Cadey Korson, a 2008 GRCC graduate, recently accepted a permanent faculty appointment in human geography at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.
After earning her associate degree, Korson completed a bachelor’s degree at Aquinas College, a master’s at the University of Missouri, and Ph.D. at Kent State University. Subsequently, she took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oulu in Finland, where she contributed much in terms of geographical scholarship.
Korson has explored the realms of cultural geography, political geography and geographic education by conducting fieldwork in the South Pacific, with special reference to indigenous peoples, as well as research devoted to the teaching of world regional geography. These efforts over the past few years have resulted in six articles published in peer-reviewed publications, nine papers delivered at conferences in England, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Finland, and Sweden, and an invited lecture given in Hawaii.
A charter member — and former president — of Lambda Upsilon, the GRCC chapter of the International Geographical Honor Society, Korson is among a number of alumni who have pursued graduate degrees in geography.
As part of the week of activities leading up to the September 29 investiture, GRCC hosted alumni in a panel discussion. Tatum Kovach was the moderator for the panel of Tony Helmholdt, Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez, Denavvia Mojét, and Sammy A. Puebles.
Rena Curtis graduated this spring from GRCC with plans to transfer to Davenport University. She advises students to make use of campus resources: “While I was at GRCC, I spent a lot of time at the Business and Computer Lab. I would not be at the place where I am today without the tutors’ help. At times, subjects or concepts were a struggle for me to grasp, and yet they were very accommodating in finding new ways to clarify them.”
An upcoming conference aims to help buyers cut down on cold calls by putting them face to face with purchasing managers.
… This year’s expected buyers include staff from the state of Michigan, Kent County, city of Grand Rapids, city of Kentwood, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Western Michigan University, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools, The Rapid, Van Andel Institute and more.
Daniel Lopez, who graduated this spring from GRCC, plans on a career in research. His advice is to connect student and faculty: “You need to ask for help when you need it. Build relationships with other students and with your professors, and get involved in student organizations. It is important to know that there are people rooting for you to be successful.”
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