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Nov. 20: 'GIS Day' on Campus

Day to focus on discovery, exploration of Geographic Information Systems.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-11-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography will celebrate the 15th annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day with an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a student poster competition from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library, located on campus in Memorial Library.

The Nov. 20 GIS Day events at Minnesota State Mankato, held to promote “Geospatial Thinking: Real-World Solutions,” are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Carol Reedstrom at or 507-389-2617 by Friday, Nov. 15.

Additional information on GIS Day at Minnesota State Mankato is available here. Those who want more information may contact Rama Mohapatra, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, by phone at 507-389-6223 or by email at

According to its website,, GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. GIS Day events are held worldwide, with a sampling of those events listed here.

It’s the first time Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography has offered activities in celebration of GIS Day, which was first formally held in 1999, according to GIS Day is celebrated during Geography Awareness Week (held each year during the third week of November). Geography Awareness Week was designated through legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Department of Geography has a long history. Professor George Miller, who founded the National Council for Geographic Education and started "The Journal of Geography," its refereed publication dedicated to improving geography teaching, was a 35-year faculty member of this department. Today Miller’s well-traveled suitcase (pictured) reminds visitors of the department’s rich heritage.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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