Honorable Mentiones Will Be Announced and Displayed Publicly. 


Organizer: Kim Plassche (UB Libraries)

Please Note That Kim Is Available At Kf43@Buffalo.edu

To Assist students In 

"Making Better Maps"

(Click here for a Video With Tips)

11/17/2020 8:30 -11:45 AM Eastern Time
Student Stakeholder Presentations -
"Integrated Environmental Management"
Organized By OUTSTEPS.org  

In three Sessions, Undergraduate And Graduate Students Are Presenting Their Project Ideas To A Panel Of Stakeholders on improving Best management Practices addressing current and future Water management Challenges:

A) The Cattaraugus Creek (8:30-9:30),
B) Erie County (9:30-10:30), And
C) The Lower Great Lakes (10:30-11:30).  


After 2-minute presentations of about 12 students in each session, there will be a 20 minute Q&A by stakeholders, followed by a networking opportunity to meet with stakeholders during the 10-minute breaks before the start of the next session


Stakeholders will vote on Best Session Presenters to Pitch their Project Ideas 

(besides Resume bragging rights,

'there might be prizes ...

... you never know)


Moderator: Chris Renschler (University At Buffalo)

11/18/2020 11:30 AM-2:30 PM Eastern Time
2020 GIS DAY Celebration
Organized By UB GIAL, UB GGSA
EC DEP & WNY GIS User Group

Two Panels With Q&A And Networking Opportunities With Stakeholders:  
1. Erie County DEP (11:30-12:30)
"Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA)"

Welcome by David Ehrenreich (UB GGSA)

Panel: Sam Horn, Jonathan Townsend, Michel Monzillo (all UB students), Susan Clark (UB Env. & Sustainability), & Josh Wilson (EC DEP) 

Moderator: Chris Renschler (UB Geography)

2. WNY GIS User Group Panel (12:30-1:30)
"The GIS Profession In WNY Under COVID"

Panel: Todd LaQauy (Sr. GIS Analyst, Seneca Nation of Indians), Eric Montz (Sr. GIS Analyst, VETRO FiberMap), Lisa Matthies-Wisa (Director, Erie County GIS), and Collin O'Conner (UB GGSA).

Moderator: Rich Quodomine (Sr. Lead GIS Analyst, City of Philadelphia)

3. Meet the Panelists above in Self-Assigned Breakout Rooms  (1:30-2:30)


5 ESRI ArcGIS Licenses for Personal Use will be given Away to students to work with their favorite local/regional non-profit Organization to leave a lasting impression with a one-year software package for the Organization of your Choice   

Organized In Collaboration With The University At Buffalo Geographic Information Analysis Lab (GIAL), The UB Libraries - Maps & Cartography
The UB Geography Graduate Student Association (GGSA), The WNY GIS User Group, And Erie County Dept. Of Environment & Planning (EC DEP)