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K-State Today

August 5, 2014

K-State geography honor society chapter wins national award

Submitted by John Harrington Jr.

K-State's Beta Psi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon has earned the national Honors Chapter Award for 2014.

"The K-State chapter is commended not only for recognizing the superior scholarship of geography students, but also for planning activities that celebrate and spread the word about geography to the campus and community," said Mike Longan, Gamma Theta Upsilon second vice president, on behalf of the honor society's award committee. "The chapter's service to geography and to others through geography is remarkable."

John Harrington Jr., K-State professor of geography and faculty advisor to the Beta Psi chapter, said that the chapter was very active in building a sense of community among geography students and faculty.

"They did a superb job in finding a variety of ways to provide service to geographic activities in Kansas,” Harrington said.

Gamma Theta Upsilon is an international honor society in geography. It was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of the society have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. Chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

Goals of the society include:

  • To further professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field.
  • To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory.
  • To advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation.
  • To encourage student research of high quality, and to promote an outlet for publication.
  • To create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of geography.
  • To encourage members to apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.