The international geographical honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) has honored Hofstra University’s chapter, Mu Kappa, with the 2015 Honors Chapter Award.
Mu Kappa, which is based in the Department of Global Studies and Geography, was cited by GTU for “…the 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 52 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. Members have presented papers and posters at regional and national meetings of the Association of American Geographers. In 2014, Hofstra sent for the first time a team of students to the GeoBowl at the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Hofstra student, Ashley Persaud ’15, was then selected to compete in the World Geobowl which was part of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG) held in Chicago (with an international attendance of over 10,000 people). Dr. Grant Saff, chair of the Department of Global Studies, was – until July 2015 – Treasurer of the AAG and a member of the six-person Executive Committee. He is also past vice president and regional councilor of the Middle States Association of the AAG.
Upon receiving notification of the award from GTU, Dr. Jensen, who serves as Mu Kappa’s president, thanked colleagues Dr. Veronica Lippencott, who was acting president in spring 2015 while Dr. Jensen was on research leave in Bangladesh, and Dr. Enid Lotstein, who organized events for Geography Awareness Week in fall 2014.