Department of Geography and the Environment

Geography Society Officers Announced for 2014 - 2015

Mon, April 14, 2014
Geography Society Officers Announced for 2014 - 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Geography Society has elected an impressive group of students to serve as leaders for 2014-2015.

Many thanks to the officers who served this past year and revitalized the student organization: President Emilee Crowther, VP Education Rachel Snavely, VP Social Nathan Garza, Secretary Sarah Price, Communications Director Tim Murray and Treasurer Preston MacLaughlin. Highlights from the year include participating in Geography Awareness Week (and the invention of the Kerby Queso Colloquium), piloting a geography education program with Kiker Elementary, volunteering for conservation and public lands improvement projects in the community, organizing a star-studded speaker series, planning awesome camping trips in central Texas, creating a list of re-occurring geography related internship opportunities, and representing the department at the upcoming UT Undergraduate Research Week/Longhorn Bazaar. Thank you for your dedication and service, you have paved the way for the coming years. 

Without further ado, we would like to congratulate the incoming officers-

rachRachel Snavely
Year in School: Senior
Major: Geography (GIS Track)
As Vice President of Education and Professional Development for the 2013-2014 school year I was in charge of compiling research, academic and professional development opportunities to share with the organization. I also started and organized the Geography Society’s monthly speaker series and helped kick off our educational outreach program. For the upcoming school year, I would like to see an increase in undergraduate research and student involvement within our department, as well as an increase in our organization’s membership. I have lots of ideas that we can implement during the fall (including more social events like happy hours) and I’m excited to see what the new school year will bring!

Alison Simerly
Year in School: Junior
Major: Geography, Plan II Honors
Participated in a Wildlands Studies program on the Big Creek Wilderness Reserve in California, where she completed a portion of the 2013 southern sea otter population census, plant diversity transects, and stream surveys of the Steelhead Trout. This semester she's working as an intern with Niti Mishra to learn remote sensing techniques and become better acquainted with ENVI software. In the coming summer she will work at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan and attend the Ecological Society of America conference. Always keeping an eye out for interesting and geography-related articles, internship opportunities, and presentations, Alison excels at the role of keeping society members up to date on upcoming events and opportunities. 

prestonPreston McLaughlin
Year in School: Senior
Major: Geography
I have acted as treasurer of the club in 2013-2014. During my time as treasurer I created a new club bank account, and have also made sure the club's finances have been in proper order.  As for the Vice President Social position, I have some good ideas for social events and volunteer opportunities.  I have dealt firsthand with the Geography Societie's event planning and coordinating. Thank you and Hook 'Em! 

Mustafa Monk
Year In School: Freshman
Major: Geography
I have a fair amount of experience in social media, and I’m very enthusiastic to expand the club through the combined application of our online and campus presence . I see the role of communication director as a chance to grow with our club while at the same time connecting with incoming undergraduate students about geography as a subject of study and as a possible major. As Communications director, I’ll focus on a policy of expansion and promotion for the club, to help grow a stronger base for the future of the Society and for the study of Geography within the university.

Jessie Norriss
Year in School: Junior
Major: Geography Honors

Jessie Norriss is working on a thesis assessing government policies for conservation of wildlife in Central America. She is proficient in Spanish and through the Holz-English Honors Fellowship she will continue research in Costa Rica assessing biological corridors and the national parks systems. As secretary, she hopes to connect more students to opportunities in the Geography department and abroad.   

David Heizer
Year In school: Junior
Major: Geography
I recently changed majors from History to Geography and I’ve fallen in love with the GIS and Sustainability tracts of the degree.  I joined the Geography Society to meet like-minded students, and now look forward to contributing to the organization’s success.  

Looking forward to great work in 2014-2015! For more information about UT Geography Society, please visit the UT Geography Society Facebook page, or contact the Communications Director. Lists of Geography Internships and Volunteer Opportunities are updated regularly.

Bookmark and Share

  • Department of Geography and the Environment

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street
    CLA building, main office- CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712