Annual Conference Spring 2022 – Press Release

The North Carolina Geographical Society (NCGS) Annual Conference will be held on March 18, 2022 on the beautiful campus of UNC Greensboro and will begin at 9:30 am. More information will be provided in the future on the exact location. For people unable to attend in person, there will be a hybrid option as well. Registration deadline is February 25th. The conference will consist of paper and poster presentations, lunch, Keynote Speaker, and the Annual Business Meeting. Lunch will be included in the cost.

Kent Rothrock will be the Keynote Speaker. Mr. Rothrock, the owner of Highland Mapping, Inc., is a GIS analyst, programmer, and database administrator with a background in cadastral mapping and Enterprise GIS implementations. With over 25 years of experience, he serves as Senior Project Manager and has worked for numerous public and private clients throughout his career. He continues to help clients manage all types of data (spatial and non-spatial), implement custom tools and processes, build complex applications, and provides high-quality DBA support. Kent holds a M. A. Degree in Geography from Appalachian State University.

According to Jesse Lane, President of NCGS, “we are excited to see all of our geography colleagues this year. This will be a wonderful opportunity for academics, professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students to show off their work and network with other professionals in North Carolina. I would like to extend a special thank you the Kent for agreeing to be our keynote speaker. I am looking forward to seeing his presentation.”

If you are interested in attending the Annual Conference, please visit the registration page. If you are not a current member, please create an account. This account does not convey membership, until you register for the conference, but it will allow you to use the abstract submission system. Abstracts are sought for paper and poster presentations for the meeting no later than March 4th. Paper submissions should focus on geographic themes connected to North Carolina or the Southeast in-general, while poster submissions are open to any topic or theme. Details regarding abstract submission can be found on the abstract submission page.

NCGS Business Meeting Minutes 12 March 2021

Meeting Date & Time: March 12, 2021, 11:50 AM


  • Joyce Clapp, UNCG (President)
  • Jesse Lane, UNCG (Vice President)
  • Jesse Rouse (Past President)
  • Philip Beach (Secretary)
  • Yongjun Lei (Steering Committee)
  • Corey Johnson
  • Lara Bryant
  • Julia Cardwell
  • Dennis Edgell

Online via Zoom

The meeting began at 11:50 AM at the conclusion of the 2021 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Geographical Society. President Joyce Clapp provided an introduction and welcome.

Agenda Items and Other Discussion:

  1. Status of Geographer Journal: Plans are underway to publish several journal articles in 2021. Richard Truinstra has agreed to assist with the review and submission process.
  2. Newsletters: April 1st has been tentatively set as the date for the submission of newsletters.
  3. Bank Account: Jesse Rouse is in the process of transferring Society money from PayPal to a local credit union. More information will be provided to the committee in the future.
  4. Nominations: The following positions were nominated via unanimous consent:
    • Jesse Lane – President
    • Joyce Clapp – Vice President
    • Philip Beach – Secretary
    • Jesse Rouse – Treasurer
    • Lara Bryant – Steering Committee
    • Chris McGinn – Steering Committee
    • Yongjun Lei – Steering Committee

The next meeting is TBD.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 PM.

NCGS Business Meeting Minutes May 2019

  • Suggestion to move the NCGS meeting to Nov 1 avoid other conferences in Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC on Oct 25 
    • Will to work with UNCG to order lunches, room organization, etc 

    • Conference ideas and information

    • Grad (and undergrad) student career discussion

      • Panel for conference 

      • Job options for grads (non-academic and academic)

        • Corey (UNCG) happy to spearhead session 

      • Grad school tables for undergrads

      • Information session for undergrads?

    • Call for participation timeline

      • Mid-August call, abstracts due Oct 4 or 11

      • Schedule (all-day Nov 1) 

      • Morning for presentations

      • Lunch PhD student or public geographer as keynote speaker

      • Afternoon geo-bowl (and business meeting)

    • Develop tentative schedule for July meeting (Jesse)

    • Flyer to send out in August

  • Deferred conversation on journal to next meeting

  • Quick review of Geography at institutions in attendance

NCGS 2017 Meeting this Friday

The first meeting of the NCGS in a few years is just a few days away on Friday, 3 November. We are looking forward to a small, but informative meeting that will include three poster presentations and five ~15 minute presentations, in addition to the business meeting.

The NCGS Meeting will take place at the WSSU Enterprise Center (1922 S. MLK Jr. Dr, Winston-Salem, NC - in the lower level computer lab.

The general agenda for the day is:
10:00 – Opening Remarks
10:15 – Business Meeting
11:45 – Lunch (provided) and Posters
12:45 – Oral Presentations

Please be sure to register for the event if you are attending ( you will need to log in to receive your member discount).

Press release: The North Carolina Geographical Society seeks presentation submissions for 2017 annual meeting

The North Carolina Geographical Society (NCGS) will hold its 2017 annual meeting on November 3rd in Winston-Salem, NC. The event, organized by Winston-Salem State University and MapForsyth, will include the society’s annual business meeting, a lunch that includes poster viewing, and an afternoon of presentations. A call for presentations and posters is open through October 8th. Information about the NCGS 2017 Annual Meeting, call for presentations and posters, and online registration can be found at

“We are excited to bring the North Carolina Geographical Society and the NCGS annual meeting to Winston-Salem,” said Jesse Rouse, Interim President of the NCGS. “The meeting offers a great opportunity for Geography professionals in public and private positions, students, and others to share their interest in the state we live and work in.”

Abstracts are sought for paper and poster presentations for the meeting by October 8th. Paper submissions should focus on geographic themes connected to North Carolina, while poster submissions are open to any topic or theme. Details regarding abstract submission can be found at

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About the North Carolina Geographical Society:
The North Carolina Geographical Society (NCGS) is a professional organization for individuals across private and public entities who work with, or are simply interested in Geography. As the society approaches its 30th anniversary in 2020 it seeks to broaden its impact by refocusing its efforts in the state.