The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Celebrates Geography Awareness Week

Newark, Ohio, November 12, 2015- The Ohio State University at Newark will celebrate Geography Awareness Week beginning November 15th. Observed every year during the third week of November, Geography Awareness Week is intended to educate the public about geo-spatial issues and global impact. Ohio State Newark has created a scavenger hunt full of geography-inspired activities for students, staff, faculty and the public to join in on the activities, learn a bit about the world and win some prizes.

Over 25 years ago, National Geographic launched Geography Awareness Week with a mission to increase geographic consciousness and excite the public about geography as a part of everyday life. Cartographers will be excited to learn that this year’s Geography Awareness Week theme is “Explore! The Power of Maps.” Past themes include “Freshwater”, “Migration – A Human Journey” and “Declare Your Independence!”

Ohio State Newark professor Kenneth Madsen, Ph.D., says, “We don’t really think about global geography every day, so it’s fun to focus on those international connections when celebrating Geography Awareness Week.” Dr. Madsen has been teaching at Ohio State Newark since 2008, focusing on classes in world geography, political geography, and geography of North America. His research interests include the Arizona-Sonora border, indigenous geography, and the geography of film and fiction. “We designed this scavenger hunt to give participants a chance to appreciate the geographic context of their campus and community.”

Activities on the hunt include defining geographical terms, identifying countries and finding locations on campus. There are six activities in all, and three of them require a trip to the Newark campus to find the answers. After successfully answering at least four questions, the scavenger hunt sheet can be turned into the Warner Center Library by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23rd or online at Successful entries will be entered into a drawing for geography themed prizes, such as a globe of the Earth, spices from around the world and a subscription to National Geographic magazine. For more information, visit