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Geography Awareness Week Nov. 14-16

November 14, 2016

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Geography will host Geography Awareness Week Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 14-16.

This year's events include:

• Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 a.m.-Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. – Geocache Hunt - There are 15 geocaches throughout the WIU campus all of the locations can be found at Once students find the cache, they will write down their names, WIU email address and time on the logs. At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, geography student club members will collect the logs. The number of geocaches each participant finds (number of names on the logs) will be the number of strips for a raffle.

Prizes of $75 for first place and $25 for second will be awarded through a raffle, which will take place Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Geography Awareness Week lecture.

• Tuesday, Nov. 15 – Lecture: "Geography Past, Present and Future: The Rise of Virtual Geography." Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Wendy Shaw will deliver the lecture in Stipes 121.

• 2016 Annual Geography Photo Contest – The entries are listed on Facebook at and the winners will be announced during the Geography Awareness Week lecture.

• Monday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. – Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.: University Union Food Court – Sandbox Design. Participants will attempt to recreate Mount St. Helens during three minutes in the virtual sandbox, then screen shot a picture of their creations. A student committee will decide which is closest to the actual structure. The winner of the $50 prize will be announced on the department's Facebook page.

• Wednesday, Nov. 16, noon: Geography W-Walk, south entrance to Memorial Hall: A group leader will have the "collector software" running on his/her phone. A breadcrumb will be dropped every few steps until a "W" shape is made at the end. A map of the actual path can be obtained from the GIS Center.

For more information about any of these activities, call the WIU Department of Geography at (309) 298-1648.

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