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*Virtual Event* Southwest Regional Division Fall Meeting

When: November 17-19, 2020





The SWAAG Executives call for all interested people to participate in our annual meeting during Geography Awareness Week. We call on all geographers to participate in any way they can: present, discuss, and encourage others to engage with geography. We call on faculty to encourage your students to do so as well. We call on geography students to participate and enter into the various paper/poster competitions. For those interested in organizing a special session, yes, we appreciate your help in having a successful meeting.

The exact details of the annual meeting are being formulated, but here is what we know. SWAAG will use the same platform as the recent AAG (Denver) Conference, and the AAG is providing the meeting support to successfully conduct a virtual meeting. The SWAAG Executives will be the Program Committee, and we are working on the AAG funding and inviting featured speakers. The registration and abstract submission will be through an "AAG" website that forwards information as necessary to the Execs. The abstract and student competition deadlines are October 16, 2020. There is an extended abstract requirement for entry into the student competitions. The preliminary schedule is to have five sessions per day (9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm) and we will try to balance the number of concurrent sessions with the need to utilize the 19th if necessary. Those interested in organizing sessions, contact me to let me know your preferences.

Similar to the AAG process, the initial action is to register, and then submit abstract.

Registration is $50 for faculty and $25 for students. There is a built-in option to contribute more to help SWAAG in these interesting times. The intent is to subsidize student registrations, student awards, and future actions associated with change fees for next year's meeting in Oklahoma City.

More details to be announced: keynote speakers, workshops, graduate school panel, and explanation of virtual coffee breaks.