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Donald Rallis Retires from Mary Washington

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A portrait of Nelson Mandela hung on the wall of Donald Rallis’s office for most of his 23 years at Mary Washington.  In and of itself, this fact does not distinguish Donald from academics across the world.  Mandela’s name and face were symbols the anti-apartheid movement that galvanized college campuses in the late 1970s and 1980s and many faculty and students have embraced his face and name as a symbols of freedom and justice.  Yet, Donald’s choice of office decoration … Read the rest

Thoughts on Donald Rallis’s Retirement

Monday, December 9th, 2013

As educators, we can live for months off a few words of thanks from an appreciative student.  In the long, dry spells in between, it’s all grit, caffeine, and red wine (depending on the circumstances).  When UMW asked me to write a few words in honor of Donald at his retirement, I realized that I may have been remiss in formally thanking him, until now, for his profound influence on me – first as a former student at Mary Washington … Read the rest

Travel and Research Grants for Geography Majors

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The Geography Department is pleased to invite geography majors to apply for research and travel grants funded by the Rountree Endowment for Geography.*  This Endowment was created specifically to support geography majors engaged in independent research projects and/or study abroad programs.

During the 2013-2014 Academic Year, the department may fund as many as 3 grants totaling $1800.  The maximum grant award will be $1000.  Funds will not be available before February 2014 and will only be granted as reimbursements for … Read the rest

2013 Gubernatorial Election Maps

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

As promised, here are the 2013 election maps (as featured on the Washington Post’s The Fix

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Election Maps on their way

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Maps and cartograms visualizing the 2013 Gubernatorial election in Virginia will be posted soon.

In the meantime, one of our 2012 election maps was republished in the New Republic yesterday.

Also, a longer piece co-written by Stephen Hanna and Stephen Farnsworth on mapping the 2012 election results can be found here.… Read the rest

Visualizing the Virginia Electorate

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Interested in Virginia’s political geography?  Stephen Farnsworth (UMW Political Science) and I just finished an article on using different cartographic techniques to visualize changes in the commonwealth’s electorate.  You’ll find it in the Virginia Newsletter, published by UVA.… Read the rest

Employment opportunity

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Please see this announcement, which was sent to us by an alumna  Sales Associate – Federal Public Safety and Law Enforcement_DC final docxRead the rest

Symposium & Banquet Planning

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

For many years now, the Geography Department has hosted a research symposium and banquet. This year, they will occur on Wednesday April 17.

The symposium provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research over the past year; anyone interested may sit in on any or all of the presentations. Presentations take place in Monroe 240 throughout the day, while posters are in Monroe 319. We will have several sessions and encourage you to attend!!

Student presenters are selected based … Read the rest

Welcome to Spring 2013!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

A little belated – but it is ONLY Day 2 in Week 2! I do already feel behind…

In this post,  announcing some internship and volunteer opportunities AmeriCorps Flyer version 3 small and  Announcements Jan 13

Add to that information about the 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Email announcement sp 13 plus 50thAnniversaryEndowmentApp and Recommendation Form The deadline for Spring 2013 is Friday January 25 – but if you are thinking of a future project, read this information to see how … Read the rest

Mapping Virginia Election Results

Monday, November 19th, 2012

In his victory on November 6th, President Obama won Virginia with just over 51% of the vote.  In the map below, however, it appears that Mitt Romney outperformed the President in most of the state.


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