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Drone Demo Will Highlight University Of North Alabama's Annual Geography Alumni Conference

Oct. 01, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala. -The University of North Alabama Department of Geography will host the 14thannual UNA Geography Alumni Association (UNAGAA) conference Oct. 11-12, in Wesleyan Hall auditorium.

The keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Joseph Kerski, education manager at ESRI. Kerski has worked with a California-based GIS software development company, was a 2018 TED Talk speaker on "The Whys of Where," and is the author of seven books and 75 peer-reviewed journal publications.

He will deliver the conference keynote speech in Wesleyan Hall auditorium, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. The event is free for all UNA faculty, staff and students.

New this year is a "Bring Your Own Device" GIS Workshop titledWeb mapping applications using ArcGIS Online,conducted by Kerski. This workshop is also free to all UNA faculty, staff and students.

The conference will also feature a live drone demo Oct. 11, at 3:15 p.m., designed to show students innovative mapping technologies using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

In addition to the keynote speech, the chair of UNA Geography Department, Dr. Francis Koti, will also provide a State of the Department Address Friday, Oct. 12, at 9:15 a.m.

This two-day event will coincide with UNA's homecoming week festivities, where UNA Geography alumni will recognize and present awards to students in various categories.

The UNAGAA is a professional organization with the goal of promoting and encouraging closer communication among alumni of UNA's geography program and current geography faculty and students.

This annual event allows the association to showcase its professional activities in addition to interacting and sharing industry experience with current geography majors. It is also an opportunity for the department to show its alums all the exciting things students are doing to prepare for their careers in the geospatial industry or in graduate school.

For more information: 256-765-4246 orhttp://www.unagaa.org/


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.