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Blinn Geographic Society to host third annual GIS Day

Public invited to learn about careers, everyday uses of Geographic Information Systems

November 11, 2016

Police Cruiser—Left to Right: Second-year students Blake Howard of Katy and Javier Carlos of College Station chat with Bryan police officer Chris Reyes about the use of geographical information systems (GIS) in daily law enforcement work during the second annual GIS Day in November 2015.

The Blinn College Geographic Society invites the entire community to an up-close look at the role Geographic Information Systems (GIS) play in daily life.

GIS Day is set for Friday, Nov. 18, from 1–4 p.m. at the Blinn-Bryan Campus Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

GIS enables users to capture, store, analyze, and manage spatially-referenced data. Researchers, businesses, and government agencies use GIS in crime mapping, road networking, wastewater and storm water systems and waste management.

“It’s easy to overlook how GIS is used all around us,” said Rhonda Reagan, Geography Professor and Geographic Society Advisor. “This is a great opportunity for our citizens to learn how they can use their city’s public works departments and for our students to learn about career opportunities in the field.”

Representatives from Texas A&M, Sam Houston State and Texas State universities will give 15-minute presentations on the educational and career opportunities available to prospective geography students. Each representative will present three times per hour in Student Center Room E-120 beginning at 1 p.m. 

At 1:30 p.m., attendees are invited to participate in the Geographic Society’s geocaching contest, in which teams of two will use the GPS on their phones to locate coordinates across campus. The contest is expected to take 30 minutes, and prizes await the winning pair. Interested participants should report with their partners to the Geographic Society information table inside E-120 prior to 1:30 p.m.

Also in Room E-120, Blinn alumni who have earned bachelor degrees and landed careers in geography will be on hand to discuss their work in the industry. Representatives from the city of Bryan, the city of College Station, Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG), Brazos County’s Road & Bridge Department, and the Texas A&M Forestry Science and Geography departments will answer questions regarding the use of GIS in public works.

Behind the Student Center, participants can get a closer look at a mobile command post and police cruiser from the city of Bryan.

The Geographic Society was founded in 2000 and allows Blinn students to supplement their coursework with additional hands-on experience. Advised by Reagan and fellow Professor Susan Slowey, Geographic Society students are often invited to present research at conferences and symposiums across the state.

For more information regarding GIS Day or the Geographic Society, contact Reagan at rreagan@blinn.edu.