The University of Mary Washington Geography Club and Department of Geography celebrated National Geography Awareness Week during the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13 members of the UMW Geography Club celebrated by presenting a ‘Trivia Table’ in front of Lee Hall to engage fellow students in geography competitions to win prizes. The event, which was organized by Dr. Caitie Finlayson, was the first the Geography Club has attempted to put on in several years. The club hopes to make it an annual event.
The same day, geography majors accompanied Dr. Jackie Gallagher to the National Museum of the Marine Corps to participate in Geography Day, an annual event at the museum to emphasize geographic literacy among local fifth grade students. Agencies and companies such as the Virginia Geographic Alliance, an organization promoting geography education in Virginia, and the United States Geological Survey were also in attendance. At the event UMW students worked with the Virginia Geographic Alliance and in activities with fifth graders to spread the word about geography.
Dan Clendaniel, current Teacher in Residence at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, thanked the UMW representatives “for keeping geography education alive as a vital component in the overall education of our students.”