Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Internationally Known

     Hjordis Lorenz, an International Student from Stuttgart, Germany, became interested in GIS after meeting Stew Bruce at a meeting for International Students. She decided to stop by the GIS lab to see if she could learn any more, and her visit turned into a job.

      Hjordis is a freshman, majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, and she hopes to eventually work in the field of criminal psychology. Although she has never considered herself to be very tech-savvy, she feels that the GIS program has many practical applications in criminal psychology, and is eager to learn how to use the technology.

Friday, April 19, 2013

On Display in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has been working with the Washington College GIS lab in order to prepare for the initial launch of the museum’s new exhibit, Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake. We have a number of student employees who have been working on this project including: junior Katherine Wares, sophomore Olivia Hughes, and seniors Caitlyn Riehl, Luis Machado, and  Tyler Brice.  All of these students have been assigned to different roles in order to construct a 3D flyover video for the exhibit. This flyover video will be used in the Navigating Freedom exhibit to show how area looked in 1812. Robert Forloney, Director of the Breene M. Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, shared some information about what the new exhibit will showcase, the process through which it developed, and the role that WC GIS played in the process.
The exhibit opens at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Visit the museum website for more information. www.cbmm.org/.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Set Apart: An Alumna's success in GIS

   “Stew was new on campus when I met him, and he told us that he had big plans for the program,” remembers alumna Laura Human Cannon ‘08. This Environmental Studies major witnessed the GIS program’s new beginnings and is nothing but thankful for her opportunities in GIS technology.

      “WC is a fantastic school and I am incredibly thankful for the way my four years as a student shaped my career path and enriched my life. I ended up taking GIS I & II because they were a part of the course options for my major. From what I have heard and seen, it sounds like Stew Bruce has already met his huge goals in just a few years. The program was growing while I was there and it has continued to expand,” said Laura.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Getting a Head Start

      The WC GIS summer camp does more than offer great teaching and a fun time; in some cases it has recruited some of our most talented interns. Austen Richards, now a junior at Kent Island High School, attended the 2012 Geospatial Discoveries Summer Program. After learning 3D modeling in Google SketchUp, Austen was offered a position in the lab as a summer intern where he was assigned to a project building a 3D Model of the Chestertown area.