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WIU Geography Department Announces Gabler Lecture Series

October 21, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University geography department recently announced the addition of the Robert Gabler Lecture Series, which will be held each November during geography awareness week.

Gabler joined Western in 1957 and served until 1990 when he retired. He served as chairperson of Western’s geography and geology departments and director of international programs. He received three University Presidential Citations for teaching excellence and University service. He also served two terms as chairperson of the faculty senate.

Current geography department chairperson, Christopher Sutton, said, "Gabler’s contribution to our department, the University and geographic education is unparalleled. The creation of the Gabler Lecture is a small but noteworthy recognition of his legacy."

Gabler is the senior author of “Introduction to Physical Geography” and “Essentials of Physical Geography,” editor of “A Handbook for Geography Teachers” and co-author of “Human Geography: People Cultures and Landscapes” and “Follet Elementary Social Studies Series.” He has also authored numerous articles in state and national periodicals.

He served as editor of the Bulletin of The Illinois Geographical Society, president of the Illinois Geographical Society and director of coordinators and president of the National Council for Geographic Education. Gabler was also the recipient of the NCGE George J. Miller Distinguished Service Award and was named a "Leader in American Geography" in 1992.

The speaker for the 2004 lecture will be announced later this month. For more information, contact Western’s geography department at 309/298-1648.

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