Past Events

The following is a list of past speakers and events that took place as part of the university's GIS Day celebrations:


Riley Champine
Graphics Editor, National Geographic

Workshop: How to make a map for National Geographic

Janet Ranganathan
VP for Research, Data, and Innovation, World Resource Institute


Dr. Lilian Pintea
VP of Conservation Science, Chief Ecologist, Jane Goodall Institute

Workshop: Mapping Census Data

Matt McCracken '09
Principal, Timmons Group

Student Map Competition Award Ceremony


Open House and Student GIS Demonstrations

Roger Barlow
USGS National Map Liaison for DC, Delaware, Maryland, & New Jersey

Dr. Haitao Wang
Virginia Tech

Tammy Ebner
Chesterfield County

Keith VanGraafeiland
ESRI Product Engineer

David West
Spotsylvania County

GIS Day Cake Contest


Mapathon and Open House

"Kenya Settlement Scheme Project" Dr. Sandra Joireman and guests from Kenya

GIS Day Cake Contest


Open House and Software Demostrations

Geography Alumni throughout the day

GIS Day Cake Contest

Unveiling of the 10th Anniversary GIS Day T-shirt Quilt


Open House and Software Demostrations

CTLT Faculty Panel "GIS Across the Curricula"

"ANNEXED" GIS student presentations about the Richmond Annexation


Student Presentations

  • Tracy Tien
  • Shaquille Christmas
  • Olivia Mobayed

Campus Wide Geocahcing Activity with the Geography Club

GIS Day Cake Contest


Chris Brown
Spatial Analysis Lab

Justin Madron
Digital Scholarship Lab

Student Presentations

  • Andrew Valenski
  • Taylor Holden

Bridget Ward
EEE Consulting and UR Alum


Jeff Allenby
Chesapeake Conservancy and UR Alum

Tim Hamilton
Robins School of Business

Jeff Kerby
Pennsylvnia State University and UR Alum

Justin Madron
Digital Scholarship Lab

  • Student Presentations
  • GIS Day Cake Contest


  • Geocaching & Community Mapping with local youth
  • GIS Day Cake Contest
  • Student Presentations


Scott Nesbit
Digital Scholarship Lab

Doug Winiarski
Department of Religious Studies

  • GIS Day Cake Contest with special judge Carole Weinstein


Karl Huber
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Soil and Water Conservation Division

  • GIS Day Cake Contest
  • Middle school visitors experienced the Spatial Analysis Lab and went on a geocaching scavenger hunt


Dan Widner
Virginia Information Technology Agency, Virginia Base Mapping Program

  • GIS Day Cake Contest
  • Middle school visitors/activities
  • Celebrated the adoption of the Campus Accessibility Map


UR students who were enrolled in the department's GIS class presented to middle school students about the campus accessibility mapping project on which they were currently working.

  • GIS Day Cake Contest


Alfredo Frauenfelder, GIS Director
County of Henrico

Mary Davis, Chief Cartographer
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

  • GIS Day Cake Contest
  • Geocaching activity