GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
DEGREES OFFERED: A.A., A.S.
GEOGRAPHY MAJORS: 7
DEPARTMENT EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL: Stacey Herrick
FOR INFORMATION WRITE TO: Dr. M.S. DeVivo, Social Sciences Department, Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. E-Mail: email@example.com.
Program: The Geography program at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) seeks to achieve excellence by integrating a rich and challenging curriculum with field studies in the U.S. and abroad, while also making substantive contributions to geographical research and scholarship. Seven undergraduate courses are listed in the curriculum, which includes three currently offered online to students across the U.S. GRCC Geography majors are expected to make presentations at academic conferences; several have received scholarships and awards for field studies, completion of the baccalaureate, and conference participation. In recent years, students have conducted fieldwork throughout the U.S. and Latin America, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. Alumni have been successful in gaining funding to pursue M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geography at a number of graduate programs including: Syracuse University, the University of Missouri, the University of Texas, Ohio University, Kent State University, Rutgers University, and Western Michigan University.
GRCC is home to the Lambda Upsilon chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, which was chartered in 2007. Of the nearly 300 chapters that have been chartered since 1928, Lambda Upsilon is one of only eight distinguished with the award of Honors. This GRCC chapter of the International Geographical Honor Society remains devoted to raising funds for the education of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, while also contributing to the sponsorship of the GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference. This annual conference includes an annual keynote lecture by a geographer of distinction as part of the Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (VGSP). Honorary GTU membership was awarded by Lambda Upsilon to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in 2011.
Among the scholarships and awards presented by the Geography program is the GRCC Geography Field Cap, which is awarded to stellar graduates of the program, as well as those that have contributed to the advancement of Geography through fieldwork, exploration, research, teaching, publication, or exemplary service. In addition to selected alumni, VGSP distinguished speakers are presented with this award; other recipients include: Nicholas Kristof, Niem Huynh, Alicia Decker, and most recently, the notable scientist, Richard Leakey.
VGSP Distinguished Speakers:
2009 Leon Yacher
2010 Marie Price
2011 Leon Yacher
2012 Kate Swanson
2013 Rebecca Sheehan
2014 Caroline Faria
M. S. DeVivo, Professor ----leadership, history of geography, historical geography, geopolitics