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Department of Geography


Geography Welcomes New GIS Manager and Systems Analyst

While our department staff has been marked by very low turnover, we found ourselves looking for a new GIS Manager and a new Systems Analyst last academic year after the departures of longtime staff members Lynn Shirley and Lynette Likes. We're glad to welcome Geoff Schwitzgebel and Charity Nix to Geography!

Geoff Schwitzgebel was hired last November to fill the GIS Manager position held for many years by alumnus Lynn Shirley. Geoff completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and GIS at Bowling Green State University and his masters in Geospatial Information Science and Technology at North Carolina State. He also completed the postbaccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems offered by Penn State. Prior to joining the Geography Department, Geoff spent almost nine years with Richland County GIS and another two years as a GIS Applications Manager with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Geoff has spent the last nine months learning the ropes and fostering GIS connections on campus with the help of Kevin Remington, who continues as the Campus GIS Coordinator.  

Charity Nix joins us as our new systems analyst on September 1. Charity received a BS in Education from Valley City State University in North Dakota, where she then served as a middle- and high school teacher (and volleyball coach) for seven years. From 2007-2014, she was an Information Technology Specialist with Edutech, providing technology support and training to PreK - 12 teachers on how to incorporate technology into curriculum. More recently, she has been an Independent Technology Integration Specialist with uCAN Technology and Professional Learning Specialist with the Northwest Council for Computer Education.  She is a certified MIE (Microsoft In Education) Master Trainer. Charity joins us following the departure of Lynette Likes, who retired in February and passed away June 18, 2015.