Published on November 19, 2013
Samford University’s Department of Geography is hosting a GIS Day Open House Nov. 19 as part of Geography Awareness Week 2013.GIS–Geographic Information Systems–help researchers gather, organize and interpret geographic data to better understand and explain other aspects of the world.
Samford geography chair Jennifer Speights-Binet said the department is expecting more than 30 Birmingham-area GIS professionals at the 9:30-11:30 a.m. event. They will be earning points toward certification as geographic information systems professionals (GISP,) demonstrating technology, networking with Samford geography students and reviewing student research.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.