Geographers celebrate 50 years of student engagement at Monash


50-yearsAlmost 60 past and current staff and students from the School of Geography and Environmental Science (GES) gathered recently to celebrate 50 years of the Society of Monash University Geography Students (SMUGS).

The evening was a chance for alumni to reconnect with staff and students from their period of study – and also a chance for the various incarnations of SMUGS to share the stories of their times as students.

From memories of the National Association of Geographers (NAGS) conferences in the 1960s and ’70s, through to fieldwork and reminiscing about colleagues past and present, the night was a hugely enjoyable one, and highlighted one of the consistent experiences of geography at Monash – the social connectedness of those who have been part of a small, but hugely active Department/School over the last 50 years. 

Head of the School, Associate Professor Priya Rangan said students, both past and present, were core to the excellent national and international reputation of geography at Monash.

“The 50th anniversary of SMUGS has been a wonderful opportunity for the School to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and take pride in the leadership roles they play across a wide range of sectors,” Associate Professor Rangan said.

“It has also opened the doors for our current GES students to interact with more of our alumni because they are the best role models for making the most of a Monash Geography education.”

The School of Geography and Environmental Science is continuing its search to connect alumni through social media and more traditional connections. Anyone interested in more information is directed to the Facebook group, or you can contact the School via email arts-ges-enquiries@monash.edu.