Gifts for generations of geology students

October 24th, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO — The Geology Department at Wooster has received many donations of rocks, minerals and fossils over the years. Collectors are always passionate about their specimens, so when they decide to donate their treasures they want them to go where they will be most useful. What better place than a college? We put collections to work right away in our teaching labs and display cases. Because rocks are so durable, these are gifts which serve for decades.

About a third of the rock, mineral and fossil collection recently donated to the Geology Department at Wooster. Here they are in their original home.

Today Meagen Pollock and I visited the Ohio family of a geology alumna and began the process of transferring their donated specimens to Wooster: gorgeous crystals, an amazing diversity of fossil shells, and spectacular dinosaur bones. There are so many boxes that we will have to make a second trip in a cargo van to transport the rest. It is the largest donation we have ever been given.

An exceptionally complete collection of fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals is part of the donation.

Our teaching will be improved by access to these new specimens, and they will stimulate the imaginations of generations of students. We hope to post later on how this collection is being used in our labs and hallways.

4 Responses to “Gifts for generations of geology students”

  1. [...] OHIO — The Wooster Geology Department is in the process of receiving a very large gift of geological specimens described in the last post. It is also worth noting that some very small gifts can be very [...]

  2. sclaytonon 24 Oct 2010 at 8:01 pm

    What better place than a college indeed? These rocks are the physical manifestation of a lifetime (I’m guessing) of acquired knowledge, at least a particular niche of knowledge. When students examine them it will almost be a metaphor for learning.
    On a more practical side, I’m wondering where you put them. This is more or less how we got our monkeys — a gift that has kept on giving (literally, as they reproduce) and that has had significant implications for our physical space!

  3. [...] OHIO — Last month we began integrating a large collection of rocks, minerals and fossils into our teaching program in the Department of Geology. These specimens were donated by an Ohio [...]

  4. [...] OHIO — Last weekend we picked up another load of rocks, minerals and fossils donated by the family of one of our loyal alumni. We will be sorting through them for months getting them ready for displays and our teaching [...]

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