Geography & Environmental Studies 2021

Geography

2021 LAS Awards

Joseph Eubank
Outstanding Undergraduate Fall 2020, Dane Vogel Awardee AY 2020-2021
Coming from a small community college in eastern Colorado, Joseph Eubank wasn’t sure how well he would adapt to a “big city” university. However, within his first weeks at UCCS he knew he had made the right decision and has thrived ever since. Earning a 4.0 GPA, Joseph will graduate Magna Cum Laude in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) and a minor in Sustainability. Through GES, Joseph found his passion for understanding the physical world and all of its complex intricacies. From geology to sustainability, Joseph dived into each subject matter full of curiosity, intent, and dedication. His academic record and personal drive were rewarded with his selection as the recipient of both the Dane Vogel Memorial Fund and the Reisher Scholarship. Along with his dedication to his academic studies, Joseph volunteered for numerous restoration projects on and around campus, was a member of the Reisher Community Service Club, and worked for the Office of Admissions and the ENT Center for the Arts. Joseph describes his experience at UCCS best by stating, “The people and community of UCCS as a whole has helped me blossom as an environmentalist and student of the natural world (both academically and personally) and I hope to continue that love of the world around me into my life going forward.” We wish Joseph all the best in his future pursuits! 
David White
Outstanding Undergraduate Spring 2021
David White is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served for 21 years. A native of Ohio, his Air Force career took him to North Carolina, Japan, Germany, California, Korea, Germany again and finally Montana, during which he earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from the Air Force, moved to Colorado Springs in 2007, and began raising three boys with his wife. He took Biology classes at UCCS, but went to work with the City of Colorado Springs as a Park Ranger at the North Slope Recreation Area on Pikes Peak for five years. He again decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, and found the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. As he states, GES did not disappoint. He says that the courses were sometimes challenging, but always interesting and every instructor was outstanding in both their enthusiasm toward their courses and their desire to provide the best possible learning experience. He still recalls the excitement when creating his first map of US cities using coordinates from an excel file and imported into ArcMap. David has consistently been an outstanding and engaged student and was awarded the Geographic Information Science Certificate in January, 2021. After a long academic journey, full of doubts about whether he would ever get a degree, he found his home in GES and thrived. His immediate plans after graduation are to simply enjoy a COVID-free world and travel extensively, but he also has interests in pursuing opportunities in water conservation and protecting our dwindling natural resources. Congratulations David!
Erinn Pablo
Outstanding Undergraduate Spring 2021
Erinn Pablo considers herself a Colorado Springs native. She transferred to UCCS from PPCC in 2019. Since attending UCCS she has repeatedly been recognized as an outstanding student by the LAS Dean's and the President's list. She is also the recipient of the Jacquelyn Beyer scholarship for women in geography. This scholarship is intended to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate women students with declared majors in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES). From 2020 - 2021, Erinn worked with GES as a teaching assistant and through this role has actively contributed to the success of her peers. She is particularly proud of the impact her tutoring has had on the success of other GES students. During her undergraduate career Erinn used the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research to develop, test, and implement sustainability related surveys and study spatio-temporal patterns of environmental change. In spring 2021, Erinn was accepted into the UCCS graduate program of Applied Geography. In her graduate career she plans to use GIS and remote sensing to study urban sustainability and equity in Colorado Springs. Erinn seeks a future career that focuses on the advancement of city growth in ways that ensure the inclusion of marginalized populations. Erinn's view is that a city is only as strong and thriving as its most vulnerable constituents. 

Women in Geography

Women in Geography
Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate women students with declared majors in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) or in a program emphasizing women's studies or lesbian studies to make the best use of their academic experiences.

2021 Awardees:

  • Farida Sofia Foss
  • Jade Gallagher
  • Gina Galjour
  • Cristel Madden
  • Erinn Pablo

Dane Vogal Award

Joseph Eubank
Outstanding Undergraduate Fall 2020, Dane Vogel Awardee AY 2020-2021
UCCS and the Vogel family are proud and honored to award the annual Dane M. Vogel Memorial Scholarship to a worthy recipient. The scholarship is available to declared Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) majors at the sophomore or higher level. This is a merit-based award; students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3 for all courses taken at UCCS. From Dane's family, "Our hope is that Dane’s story inspires you not to dwell on the obstacles that life will deal you, but to go out and live your dreams and be the best you can be!"