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January 2018

Jason LaBrosse (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

LaBrosse authored maps for fellow NEIU faculty Joshua Salzmann's recently published book "Liquid Capital: Making the Chicago Waterfront."

Justin Nicholson (B.A. '17 Geography; Minor in Environmental Studies)

Nicholson accepted an offer working for Arbormetric Solutions as a Consulting Utility Forester/Work Planner. He will be in charge of mapping areas, using GIS equipment, where ash trees have been infected with emerald ash borers. He will also be tasked with creating vegetation management plans.

December 2017

Kevin Sullivan (B.A. '09 Geography)

Sullivan was recently appointed as a GIS Analyst for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas in Santa Rita, Guam. Sullivan was appointed on a 2-year special assignment mapping out Munitions
and Explosives of Concern (MEC) for future data analysis and predictability modeling in order to help reduce the construction costs for the United States Marine Corps' relocation from Okinawa, Japan.

September 2017

Casey Sebetto (B.A. '15 Environmental Studies)

After graduating from NEIU, Sebetto worked for the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. She is now working on her master's degree in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Policy.

July 2017

Jeremy Firestein (B.A. '16 Environmental Studies; Minor in Geography and GIS) 

Firestein is employed as a GIS Technician at engineering firm Construction Cad Solutions.

Joel Flax-Hatch (B.A. '16 Environmental Studies; Minor in Geography and GIS)  

Flax-Hatch currently works in administration for the Forest Preserves of Cook County's resource management department. He also works as a GIS technician For the non-profit "protect RP," an immigrants rights group in Rogers Park.

Gerry Bakker (M.A. '04 Geography and Environmental Studies) 

Bakker is a financial analyst in the Water Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 office, focused on enhancing approaches for financing water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Kevin Sullivan​ (B.A. '09 Geography)  

Sullivan is a Geographer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), serving as the in-house Geographer and Geospatial Analyst for Naval Air Station Meridian.

Dave Bateman​ (B.A. '13 Geography; Undergraduate GIS Certificate)  

Bateman is working at Urban GIS as a GIS Field Technician.

Richard Shefferson (B.A. '98 Environmental Studies)  

Shefferson is working as associate professor at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, in the Organization for Programs on Environmental Sciences. He specializes in evolution, evolutionary ecology, quantitative biology, and conservation.

Hasan Alnesary (B.A. '14 Geography)  

Alnesary is working on a Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Operation and Supply Chain Management (MASHOM) in Switzerland. His intended thesis will apply GIS to the siting of refugee camps, using Kenya and southern Sudan as case examples.

Derick Anderson (B.A. '11 Geography)

Anderson is Director of the Northside Housing Collaborative in Chicago. 

Ann Aler (Graduate Certificate '13 GIS)

Aler became Cartography & GIS Resources Specialist, Northwestern University Library.

Matt Anderson, PhD (M.A. '08 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Anderson has published another paper, "Class Monopoly Rent and the Contemporary Neoliberal City," in Geography Compass, 2014. He is Assistant Professor of Geography at Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington.

Andrew Donakowski (M.A. '15 Geography and Environmental Studies; Graduate Certificate '15 GIS)

Donakowski became Policy and Planning Specialist at Friends of the Chicago River.

Troy Brundidge (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Brundidge received an internship with the American Planning Association. 

Paisly Kauth, GISP (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies; Graduate Certificate '13 GIS)

GIS Coordinator for the Region 5 office of the EPA received a promotion from Environmental Protection Specialist to IT Specialist in Fall 2016. She is also adjunct faculty member at DePaul University’s M.A. in Sustainable Urban Development.

Kat Kocisky (M.A. '16 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Kocisky entered a doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Urban Studies Fall 2016.

Jason LaBrosse (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

LaBrosse will be an adjunct faculty  at Northeastern Illinois University for the upcoming academic year, teaching
classes on computer cartography, introduction to environmental studies, and GIS in the University's Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

Nick Magrisso (B.A. '10 Environmental Studies)

Magrisso became Associate at CIVITAS Public Affairs Group. He recently was Midwest Legislative Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council where he worked for six years.

Angela Spinasanta (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Spinasanta is GIS Validation Analyst at CN Transportation Trucking and Railroad.

June 2017

Amelia Evans (B.A. '17 Environmental Studies )

Evans became a Youth Enrichment Instructor on the YMCA Green Creation Team for the after school matters program. She will be focusing on teaching applications of sustainability and conservation in the Chicagoland area (and probably in everyday life) whilst building their knowledge and skills in STEM sustainability professions for possible post-secondary opportunities. She will have a group of 15 teens from the ages of 14 to 18.

May 2017

Rich Snyder (Certificate '13 GIS)

Snyder was an intern with Institutional Research at NEIU. He is the GIS Analyst for the city of Elgin, Illinois. Synder credits his coursework and GES 395 Internship with NEIU's Institutional Research for preparing him for this position.

April 2017

Srdjan Majdov (M.A. '16 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Majdov presented at the 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting in Boston. His research was titled, "Taking place, (re)making nation: elite discourse of urban restructuring in Skopje, F.Y.R. of Macedonia."

Jason LaBrosse (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

LaBrosse presented at the 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting in Boston. His research was titled, “The Relationship Between Concentrated Commodified Pets Populations and the Urban Environment of Chicago.”

Mohammed Montefaoui (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Montefaoui presented at the 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting in Boston. His research was titled, "Mapping Spatiotemporal Land Sensitivity to Desertification in Biskra, Algeria."

March 2017

Hasan Alnesary (B.A. '14 Geography)

Alnesary is working on a Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Operation and Supply Chain Management (MASHOM) in Switzerland. His intended thesis will apply GIS to the siting of refugee camps, using Kenya and southern Sudan as case examples.

Matt Anderson (M.A. '08 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Anderson, PhD, has published another paper: "Class Monopoly Rent and the Contemporary Neoliberal City," in Geography Compass, 2014. He is Assistant Professor of Geography at Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington. Previously, he was lecturer at Montana State University in Billings.

Derick Anderson (B.A. '11 Geography)

Anderson is now Director of the Northside Housing Collaborative in Chicago. The organization carries out grant programming, and has recently received an $800,000 grant specifically advocating services for non-English speaking homeowners, who may be more easily taken advantage of by lenders.

Nicole L. Barker (Kamins) (M.A. '01 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Barker is Governance Board Co-Chair at Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition a non-profit organization in La Port Indiana. She works with Dune restoration with the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Advisory Board. 

Derek Barthel (M.A. '16 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Barthel received NEIU's 2015 Research and Creative Activities Assistantship from the College of Graduate Studies and Research, Northeastern Illinois University.

Derek Barthel (M.A. '16 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Barthel is Executive Paralegal at Credit Advocates Law Firm, LLC in Chicago. He has been a volunteer GIS Consultant with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and has a “passion for the visualization of spatial data via GIS and other means…”

Neil Best (M.A. '05 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Best is Senior Application Developer, Information Management at Gogo, which provides wifi connections inflight for major airlines and private planes. He worked five years for the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute, and was a Project Analyst for Lanworth, Inc., a remote sensing firm assessing agricultural production near real-time.

Michael Buibas (B.A. '09 Geography)

Buibas is GIS Intern with the Village of Mount Prospect's Public Works Facility. NIPC, Chicago Department of Transportation.

Lazar Ilic (G&ES M.A. 2010) and Keith Yearman (G&ES M.A.) published "Gentrification of Chicago's East Village" Illnois Geographer Spring 2015 Vol 57:1

Alex Compton (B.A. '15 Geography)

Compton was hired as the Environmental Education and Conferences Coordinator at that YMCA Metropolitan Milwaukee - Camp Minikani in Hubertus, Wisconsin.

Paisly Di Bianca (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Di Bianca received Geographic Information Systems Professional certification (GISP).

Paisly Di Bianca (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Di Bianca had an adjunct faculty position at DePaul, in Geography, teaching a class on Brownfields for their Sustainable Urban Development Program Fall 2014.

Jeff Earnshaw (B.A. '08 Geography)

Earnshaw works at the Evergreen Supply Company a distributer of energy-efficient electrical hardware which offers onsite energy efficiency audits to clients.

Nicole Fields (B.A. '11 Environmental Studies)

Fields is Health Education Specialist at Linn County Public Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Brendan Gross (B.A. '10 Environmental Studies)

Gross has taught horticulture with the city program Greencorps Chicago (WRD Environmental), is an ISA certified arborist and has moved to the Yucatan Peninsula to study plants, traditional plant applications, and deforestation.  He has applied through the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations to work in Bacalar, Quintana Roo to offer workshops on indigenous plants for local populations.

Paulina Haraburda-Saluda (B.A. '08 Geography)

Haraburda-Saluda is Senior Analyst, Space Management for Walgreens, increasing productivity of merchandisable space.

Christina Harney (B.A. '13 Environmental Studies)

Harney is now Assistant Director for Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership.

Jan Krysa (M.A. '15 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Krysa is employed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 GIS as a Geospatial Data Libraian and GIS Developer.

Janusz Maka (B.A. '13 Environmental Studies)

Maka, now in NEIU’s MBA program, finished fourth place with his team in the Great Lakes District 2015 Student Case Competition.

Rachel Mandel (B.A. '14 Environmental Studies)

Mandel is currently enrolled in the MA in Elementary Education program at DePaul University and plans to be involved in Environmental Education programming development at the local or regional level.

Wilfredo Matamoros (M.A. '01 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Matamoro, in the Laboratorio de helmintologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, and Coleccion de ctiologiz, Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Libramiento North Poniente, was primary author of “Fish faunal provinces of the conterminous United States of America reflect historical geography and familial composition,” in Biological Reviews, Cambridge Philosophical Society. 2015.

Mohammed Montefaoui (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Mostefaoui, current M.A. in G&ES student, was selected as one of the eight participants of the Cartography Specialty Group Student Illustrated Paper Competition at the 2017 AAG meeting.

Salvador Montes (B.A. '11 Geography)

Montes, Magna Cum Laude, received a master’s degree in Urban Planning in 2014 from UCLS, and now works as transportation Planner at Parsons Brinkerhoff, in greater L.A. He works with many modes of transportation: Air, trucking, and railroad.

Natalie Poveda (M.A. '16 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Poveda is the Development Coordinator at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.

Anthony Ross (M.A. '14 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Ross is currently employed at the EPA Region 5 Compliance Division as an Environmental Scientist working with Emissions Inventory.

Alicia Rozgus (B.A. '13 Environmental Studies)

Rozgus took a seasonal position for New Mexico State Parks, with New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. She then became Park Technician at City of Rocks State Park.

Amanda Smith (B.A. '15 Geography)

Smith received the outstanding Senior in Geography Award from the Illinois Geographical Society, accepting the award at the IGS meeting in Bloomington-Normal May 1, 2015.

Angela Spinasanta (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Spinasanta now has a job with IDOT as GIS/LARS Specialist for Transit.

Angela Spinasanta (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Spinasanta is a Realtor for Griffith, Grant, and Lackie in Chicago.

Angela Spinasanta (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Spinastana was a GIS Specialist at the Illinois Department of Transportation Dvision of Transportation Safety.

Veerachai Tanpipat (M.A. '97 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Tanpipat is Adjunct Researcher at Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, King Mongkut's University of Technology in Thonburi, Thailand.

Jason Tinkey (B.A. '09 Geography)

Tinkey is now full-time as the Chicago Park District as Special Projects Manager, GIS and Spatial Analysis, Department of Planning, Construction, and Facilities.

Anna Wagner (M.A. '07 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Wagner is Management Analyst in the Planning and Administration Section, Air Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Branch, Air and Radiation Division of the Region 5 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lynne Westphal (M.A. '92 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Westphal, Ph.D., is Project Leader and Research Social Scientist for the U.S. Forest Service.

Lakeshia Wright (B.A. '09 Geography)

Wright is working for the Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, as Executive Director of Transportation and Infrastructure.

January 2017

Jason LaBrosse (B.A. '12 Geography)

LaBrosse, current M.A. in G&ES student, is presenting a paper at the 2017 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting titled, "Modeling the intersection of human and animal geographies in an urban environment: A case study of commodified pet populations in Chicago, Illinois."

Kat Kocisky (M.A. '16 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Kocisky is pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is researching the intersection of urbanization and the natural environment.

John J. Malan (B.A. '75 Geography)

Malan has served as a meteorologist in the Milwaukee, Wisc. area for more than 35 years, announced he is retiring. His last day on air at TMJ4, the Milwaukee NBC affiliate, will be March 1, 2017.

Nick Magrisso (B.A. '10 Environmental Studies)

Magrisso is now Policy Advocate, Midwest Program, for the Chicago National Resource Defense Council.

October 2016

Jason LaBrosse (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

LaBrosse was awarded the 2016 AAG Council Award for Outstanding Student Presentation and the 2016 AAG West Lakes Division Student Presentation Award, 1st Place, Masters Student Paper.

August 2016

Paisly Kauth (Di Bianca) (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Kauth (Di Bianca) is employed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 GIS division as an IT Specialist.

Andrew Donakowski (M.A. '15 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Donakowski has a new job at Friends of the Chicago River.

Nicole Barker (Kamins) (M.A. '01 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Barker has a new job at Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

Jason LaBrosse (B.A. '12 Geography)

LaBrosse, current M.A. in G&ES student, was the recipient of the 2016 AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation and received 1st Place, Master's Student Paper, 2016 AAG West Lakes Division Student Presentation Award.

July 2016

Ann Aler (Graduate Certificate '13 GIS)

Aler is a GIS/Cartography Resource Specialist at Northwestern's library.

June 2016

Edwin Ayala (B.A. '12 Environmental Studies)

Ayala was accepted into the Master of Arts degree in Biology at Miami University: Global Field Program.

Janusz Maka (B.A. '13 Environmental Studies)

Maka was accepted into the Master of Arts degree in Biology at Miami University: Global Field Program. Maka will study desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods.

April 2016

Nina Gyourgis (B.A. '14 Environmental Studies)

Gyourgis has been accepted into Columbia University's MPA program.

October 2015

Steven E. Lotz (B.A. '10 Geography)

Lotz is a geospatial analyst for the U.S. Army Reserve's 416th Theater Engineer Command and the first member of the unit's newly formed geospatial cell. He was recently featured in a story about the new unit on the U.S. Army's web page: www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=129227

Lazar Ilic (M.A. '10 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Ilic is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Ottowa.

March 2015

Jamison Miller (B.A. '08 Geography)

Miller was the recipient of the Bernard J. Brommel Doctoral Scholarship.

February 2015

Michael Martinez (M.A. '98 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Martinez recently had an article published by The American Bar Association in its section on environment, energy and resources' magazine, Natural Resources and Environment (Winter 2015). Titled "Working Lands for Wildlife: Targeted Landscape-Scale Wildlife Habitat Conservation," the article describes a partnership between the US Department of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife Service, several states and NGOs, and farmers and ranchers to preserve and restore habitat at an ecosystem scale for species subject to Endangered Species Act (ESA) jurisdiction. This effort is one element of the Obama Administration's strategy to modernize federal ESA programs. Martinez has served in the Administration since 2009.

June 2014

Howard J. Hill (M.A. '05 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Hill, a science teacher at Highland Park High School, was one of four high school teachers honored with the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award because he had a "transformative effect" on the life of a graduating Northwestern senior, who had previously studied with him and nominated him. Recipients of the award received a cash award, were honored at the Northwestern University Academic Honors Ceremony, and participated in Northwestern's commencement.

January 2014

Michael Martinez (M.A. '98 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Martinez received a Bronze Medal Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water in recognition of his contributions towards development of the Obama Administration's National Ocean Policy in December 2013. Martinez was appointed as a Special Assistant at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC by President Obama in May 2009 and currently serves in the USDA Office of General Counsel, Natural Resources and Environment Division.

December 2013

Matthew Kauth (B.A. '13 Geography)

Kauth is the new Junior GIS Analyst for Patrick Engineering in Chicago.

November 2013

Jamison R. Miller (B.A. '08 Geography)

Miller was recently accepted into the PhD program at the College of William & Mary Higher Education Program. He also received the Barton Malow Fellowship and was featured on the William & Mary School of Education website.

June 2013

Daniel M. Fink (M.A. '12 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Fink was featured in the Medill Reports Chicago article "Mystery of the bog: Indiana Dunes and the case of the carnivorous plant-napping." He is a member of a citizen science-based rare plant monitoring program called Plants of Concern. Source: Medill Reports Chicago

April 2013

Paisly Di Bianca (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Di Bianca was elected as Vice-President of the Chicagoland Chapter of URISA.

Paisly Di Bianca (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Di Bianca was selected for Active Group membership to the Society of Women Geographers.

Paisly Di Bianca (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Di Bianca attended the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. She presented a poster on her master's thesis. She also was on a panel called "Internships and Work-Based Learning as Career Preparation" where she discussed her experiences as an intern with the US EPA. She served as a Diversity Ambassador and as a Career Mentor for people interested in federal employment.

March 2013

Daniel M. Fink (M.A. '12 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Fink was featured in the MEDILL Reports Chicago article What bites Chicago? Spring awakens carnivorous plants. By Neel Tandan. Professor Fink traveled to sphagnum bogs and sandy swales to perform research on these rare species.  

January 2013

Paisly Di Bianca (M.A. '13 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Di Bianca presented her master's thesis research at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (HICAH) in Honolulu, HI in January 2013. Her presentation was titled, "A Comparative GIS Analysus of Tokyo Metro Train Stations and Chicago Transit Authority Train Stations."

Sidney L. Blustain (B.A. '78 Geography)

Blustain recently retired from his firefighter duties in the Chicago Lakeview neighborhood. He plans to travel and stay active by teaching jiu-jitsu, and competing in judo competitions.

September 2012

Aaron N Durnbaugh (M.A. '05 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Durnbaugh is the Director of Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago's Center for Urban Environmental Research & Policy. He received a grant to work on a energy efficiency project at area universities including Columbia, UIC, UC, and Loyola.

June 2012

Nicole L. Barker (Kamins) (M.A. '01 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Barker worked in marketing and for the Chicago Department of the Environment on the Calumet project before being hired in 2010 as executive director of Save the Dunes. Source: Meltwater http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/shore/environment/young-stars-are-emerging-in-an-environmental-movement-around-the/article_f7e71239-e76b-5519-b3c4-66272a06fb4c.html

March 2009

Paul L. Nickles (B.A. '92 Environmental Studies)

Nickles is a Senior Hydrogeologist at URS Corporation in Chicago. His work involves applied groundwater flow and transport modeling using one, two, and three-dimensional analytical and numerical modeling. He also works with remediation design and optimization modeling, and is involved with DNAPL/LNAPL free phase hydrocarbon modeling. Other work on any day at URS might be hydraulic aquifer testing and analysis or mentoring junior staff on field techniques. On a personal note, Paul enjoys riding his 2003 100th anniversary Harley Davidson in charity events and any place else where rock outcrops and scenic highways can be found. By the way, he's always looking for other "sane" bikers to ride with. He says, "Send me an email and let's hit the highway!" Write him at Paul_Nickles at URSCorp.com <mailto:Paul_Nickles@URSCorp.com> (Updated 6/15/05)

November 2005

Lillian M. La Santa (B.A. '95 Environmental Studies)

La Santa earned a Master of Arts in Chicago Studies: Urban Development, Economics and Politics from Loyola University Chicago. She also earned a paralegal certificate in real estate from Loyola University Chicago. She is an information coordinator at Carlson Environmental, Inc. in Chicago, Ill.

October 2005

Margaret A. Newell (B.A. '77 Geography)

Newell is manager of project development for Lions Clubs International in Oak Brook, Ill. She introduced an International Performance Festival that is now in its fifth year. She also introduced an Environmental Photo contest. Members from 194 countries participate in these programs.

September 2005

David K. Ward (M.A. '98 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Ward is principal geographic information systems (GIS) consultant at Peter Brett Associates in London, England.  He is responsible for pushing GIS throughout the firm and developing new applications for the use of GIS.

July 2005

Ana M.  Correa (B.A. '00 Environmental Studies)

Correa is a health advocate at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center in Chicago.

June 2005

William Maheia (B.A. '92 Environmental Studies)

Maheia is the Founder and Executive Director of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) in Toledo, Belize, Central America. TIDE was one of seven recipients of the United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize 2002, in recognition of outstanding community efforts for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation, given at an awards ceremony held at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. TIDE was drawn from a pool of over 420 nominations and 27 finalists for the UNDP Equator Prize 2002.

December 2004

Keith Yearman (M.A. '00 Geography and Environmental Studies; B.A. '98 Geography)

Yearman received tenure at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. He is assistant professor of geography at the College of DuPage.

Arthur V. Bourlard (B.A. '89 Environmental Studies)

Bourlard is the overall project manager for the electric resistive heating soil cleanup project, the largest attempted in the United States, at the Lockformer Company site in Lisle, Ill. He is Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator at The Lockformer Company.

November 2004

Wilfredo A. Matamoros (M.A. '01 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Matamoros has been accepted for a PhD program in biology at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Scott D. Levin (B.A. '94 Environmental Studies)

Levin is a Project Manager at ATC Associates, Inc. in San Diego, CA.

July 2004

Michael S. Krzak (B.A. '92 Environmental Studies)

Krzak was promoted to partner at Clifford Law Offices, a nationally-renowned personal injury/wrongful death firm in Chicago.

December 2003

Paul E. Clarkson (B.A. '77 Geography)

Clarkson was appointed as Director of Community Development of Teller County, Colorado, the Pikes Peak area, for the Community Development Services Division (CDSD) in Woodland Park, CO.

October 2003

David K. Ward (M.A. '98 Geography and Environmental Studies)

Ward was promoted to GIS business development manager at WSP Sweden in Stockholm. He recently transferred to WSP Sweden from WSP UK in London to manage a Sweden/UK GIS partnership. WSP is one of the biggest consulting engineering corporations in Europe and one of the ten largest in the world.

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January 2018

Jason LaBrosse (M.A. '17 Geography and Environmental Studies)

LaBrosse authored maps for fellow NEIU faculty Joshua Salzmann recently published book "Liquid Capital: Making the Chicago Waterfront."

July 2017

Robyn Flakne

Dr. Flakne was instrumental making NEIU a "Tree Campus USA" in collaboration with the Department of Biology.  Tree Campus USA is a national Arbor Day Foundation recognition since 2008 for effective campus
forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Dr. Flakne, a 1991 G&ES M.A., PhD in Forestry, University of Minnesota, is Natural Resource Manager for Glenview, Ill., and G&ES faculty member since 2006.

June 2017

Kari Burnett
Dr. Kari Burnett was promoted to Instructor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

Thomas Brecheisen
Dr. Brecheisen, G&ES Instructor, received his PhD in Geography from UIC.

April 2017

Erick Howenstine, Chair of G&ES and Economics, was named American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. He is chair and professor in the Department.

March 2017

Judith Bock (M.A. '82 Geography and Environmental Studies)
Bock, G&ES instructor, organized a two-day ESRI/Illinois Geographic Alliance workshop on GIS for teachers in Elementary and High School, held at NEIU June 2015.

Robyn Flakne (M.A. '91 Geography and Environmental Studies)
Flakne, G&ES Instructor and Natural Resource Director for Glenview, put in a proposal with the EPA to recognize NEIU for rainwater management. This was a class project in her “Urban Environmental Infrastructure” course. The proposal was ranked 16th of more than 60 applicants. Laura Sanders (ESCI) and Nancy Medina (Facilities Management) participated.

Erick Howenstine
Howenstine, Chair of G&ES and Economics, was elected in September 2014, 2015, and 2016 as Chair of the NEIU Faculty Senate. He had served as Vice Chair in 2013. He also chairs the Senate sub-committees for Shared Governance,Constitution and Bylaws.

Michael Partipilo (M.S. '13 Exercise Science)

Partipilo was the recipient of the 2016 Employee Excellence Award from Northeastern Illinois University for outstanding performance and lasting contribution.

Michael Partipilo (M.S. '13 Exercise Science)

Partipilo was elected and currently serves as Vice Chair of the University Advisory Council (UAC), a shared-governance council at Northeastern Illinois University.

April 2016

Erick Howenstine
Dr. Erick Howenstine received a 2015-16 Chair Meritorious Award from the NEIU President.

Caleb Gallemore
Dr. Gallemore, former assistant professor, was awarded the Indelible Mark Award (Advisor Award) by Student Affairs. It is given to a student organization advisor who has helped empower student members, actively participated in organization events, demonstrated enthusiasm and support for the group and who has helped the group successfully transition between membership cycles.

July 2015

Ting Liu
Liu, assistant professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, along with Aaron Schirmer, Biology Department, and Caleb Gallemore, former G&ES assistant professor, was awarded $5,000 for overseeing the Research Community, "Behavioral and Spatial Patterns of Light Pollution in Chicago, Illinois."

2013-14

Melinda Storie 
Dr. Storie was awarded a 2013-14 Teaching Professional and Resource Professional Excellence Award for Service to the Department and to the University.

Dennis Grammenos 
Dr. Grammenos is the author of "Chicago's Geographies: Metropolis for the 21st Century." He is assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental studies at NEIU.

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September 2017

Hannah O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan, current B.A. in Environmental Studies student, earned her interpretation certificate from the National Association for Interpretation on September 29, 2017 and is now a Certified Interpretive Guide.

July 2017

Leia Ui Dhalaigh

Ui Dhalaigh, minoring in Environmental Studies, is working as a mammalogy research assistant at the Field Museum of Natural History.

May 2017

Troy Brundidge

Brundidge, current M.A. in G&ES student, received an internship with the American Planning Association.

Destinie Green

Green, current B.A. in Geography and GIS minor student, is Intern at Washtenaw County Public Health Department and has been accepted into the Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) at the University of Michigan.

April 2017

Nicole Thomas

Thomas, current M.A. in G&ES student, presented at the University's 25th Annual Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium. Her research was titled, "Spatiotemporal Analysis of the Physical and Social Structures in Chicago: The Recent Urban Dynamics."

Russell Injerd

Injerd, current B.A. in Geography student, presented at the University's 25th Annual Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium. His research was titled, "GIS for Pre-Flood Inundation Mapping of Unprotected Communities on the Mississippi River."

March 2017

Elizabeth (Beth)  Arthur

Arthur worked in a 2013 internship with the Chicago Transit Authority’s Real Estate Planning Department, using GIS to inventory car parking parcels beneath el lines. Now she is full time Records Coordinator for the CTA’s Engineering Department.

Marcin  Dabrowski

Dabrowski is working at NavTech.

Daniel Dempsey

Dempsey is Adjunct Lecturer in Geographic Sciences at the College of the Redwoods in Northern California. He also works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Joel Flax-Hatch

Flax-Hatch is Resource Manager at Cook County Forest Preserves.

Samniqueka Halsey

Halsey, Biologist and former GIS Certificate student, is now working on a PhD in Ecology, is also a Research Assistant doing GIS for the Morton Arboretum.

Michael Senft

Senft, current B.A. in Environmental Studies student, successfully secured an internship in the country of Belize.

Nicole Thomas

Thomas, current M.A. in G&ES student, has been awarded the Graduate Dean's Research and Creative Activities Assistantships for the 2016-17 academic year from the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the Research and Creative Activities Advisory Group at NEIU.

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