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2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award: Dr. Manik Hwang

In 2010, the Department instituted the Outstanding Alumnus Award to honor those graduates who have gone on to have successful careers in geography. The first such award was made to Dr. Manik Hwang, who received his Ph.D. in 1982. Dr. Hwang’s distinguished career includes his being the Chair of the Department of Geography Education at Seoul National University, Dean of the College of Education at Seoul National University, President of the Korean Cartographic Association, and Vice President of the Korean Society for Environmental Education. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Distinguished Education Contribution Award from the Korean Society of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry, and Cartography. His first award at UT was recognition for academic excellence by the Office of International Student Affairs back in 1974. Even with these and other major awards, Manik feels that the Outstanding Alumnus Award is “the greatest honor for me in my career….” The award was presented at the
Department’s annual awards colloquium in April, 2010. The event was made even more special because Manik was joined by his wife, Booja, sons Adon and Dennis, and Dennis’ fiancée Anne. In April, his twin grandchildren Theodore and Dorthy Hwang attended their first AAG meeting in Washington, DC. We will have to wait a while to see what university they will attend as they are only 2 years old!