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Nov. 16: Celebration of Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day

Event will be held in CSU 253.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-11-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Geography will celebrate the annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Wednesday, Nov. 16 with an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and student GIS competition from 11 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

The open house will feature a poster and map gallery.

The Nov. 16 GIS Day events at Minnesota State Mankato are free and open to the public and are being held to promote “Geospatial Thinking: Real-World Solutions.”

Joining Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography in organizing the event are the University’s Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library, located in Memorial Library, and Undergraduate Research Center.

There will be numerous local government agencies and private companies participating in the campus event, with informational tables displaying GIS-related work. GIS Day focuses on the discovery and exploration of geographic information systems, student GIS research competitions and alumni success stories and recognition.

Additional information on GIS Day at Minnesota State Mankato is available at 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 – including those held on the Minnesota State Mankato campus – displayed on a map at

This is the fourth consecutive year that Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography will offer 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.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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