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Calling all California GIS Professionals!

CalGIS 2019 will be the milestone 25th annual gathering of the GIS Community in California.

It will take place April 8-10 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Fresno, California.  Start reviewing the workshops and training opportunities, featured speakers, sponsors, and an abundance of breakout and panel sessions. Thank you in advance to the nearly 60 speakers who are preparing their presentations!

Start reviewing the packed agenda here:

Early bird registration and sponsorship discounts until February 15.

Registration options range from single day to full conference, with substantial discounts for full-time students, young professionals and members of CGIA and/or California URISA Chapters.

Full registration includes attendance at one full or half-day workshop on Monday, April 8, 2019 (normally an additional fee). Full Registration also includes access to the Exhibition, all educational sessions, proceedings, networking events, two hosted luncheons, and vendor educational sessions.

CalGIS 2019 Student Showcase Opportunities 

  • The Student Showcase is a session of 5-7 minutes lightning talks. This is a feature opportunity for students to showcase diverse topics of class projects or research ideas that apply GIS. We encourage both undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals. It is a great way to let your fellow students and others in the GIS community to know your work in a no-stress environment.
  • Submit Your Proposal: If you are interested in giving a student showcase/lightning talk during CalGIS 2019, please send an email to An-Min Wu ( with your name, school, current year & major, the title and a brief abstract (up to 200 words) of your talk. The deadline for the submission is Tuesday, February 20, 2019. Notifications of the selected submissions will be sent out by early March.

Review sponsorship opportunities:
Click here for registration and venue details:

Follow @CalGIS and #CalGIS2019

Other NorCal URISA News
Q:  What's better than Happy Hour with GIS folks?
A:  A Mappy Hour for a good cause!

All are invited to a monthly Humanitarian Mappy Hour every third Tuesday of the month. On February 19, join us at Old Soul Coffeehouse in midtown Sacramento, 1716 L Street (enter from the Alley) Bring a laptop (a mouse is highly recommended) and participate in a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) mapping project. No special software is required, just a web browser. No prior experience with OpenStreetMap  is required either. "HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. We work together to provide map data which revolutionizes disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals."  Learn more at  . Drop by between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Old Soul 's menu includes artisan roasted coffee, tea, juices, tasty snacks and light meals, beer, wine, and cider. Hope to see you there!

Sacramento GIS User Group News

Over the last several years, the fine folks at Interwest Consulting hosted meetings of the Sacramento GIS User Group. Not only did they bring together remarkable presenters, they also maintained a website and MeetUp page. On January 24, NorCal URISA co-hosted a meeting with the Interwest folks at the Sacramento City Council Chamber, and saw four thought-provoking presentations involving open source GIS. At that meeting, Mark Dumford of Interwest announced that the care and feeding of the User Group is transitioning to NorCal URISA. We'd like to thank Mark and the Interwest folks for keeping this event happening, and we'd like to acknowledge NorCal URISA board members Jason Latoski, Chuan-Shin Chong, and Bryan Ferri for taking on the details of this transition. Please bear with us as we update the websites; eventually the slide decks from the January 24 meeting will be posted. If you were not able to attend, here is a look at what you missed:

Also at that event, Ralph Jaggi, on behalf of the board of the California Geographic Information Association, presented the 2018 Excellence in Education Award to Hugh Howard of the American River College GIS Program. This award was originally announced at GIS Pro-CalGIS 2018 in Palm Springs last October, but Professor Howard was unable to attend that event.
Here are Ralph's comments from January 24:

Welcome all

It is not often, in fact, I would even say it is extremely and incredibly rare, that a student ever gets to do anything so special than I will do together with all of you here, and that is to honor and acknowledge the incredible academic achievements of Dr Hugh Howard, who stands besides me, before you.

One - I am one of the many incalculable students this man has taught, advised, tested, guided, and may I even say - had a strong hand in me graduating with my Associates in Science Degree in GIS from American River College, (ARC).

Two - that through his work web page allowed get me at the age of 64,  get my student intern GIS position at CA State Parks, which I then transitioned to Research Analyst for the last two years.

Now, Dr. Howard’s guidance of the GIS Program began early on, and in earnest just after its creation. He has been there through Accreditation, Faculty growth, course creation and the constant evolving and developing nature of teaching us the latest GIS ideas, and all the tools we use daily as GIS evolves.

Now you may ask, but this is program for an undergraduate degree, quite nice for a 2-year school, but what about beyond that.

Well, I am proud to let you know, two of my ARC classes have been accepted as equivalent to two of Northeastern’s GIS Master courses.

Now that right there is saying something about the Quality of the GIS program of the person we honor today.

So for all you that have been taught or touched in such a positive way, please now stand and join with me as We All give Dr Hugh Howard this outstanding academic achievement award from CGIA in recognizing his incredible accomplishments.

Thank you Dr Howard, it is my pleasure and privilege to be of a part of this process.
-Given by Ralph Jaggi on 1/24/2019

Here is a photo of the current and former students as well as faculty of the American River College GIS Program that were in attendance. (Hugh is the tall guy in the back holding up the award!) 
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This newsletter authored by NorCal URISA Communications Chair Jane Schafer-Kramer.
Contact: jane<dot>schafer-kramer<at>
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