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Dr. Richard A. Crooker

Dr. Richard A. Crooker Retires
After 30 years of dedicated service to the Kutztown University Department of Geography, Dr. Crooker retired following the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester.  In his retirement, Dr. Crooker plans to continue to publish scholarly research adding to his already outstanding list of publications.  Dr. Crooker also looks forward to spending time with his grandson, and at the beach.  Congratulations Dr. Crooker on your well earned retirement! 






Book coverDr. Mathias J. Le Bossé co-authored the second edition of The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment with Robert C. Ostergren of The University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The book has been hailed as "A superb introduction to European geography..." and "Well written and admirably comprehensive..." by book reviewers.  The book was published in 2011 by the Guilford Press.  Dr. Le Bossé expects to soon begin working on the third edition. 











Bob ZiegenfusDr. Robert C. Ziegenfus honored for his work preserving agricultural land in Berks County.  Follow this link for details.





Davis testimony announcement

Dr. Michael A. Davis gave testimony in Rep. Steve McCarter's House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on "Perception vs. Reality and the Science of Global Warming and Climate Change" on Tuesday, August 26 @ Curtis Arboretum in Wyncote, PA. More details can be found at





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Dr. Richard S. Courtney produced 16 maps for publication in The Colonial Caribbean: Landscapes of Power in the Plantation System authored by James A. Delle, formerly chair of the Kutztown University Department of Anthropology and Sociology.













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Dr. Richard S. Courtney produced 18 color maps for the second edition of  Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity by Saenger, Malt, and Crilley.  The book is available for purchase through the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society website and at many local bookstores.












Dr. Robert N. Martin

Dr. Robert N. Martin Retires
After 30 and one-half years at KU, Dr. Robert N. Martin retired at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.  He does so after establishing an enviable track record of scholarly work, conference presentations, and successful alumni.  A big send off for Bob was held in the lobby area of the Graduate Center on May 2.  Many current students, faculty and administrators, and alumni came to pay tribute to Bob.  We wish Bob Martin all the best in his well-deserved retirement.