St. Lawrence University Geology Alumni Conference 3
    This year we will meet October 1, 2 & 3 (See the schedule in the rear of this letter.)  The Bloomer Lecture will be  presented by a prominent petroleum exploration geologist.  It also appears that this may be Bill Elberty’s last year of teaching before retirement.  I may have more on that for you later.  Put this time firmly aside on your calendar now and fill out the registration form.  Thanks.  Some limited housing is available so please inquire to me.  Certainly there are rooms at Canton’s new Comfort Inn as well as at the University Inn, etc.

Thus far, the following alums have volunteered to be involved with one or more sections of the 1998 conference:

  Tom Loomis - will work on mineral exploration area.
  Ron Budros - will deal with hydrocarbons.
  Gerry Ross - will work with both minerals and hydrocarbons.
  Dean Eppler - will work with planetary exploration.

CONFERENCE GOALS:  These conferences have three purposes as defined by the Department Geology Alumni Council.

 Firstly:  To interact with geology undergraduates both professionally and socially to provide a “real world” connection for students who, though interested in geology, are uncertain where it may lead them after graduation.  By making 10 or 15 minute professional presentations or by participating in a panel discussion our students see you “in action” and hear what our alums do.

 Secondly:  To create an opportunity for geology alumni to return to Brown Hall, see what the program is presently doing, to interact with faculty and with administrators and ultimately to meet as a group to advise the department and the University about new developments in the discipline and to help our faculty and students provide the best geologic education possible at this institution.

 Thirdly:  To serve as an “informing reunion,” that allows alums who now are in a wide range of fields and disciplines to hear, by way of brief professional presentations or by “cocktail chatter,” what their fellows are doing.  The focus is on renewing friendships, building connections, and bringing into our community the present geology students at SLU.

Conference Theme for 1998:

 Geology in Exploration

 This year we hope to return to our “roots” as it were to show our students the many many areas of human endeavor that involve the geosciences as fundamental exploration tools – and how St. Lawrence geologists have a leadership role in many of these.  We would like to have presenters discuss their work in such areas as:
Hydrocarbon Exploration
 Mineral Exploration
 Limnologic and Oceanographic Exploration
 Hydrologic Exploration
 Planetary Exploration
 Earth Information Exploration
 General Career/Life Experience – talks or panel discussions

 You, alums, collectively have a wealth of experience and information to convey to the next generation of geologic scientists.  Do not underestimate the value that you can have by touching the life of any one of our students.  It can be immense.  Most of you have touched on one of these areas of exploration in some fashion, but if you have not, we want you to share your experiences with our students anyway.  Present examples of your work in or out of the geosciences, studies you have done, graduate or BS thesis results or other applications of your SLU education to later life.  These need not be “research talks.”  We hope for a wide range of experiences to be presented “professionally.”  Please participate.  Everyone is welcome.

Conference Calendar

 Arrive:  Thursday, October 1, 1998

  Registration – 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. – Brown Hall, Room 150
  Informal Reception – 8:00-10:00 p.m. – Place T.B.A.

 Friday:  October 2, 1998

  Continental Breakfast – 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. – Brush Alumni House
  Welcome and Introduction  – 8:00 a.m. – Brown Hall
  Topical Presentations – 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. – 10-15 min. Professional Presentations
  Coffee Break – 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  Return to Presentations – 10:30-12:00 noon
  Lunch in the Department – 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  Topical Presentations – 1:15-2:45 p.m.
  Panel or Career Discussions – 3:00-4:30 p.m.
    Possible topics:  Future of Geological Exploration; Careers of Women in Geology;
            Geology and Public Policy; Geoscience Facilities
  Social Hour and Reception – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Sykes Commons
  Welcome to St. Lawrence Today – SLU President Daniel Sullivan – 7:45 p.m.
  Dr. Robert O. and Vera Bloomer Banquet & Lecture – 8:00 p.m.
   (The Bloomer Lecture is presented by a prominent Geologist often a St. Lawrence Alum or friend.  This year’s speaker will be in that tradition.)
  Awards, Honors, Messages – J. Mark Erickson & John Bursnall – 9:00 p.m.
 Saturday, October 3, 1998

  Continental Breakfast – 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. – Brush Alumni House
  Topical Presentations and/or Panel Discussions – 8:30 - Noon (with coffee break)
  Lunch – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  Meeting of Alumni Council and Geology faculty – 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  Plenary discussion and suggestions for 4th SLUGAC to be held 2001 – 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  Conference Adjournment – 4:00 p.m.

 Sunday, October 4, 1998

  Unscheduled activities at SLU or in the area.  Some people who bring families may enjoy trips to Ottawa, Lake Placid or similar spots.  This will be prime “leaf-peeping” time in the region.  Plan to take in the scenery along with renewing friendships.

Return to SLU Geology Department Page
Return to SLU Geology Club Page
Sign the guestbook

Any questions contact the Dr. Erickson at 315-229-5198

June 5, 1998