Friday, November 4, 2011

Preliminary Field Trip Information

A good bit of this remains unconfirmed, but many in our membership ask for this information early, so here's what we know in November...

  1. The Delta: Past, Present and Future (Jay Lund, Jeff Mount, Peter Moyle) - Full Day, 42 Passenger Bus
  2. Agricultural Landscapes and Food (Ryan Galt, Libby O'Sullivan, Tom Krabacher) - Full Day, 36 Passenger Bus
  3. Davis Campus "Taste Of" Tour - LTRAS farm, Bowley Agricultural Center, Bohart Entomology, and Wildlife and Fish Biology Museums (Debbie Elliot-Fisk, Rich Engel, Greg Shaw) - Half Day 40 person "Elephant Tram"
  4. Biking Tour of Sustainable and Green Development, Village Homes and West Village (Dennis Dingemans, Charlie Thompson) - Half Day - bikes/campus bike barn rental (tentative)
  5. Gold Country Trip? - (Gray Brechin)?
Sunday (back to campus by 3PM on "Full Day" trips)

  1. Winescapes of Lodi - (Greg Shaw and Debbie Elliot-Fisk) - Full Day (perhaps to 3PM) - 20 passenger bus
  2. Sacramento Floodscapes / Cosumnes River Preserve?- (John Aubert) - Full Day- 36 passenger bus
  3. Sacramento Cityscapes and Food Walk (Robin Datel, Libby O'Sullivan and Michael Schmandt) - Long Half Day (until 2PM?) - transportation unconfirmed (bus or private car caravan?)
  4. Cache Creek Natural Area (David Rolloff) - Hiking/Rafting? - Long Half Day (2PM) - transportation unconfirmed
  5. Sacramento Diaspora and Environmental Justice (Jonathan London, Beth Rose Middleton and Michael Rios) -Half Day, Transportation Unconfirmed.
Lodging options are now on the website. The basic news is this:

The conference hotel for this year's meeting is the Hyatt Place on the campus of University of California at Davis. The California Geographical Society has arranged a block of rooms at a discounted rate ($129/night) so please call to reserve your room early if you plan on staying at the Hyatt Place. This price includes complimentary, parking, fitness center, WiFi, high speed DSL (because that's the way it ought to be!) and continental breakfast. An expanded menu is also available.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Call for Papers: The California Geographer

The California Geographer, a long-standing peer reviewed journal, publishes articles on all aspects of California geography. We welcome articles from scholars, practitioners, and students with a common interest in California including all subfields, regions, and approaches. As well as original research papers, the journal includes short articles on geographic education, reflective essays on items of general geographic interest, and a report on the annual CGS meeting. The editors also welcome reviews of recently published books or atlases related to California geography.

The editors, Kathryn Davis and Ben Sleeter, invite submissions for the upcoming edition of the journal. Submissions must be received by August 1, 2011. Please see the CGS website ( for instructions to contributors. Send your submission (MS Word) and figures (JPEG or TIFF) via email attachment to the editors:

Human/Cultural/Historical Submissions:
Kathryn Davis

Physical and Applied Geography Submissions:
Benjamin Sleeter

For questions please contact the respective editor.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bishop Conference Follow Up (draft)

Well, it was an outstanding conference as usual. I have received many congratulatory notes from attendees complimenting the conference organizers for their efforts and students for their outstanding research presentations. I would like to extend a thank you to everyone who came and made the whole weekend a pleasure to be around so many fun-loving friends.

There were 302 officially registered attendees at the conference; 230 of whom became members or renewed their membership with the C.G.S. These figures are in line with recent past conferences. We did not benefit from a large influx of "at the door" registrations that annually boosts our attendance and strain our ability to manage last-second requests for meals and field trips.

Here are some announcements:

1) There are some nice photos of the conference circulating out there. Please either send me the photos, so I may post them on the GGS's Google-based (Picasa) photo sharing site ( Some may already be on the CGS's Facebook site, so if you use Facebook, you might look us up there.

2) Cal State Northridge's Gene Turner and Jim Allen had a set of slides from their presentation that many, many requested access to for their courses and/or general interest. They've given me a link to share with you:

3) We have a new phone number via Google Voice (805) CAL-G-SOC Cool huh? It forwards to my office phone; but it should prove very useful for conferences when we need a phone number that can be forwarded to one or many cell phones.

4) Keep an eye out for an email from our student board representative Zia Salim.

5) Because of an unexpected turn of events in the elections, we declined to announce the results at the banquet until we could properly count the numerous write-in and paper ballots. The results are as follows: Dan Walsh will remain as CGS Treasurer, continuing his term. The new and re-elected board members are: Kathryn Davis - San Jose State University, Jason Pittman - Folsom Lake Community College, Maureen K. Smith - Saddleback College , Benjamin Timms - Cal Poly SLO, Peggy Hauselt - California State University, Stanislaus.

I am especially pleased to welcome Ben Timms and Kathryn Davis to our board because they are not only great people to have on board, they also represent an expansion of our presence at San Jose State and Cal Poly SLO.