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Geography & Environment: Events

Endeavor –Globe Star Voyage with Marvin Creamer

2:15 PM, Thursday, October 29, 2015
Chamberlain Student Center Room 144

Professor Emeritus, Dr. Marvin Creamer, is the only man to ever circumnavigate the world using no navigational aids. No sextant, no compass, not even a watch! Join us on Thursday as Dr. Creamer will discuss the trials and tribulations of sailing around the world using only the earthly elements.

Dedication of Marvin Creamer Monument

11:30 AM, Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Campbell Library Atrium

Join President Houshmand and the University community to dedicate our newest public art installation, a tribute to world-renowned sailor and Geography Department founder Marvin Creamer '43.

Known internationally as the only person to sail around the globe without instruments, Marvin Creamer is one of our own, an alumnus and faculty member who developed geography education on campus and made innovations such as teaching from an airplane and on television. The artistic tribute near the heart of the Glassboro campus is rich with symbolic references to education, sailing and the natural elements about which Marvin taught so masterfully.

The tribute is just east of Robinson Hall between the southwest corner of Esby Gym and the stream that runs along Meditation Walk.

Talking Trash: Highlighting Trash Awareness

John Hasse - Chair, The Department of Geography & Environment

Garbology, this year's Rowan Common Reading, has shed a spotlight on a topic that usually gets little thought -TRASH- the leftover stuff that we no longer want. Our disposable society has been accustomed to a mentality of "toss it and forget it".

But ask any Geography & Environment major, and they'll tell you that we talk trash all the time. Studying trash is one of the most fascinating windows through which to view society. The waste people produce is a history book, a wealth of information about how we live and what we value. Your solid waste footprint is one of the most significant impacts that you will make to the environment throughout your life; it will be around for thousands of years after you toss your last Starbucks cup. The amount of waste that our species produces is accumulating at a rate significant on a geologic scale.

Deciding what to do with our waste and anticipating future trends in waste management is the central focus of our Rowan Solid Waste Laboratory (or, RSWL). The director of RSWL, G&E assistant professor Dr. Jordan Howell, is one of the leading researchers on waste management. Dr. Howell's research is helping to build a better understanding of the way we manage our unwanted stuff. Dr. Howell's work explores changing solid waste trends and prospects for a more sustainable system of waste management, in New Jersey and across the US.

Geo-Trashing: Scavenger Hunt

Cache + Trash = $$$

In conjunction with R U Reading Together common reading program, the Department of Geography & Environment is hosting a campus-wide “Geo-Trashing” event. "Geo-Trashing" will mimic geocaching techniques allowing students to explore Main Campus looking for clues related to current trash topics. Beginning October 5th, Rowan University students will be able to use their smart phones or hand held GPS units to explore a list of coordinate points on campus. A capsule with map pieces will be hidden in four locations. Students, over the course of the week, will be able to assemble a complete map related to trash in New Jersey...and qualify to win prizes!

Get Trashed with Geography & Environment:

Each day, a clue will be released at 10am during Trash Week (October 5th through 9th). A collage of photos, clues, and coordinate points will hint to location of each hidden container. Look for the clues the clues on our department homepage and also on our Instagram account (@RUGeoEnvironment), and Facebook Group.

Each day, students will locate a hidden Geo-Trash capsule on campus. Each capsule contains a different map quadrant. By geolocating a new capsule each day, students will able to complete the scavenger hunt and qualify to win prizes.

Participating: Students who complete the Geo-Trashing requirements can enter the Instagram raffle, where you could win one of three $25 gift cards to the campus Barnes & Noble store.

Submission: Geo-Trashing will begin with the first clue released on 10 am Monday, October 5, 2015. When you have completed your map after collecting all the sections, take a photo with your completed map and submit it to the Passport Program or the Instagram raffle.

Instagram raffle Instructions: For entry into the contest, 1) follow Dept. of Geography & Environment Instagram account @RUGeoEnvironment; 2) upload a selfie of you with your completed map to Instagram by midnight on 10/9, using the hashtag #rowantrashweek2015. We will choose winners randomly from the pool of eligible entries and notify winners by directly messaging them on Instagram from the Dept. of Geography & Environment account.

Trash Links

Rowan Solid Waste Lab:
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection Solid & Hazardous Waste Program:
US Environmental Protection Agency Municipal Solid Waste Program:
Sustainable Jersey: