Hello Palliser Club members!
February is upon us, and The Palliser Club has been busy planning events for this month!
Feb. 11 – Geography Craft Sale! We will be in ICT at the table across from Good Earth Cafe room 9-3 selling all your up-cycled geography-themed Valentine’s Day craft needs! We have picture frames, magnets, cards, bookmarks, posters, gift boxes, and journals! Please stop by and check it out! For more info, see our Facebook event.
Feb. 24 – The Friends of Kananaskis Speaker Series with Kevin Van Tighem! He’s speaking about the Heart Waters of Alberta, which will explore solutions for water-challenged regions, whose headwaters are among the most beautiful in the world. This talk will be in Earth Science 162 at 7 pm. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested donation). Our generous sponsor Sidewalk Citizen Bakery will be supplying treats once again, so stop by our table to grab something and say hello! More information can be found here.
Job Board – The Palliser Club job board is up and running! We are posting regularly for any GIS, human, physical and research opportunities that come our way. Head over to the job postings to see what’s waiting for you. As well, if you know of any jobs that should be up there, send them our way and we’ll post them pronto!
Geography Conference call for Volunteers – We’ve received an email from the department asking for volunteers for the Geography Department General Conference on March 4th. This is a great opportunity to get involved, meet new people and hear some great talks. Volunteer duties include the set up of chairs and tables, running the registration table, program distribution, ushering, tech support, and decorating the banquet hall. This event takes places from 8 am to 2 pm. If you are interested, please send us an email or stop by the office.
Lab hours – If you are looking for some extra lab hours to work on those assignments, please contact us. We are looking for volunteers to fill some Black Lab hours on Wednesday eve (5-8 pm) and Sunday afternoon (1-4 pm). There’s not much to it, just look after the key and treat the lab well.
We’re on Instagram – finally! Check us out right here.
We’re also on Snapchat – @palliserclub
Map of the week – every week we are giving away a ‘map of the week’ which will be displayed on the bulletin board just outside our office. To enter to win, answer the skill testing question and submit your name and email before every Friday at noon!
Lastly, head on over to the “Who We Are” section of our site to catch up with all the new-ish faces in the office this semester. Feel free to swing by ES450 to say hello and chat!
February is shaping up to be pretty grand already, come join us in the fun!
Reading Break is over… Haters Gonna Hate, but Equators Gonna Equate. Let’s do this!
The Palliser club is now supported by the local map experts themselves… MapTown! If you’ve never checked them out they have some wicked vintage maps, regional maps, globes, trail guides, and GPS gear. We can’t express our gratitude towards them being on board, we now have some loot to give away at our events!
- Beer and Pizza this Wednesday (February 25). This will be the first chance to win some of the MapTown Swag. Last time we had a lot of new faces, and it was a blast! Your membership gets you Suds, Za, new pals, and a chance to win prizes during Geogpardy (Plus a bonus game to be revealed this week).
- Friends of Kananaskis Speaker Series. We also wanted to give you a heads up for these talks we have been working to put together that will guaranteed be informing and badass. You don’t have to be a member of the club or even a geography student to go, these are open to everyone! We will have a table set up with some coffee, snacks, and more information on the friends of Kananaskis. So come on by!
- March 11, 7:00PM Grizzly Bear Research in Kananaskis (John Paczkowski and Gordon Stenhouse)
- April 1st, 7:00PM Will Gadd’s Adventures of Kananaskis Country.
- Find out more information here: http://www.kananaskis.org/upcoming-events/
We don’t want to keep you too long so we’ll wrap it up quick here with a couple last things:
JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! : Lots soon to expire on the website, so apply while you can!
FREE SOUP: GEOGSA Soup and Slides: Feb. 25, March 11, March 25, 12pm in ES 342
SPEAKER: Davor Gugolj, “Remote Sensing in the Industries” 3:30-4:30 in ES 342
GEOGRAPHY OF BEER 2: In the works, as a banging ender for this semester.
More news soon.
The Palliser Club
Welcome back everyone!
I hope you all had a great Christmas break and are ready for the upcoming semester! There will be some exciting changes happening with the Palliser Club in the New Year.
As some of you may know, the Palliser Club is one of the longest running clubs on campus, with over 50 years behind the name. As of lately, we feel we have detoured away from our original mission statement of acting as resource centre, social club, and liaison between students, the Geography department, and industry leaders. This upcoming semester we want to get back to our roots and we want you to be involved. We are having our first meeting tomorrow morning to get back on track, any and all members are welcome. We are meeting January 5th at 10am in the Palliser club office ES 450.
So what are our objectives this semester?
First off, we want to focus on our communication network. We plan to utilize our Facebook page and Twitter feed to inform you of our weekly happenings, events, and related news. You can also contact us via Facebook for any inquiries you may have. Best of all we promise not to clog up your feed. For the larger events and news that directly relates to you as students, we will be releasing a newsletter (such as this one) bi-monthly. Last of all we are going to update and revamp our website so it is easier to follow and uncongested with old news.
Secondly, we are aiming to enhance our office space so everyone knows they are welcome. The intent is that you all have a place to relax, study, get-help, get informed, and make friends. Honestly, the space is one of the biggest perks you guys have being a member of the club… come and use it!
Finally, our events… We will be sticking with the classics, such as Beer & Pizza Night (which is free for all members!) but also bringing in some fresh ideas to put you in touch with professors, peers, and people working in the field. We are going to be partnering with other clubs so that we can better cover the wide array of geography-related subjects. Ultimately our goal is introduce you to other students, future employers, and new opportunities.
The last thing we want to mention is that we can only be as successful as you allow us to be. We want you to be involved! Give us feedback, come say hello, use our resources and technologies to achieve your goals. We are in direct contact with the department and want to make your experience as a student as fulfilling as possible.
If you want to be more involved, you can be! Being a member of a club is more than just having something on your resume. Sure it looks great, but this is a chance to make friends and influence the type of education you receive as a whole. Keep in mind you don’t have to be a geography major to be a part of this club. Join us tomorrow if you can!
Bring on the new semester!
-The Palliser Club