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Alumni Night at the 2012 Geological Society of America Meeting

November 5th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA–Monday evening is the traditional time at GSA when colleges and universities (and field camps and consortia) host gatherings of their alumni and friends. The College of Wooster is always art of the “Group Alumni Reception”, so we get a pole with our name on it in a large ballroom with many other such markers. We always take a photo at 8:00 p.m. to record the moment. (And yes, the lighting is always problematic!) We never get everyone all at once, but this time we were very close. (Compare the above crowd with the Wooster GSA group from 2011. We had a large crowd in 2010. Our earliest alumni photo on the blog is from way back in 2009.)

George Davis (’64), President of the Geological Society of America, regaled our students with stories from his Wooster and graduate school days. It was much fun!

And now, the all-important list of who was there —

Wooster Geology Alumni, Students and Faculty:

Bill Woessner
Andy Horst
Katherine Marenco
John Sime
Kathy Hollis
Richa Ekka
Will Cary
Lauren Vargo
Jonah Novek
Matt Peppers
Tricia Kelley
Stephanie Jarvis
Anna Mudd
George Davis
Melissa Torma
Whitney Sims
Andy Nash
Lindsey Bowman
Kevin Silver
Kit Price
Jenn Horton
David Budd
Lisa Park Boush
Andrew Retzler
Abe Springer
Molly Miller
Mark Wilson
Shelley Judge
Meagen Pollock

Friends of the Wooster Geology Department:

Andrea Koziol
Bob Varga
Pedro Marenco
Merrily Davis
Calvin Miller
Brian Pratt

An overhead view of a GSA poster session

November 5th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA–I thought you might like to see a typical GSA poster session from a set of windows above the action. Only half of the poster stands are visible from here, so you get an idea how big these events are.

The second group of Wooster GSA 2012 posters

November 5th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA–Matt Peppers (’13), a member of the intrepid Team Utah, presented his poster today at the 2012 Geological Society of America annual meeting. Matt is working on the dynamics of the volcanic flows in the Black Rock Desert. Here is his abstract.

Melissa Torma (’13) showed her poster in the same session. She worked in the Negev of southern Israel on the Middle Jurassic Matmor Formation fauna. Her GSA abstract is here.

The third Wooster presenter was Richa Ekka (’13), who worked on Saaremaa Island in Estonia this summer. Her abstract describing her project with a Silurian shallow water dolomitic sequence is here.

Once again it was a joy to watch our students interact with the many geologists who discussed their posters and projects. I now can’t imagine coming to these meetings without an enthusiastic group of our students.