TUgis is a cooperative undertaking of three primary partners—Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Department of Information Technology, and Towson University—and is overseen by the TUgis Advisory Committee, which is dedicated to growing and empowering the GIS community throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
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TUgis Advisory Committee
The TUgis Advisory Committee functions in an oversight and advisory capacity to ensure that the TUgis conference addresses the needs of the GIS community. Sub-committees focus on specific sectors to grow participation and increase the quality of the conference each year.
Jonathan Dandois, Johns Hopkins University
Linda Loubert, Ph.D., GISP, Morgan State University
Sean Lynn, Washington College
Marty Roberge, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University
Ardys Russakis, Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research, Towson University
Michael Blahut, Maryland Department of Transportation
Patrick Callahan, Prince George’s County
Julia Fischer, GISP, Maryland State Department of IT
John Lesko, Maryland State Department of IT
Katy Maglio, Anne Arundel County
Shawn Wampler, City of Annapolis
Gabe Creighton, JMT Technology Group
Anthony Dowell, AECOM
Christina Gladmon, Spatial Systems Associates, Inc.
Bill Pugh, Charles P. Johnson & Associates
Julie Spangler, GISP, JMT Technology Group
Marshall Stevenson, Whitney Bailey Cox Magnani, LLC
Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
Niki Miller, Vice Chair, MSGIC
Graham Twibell, Chair, MSGIC
Frequently Asked Questions
Year over year, we are very pleased with consistent and increased participation in TUgis. We’ve developed a comprehensive FAQ to help answer your questions.
TUgis is held at TU to support a low-cost, but high quality conference for you, our attendees. The TUgis advisory committee considers the location each year, but key factors continue to anchor the conference to TU, including the space needed to maintain and evolve programming and to maintain registration fees.
The College of Liberal Arts is home to the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, the conference host. Also, the College of Liberal Arts building is currently one of the only buildings that can support our space needs and number of attendees.
The academic calendar drives when TUgis is held. TUgis brings 500+ visitors to campus and the goal is to ensure we have adequate, easily accessible space. While TUgis was historically held during the spring semester, scheduling conflicts caused TUgis to move to August.
Due to construction of the University Union, which started in 2017, there is no space available on campus to gather 200+ people in one location that’s within walking distance of the College of Liberal Arts.
Each year the TUgis advisory committee evaluates event outcomes (survey responses, session attendance numbers, exhibitor feedback, presenter evaluations, and staff observations) which influences changes in the programming schedule. The committee takes a lot of time debating the flow of the conference and how well it will be received by attendees. Our goal is to give as many people as possible the chance to share their work during presentations while still dedicating ample networking time. We believe having choices about what to attend is a really good thing for everyone.
No. Participation has remained steady over the past five years with roughly 600 attendees and 85 sessions annually.
No. Our exhibit halls have sold out year after year. We’re honored that so many corporate, government, and non-profit organizations choose to invest in Maryland’s Geospatial Conference and we’re working to find new sponsorship opportunities that showcase and recognize Maryland vendors.
In 2019, the West Gallery exhibit space was modified to include an additional anchor booth. To accommodate this, three standard exhibit spaces were removed. In addition, the non-profit exhibit space was eliminated to allow for a larger beverage station space and MSGIC meet-up location.
These five goals are at the core of all decisions made when establishing the programming for TUgis each year:
- Build and foster relationships within the GIS community
- Expose students to the GIS profession
- Share best practices for using GIS to address critical issues
- Highlight the latest advances in the field
- Celebrate the accomplishments and work of GIS colleagues
People = Networking
This is one of the most significant parts of TUgis—the opportunity to connect and re-connect with peers, partners, and friends. Year after year this is reported as what attendees enjoy most about TUgis.
The advisory committee is responsible for creating the entire TUgis program and schedule. This is an active committee—all members pitch in to support TUgis. New members are invited to join this volunteer committee as this is what keeps our event ideas current and relevant to our audience.
TUgis is a partnership between Towson University, Maryland Department of IT, and Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC). Since 2013, these three entities have been locked in arm to grow, improve, and provide Maryland GIS professionals with a valuable event.