Geography Club at UW-Madison

Madison Geographic 2014!

It’s finally here: Madison Geographic!  Thanks to everybody who contributed this year and enjoy!

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March Goodies Going Groovily

Yowza! We just hosted a spring semester Bake and Swag Sale and everything flew off the table! Huge thank you to everyone who manned the table, contributed goodies, and stopped by. What a way to spend a sunny if freezing cold March day.

Last week, we also hosted our March club meeting. Note — we will NOT be meeting March 27 due to Spring Break. Enjoy your spring break and come back with stories and photos (hint hint, photo contest!) to share. We will resume club meetings after break so stay tuned.

Spring 2013 Bake Sale

Spring 2013 Bake Sale

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March Madness – Geography Club Style!

The Geography Club is pleased to announce 3 exciting events for the month of March.

The Advent of Mugs
Thanks to Mrs. Roz Woodward who shared her vintage Wisconsin Geography coffee mug with us, we have produced a 2013 version! Starting Monday, March 11, we will be selling a blue 11oz ceramic coffee mug featuring the same gorgeous cow that graces the club t-shirts. The mugs will cost $10 each and will be a great addition to your kitchen cabinets and desktops. Contact us at for pre-orders before March 11th or after for delivery options. As a special bonus, these mugs will be filled with complimentary hot, caffeinated coffee at our next bake sale.

Club Bake Sale: Fill Your Mug and Your Belly on March 19th
The club will be holding our next Bake Sale on Tuesday March 19th from 9AM-1PM. A variety of baked goods will be offered, priced mostly in the vicinity of $1. Coffee will also be on sale for $1 as well as the new club mugs for $10. Feel free to bring your own travel mug. Bring a Wisconsin Geography mug to be filled for free (you can buy a mug at the sale). We will be set up in the front lobby at the top of the stairs (near Arianna’s office Room 144). All proceeds go towards Geography Club expenses.

Geography Club’s 1st Maybe-Annual Photo Contest
Geography Club will be hosting a department-wide Photo Contest in the month of March. Enter any photos under the theme of WISCONSIN GEOGRAPHY. We will also accept any watercolors or oil paintings or pretty much any medium so long as submissions are uploaded onto the interwebs and emailed to Submit as many entries as you want within discretion by 11:59 PM March 31. Please keep images less than 4MB and include a description/caption. Photos will be judged on adherence to the theme, aesthetic and compositional nice-ness, representation of Geography Club values, and whether or not we like it. The finalists will be judged by a panel of select, departmentally famous, and unbiased judges.

FIVE finalists will be selected and posted on the club bulletin board in Science Hall and the WINNER’s photo will become the new banner on our, be prominently posted on our Facebook page, and be honored in this year’s Madison Geographic Magazine. The winner will also receive the ultimate bragging rights as the Winner of Geography Club’s 1st Maybe-Annual Photo Contest and possibly receive a trophy made out of aluminum foil depending on the availability of foil at the time.

And, as always, our club meetings are open to all. Please join us for our March club meeting on Wed, March 13 from 6:30-7:00PM in 388 Science Hall. Like “Geography Club, UW-Madison” on Facebook to stay abreast of our news.

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A sprightly spring kick-off

Thanks to all who turned out for the first meeting of the semester. We had an amazing turnout with 22 people from just about every background imaginable. We chomped our way through a stack of pizzas, a pile of candy, a fascinating quiz on Canada, and reveled in the debut of our very own World Geography Twister.

For World Geography Twister, Katy and Jessica printed a Robinson Projection onto a very large canvas. Paint and marker filled in some of the countries for a spectacular visual display of mappery. We played with 5 people and 1 people on the board at a time — perhaps one or two players is the most fun. Let us know if you ever want to take a turn on the map – we’d be happy to set it up for daring geographers.

World Geography Twister

World Geography Twister

For more pictures, go to our Facebook album.

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Freshly printed tshirts… coming soon!

Our Fall 2012 t-shirt order flew off the shelves. We got orders as far as the Pacific Northwest and Sudan and ran out of some coveted colors. In fact, we’re down to the very last Medium shirt. If you’re not interested in adopting the Purple 2012 vintage (nicely aged and in impeccable health), can we interest you with a custom order?

We have the ever popular Wisconsin Geography cow ready to print on 100% preshrunk cotton short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirts. Additionally, you can order her on crew neck or hoodie sweatshirts, youth size t-shirts, and women’s cuts for additional costs. We also ship via USPS for price of shipping (~5-8$ for continental US for 1 shirt). We keep the price low for our fellow geography lovers and we hope it warms your heart to know you are supporting a generation of Geography Clubbers with your purchase.

So what do you have to do to land one of these babies? Comment below with your contact information OR email us directly at Detail what item(s) you want, in which size(s) and color(s).

Example: “I would like a crew neck sweatshirt in white, size XL.”

Example: “I would like twelve (12) youth size t-shirts: 3 Large+Brown Savanna, 3 Large+Guacamole Green, 6 Medium+Heather Sapphire.”

What is Heather Sapphire or what variations of green do you have, you ask? Follow this link for the short sleeve t-shirts only:   Let me know if you want me to hunt down the color charts for the other items.

Place your order by Sunday, January 13, 2013 and the anticipated in-hands date is January 22, 2013. Yes, that’s right: take the edge off the first day of classes by picking up a snazzy new wardrobe addition.

WI Geography CowWear me!

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Wrapping up Fall 2012…

Last week, we held our one November meeting. Due to scheduling around Thanksgiving and co-presidents Katy and Jessica’s need to attend a meeting for their Geog 565 project, November meeting was on the 28th. It was a low-key meeting with a speech from Colin Higgins regarding the new ASM Sustainability Committee. We also looked towards the next semester, with Jessica moving on and with the much anticipated AAG conference trip!

Congratulations to Katy and Greg for successfully securing some funds for the AAG trip. If you’re interested in attending any or all of the Association of American Geographers annual conference (, please let us know as soon as possible.

If you’re interested in getting more involved with geography club and its leadership roles, please let us know as soon as possible. We may create positions for Web Director, Sport Event Coordination, Fundraising Coordinator… whatever strikes your fancy, whatever you can bring to club, we want to hear about it. Help keep Geography Club strong!

Next week, we will have the final meeting of the semester: a holiday party! Bring a dish to pass, ugly sweaters optional!