Research papers by a GRCC student and an alumna took honors at the recent annual conference of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers.
Geography major Kara Jueckstock received first place in the competition for students pursuing a baccalaureate with her paper “Tourism in the Caribbean: Utopian Ideal of Dystopian Disaster?” Jueckstock is scheduled to graduate in December and plans to transfer to Aquinas College.
Alyson Mabie, a 2013 GRCC graduate, received first-place honors in the category of best paper presented by a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree for her paper “Brewing on the Edge: The Economic and Community Impacts of Small Town Breweries on the Outskirts of Beer City, U.S.A.” Mabie, who took first-place undergraduate honors at the 2014 meeting, plans to pursue a Ph.D. after completing her master’s degree at Western Michigan University.
All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and Michigan are part of the association’s East Lakes Division. Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels had their independent research critically assessed by a judging panel made up of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs. GRCC geography alumni have received awards eight awards over the past eight years for the papers they’ve presented at the annual regional conference.
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.