Lawrence Geology Alumni
WILLIAM TURNER ELBERTY, JR. MEDAL
The William T. Elberty, Jr.
is created by the alumni of the St. Lawrence University Geology
Department (and its predecessor the Department of Geology and
Geography) in honor of Professor Emeritus William T. Elberty, Jr.
It is an award for service to St. Lawrence University through and by
direct service to and support of the Department of Geology.
Awardees may be St. Lawrence alumni, faculty/staff, current students or
friends of the Geology Department. The award is intended to honor
a sustained pattern of acts of service to the Geology Program, to its
education mission in classroom, laboratory or field, to its students,
faculty or staff in their teaching/research endeavors, or to its alumni
in their activities related to the St. Lawrence Geology
Department. Financial support is NOT a criterion appropriate for
nomination or selection as an Elberty medalist except as it is part of
a pattern of sustained and active involvement in the mission and
activities of the Geology Department.
Selection Process: A Selection
Committee composed of an odd number of members, as many as seven or as
few as three persons, all of whom may be SLU Geology Alumni, but no
more than two of whom may be Geology faculty or emeriti serving at
request of the Geology Alumni Council, shall receive nominations from
all quarters. At least one alumnus member of the Selection
Committee shall be a previous Elberty Medalist. Chair of the
Committee shall be nominated from those in attendance at the most
recent R. O. Bloomer Banquet.
Nominations of candidates must include a
letter of nomination that contains a history and description of the
service and support activities for which the candidate is being
nominated. These may include even the nominee's service while a
student in the department, but the essence of sustained support and
service must be demonstrated. A pattern over 30 years or more
would not be unusual much as Doc Elberty himself showed the meaning of
his loyalty to the high calling of teaching Geology at St. Lawrence by
The Committee may consider candidates as often as
annually. It must consider candidates at least every third
year. The Elberty Medal may be awarded no more often than
annually. Beyond that restriction there is no required frequency
of award. Normally, not more than two awards will be made at any
one award ceremony. The St. Lawrence University Geology Alumni
Conference R. O. Bloomer Banquet would be the normal time for
presenting the medal.
The Award: Bill Elberty and a group of
students designed a logo for the St. Lawrence University Geology
Department that included a well-worn field boot and a well-used geology
hammer, both signifying the primacy of field work to a knowledge of
Geology, particularly in an undergraduate education. The miners'
silver ring of honor signifying the Honor Pledge signed by Geology Club
members, surrounds the central elements. The Elberty Medal is
funded by donations to the W. T. Elberty Auction in conjunction with
The Geology Department logo forms the face of
the Elberty Medal. The obverse bears the inscription:
|William Turner Elberty,
Presented by Geology Alumni and Faculty to
in Recognition of Sustained, Exceptional Service to
St. Lawrence University Geology.
November 13, 2010