The membership of the Arizona Geological Society (AGS) and the students who participated in the 2014 AGS dinner program, thank Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. for its generosity in underwriting the cost of the meals for the students.
Student Members at the December 2014 Meeting
One-hundred and fifty-six students attended the AGS 2014 speaker series; our best student showing ever. Due to the largesse of FMI, each student’s meal was provided at no charge to the student. Participating students came from the University of Arizona’s Dept. of Mining and Geological Engineering, and from geoscience programs at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. With tax and gratuity each student meal cost $27.00, totaling $4,212 for the year. FMI underwriting provided 95% of the cost!
Student enrollment in the AGS exploded during 2014, increasing from 96 students in December 2013 to 163 students in December 2014. Three University of Arizona students, Lily Jackson, Isabel Fay Barton and Rachel Feuerbach also served on AGS’ Executive Committee. Encouraging graduate and undergraduates to participate in professional societies now, ensures an active and vibrant professional community in the future. We greatly appreciate FMI’s role in building a sustainable Arizona Geological Society.
Last, thank you again for partnering with AGS to make geosciences students a part of our society.
The AGS held its first regular monthly dinner meeting in Tempe on November 4, after holding its meetings in Tucson for more than sixty years. Dr. Isabel Fay Barton, of the University of Arizona faculty, gave an excellent overview of “The Historical Development and Current Status of Geological Research in the Central African Copperbelt” at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel.
Over the years, AGS members of the Phoenix-Tempe area have suggested that some dinner meetings be held there rather than in Tucson. As an experiment, it was decided to hold such a meeting to see how many Phoenix-Tempe area members would attend and how many Tucson members would make the two hour drive. The experiment was a resounding success, with more dinner reservations requested than the hotel dining room could hold. In addition to the large turnout, many of the attendees made enthusiastic comments about the venue and the quality of the talk.
A great deal of credit for the success of this meeting is due to the enthusiastic support and publicity of Professors Stephen Reynolds and Steven Semken of ASU.
This meeting's success may result in additional meetings being held in the Tempe-Phoenix area and eventually led to the establishment of a Maricopa chapter of the AGS, much in the way that the Geological Society of Nevada has chapters in Las Vegas, Reno, Winnemucca and Elko.
Feedback on this suggestion from all AGS member will be greatly welcomed. Please send your suggestions and comments to Michael Conway, AGS President <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or Bob Kamilli, AGS Program Vice-President <email@example.com>.
The Arizona Geological Society presented scholarships to students at the December 2014 dinner meeting.
Bob Powell Congratuates J. D. Mizer
The 2014 Courtright Scholarship recipient was awarded to J. D. Mizer, who is working toward a Ph.D. degree in Economic Geology at the University of Arizona.
Bob Powell Congratuates Kathleen Compton
The 2014 Arizona Geological Society Scholarship was awarded to Kathleen Compton, who is working toward a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Arizona.