Gamma Theta Upsilon

The International Geographical Honor Society


GTU Announcements

Coming Soon: Chapter Sponsor Award

September, 2020 Issue of the GTU Newsletter is now available on our Newsletter page.

May, 2020 Volume 61-1 of The Geographical Bulletin is now available online.

April, 2020-Comptroller Nominations Sought The GTU Nominations Committee seeks candidates for consideration as nominees for the position of comptroller. Read more

Award winners, 2020 recipients announced:
Chapter Awards

Promote GTU on your campus:

Brochure PDF Gamma Theta Upsilon brochure

PowerPoint to display or edit

Find us on Facebook

Gamma Theta Upsilon Scholarships


Dr. Orland Maxfield:

Dr. Maxfield has, perhaps, the longest history with GTU, having first become involved in 1963 when he established a chapter at the University of Arkansas extending to his service as Historian through 2002. Dr. Maxfield received his Bachelor’s degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1945 and his Master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1946. He accepted a position in the Department of Geology at the University of Arkansas. 

Within two years, Professor Maxfield successfully negotiated for the creation of the Department of Geography at the University of Arkansas.  In 1950, he left Arkansas temporarily to pursue his doctorate degree, and completed his course work in one year, after which he returned to Arkansas. He completed research and was awarded the PhD degree in 1963. Dr. Maxfield served as Chair of the Geography Department (now the Department of Geosciences) at the University of Arkansas for many years.

Dr. Maxfield’s service to GTU is extensive. He served as Executive Secretary continuously from 1972 through 1992, after which he became President (1993-1994) and then he served as Historian, from 1998 through 2003. Dr. Maxfield died in 2003 at the age of 78.


Return to Scholarships