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SSU Summit on Environmental Entrepreneurship

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2009, the annual Summit on Environmental Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Dionne Hoskins of NOAA and Savannah State University, was held at Savannah State in Thunderbolt. SAGIS was asked to attend and participate as a panelist, so we went to do our part. The format was interesting: each panelist gave a brief bio to the students, then the students were allowed to ask questions of the panelists. The students were from a variety of disciplines, from engineering to public administration. Many of the questions were specific to the environmental components of our individual jobs, but there were also thoughtful questions about the larger role of environmental issues in shaping current business-related applications and entrepreneurship. The topic of GIS was of utmost importance to the students, who were all looking for ways to use GIS for their particular interests!

ESRI Education User Conference

Explore the Power of Spatial Thinking
Join ESRI July 11-14, 2009, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

Take part in this exceptional forum for collaboration between educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals with all levels of geographic information system (GIS) experience.

http://www.esri.com/events/educ/index.html

GIS Day update & article

The GIS Day Committee is back to work preparing for GIS Day Savannah 2009.  So far this year, we are working on updating the event format to improve the students’ educational experience.  While we are working on these details, we are also updating the sponsorship and registration forms for 2009.  In the meantime, the Spring 2009 ArcUser from ESRI has a great article describing how a teacher in Kansas has used GIS in his classrom to inspire students to solve real world problems, “Combining Math, GIS, and Community Service.”  The article can be found at the following link: http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0309/obenhaus.html.