Geography Awareness Week Kicks Off with World Ball Night

Posted: November 14, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am


Mason will celebrate Geography Awareness Week on the Fairfax Campus from Nov.17 through Nov. 21 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities and organizations. All events are free and open to all.

The week kicks off on Monday, Nov. 17, with World Ball Night at the men’s basketball home opening game at the Patriot Center. Scheduled events are

  • Demonstration of map design in Google Earth; participants can design their own basketball

  • Random drawings for the World Ball

  • T-shirts and other giveaways throughout the game

  • Half-time show with local youth basketball players, featuring the World Ball

This event is sponsored by GeoEye and supported by the National Geographic Society‚Äôs My Wonderful World Campaign, the Northern Virginia Geographic Alliance, area 4H, men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga and the College of Science.

A film series is also planned, as follows.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

A collection of U.S. and international short features from the All Roads Film Project

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

“The Human Footprint”

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise Hall, Room 80

“My First Contact” from the All Roads Film Project

GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 19, features the following:

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fenwick Library, GIS software demonstrations

Noon to 4 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema, outer lobby area

Geographic Information Systems exhibits, demonstrations and presentations by

American Forests

Alexandria City GIS


Booz Allen Hamilton

Loudoun GIS

Northrop Grumman


U.S. National Park Service





MDA Federal




U.S. State Dept.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Research I, Room 302

Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater, presented by David Powers, U.S. Geological Survey. Sponsored by the Geographical Honor Society.

For more information on GIS Day, see the web site.

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