Spring Awards Banquet

Each year, the Department of Geography recognizes outstanding Geography and GIS Certificate students and holds an initiation ceremony for Gamma Theta Upsilon at our Spring Awards Banquet. All Geography majors, students in the GIS Certificate, and MSGA students are invited at the reduced cost of $15. Guests and faculty pay $35. Dress is business casual – feel free to dress up!


Students working on banquet game, 2017

Students working on a banquet game, 2017

The evening starts with games, which are completed while people are arriving. We usually have three games – for which there are three gift-card prizes:

“Where in the World” matching a photograph with a city or other location

“Geographer Professors’ favorite book/movie/band/film, etc.”

Some other geographic-matching-location game, depending on our mood and imagination!!

There is a cash bar.

Diners sit at one of several tables. Each has the name of a professor – so you can choose to sit with your favorite professor if you wish! Definitely sit with your friends.

Diners at a table, 2017

Diners at a table, 2017

The banquet itself is buffet style, with several protein options including a vegetarian dish.

After the banquet, we work out the game winners. Dr. Dawn Bowen then inducts new members into Delta Mu, our chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the geography honor society. She then awards cords for graduating members of the society. And finally, student awards are presented. Read about our awards, and past winners, here.

Graduating Gamma Theta Upsilon students, 2017

Graduating Gamma Theta Upsilon students, 2017