News Archives

Welcome to the Geography archives. These past news items chronicle the activities, awards, and successes of UFV Geography. 

Intensive 4-Week Certificate Program Introduces Students to Land Claims and Treaty Processes
With a focus on BC, students in the Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights, and Land Claims program will be introduced to the 'practical skills' and 'abstract concepts' of the land claims process. This program builds on three 300-level courses, for a total of 12 credits, and is team-taught by Ken Brealey, Dave Schaepe, and Sonny McHalsie, and runs in late June and early July. This program was recently profiled in this story in the Chilliwack Times.

Geography Students Win Multiple Awards at 2013 Undergraduate Research Day
At the annual UFV Undergraduate Research Day, Geography students were out in force. Presenters included Ariel Brown, Steve Clegg, Kelly Hodgins, Samantha Scott, Paul Stephany, Matt Stoutjesdyk, Kalei Swanson, and Jonay Vanderveen, who presented their research on areas as diverse as tree poaching, reconstructing flood histories, indigenous mapping, and table-top gaming! Congratulations to award winners Ariel Brown, Steve Clegg, Kelly Hodgins, and Paul Stephany! Check out a short video from the e

Congratulations 2012 Graduates!
More than three dozen students graduated with majors in Geography and Physical Geography this year, and are now moving on to opportunities in grad school, teacher education training, and the workforce. Best of luck to everyone, and please keep in touch. We'd love to hear where your degree and your future takes you!

New Courses for 2012-2013
Geography introduces two new courses this year: GEOG 314: Geography of Food and GEOG 419: Paleoecology. Both will be offered in winter 2013. Dr. Lenore Newman, the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment, designed and will teach the Geography of Food, based on her research into Canada and global food cultures and security issues. Dr. Jonathan Hughes will deliver Paleoecology, a course that will explore past environments and metrics for environmental change. 

Dean's Medal Winner for 2012: Alanna Schuurmans!
Congratulations to Geograph
y Honoursstudent Alanna Schuurmans (BA, hons., Geography, 2012) for her being awarded the Dean's Medal for 2012. This award, given to only one student per year graduating from each faculty, is extremely competitive, and is awarded to students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence, leadership, and outstanding potential. Alanna received the Dean's Medal for Arts. Congratulations, Alanna!

Geography Student Award Winners for
Alanna Schuurmans, Lee Van Ardenne, and Dan Huesken were awarded Geography's highest student honours this year, winning the CAG, AAG, and Doug Nicol Awards, respectively. The departmentbestows these awards on graduating students that have demonstrated academic excellence, abilities in human and physical geography, and student leadership. Congratulations!

Olav Lian Awarded UFV Research Excellence Award for 2012!

Congratulations to Olav, who won the first ever UFV Research Excellence Award, in recognition of his extensive research into long-term environmental change using luminescence dating and other procedures. Dr. Lian oversees the UFV Luminescence Dating Lab and supervises undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers.

Lenore Newman interviewed in Macleans (5/1/10). 
Our own Canada Research Chair, and resident culinary expert, Dr. Lenore Newman was recently interviewed in an article in Macleans Magazine about the future of food.  Dr. Newman was one of several experts in the field of environment and food security who were asked about their views on future trends in engineered food technologies and organic food habits.  For the full text, go to

Joel Nagataal, Steven Marsh and Geog 101 students on CBC
In 2009, Joel Nagataal, one of Steven Marsh's Geog 101 students, established Goat Canucks Goat, a program in which monies donated for every Vancouver Canucks goal in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs would go towards buyind and donating goats for villages in Africa.  As it turned out, Joel raised enough money to buy several thousand goats!  When the CBC sent documentary film maker Chris Richardson to research the results of this program, he was directed to, and interviewed Joel in, Steven's Geography 101 class.  Great job Joel, and a bit of good press for UFV Geography too! 

Cherie Enns profiled in
Abbotsford Times
Cherie Enns has been very successful in getting international internships for her students.  Her recent acquisition of six scholarships at $10,000 each, and how this illustrates the community's links to the global village, was recognized in the Abbotsford Times.  For a transcript of this article, go to

12-credit, 4-week course on indigenous land claims

Embark on an exciting journey of discovery, led by renowned experts, to learn about historic representations of indigenous land claims in maps, films, or texts.

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