UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The Student Geography Organization (SGO) provides an avenue for all students interested in geography to interact and participate in group activities and field trips while expanding their geographic knowledge and building friendships with fellow students. Afternoon field trips are planned during fall semester and a longer weekend trip takes place the end of spring semester. SGO groups have visited the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, landforms of the Wisconsin Dells & Devil's Lake State Park area, the prairie grasslands and pipestone quarries of southwest Minnesota, Chicago, and Milwaukee and Old World Wisconsin. These trips are funded by money raised from bake and book sales throughout the year.
SGO also undertakes a community service project annually. In recent years, this has involved painting large playground maps of the United States and the world at local elementary schools. These playground maps help educate students and raise interest in Geography. The maps also provide teachers with a useful learning tool and adds color to the school surroundings. Projects have been done at the following schools in western Wisconsin: St. Croix Elementary School, Roberts; Houlton Elementary School, Houlton; E.P. Rock Elementary School, Hudson; Greenwood Elementary, River Falls; St. Bridget's, River Falls, and most recently at the Montessori School in River Falls.
John Heppen serves as the faculty advisor.
President - Alex Meincke
Vice President - Rachel Potter
Secretary - Vacancy
Treasurer - Matthew Holub
John Heppen (fifth from left), Student Geography Organization advisor, and Matt Millett (third from left) former SGO advisor, take in a Twins game with the group in the Spring of 2015