Gamma Theta Upsilon chapter inducts new members

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 12:28pm

To apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.


 The Alpha Tau Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the International Geographical Honor Society, inducted seven new members during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in 20 Deike Building.


 The new members are: Branden Belajac, Lorraine Dowler, Yiting Ju, Andrew Lehnerd, Jill Mailloux, Will Mitchell, and Bo Yao.


“It’s important to have a Gamma Theta Upsilon chapter at Penn State because students benefit from being recognized for excellence,” explained Chapter President Mallory Henig, adding, “They can also apply for scholarships.”


Lorraine Dowler, associate professor of women’s studies and geography, was the  keynote speaker and an inductee. “I’m quite honored to be inducted,” Dowler said, “I don’t have an undergraduate degree in geography so I missed a step.  It’s like coming home.” During her informal remarks, Dowler recounted how her career evolved from advertising to landscape architecture to feminist geography.


Henig, Chapter Vice President Rebecca Baker, and Chapter Secretary M. Chelsea Gilliam gave the history of the society, explained the meaning of the symbolism, and asked the new inductees to take the pledge of membership.


“I’m serving as president this year because there was a lot of ongoing interest in continuing to have a chapter, explained Henig. “As a top department, we should have these activities for students.”


Learn more about the Penn State Alpha Tau Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon.


Photo captions (click on the photos in the upper left-hand corner to enlarge)

1.     GTU inductees stand to give the pledge of membership.

2.     Chapter officers talk about the history of the society.

3.     The  society’s membership pin: Gamma, Theta, and Upsilon, the initials of three Greek words, Ge (Earth), Thalassa (sea), and Hypaithrois (atmosphere), to serve as a reminder of the three environmental domains of concern to geographers.