Concordia University, Nebraska Students Compete at GIS/LIS Symposium

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Three Concordia students were recognized for outstanding presentations.

Concordia University, Nebraska geography students

Concordia University, Nebraska students from Dr. Joel Helmer’s Global Information Systems classes presented research at the Nebraska GIS/LIS Association Symposium held April 16-18 in Kearney, Neb.

Three Concordia University, Nebraska students were recognized for their outstanding efforts at the Nebraska GIS/LIS Association Symposium held April 16-18 in Kearney, Neb. Students from Dr. Joel Helmer’s Global Information Systems classes attended one day of the symposium to present research projects in the poster presentation competition.

Junior Ruth Krc of Frederick, Md., received a $1,000 scholarship from the association. Krc is studying geography at Concordia and is currently enrolled in the introductory Global Information Systems course. At the symposium, Krc presented her research project, Defining the Regions of the National Park System.

Levi Shinn, a senior from Hannibal, Mo., won first place in the symposium’s poster presentation competition for his project, How the Great Flood of 1993 Affected Duck Hunting at Ted Shanks Conservation Area.

Von Thomas, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., won second place in the poster contest for his project, Spatial Analysis of Artificial Reefs off the Coast of Florida.

Each student created and presented a poster based on the GIS research they completed in the class. Each participant selected his or her own topic, and then collected the necessary spatial data to map the location and create a poster.

Symposium participants included:
Ryan Baney, Junior, Sioux Falls, S.D., An Analysis of Population & School Distribution in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tate Bedwell, Senior, Colorado Springs, Colo., A Spatial Analysis of Violent Crime Rates in the United States
Adam Faulstich, Senior, Marshall, Mo., Football Fanatics: NCAA Division I Viewership in America
Paul Fortmeyer, Senior, Saint Joseph, Mo., Where Banks Are: An Analysis of the locations of banks in Douglas County, Nebraska
Michaela Gierke, Sophomore, Billerica, Mass., A Spatial Analysis of the Enrolled Students at Innovation Academy Charter School
Garrett Golke, Junior, Gowen, Mich., National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association Camp Counselors, 2009-2012
Joshua Grass, Senior, Emma, Mo., Economic Impact of Sport Fishing in America
Lee Johanson, Senior, Davenport, Iowa, A Spatial Analysis of Iowa Record Book Bucks
Joseph Koenig, Junior, Orlando, Fla., Hurricane Landfalls in the U.S.: 1962-2012
Delilah Kond, Senior, Seward, Neb., Cut Down One Tree, Plant Two
Ruth Krc, Junior, Frederick, Md., Defining the Regions of the National Park System
Andrew Malan, Junior, Lincoln, Neb., A Spatial Analysis of Crime Data in Lincoln, Nebraska
Brian Maxson, Sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo., Migration Nation: The Decline of the U.S. Rural Population
Austin Mogg, Senior, El Reno, Okla., Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains
Daniel Moore, Sophomore, Fruita, Colo., Spatial Analysis of Wildfires in Colorado
Tai Pleasant, Junior, Seward, Neb., Cornhusker Red: Political Party Affiliations in Nebraska, 2010
Bryson Pond, Junior, Arkansas City, Kan., Virginia: The Alpha and Omega State for the Civil War
Jordan Schultz, Senior, Beemer, Neb., High School Alumni Retention within Cuming County, Nebraska School Districts
Levi Shinn, Senior, Hannibal, Mo., How the Great Flood of 1993 Affected Duck Hunting at Ted Shanks Conservation Area
Von Thomas, Junior, Miami Gardens, Fla., Spatial Analysis of Artificial Reefs along the Coast of Florida
Zackary Warner, Senior, Lincoln, Neb., Spatial Analysis of Hometowns of 2012 GPAC Football Team Rosters
Joseph Weilnau, Senior, Monroe, Mich., Using GIS to Calculate Percent Land Use of American Kestrel Nest Boxes; Percent Land Use as a Macro-habitat and Micro-habitat Variable in American Kestrel Nest Box Selection

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,100 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

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