GIS Friends and Colleagues are invited to participate in the 9th Annual GIS in Higher Education Summit, on Thursday, March 30, 2017, hosted by the Geospatial Centroid at Colorado State University.

The Summit brings together GIS-oriented faculty, instructors, and students from across Colorado (and beyond) to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and strengthen our network of colleagues. It is also an opportunity to propose any action items that could be addressed or prioritized as a group.

This year we are honored to have as our lunchtime keynote speaker Dr. Lee Schwartz. As Geographer of the United States, Dr. Schwartz holds the position of the Director of the Office of The Geographer and Global Issues in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. (Note that Dr. Schwartz will also be presenting a public lecture that evening, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB) Auditorium A101.

Registration is now closed.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: Morgan Library Event Hall

9:00 – 9:30          Registration

9:30 – 9:45          Intro and Welcome

9:45 – 10:30        Presentation and Discussion: Ethics and Spatial Data: Equity, access and efforts to limit the use of spatial data for science for decision making

10:45 – 11:30       Panel: Colorado Geospatial Data Repository

11:45 – 12:30       Lunch & Table Top(ic) Discussions: Topics TBD

12:30 – 1:30         “Spatial Thinking, Applied Geography, and Statecraft”, Lee Schwartz, Geographer of the U.S.

1:30 – 2:30            Short presentations from attendees

2:30 – 3:30           Break out room discussions:

1) Tools and Technical Updates

2) Teaching Methods and Resources

3) Meet the Geographer of the US

3:30 – 4:00            Whole Group: Reports from discussions and future plans

4:00 – 5:15            Happy Hour

5:30 – 6:30           Public Lecture: “Geography, Maps and Foreign Policy – Perspectives from the State Department Geographer”, Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB) A-101 Auditorium


Accessing the CSU campus and finding parking may be challenging due to road construction on and around campus. We’ve created and compiled a few resources to help, but please be patient, take deep breaths, and allow plenty of time to get here.
1.       To facilitate carpooling, we are attaching a list of names and institutions with the hopes that you will self-organize and drive together!
2.       On campus parking:
a.       Obtain a $12/day visitors parking pass at the Lake Street Garage parking office, and park in one of the campus garages or “A” or “Z” permit lots. Expect a 10 minute walk from most of these lots/garages to the Morgan Library.
b.       Alternatively, hourly parking is available in the Visitor lots for $1.75 per hour.
c.       To get to the Lake Street Garage office from I-25: Take I-25 to Mulberry St. and head west. Turn left (south) on College Ave, and turn right onto Lake St. Head west for ~1/4 mile and the garage will be on your left (south). The office is on the ground floor in the southwest corner.
3.       Off campus parking:
a.       Off-campus street parking is limited, and many nearby streets are restricted to residents. Refer to the map for details. Expect a 15-20 minute walk to the Library from most of the free off-campus street parking.
b.       Park for free south of campus along the MAX line and take the MAX bus into campus. It is less than a 10 minute walk from the MAX University Station to Morgan Library. Click here for more info.
c.       For those so inclined, you can bring your bike, park for free a few blocks off campus, and ride in like the locals!
4.       Road construction to be aware of:
a.       West bound Prospect Road is closed from Remington St. to College and from College to Mason St.
b.       Shields St. is closed in both directions at W. Elizabeth St., but you can still access campus via Shields St. from the south.
5.       For reference, please visit this custom made interactive map showing parking options and road closures. Thanks to Beth Tulanowski and Madison Wood for pulling this together!
Other resources:
·         CSU Visitor Parking
·         General Campus Map


Interactive CSU Parking Map:

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