October 20th & 21st

We welcome you to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in the heart of Connecticut. CCSU.EDU

The goal of this conference is to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners whose research, teaching, and job-related interests fall into the broad realm of human, environmental, and physical geography. We invite papers from scholars, teachers, and students who are not only from geography departments, but from any other discipline such as earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, or business, where the focus of research is related to physical, environmental and human geography in a broad way.

Conference Theme:  Geography in the Community

The theme of this year’s conference is Geography in the Community.  CCSU has recently become the home of  the Connecticut Geographic Alliance.  CCSU has traditionally hosted the middle school state Geography Bee, and will host the high school geography challenge for the first time on May 22, 2018. We are proud to have strong connections with the geography education community in the state and region and are also pleased to have educated so many applied geographers who work in the fields of GIS, planning, health care, sustainability practices, natural resources, economic development, and tourism.


Meeting Overview

Social Sciences Hall, Lobby

Friday 2pm- 7pm: Pizza & Geography Bowl

Saturday 8am-5pm concurrent paper and poster sessions

Student paper and poster competitions

Saturday 12pm-2pm Business Lunch

Saturday 2pm-3pm Keynote speaker: Dr. Reena Patel

Saturday 3pm-6pm Field trip:

Middletown, CT – Main Street revitalization (lead by Dr. Tim Garceau and Jake Fusco)


Conference Organizers

Faculty, staff, and students of the
Department of Geography, Central Connecticut State University

 Questions? Contact Cynthia Pope, NESTVAL 2017 chair (popec@ccsu.edu/860-832-2799)


These Awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are current NESTVAL members. The Student Poster Award competition ($300 USD) is open to individual students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as teams of students (undergraduate, graduate, mixed teams).

We will hold two student paper competitions, the David Frost Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper ($350 USD) and the NESTVAL Graduate Student Paper Award ($350USD).

Posters and papers may not be co-authored by faculty members and must be presented in person to the panel of judges at the annual conference. Winning papers will be invited for submission and peer review in the Northeastern Geographer. Papers may be co-authored, if all authors are students. Evaluation is made by the NESTVAL Student Awards Committee based on the extended abstract and the presentation. To enter the student paper or poster competition, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Be a member of NESTVAL and register for the conference.
  2. Submit the regular abstract to the NESTVAL2017 conference.
  3. Posters, will need to be displayed at the conference venue during the designated time and will be judged by a panel of experts based on the content and visual presentation of the research project.


Papers will be judged based on an extended abstract as well as the presentation. In order to be eligible for the paper competition please submit an extended abstract, via e-mail (attached as .pdf or .docx) to:  heidkampc1@southernct.edu . Submission deadline is September 29, 2017.

Extended abstracts are required for all paper presentation entries and must use the following format:

  1. 1,250 words maximum. Cover page, literature cited page, figures and tables do not count as text.
  2. It is suggested that the extended abstract discuss, to the extent applicable, the following topics: introduction, background, methodology, results, conclusions
  3. Use 12 point font (Times New Roman suggested)
  4. Use one inch margins on sides, top and bottom
  5. Double space all text lines
  6. Use an academically accepted style for referencing sources, including figures and tables.
  7. Attach a cover page with the following information as indicated below:

Title of Paper

Author(s) Name

New England—St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society,

Indicate Graduate or Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

Annual Meeting at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, Oct. 20-21, 2017

 Please direct questions to

Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D., NESTVAL Vice President



AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at a Regional Meeting

This award is designed to encourage graduate student participation at AAG Regional Division meetings and support their attendance at AAG Annual Meetings. Each awardee will receive $1,000 in funding for use towards the awardee’s registration and travel costs to the AAG Annual Meeting.

To be considered for an award, each graduate student will need to register to attend their fall Regional Division meeting and submit their paper at that time. Awards will be presented at each Regional Division meeting.

To find out your Regional Division and who to contact, visit the AAG Regional Divisions page and select your state on the map. For questions about registering for the fall Regional Division meetings, please contact the meeting organizer listed at the bottom of each individual Regional Division page.


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If you have additional questions about the award, please contact Candida Mannozzi (cmannozzi@aag.org).


Please note that the contact information for the NESTVAL region is Dr. Cynthia Pope (popec@ccsu.edu) or 860-832-2799.

 World Geography Bowl 2017

Please consider having a Geo-Bowl team to participate in the Quiz Bowl. For the past few years we have had over ten teams for competition.

The Bowl will occur on Friday October 20th, beginning at 3:00. Pizza and drinks will be available before the bowl from 2 PM on. Try to arrive by 2 PM!

Bowl Team Faculty Advisor or Student Bowl Team Coordinator should e-mail professor Young at Salem State University to register your team for the competition. syoung@salemstate.edu

Directions to registration and the Bowl can be found at nestvalatccsu2017.com.

Link to World Geography Bowl Rules and Link to a set of example questions are mid-way down the page on the left:






*Please note that we will post room assignments soon for the GeoBowl and Paper Sessions*


2:00 PM—Registration is Open, Lobby of Social Sciences Hall


3:00 PM-7:00 PM—Pizza and GeoBowl, Lobby of Social Sciences Hall




8:00 AM—Registration is open, Lobby of Social Sciences Hall


8:30-10:15 AM Paper Sessions A:

  1. Workshop (K. Bayr and A. Kowel, Organizers), SSH 125
  2. Transportation Geography, SSH 105
  3. Urban Geography, SSH 106


10:15-10:30 Break


10:30-12:00 Paper Sessions B:

  1. Cultural Geography, SSH 105
  2. Environmental Geography, SSH 106
  3. Tourism Geography, SSH 109


12:00-1:45 NESTVAL Board Meeting and Lunch, Memorial Hall (Connecticut Room)


2:00-3:00 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Reena Patel, Memorial Hall (Connecticut Room)

“From Geography to Diplomacy: Tales of Transition and Everything In-Between”


3:15-5:00 Poster Session, Memorial Hall (Connecticut Room)


3:15-5:00 Middletown Field Trip (Meeting place details forthcoming)


3:30-5:00 Paper Sessions C:


  1. Food & Health Geographies, SSH 105
  2. Geography in Education, SSH 106

1) Workshop: The Massachusetts School Atlas in Elementary Education (limited to 15 participants)

Klaus J. Bayr, Keene State College, and Arlene Kowal, Elms College

Location: SSH 125


2) Transportation Geography

Session Chair:   Tim Garceau, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Washington D.C. Sustainable Transportation: Verifying the Need for a New Commuter Rail Line Connector, Maryland-to-Virginia Direct, Tim Wendeborn, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Modern Highway Revolt to Modern Roundabouts:   The Story of a Small New England City, Tim Garceau, Central Connecticut State Univ.


The Suitability of Diverse Transit Modes in Freiberg, Germany, Caryn DeCrisanti, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Valuing How the City Moves:  Cycling for Transportation in Prado, Brazil, Ana Mesquita Emlinger, Salem State Univ., and Rita Bruno, Catholic Univ. Dom Bosco




3) Urban Geography

Session Chair:  Richard Benfield, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Racially-Biased Profiling and Neighborhood Characteristics:  A Case Study in Toronto, Canada, Yunliang Meng, Central Connecticut State Univ.


The Historical Economic Development of the Naugatuck Valley Region in Connecticut and its Relationship with Deindustrialization, Courtney Pease, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


Quantifying Built Environment Transitions in Detroit, Michigan using Innovative and Accessible Geospatial Technologies, George C. Bentley, Framingham State Univ., and Dean M. Hanink, Univ. of Connecticut


The relationship between School Aged Children an Low Income Housing in the New England Region,

      Michael Gaffney, Central Connecticut State Univ.


4) Cultural Geography

Session Chair:  Eric S. West, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


The Intersection of Security, Scale & Citizenship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Katrinka Somdahl-Sands, Rowan Univ.


“I wasn’t even in their fuckin’ army anymore”:  Liminality, Confusion and the End of Home in Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979), Eric S. West, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


Exploring and Operationalizing the Beach Walkability Construct Based on Tourist’s Perception: An Empirical Study Conducted in the East Midnapore Beaches, Shamayeta Bhattacharya, Univ. of Connecticut



5) Environmental Geography

Session Chair:  Charles Button, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Mapping Sandbars in the Connecticut River Watershed for Endangered Species Conservation, Bogumila Backiel, Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst


Impacts of the Hop Brook Reservoir on Down Stream Water Quality and Chemistry, Charles E. Button, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Hedonic Price Modeling to Quantify the Value of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, NY, Anthony Campbell, Univ. of Rhode Island.



6) Tourism Geography

Session Chair:  William Price, Central Connecticut State Univ.


More than a Game – Hotel Revenue Management and College Athletics:  A Ten-Year Study from a Major College Football Team in the USA, Jeffrey Kreeger, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Geographic Footprints of Major NCAA Conferences, with Perspectives from Storrs to Houston and Cincinnati to Orlando, William H. Berentsen, Univ. of Connecticut.


Coal Dust in the Wind:  Interpreting Industrial Heritage and Identity in South Wales, William Price, Central Connecticut State Univ.

7) Food & Health Geographies

Session Chair: Peter Kyem, Central Connecticut State Univ.


Cultivating Food for a Changing Climate:  Toward a Resilience Assessment, by Darren Bardati, Bishop’s Univ.


Permaculture Demonstration Sites in the Northeast:  Complexity and Promise for Sustainability, Networks and Social Strategies, Brian W. Conz, Westfield State Univ.


Africa’s Food Security Crisis and the Promise of Biotechnology, Peter Kyem, Central Connecticut State Univ.


’Re-Wilding’ as a Health Strategy in the Anthropocene, Chelsea Leiper, Univ. of Delaware

 8) Geography in Education

Session Chair:  C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


Designing GIS Exercises for the K-12 Classroom, Matthew D. Miller, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


The Rural Semester Program as a Learning Experience for Immersing Undergraduates in Community Service, Andy Jolly-Ballantine, Univ. of Connecticut


Challenges and Opportunities in International Field Excursions:  Lessons from SCSU’s Iceland Summer Study Abroad Program, C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


Faculty-Led Study Abroad Travel:  Pitfalls and Possibilities, Brian M. Cacchiotti, Salem State Univ., & Judith Otto, Framingham State Univ.


Potential Changes in Non-Point Source Pollution in New Haven Harbor:  2001-2011, Griffin Garabedian, Southern Connecticut State Univ.


Google Street View-based Analysis of Influence of ‘Curb Appeal’ on the Single-Family House Prices, Awanti Acharya, Univ. of Connecticut


Understanding Juvenile Tree Stewardship through a Forestry Census in Post-Industrial Medium-Sized Cities, Joseph Mogel, Hannah Corney & Miles Weule, Clark Univ.


An Assessment of Juvenile Tree Health and Stewardship on Private Property in Holyoke and Chelsea, Massachusetts, for the Greening the Gateway Cities Program, Eli Baldwin, Meyru Bhanti, & Gemma Wilkins, Clark Univ.


Time Series Analysis and Stochastic Modeling Assessment of Aerosol Optical Depth Using Satellite- and Ground-Based Observations during 2003-2015, Li Xueke, Univ. of Connecticut


There’s Always Room for More Maps, Louise Loomis & Colleen Kruger, Maps for All (M4A)


Saturday, October 21, 2017

2:00 – 3:00 pm (immediately following business lunch)

Memorial Hall – Connecticut Room

Dr. Reena Patel represents our theme of Geography in the Community, and, in this case, the community is global. Reena Patel is a foreign service officer and feminist geographer. As a foreign service officer, she has worked overseas in Spain, Mexico, the Sinai Peninsula, and Iraq. Dr. Patel has a M.S. in Global Technology and Development from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, worked in the IT sector in Massachusetts, and the travel industry in Hawaii. She is the author of Working the Night Shift: Women in India’s Call Center Industry, and her research has been published in various top-tier publications, such as Information Technologies and International Development (MIT Press) and ACME – An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. She has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, and National Security Education Program.

Main Street Revitalization

Like many other small and mid-size cities, Middletown, Connecticut was a bustling center of industrial activity and culture until the factories shuttered and the city experienced a downturn.  Due to deliberate efforts over the past two decades, Middletown has experienced a “renaissance” with a downtown once again as the vibrant center of the community.   This field trip includes a walking tour of the downtown and a visit to the Remington Rand building; a former mill that has become a center of entrepreneurial and commercial activity.   The tour will be led by Jake Fusco, a CCSU Master’s Candidate whose thesis research is focused on the Middletown renaissance and the potential gentrification effects of its redevelopment.  The tour will conclude at one of the downtown establishments (TBD). 


Directions to Campus

From the North (Massachusetts)
Take 91 South to 84 West to Exit 39A, to Rte. 9 South.
Get off Exit 29 and take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the third traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather.

From the Southwest (Stamford/New Haven)
Take 95 North to 91 North to Exit 22 North, to Rte. 9 North.
Follow Rte. 9 North and take Exit 29, Rte. 175.
At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, go straight and follow Fenn Road to the second traffic light, and take a left turn onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the fourth traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather.

From the Southeast (Groton/New London)
Take 95 South to Rte. 9 North to Exit 29, Rte. 175.
At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, go straight and follow Fenn Road to the second traffic light, and take a left turn onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the fourth traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather.

From the East (Hartford)
Take 84 West to Exit 39A, to Rte. 9 South.
Get off Exit 29 and take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the third traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in cases of inclement weather.

From the West (Danbury/Waterbury)
Take I-84 East to Exit 39A, to Rte. 9 South. Take Exit 29 off of Rte. 9 South to Ella Grasso Boulevard and take a right turn to the University.
Alternate Route: Take I-84 East to Exit 35, Rte. 72 East (New Britain exit). Follow Rte. 72 East to Rte. 9 North and take Exit 29 to Cedar Street (Rte. 175).
At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, take a left turn to the second traffic light, and take a right turn onto Paul Manafort Drive to the University.


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Farmington, CT 06032

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Chester Bulkley House Bed & Breakfast

184 Main Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Phone: (860) 563-4236

Nightly Rate: $105.00 – $165.00

Rooms: 5


Red Roof Inn

65 Columbus Blvd

New Britain, CT 06051

Phone: (860) 348-1463



Registration deadline: September 29, 2017

  • Full Registration (Includes NESTVAL Membership) – $100
  • Student Registration (Includes NESTVAL Membership) – $25
  • Teacher/Adjunct/Retiree/Emeritus Registration (Includes NESTVAL Membership) – $35

Saturday Business Lunch – $35

Saturday afternoon guided field trip ” Main Street Revitalization” – $10

**Unfortunately our current online platform does not accept Visa.  We are in process of implementing a new system but it will not be completed in time of the conference so currently the payment methods are MasterCard, Discover, eCheck, personal or business check.  If you have any questions, or your only form of payment is Visa, please contact Diane Cannata, department secretary at 860-832-2785.



Paper abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted to Dr. Cynthia Pope, popec@ccsu.edu by Friday, September 29.  If you are proposing a panel, please include the title of the panel, as well as any panelists that have confirmed.  Please note that panelists should register individually, but will not need to send in an additional abstract.  Paper presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.  Panel may take up the entire session time.

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