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Motlow's Lisa Mayo joins area geographers at Radnor Lake Summit

Dec. 3, 2014

Radnor Lake State Natural Area and Friends of Radnor Lake recently hosted the Middle Tennessee Cultural Geography Summit, inviting geographers from K-12 institutions, community colleges and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).

Among those in attendance, from left, Dr. Doug Heffington, director of global studies and cultural geography at MTSU; Fernando Gonzalez, adjunct professor of global studies at MTSU; Will Frisby, Derek Frisby, instructor of history at MTSU; Deborah Toothaker, assistant professor of geography at Columbia State Community College; Dr. James Chaney, lecturer of global studies at MTSU; Keith Bell, associate professor of geography at Volunteer State Community College; Lisa Mayo, assistant professor of geology at Motlow College; Kristi Neuroth, geography teacher at Ravenwood High School; and Rene Bataille, assistant professor of geography and history at Nashville State Community College. Photo provided.
Lisa Mayo, assistant professor of geology at Motlow College, represented the College at the meeting.

According to the Radnor Lake website (, the meeting dealt with topics such as changing geography curriculum, the new Tennessee Promise program, and the state of geography within the greater Nashville metro area.

At the summit, the group of geographers hiked the Historic Valve House Trail. MTSU geography students recently contributed to the interpretation of the historic archeology of the trail area and the hikers were able to see and discuss the recent contributions.

"We spent a great day getting to know each other," said Mayo. "We explored our different programs while searching for effective ways to enhance our geography courses and programs at a time when, as many observed, our students need knowledge of our world and its people more than they have at any other time in history."

According to Mayo, the group consisted of familiar and new faces. The geographers decided to meet in order to discuss how to advance their respective geology and geography programs, including the one at Motlow College.

"Students need knowledge of the nations of the world and where they are located if they are to be the global citizens we need them to be," continued Mayo. "It was with this in mind that we all decided to get together and plan for the future of geography in our institutions and build on the programs already in place."