All Points of the Compass

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
California State University, Fullerton - Titan Student Union, Pavilions A and B
Reception follows in Humanities 422
Registration form is available at this link

An event showcasing a wide variety of exciting research by CSUF Geography students, faculty, friends, and alumni, and featuring a special keynote presentation.

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All points of the compass

Keynote Presentation:

Traveling Our Magnificent World: A Geographer’s Perspective
Professor Matt Ebiner, El Camino College

Abstract: Throughout Matt Ebiner’s 30 years of teaching college geography he has traveled to 154 countries to better understand the world.  This presentation summarizes his favorite countries, natural landscapes, traditional cultures, impressive cities, and rural regions.

Matt Ebiner grew up in Southern California. He has been teaching geography at El Camino College in Torrance since 1986, has served as president of the Los Angeles Geographical Society, and has served as a board member of the California Geographical Society. In 2010 he established GeoTours, a travel company which organizes and leads tours around the world.  In the last 10 years he has taken travelers to 75 countries, and he himself has visited 154 countries.  He especially loves nature, traditional cultures, photography, running, and hiking, so he usually incorporates these into his travels.

Matt sees the world as a magnificent and fascinating place, and he loves to share the wonders of this world with students and travelers.


Free Event Registration:

All Points of the Compass is completely free to attend and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to attend all or part of the day's events. To facilitate planning and sign-in at the event, we strongly encourage all attendees to complete our short registration form, which is  available at this link. Online registration closes at 11:55pm on Friday, November 1st.

The Compass Cartography Competition
A call for submissions for The Compass Cartography Competition is included herePDF File . Entries will be accepted from students currently enrolled at community colleges and four-year universities in Southern California. The winning entry will receive the Compass Cartography Award, with a $500 prize; there will be cash awards for the second and third place entries. 


Special Opportunities for Community College Students!
We extend a special invitation for prospective transfer students to take part in a tour of the Department of Geography & the Environment after the conclusion of the symposium. See details below. In addition, community college students can participate in the symposium in two ways. First, geography faculty at Southern California community colleges are invited to select up to 3 students from their institutions to present an academic poster at All Points of the Compass. This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding students to present their research in a friendly, supportive setting. Second, community college students are eligible to participate in the "Mapping Orange County" competition described above. Please contact Dr. Zia Salim ( for more information about any of these 3 opportunities.

Department Tour
Undeclared CSUF students and prospective transfer students are invited to take part in a tour of the Department of Geography & the Environment after the conclusion of the symposium! The department tour will include a brief introduction to the department's labs and teaching facilities, presentations from Geography faculty and students, and information about the Geography BA program, resources, and student & career opportunities. The department tour is tentatively scheduled to start at 2:00pm. Please register to attend All Points using the online registration form and indicate that you are interested in the department tour. Contact Dr. Zia Salim ( for more information.


Directions and Parking Information:

Map of Venues and Parking InformationPDF File

Directions to the State College parking structure, which is the nearest structure to the Titan Student Union (symposium location).

Directions to the Eastside parking structure, which is the nearest structure to the Humanities Building (reception location)


For More Information: 

Please contact Dr. Zia Salim (

All Points of the Compass is hosted by the CSUF Geography Club and the CSUF Department of Geography & the Environment with generous support from HSS-ICC.