The international geographical honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) has honored Hofstra University’s chapter, Mu Kappa, with the 2016 Honors Chapter Award. This is the second consecutive year Mu Kappa has received this honor.
Mu Kappa, which is based in the Department of Global Studies and Geography, was cited by GTU for “…superior scholarship of your geography students” and “also for planning activities that celebrate and spread the word about geography to your campus and community.”
Since its launch in spring 2012 by Associate Professor Kari Jensen, Mu Kappa has inducted 72 Hofstra students. Mu Kappa’s ceremonies and events – including diversity dinners co-hosted with the student club Get Global – are designed to expand student world views and increase the recognition and enhancement of diversity at Hofstra.
Mu Kappa has paved the way for impressive academic opportunities for Hofstra students. Several students have presented papers and posters at both the regional and national annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, and students represented the region at the World Geobowl competition, held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting (with an international attendance of approximately 10,000 people). The chair of the department, Dr. Grant Saff, served on the National Executive Council, was treasurer of the American Association of Geographers and as vice-president of the Middle States Association.