Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bourbonnais, Illinois

Now that I'm about to start my Masters degree at SFASU, I thought I'd give the time-machine treatment to the university whose amazing geology program really flung me forward with my passions for everything Earth.

This week's post features my alma mater, Olivet Nazarene University.  It's a pretty small liberal arts college about 45 minutes south of Chicago.  I received my BS in geological sciences here in May 2012.  As you can tell by the imagery, the school has added a number of big shiny buildings to the campus in the last 13 years.  These include the Weber Center (appearing in the center of the map on the 2005 frame), the Centennial Chapel (appearing in the bottom center on the 2010 frame), and the new rec center (appearing above the Weber Center in the 2012 frame).  A number of smaller buildings and parking can also be seen popping up.  If you look at the very top right of the frame, right where "West" would be on the compass rose,  you'll see two pairs of buildings separated by a parking lot.  That was my apartment complex during my junior and senior year.  I lived in the bottom right building (it was a long walk to the science building on the opposite side of campus in the cold and windy Midwestern winter!).

The animation below shows the years: 1999, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords:     41°09'19.60"N     87°52'17.91"W

Check back in two weeks to see the filling of a reservoir (as opposed to the emptying of one!)


  1. The overhead view of Olivet is disorienting! I'm betting that's because I've been there.

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