Geography major answers call from National Geographic
She didn’t have much time to prepare, but the opportunity was too good to pass up. When the telephone call came on Jan. 6 saying she had been chosen for an internship with the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., Erynn Truex decided to go, despite the fact that the semester was to begin that Monday and she would have just one week before she had to leave.
“I had always wanted to work for National Geographic,” the senior geography major from Tallmadge, Ohio, said. “I admired the broad perspective on people and the environment that they present, and I thought that contacts made there would be helpful, even later in life.”
She received recommendation letters from Dr. Art Samel, geography chair, and geography faculty members Drs. Ted Eckmann, Karen Johnson-Webb and Enrique Gomezdelcampo.
“Dr. Samel helped me rearrange my courses so I could keep my scholarships while doing my internship and still graduate on time,” she said.
Truex has a full Centennial Scholarship through the University Honors Program, and is also the recipient of the Lyle Fletcher Scholarship through the geography department.
“Erynn is a great student, and she’s the first student in our department to get a National Geographic internship,” Samel said. “The world is her oyster right now.”
Eckmann agreed. He came to BGSU from the University of California - Santa Barbara, where he mentored several students who received the highly selective National Geographic Society internships.
“National Geographic people keep in close contact with one another; they have a strong networking program,” Eckmann said.
One likely factor in her being chosen was that Truex participated in BGSU’s GeoJourney program as a freshman. In addition, Eckmann said, “She is genuinely interested in understanding and applying the material. She has participated in an in-depth, research project doing data analysis and reports. Geographers must solve real-world problems that require a broad understanding in a lot of areas.”
She begins her internship today (Jan. 23) and promises to keep us posted.
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This year's United Way with Northwest Ohio Community Shares campaign has concluded. The University community -- faculty, staff, retirees and students -- pledged and donated $101,045, once more reaffirming its commitment to engagement.
Chaired this year by Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the effort raises funds for a variety of agencies, from home health care to at-risk youth and families facing economic hardship.
Some divisions devised their own campaigns to boost giving. Dining Services, for example, raised $1,000 by pledging a donation based on reduction in food waste in the dining centers and challenging students to be more mindful in their eating.
President Mary Ellen Mazey will present a check to new Wood County United Way Director Nick Kulik, a BGSU alumnus, at the Men's Basketball game on Feb. 1.
Those who donated were entered into a weekly drawing. Major prize winners were:
Bruce Meyer - Dell Laptop, courtesy of ITS
Amy Fyn, University Libraries - iPad, courtesy Ziggabyte, the technology store at the BGSU Bookstore
Dr. Lessie Cochran, Intervention Services, College of Education - iPad, courtesy Ziggabyte
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