Students and faculty look forward to attending the annual Illinois Geographical Society (IGS) meeting together. The conference festivities include a full-day field trip, banquet and awards ceremony, and research paper presentations. At the 2003 meeting in Quincy, two Augustana students were honored with "Outstanding Senior Geography Student" awards and four Augustana students presented the results of their senior research papers. 

Group Photo

Attending the conference were: (from left to right) Mark Hunt, Cathy Dowd, Steph Gaspers, Jackie Pfeiffer, Jessi Collison, Jason Pedersen, Norm Moline, and (not pictured) Michael Treve.

Mark and Jackie were our "Outstanding Seniors".


Field Trip Orientation

The field trip allowed us an opportunity to explore the river communities of Quincy, Illinois & Hannibal, Missouri. Included among the day's many activities were a tour of Quincy, a visit to an underground warehouse (originally a limestone mine), and a walk through downtown Hannibal. First, we received our orientation. Here Augustana seniors Mark and Jason appear to be the only geographers paying attention.


We captured some of the many historic homes of Quincy in pictures. For example...


...a Victorian period home that exhibits
elements of both the Second Empire
and Queen Anne styles;

...a Romantic period home that exhibits all
of the characteristic elements
of the Italianate style;
.Queen Anne

..a Victorian period home that exhibits
the Queen Anne style;
Patterned Massonry

... and a typical example of the Victorian period, Queen Anne style,
and Patterned Masonry subtype.

After a good night's sleep, our seniors presented their research papers.
(apologies for the poor quality photos, but rooms were darkened)

Jackie's Presentation Jackie Pfeiffer
Sprawl vs. Smart Growth: Residential Development in Oswego, Illinois

Jackie examined the subdivisions of Oswego and put them to the "sprawl" or "smart growth" test. She begins the dual program in Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois in Fall 2003.
Jessi's Presentation

Jessi Collison
Teaching Geographic Concepts to 7th Graders

Jessi is a double major in Geography and Elementary Education and combined the two interests for her senior project. She created and tested a Map Unit that helps students meet Illinois and national geography standards.
Mark's Presentation Mark Hunt
Creating a Green Map of the Upper Mississippi River

Mark investigated and mapped "green" sites, environmentally friendly and culturally significant locations, such as riverfront parks and museums. His green map extends from the Quad Cities to the Iowa/Minnesota border and is online.
Jason's Presentation

Jason Pedersen
Universal Trail Assessment Process

Jason tested the new UTAP system that creates trail signs to provide hikers with information on a trail's physical condition so they can decide if it matches their abilities.

View of the Mississippi R.

Reconstructed Mormon Temple

Hotel Navoo

Just like the old west...