• banquet 2016
  • banquet 2015
  • balloon project 2015
  • Leadership Gala
  • Chris Jurewitsch and Alex Meinke with the drone-GIS Day 2016

Geography and Geographic Information Science

Student Geography Organization

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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.

2017-18 Officers

Interim President - Christopher Jurewitsch
Vice President  - Vacant (election September 19, 2017)
Treasurer - Vacant (election September 19, 2017)
Secretary and Historian - Accepting volunteers

Please contact for more informaion on the election and upcoming meetings.


2017-18 SGO Meetings


Regular Meetings

First and Third Tuesdays of the month
5 PM
GIS Lab (KFA 301)

Opening meeting:

6-7 pm
Kleinpell Fine Arts
Room 301 (GIS Lab)

1. Election of 2017-18 officers
2. New business
3. Icebreaker activity and food!

Annual SGO Banquet


Magnolia_Susan M Voelker

Check back for 2018 Banquet information.

Contact Us

Geography and
Geographic Information Science
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
344 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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