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Geography Student Chris
Geography Student Chris


New Glarus, WI


A Comprehensive Major in Geography with an Emphasis in Resource Management


I am a trip guide in the Environmental Adventure Center (EAC), I am a former secretary for the Hobnailers and I am an active member of the Geography and Anthropology Club.

Have you had a favorite geography class?

At the risk of sounding like a suck-up, all of my geography classes have been phenomenal! Each and every one of them has helped me better understand the world around me.

Who is your favorite professor?

I’m not going to be able to pick just one, but for the best adventure (so far) Dr.’s Faulkner and Running, for the most hilarious, Dr. Barth and Dr. Joe Hupy and for the most useful in understanding where I am, Dr. Jol.

Have you done research?

I haven’t done any student/faculty research yet, but for my Geography Capstone class, myself and a group of four other students went to Lake Powell along with Dr. Faulkner and we took a look at a stream which flows into the reservoir.  While there we were studying the sediment remobilization rates in Wahweap Creek.

What have been some of your favorite experiences in geography? 

I have had a great time meeting all of the different people both in and around the department.  The field trips and hands-on approach has heightened not only my enjoyment of geography but my understanding of it as well.

Favorite place to eat on campus? 

You can’t go wrong with a cup of coffee at Intermezzos before your 8 a.m. class on Mondays.

Have you had any internships or jobs related to your field?

As a matter of fact, yes I have.  I am a Ranger with Colorado State Parks.  It’s a great job where I can blend my knowledge of the land and my outdoor prowess. I’m constantly meeting new people who have taught me things I never would have imagined.  Of course, having 250,000 acres of wilderness in my backyard isn’t a bad perk either.

"I really love the fact that I can approach any member of our faculty, ask them a question, joke around, or have a good conversation.  They really treat you as a student, a colleague, and as a friend."

What do you hope to accomplish in the future? 

First and foremost, I’d like to graduate.  After that, my options are pretty unlimited.  I’ve been asked to consider coming back to the Colorado State Park system, I’ve been thinking about joining the Department of Defense as a recreation specialist and I’ve also been thinking about continuing my education in Outdoor Recreation.  Who knows, I’m prepared for anything!

What is your dream job?

Any job that lets me be outside with good people is my dream job.  I’ve had several already.

What is the coolest topic you have covered in geography? 

Glaciers, Avalanches, desert morphology, you name it, all of it has been a blast.

What do you do in your free time? 

I spend most of my free time either shredding singletrack at Lowe’s Creek, paddling a kayak or canoe, hiking through the woods, rock climbing, or just sitting around a campfire in my backyard with good friends.
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