- Report of the Seventy-Fifth Annual MeetingOlympia, Washington
October 3–6, 2012
True to the objectives of the Association, the 75th Anniversary Meeting brought together 130 geographers from across the Pacific Coast region to celebrate scholarship. Students and faculty members exchanged ideas through formal presentations and more-casual events, including field trips and social gatherings. Held in Olympia, Washington, the meeting took on a new format with meetings and paper sessions taking place in three different locations.
Some highlights of the meeting included an opening plenary session with representatives of the community providing an overview of the historical and social geography of South Sound; AAG President Eric Sheppard gave the President’s Plenary Address, speaking on the topic of global urbanism; and Jim Keese, APCG president, spoke at the concluding awards banquet on the importance of international education programs as a way to expand student experience of global issues. The banquet also provided an opportunity to present student scholarship and travel awards.
In addition to scholarly activities, the meeting included a business meeting, announcement of the next meeting’s location, and social events. The organization’s anniversary was marked with a reception following President Sheppard’s address. Previous presidents, long-time attendees, and frequent contributors to paper sessions were recognized.
Access to Puget Sound provided the opportunity for participants to take a three-hour cruise on a tall ship, visit local urban forms of sustainability, and travel to more-distant western Washington locations, including the Port of Grays Harbor and the Olympia National Park. The Evergreen State College also welcomed geographers for a tour of their organic farm facility and to experience daily academic life at the 5,000-student public liberal arts college. Evergreen Provost Michael Zimmerman and the geography faculty were pleased to welcome the [End Page 183] group to Olympia. Thanks to everyone for attending the meeting and making it a real success!ref-type="other" id="P-184"/>