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FSU Geography Students Produce Map for Great Allegheny Passage Users

Frostburg State University students in Dr. Fritz Kessler’s Geography 415 course have produced a new, up-to-date map of the downtown Frostburg area for users of the Great Allegheny Passage.

Geography 415 is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the mapping sciences field. Specifically, this course looks at map design as a solution to spatial problems.

“Since developing this course, I have intentionally tried to incorporate real-world mapping situations to help students apply their knowledge. Finding real-world mapping situations is not hard to do; the process just requires a bit of careful observation,” Kessler said.

Kessler’s previous classes have succeeding in producing new maps for both the kiosk inside the U.S. Post Office on Main Street, as well as outside the Thrasher Carriage Museum. The maps chosen by the city were produced at no cost to the city.

During the spring of 2007 Kessler proposed a new map for users of the Great Allegheny Passage. The goal was to design a map that would help trail users become familiar with the businesses and services available in downtown Frostburg. The new map is currently displayed in the kiosk at the trailhead, and was designed by FSU student Steven Guinn. Guinn’s map was chosen from among Kessler’s students as the one whose design best evoked a sense of what Frostburg has to offer trail users.

For information about FSU’s Geography department, contact Kessler at 301-687-4266 or -end-

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