HUBBUB – GEOG 362: Geography of Tourism and Recreation

Class: Geog 362, Geography of Tourism and Recreation.

Collaboration with City Studio, which involved UFV experimental learning, City of Abbotsford staff liaisons as well as Tourism Abbotsford.

Challenge: the City of Abbotsford issued a challenge to the GEOG 362 class, to determine the tourism market and design a conceptual program of souvenir (s). The students were required to create the concepts, deliver term papers and presentations to the sponsors, and create posters for the HUBBUB event.

 

The 32 students worked in 6 teams to create a package of unique conceptual deliverables for the City/Tourism Abbotsford sponsors . Students from 3 of the groups and Instructor, Jen H., attended the City Studio HUBBUB event at City Hall on December 4th, and one of the groups  just narrowly missed winning the overall prize by 1 point, so they were given an honourable mention by the mayor. This group was called “Grow Abby”.

 

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UFV Approves the Creation of a New School of Science

The UFV Senate recently approved the formation of a School of Agriculture, Geography, and the Environment (SAGE) in the science department. The plan is to establish the new school by Sept. 1, 2019.

The agriculture department has not yet fully joined the new school of science, though they are associate members. According to Lucy Lee, dean of science, this is because the shift from a department to a school can be a slow process. Since the physical location of the agriculture department is in Chilliwack, more time will be needed to organize the logistics of the transition to a school of science.

To create the new school, the smaller units within the science department, agriculture, and possibly food sciences, will merge into a larger group which includes geography and environmental studies, so that they can work together. According to Lee, smaller units don’t have the same resource and staffing advantages as a larger group under the supervision of a director who has more time to oversee the entire unit.

read more here for the official article.

 

Geography 452 – Advanced Field Methods and Techniques

Winter 2019 Schedule

Interested in Climate Change Adaptation in BC’s Agricultural Sector?

GEOG 452 will cover climate change adaptations of agricultural practices.

As one of the course requirements, students will attend the 2019 BC Agriculture and Climate Change Research Education Series occurring on

February 28th , March 7th, March 14th, and March 21st
from 6:30-8:30 pm

 

Education Series Information

Participants will learn about climate change adaptation in British Columbia via presentations by professionals currently working in the field and have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussion

 

Educational Themes:

Climate change projections in agricultural regions across BC and implications for the sector

Climate change adaptation planning

The role of applied research for climate change adaptation

Knowledge transfer and extension strategies for applied climate change research

GEOG 312 – Field Trip Adventures

The GEOG 312 class travelled to the BC Interior October 5th – 6th, exploring human-environment relations of our colonial past and our transformation to a globally-integrated capitalist economy. A few highlights include: (1) exploring Alexandra Provincial Park, discussing power dynamics between colonial officials and First Nations communities, and their varied understandings of the environment and development; (2) an informative talk by Robin Strong, Xaxli’p Community Forest Manager, and a visit to an eco-cultural restoration site; and (3) an awe-inspiring visit to the Highland Valley Copper mine and tailings pond. The class particularly enjoyed our visit with Robin and are thankful for her time and knowledge shared. After the visit Robin wrote indicating: “I wanted to say how impressed I was by your class, and thank you for coming to visit us. Your course is like, “lets bring up all the controversial subjects and think about them.” I was inspired by your student’s convictions, enthusiasm, and ideas. Thank-you for taking on the task of tackling such a broad topic, which really is about critical thinking, and deep thinking. And thank you to the students for sharing their ideas with me.”

 

AGUS Fall Fundraiser

The Association of Geography Undergrad Students will be holding their 3rd Annual Fall Fundraiser! October 4th at Townhall Public House (33720 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford)

Ticket are $20. Price includes a beef, chicken or veggie burger with fries and your choice of beverage.

Lots of different opportunities to win great prizes, including a 4-credit course at UFV!

Contact an AGUS executive by emailing GUS@ufv.ca or Leah Sperling, Department Assistant for Geography and the Environment at leah.sperling@ufv.ca

We hope to see you there!

 

Fall Registration

Fall registration is quickly filling up – consider taking GEOG 312 – Political Ecology. This course looks at examining the way social and political factors influence human interaction with the environment, and unequal distribution of natural resource wealth.

This course will be offered in the fall semester on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 2:30 – 4:40pm. Sign up now!

If you are interested in the course but want more information contact the GATE department assistant for more information.