Student Directory for Spring 1995

The Geographer's Craft (GRG 659B)


Dave Baker

e-mail: baker@texas.grg.utexas.edu

graduation: May '95

When I first came to the University, I didn't really question the idea that I would pursue a career after I completed my studies. Coming straight from the Dallas suburbs, that was what was expected of me. Suburban expectations in my parents = suburban goals in me. Well, it's not quite that simple. Through meeting many insightful people and reading quite a bit, I began to feel a deeper drive for my life. I began to realize that my future is completely up to me and that compromising any part of it to please my parents just wouldn't fly. Instead of limiting myself with a professional career straight out of college, I feel that I owe it to myself to see what is really out there. "Experience is the best teacher" it has often been said.

As far as my college education goes, I am getting out of it what I think will enhance the quality of my life. My education isn't preparing me for anything; it is broadening my perspective on the essence of life. My interest in the skills provided through THE GEOGRAPHER'S CRAFT is not to make me a more "marketable" individual in terms of a career, it is simply a way that I can adapt my interests in Geography to an increasingly computer-dependent society.-db.

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Sam W. Bogle

e-mail: bogle@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

I'm a geography major.

Presently, as of Fall '94, I am in my fifth and final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. I first enrolled at UT in the Fall of '90 as chemistry major with a small chemistry scholarship funded by Dupont through the university. Like thousands of undergrads before me, I too changed my major a couple times. For a couple years, I considered becoming a geography major, but it wasn't until less than a year ago that I officially stated myself as a geography major. Geography is such a broad area of study which can be applied to a variety of disciplines. I think that acquiring a major that can be molded to suit my interests is what attracted me. I decided to minor in geology because of my interest in hydrogeology. My primary interest is in water resource management. This past spring and summer I researched, wrote, and designed a brochure on water quality in the Austin area for the Hill Country Foundation. The brochure discusses McKinney Falls State Park of southeast Austin and the hydrogeology and quality of water within its watershed. Tentatively, the brochure will be published in October of this year. If anyone is interested in acquiring this brochure, contact the Hill Country Foundation at (512) 478- 5743, 1800 Guadalupe, Suite C, Austin, Texas 78701 or myself at the Email address above. Another interest of mine which I have researched is alternative energy resources particularly geothermal energy, hot dry rock technology. If anyone is interested in discussing issues or has significant information pertaining to water resource management, alternative energy resources or general environmental studies in geography, Email me at bogle@texas.grg.utexas.edu. Thank you.

Lance Christian

e-mail: geochristian@mail.utexas.edu

Graduated B.S. Geoscience May 1994
Graduated B.A. Geography May 1995

I graduated with a general Geology degree, but my specific interests lie within hydro-geology and invertebrate paleontology. I enjoy all aspects of the science though. My hobbies include collecting foreign currencies, American coins and paper money, sports cards, camping, fossil and mineral collecting. The Earth can produce many interesting things to collect if one knows where to look. I collected fossils regularly in my hometown of Plano, which lies just north of Dallas, before I entered the university. I graduated high school from Plano East Senior High in 1989.

The past year, I have been working in a clean laboratory for a hydro-geochemist in the Geology Department. We are preparing the lab for operation, but it is a slow process. I expect to finish my B.A. Geography in 1995, and I will then have to consider graduate school or finding a job in hydro-geology or environmental geology.

Diane Cowin

e-mail: cowin@texas.grg.utexas.edu

After being both a fine arts and pre-vet major, I decided to make a career out of what I love to do in my spare time. Since traveling, hiking, camping, and outdoor activities in general ideally occupy my weekends, I figured studying geography would teach me how to ensure that natural outdoor areas continue to exist. I also enjoy reading, cooking, drawing, making jewelry, and hanging out with my dog, Max. After I finish school in May 1995, I hope to travel to somewhere I have never been and then begin my career in environmental consulting.

Maria Durcanska

e-mail: durcan@texas.grg.utexas.edu

My name is Maria Durcanska. I am from Slovakia. I have lived in the US for a year. My husband Peter is working as a computer programmer here. From the beginning I mostly stayed at home or went to school to study English. Right now I am volunteering at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in their GIS Laboratory.I have a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering - Information and System Engineering. After my graduation I worked for an environmental company and I used GIS software - ARC/INFO. I really enjoyed my work and I became interested in GIS and in various purposes it can be used for. I plan to study at the University of Texas next year. I would like to get a Master Degree in Geography.I like to spend my free time with my husband and our friends. We like to go swimming on lakes or hiking to parks. Austin has many beautiful places to go, it is a great place to live.

Iola Hallock

e-mail: Iola@utxvms.cc.utexas.edu

Hallock@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

I am a geography student interested in environmental management, and ecology. As a career I would like to help manage national parks and forests, or operate an environmental consulting agency. I love to be outside. I enjoy hiking, camping and having adventures. I am also interested in environmental education as a way of introducing conservation of earth's resources into other people's lives. My interests have taken me on adventures all over the United States. Last summer I worked on the Pike National Forest in Colorado as an interpreter. I created campfire talks that were both fun and educational. This summer I went to the Sierra Nevada of California where I worked as a field assistant for Dr. Michael C. Singer of the University of Texas at Austin Zoology department. There I caught edith checkered spot butterflies (Euphydrias editha), and helped set up ecological experiments involving these butterflies. I had a great time! After graduation in May, I plan to go to Alaska to work for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Howard Hambleton

e-mail: hambletn@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

Just what do I want to let you know about me. My background? My beliefs? My interests? Who knows. I come from Dallas Texas where I have lived for ten years this summer. This is my fourth year at "The University". As a naive freshman I started out my major in chemical engineering. After being beaten to the bone for two years of hell, I decided to switch to something of better interests. Environmental Resource Management is just what I needed. I wanted classes where I would have an actual interest in the topic of discussion. The change threw my parents a bit of a curve ball, but I'm happy. This past summer I lived in Mexico City for three months and worked for an investment bank. It was the best experience of my life. I like to hunt and golf for pleasure and at the present have no wheels because I sold my car before I went to Mexico.

Chris Hindmarsh

e-mail: hindmrsh@mail.utexas.edu

hindmrsh@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation Date: Fall 1995

I am a Geography major attending the University of Texas at Austin concentrating on Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.). Prior to enrolling at the University of Texas, while a member of the United States Air Force, I attended Austin Community College, and Florida State University in the Republic of Panama. During my 10 year enlistment in the Air Force I gained experience working with RADAR / Navigation systems and Electo-Optical Sensor Systems. My Knowledge and interest in these areas make the field of G.I.S. a natural career choice. My interest in G.I.S. has grown rapidly since first being introduced to it. I plan on applying my knowledge in GIS. towards managing and improving the global environmental situation. I would like to make international contacts in the field of Geographical Information Systems to better understand the direction this field is moving. I would greatly appreciate any additional information regarding new developments or trends in this area. I am also interested in corresponding with someone knowledgeable in the areas of SCUBA diving, Photography, Computers, cross training / triathlons, or any Environmental related issues. Please feel free to E-mail me about any of these topics.

Robin "Rob" Killion

e-mail: killion@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

Hello, My name is Robin Killion. I was born in Houston, Texas, in May of 1969. I lived in Houston for eighteen years then moved to Austin to attend college. I have been a student at the University of Texas since then. I was once a statistic of the weed out program, but now I plan to graduate in May of 1995. I will obtain my degree from the geography department. My favorite hobbies include playing golf, hunting, fishing and cooking. I recently got married, on July 23. My life is finally beginning to fall into place. Who knows what the future will hold.

Carla Lei

e-mail: lei@texas.grg.utexas.edu

My name is carla Lei. I am twenty years old and I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I am a geography major and this is my last year (94-95) at the University of Texas at Austin. I am planning to graduate and go home and find some job in the environmental area. I like to play tennis, go to the beach, and dance. I also like speaking Italian.

Jennifer Lueckemeyer

e-mail: jennifer.4ad@mail.utex.edu

lueckmyr@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation date: May 1995

As a graduating senior, the end is finally in sight. As goals are being put into perspective and plans being made, I know I will stay true to mybeliefs. I want to be the "Hundredth Monkey", the one that enriches the relationship between man and the environment. But as for now, I will continue learning about those things that are most fascinating such as the environment, music, and people.

Michael Madewell

e-mail: mmadewell@mail.utexas.edu

e-mail: madewell@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

I've been in college--off and on--since 1981. When I decided to enroll at UT in the Fall of 1993, I didn't have a burning desire to study any particular subject. I simply thumbed through the coursecatalog until I found a degree plan with the maximum number of interesting courses. Unfortunately, all of the Anthropology classeswere full that semester, so I went with my second choice, Geography,and here I am.I'm very excited about this course, particularly the cartography and GIS components. I've had some exposure to the field through a stint as a technical support rep for Summagraphics/Houston Instrument, a local manufacturer of plotters and scanners. The course also ties in with my primary avocation--caving, of which the surveying and mapping of cave systems is a major element.

Doug Metz

e-mail: metz@texas.grg.utexas.edu

My name is Doug Metz and I want to try to give you one paragraph that summarizes my beliefs, thoughts and views towards life. I think that we are all here to learn, develop, and inspire each other to live up to our God-given talents and abilities. I think we need to encourage our friends, families, and ourselves to reach for our dreams, to inspire each other, and to "master our existence." My heroes and role models are people who are driven, focused, and passionate about whatever it is that they do. I try to emulate people who are the best at what they do. These people share certain qualities that we all should learn from, like determination, vision, commitment , and courage. My goal for myself is to have fun, lead a balanced life, share good times with friends and family, inspire others to achieve excellence, and to be "the best" at something before i die!

Melissa Miller

e-mail: miller@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

I am a geography major, and have lived in Austin, Texas, for the past four years. The track I am specializing in is environmental resource management. This track of the geography department has provided me with knowledge ranging from the subsistence practices of indigenous societies; to legislation concerning environmental policies of the United States as well as global environmental policy; endangered species and habitat loss; environmental polling procedures; and currently, computer cartography. My interests lie in the Pacific Northwest, and I have written two papers, "The Inherent Biological Values of Old-Growth Forests", and "The Effects of Deforestation on Salmon Runs in the PNW". My reason for interest in this region is that I would like to put my effort in an area where I could advent the most positive environmental change, that would also have an immense impact on global relations concerning the preservation of the remaining forests. My hopes are of moving to the region by September of 1995. The picture shown was taken in Oregon this past summer, when I camped, hiked, and experienced from Portland to Eugene, to Bend, and lastly, Cape Lookout. The trip provided me with images, mental pictures, with which to further my ensuing focus on this beautiful area of the Earth.

Katrin "Kat" Molch

e-mail: katrin.m@mail.utexas.edu

molch@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: who knows, probably '96 or '97

Hi, I'm an International student from Freiburg / Germany. Over there I've just finished my second year in a master's program majoring in Geography and Cultural Anthropology. While at UT Austin I'm an RTF (Radio-TV-Film) major, though. I find it difficult to decide whether to stick with Geography or go back to Film/TV which is what I did for a living before I went to University. Somehow I'd like to combine both areas, like producing documentaries on geographical issues. Maybe some day. For now I'm just happy to be here; Austin is a great place.

Nathan Morris

Grad date: 12/95

e-mail: Natelimor@mail.utexas.edu

morris@texas.grg.utexas.edu

I lived in Lubbock, Texas, for the first 18 years of my life at the same house with the same parents. I had a great time growing up. I played every sport you can name, was in every organization, and had every sort of pet a kid can have. Since I've been at UT I've played soccer for UT for 2 1/2 yrs, and I'm now a double Geography/Philosophy major. I'll be in school for another 8 or 10 years, after that I'm not sure yet. I'm a geography major because I like it, no more or less. I play guitar and soccer and read every chance I get.PS Smalltalk stinks.

Yuko Nishikawa

e-mail: nishikwa@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: Aug. 1995

I'm from Nara, Japan. I graduated from Heian Jogakuin ( St. Agnes Jr. College) in English Literature in 1988. I am majoring in Geography, Environmental Resource Management. I've been here for three years to understand different cultures and to improve my English. I am interested in translation from English to Japanese (especially movie translation). My other interests are global environmental problems, ecology etc. I like traveling, driving out to the country, and swimming. Although I do not have very much knowledge of computers, I'm excited to learn about computer technologies and their applications to environmental problems.

Sean O'Neill

e-mail: oneill@texas.grg.utexas.edu

I came to Austin in the fall of 1991 from Northwest Houston where I lived for most of my life. If everything goes as planned I'll be graduating with my geography degree in August of 1995. As you have probably seen I have two brothers, ( I'm the shorter guy in the middle, apparently I didn't drink enough milk) and a step mother who thought it would be "really neat" if we all wore the same shirt and had our picture taken. Anyway, in my free time I play on the UT racquetball team, cycle, and try to get out to the lake once a week and do some sailing. I also work at a small company, Earth Information Systems (EISYS), where I'm learning the ropes of remote sensing and GIS. Hopefully, "The Geographer's Craft" will allow me to contribute more at my job, and get me started on the Internet.

Amy Pritchard

e-mail: Amy.Pritchard@mail.utexas.edu

pritchrd@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation: May 1995

I am a geography major, specializing in the environment resource management track, and a history minor. I'm interested in my roots (I'm Scotch-Irish, English, Welsh) so I've always been particularly interested in medieval England and the UK. in general. This interest lead me to go on the U.T. Summer Geography Program at Oxford 1994. I got a taste of the English culture and was able to "hop" on over to the continent where I went to Munich, Salzburg, and Switzerland. In Interlaken, Switzerland, I was able to go white-water rafting and para-gliding all in one day. Now I can truly say that I do these extraordinary hobbies in my spare time. What more commonly dominates my spare time, although I've been too lazy to pursue them, are ballet, jazz (dancing), tae-kwon-do, and scuba diving. This summer at the Musee Orsay in Paris, I discovered that I like impressionism, such as Degas and Monet. My musical tastes are rather diverse, ranging from Enya to Metallica. After I graduate in May, I'm hoping to work abroad for about a year in Australia, New Zealand, or Britain, and then come back and go to graduate school. I am interested in people (especially helping them) and their cultures, but since there aren't too many six-figured jobs out there for that field of study (like there are for geographers), I never pursued it (living in less-than comfortable accommodations doesn't appeal to me either). As you may have noticed, I have a very sarcastic sense of humor which is considerably tame compared to my brother's. I hope that before or while I'm old and feeble I will get the chance to lead a scaled down version of Indiana Jones' life (I used to want to be an archaeologist). I would like to visit all the major continents. What always puts a smile on my face is my 14-month old nephew, Kane.

David Robertus

e-mail: d.robertus@mail.utexas.edu

robertus@texas.grg.utexas.edu

A little about me- a student of geography and economics, and of martial arts. Prefer to read than watch TV (a rebelby today's standards, I guess). Occasionally I get a milddigital-philia, but I am an analog kind of guy at heart.My hobbies are history, physics, psychology, rock climbing,guitar, and Zen. I believe it is human nature to beoptimistic about the future, but I'm not sure how humane the future looks. My plans for the future are to preserve a place for a more fundamental and holistic way of life. I'mnot too wild about the whole capitalistic greed thing, but if that's the rules of the game then I intend to play hardball. That's the easy part. It's harder not to sellout in the process.

Stephen Sheridan

e-mail: sher@texas.grg.utexas.edu

sher@mail.utexas.edu

Graduation: December, 1994

I am a graduating senior studying Environmental Resource Management here at the University of Texas at Austin. I am interested in resource conservation, land management, and wildlife management. My main passion outside of school is photography: commercial, nature, landscape, and architecture. My goal is to obtain a job in my field of study and utilize my photographic skills during research or even progress to a more photographer-oriented position. Other interests are cycling, mountain biking, hiking, tennis, sailing, antiques and the wonderful world of beer!!! My friends and I enjoy tantalizing our taste buds with the many brews from around the world and especially those from brew pubs. Cheers!!!

Damian Smith

e-mail: smith.damian@mail.utexas.edu

smith@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Expected graduation: 7/95

Damian W. Smith (born 1965 in Detroit, Michigan) is a senior inGeography at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in geographicalmethods and techniques. He currently works as a cartographer/environmental site assessor for Agency Information Consultants, Inc.--an environmentalconsulting firm. Other experience includes: an internship at the United States Geologic Survey (Summer, 1993) and the Texas General Land Office (Summer, 1994). He studied the English landscape at Brasenose College,Oxford, this summer and hopes to publish a book about Detroit's evolutioninto a rust-belt city. He has also been a member of the United States Air Force for ten years. Scholastic accomplishments include: Golden Key National Honor Society (1992) and U.T. Scholar (1994). His interests are golf, tennis, jazz/rhythm & blues, and antique auto restoration.

Nate Weber

e-mail: nweber@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu

weber@texas.grg.utexas.edu

Graduation Date: May of 1995

Hi there ! I'm Nate. I'm a philosophy major who does more biology and computer stuff than the average bear. I am getting a "well-rounded" liberal arts education, and I like it ! I am going to graduate soon and will be going to graduate school in regional and urban planning for ecology and sustainable development. Things that I like are: (philosophically) existentialism, Zen, and maybe even post modernism (not quite sure yet). Other things I like are: (real stuff) R.E.M., nutter butters, and the color green. What I really like is the Internet. This was a neat discovery, and is a place I find myself spending more time and more time and... well, you get the picture. Hope to meet you on the Net !