Geology Alumni Newsletter 2006

 

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Hurst Hall and W-Mountain – spring 2006

Introduction

This is now our 5th Geology Newsletter, and by the way, you can see all of the back issues online at:

http://newweb.western.edu/resolveuid/f627f5bfbc19cf5dc0657766e5497324

Here is a brief recap of the news for 2005-06:

•  Western State Geology was the host institution for the Rocky Mountain Section of the GSA in May!

•  The department has been involved in a number of student research projects that have shed light on some very interesting aspects of local geology including the Junction Creek Sandstone, Dillon Mesa and Blue Mesa Tuffs, gravels of the Gunnison Basin, etc.;

•  Students and faculty have been involved in the geologic mapping of three important local quadrangles, Almont, Gunnison, and Signal Peak (that's right - the Gunnison quad. has never been mapped before!);

•  Allen Stork , even though Science Department Chair, somehow managed to sandwich in some interesting research on local volcanics and paleo-drainage systems ;

•  Rob Fillmore is almost finished with yet another (soon to be) best-selling geology book about Utah ;

•  Tom Prather is having the time of his life;

•  Bruce Bartleson has a new bionic shoulder, having worn out his old one with too many swings of his hammer;

•  Jim Coogan the Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology, has done a great job both teaching and in placing a number of students in the petroleum industry. As you are aware, the petroleum industry is red hot (it's been a while) and our ability to place graduates in the industry is very timely;

•  John Fletcher and Holly Brunkal have brought great skills in geomorphology, tectonics and hydrogeology to our department as visiting faculty members;

•  and finally, the news just keeps getting better. We recently learned of another major donation to the department to enhance our already very successful petroleum geology program. The famous Texas oilman and part-time Gunnison resident, W.A. “ Tex ” Moncrief just announced a gift of $1 million dollars to our program.

From a nostalgia point of view, there is more sad news to report. Not only have we lost the Red Dolly Pub (bankrupt in the mid-80s – for you youngsters, this was THE gathering place in Gunnison for many years) and the Cattlemen's Inn a few years ago (burned down), but this winter there was a fire in the kitchen of the venerable A&W restaurant, at the curve on Highway 50 (the A&W curve, of course!) and it has been demolished – I believe they are out of business. What next? Oh Yes, Johnny Towner's trailer burned down this winter at Johnny's Bait Farm – former home of Paul Rady ‘78

 

Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology

 A Texas oilman with ties to Gunnison has made a $1 million gift to the Petroleum Geology program at Western. The contribution, from W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr . of Ft. Worth , Texas , is the second million dollar gift to the program. Western's Petroleum Geology program is one of only four in the nation, and the only one in Colorado . Moncrief's gift will provide a permanent endowment for the W.A. " Tex " Moncrief, Jr., Chair in Petroleum Geology at Western.

The Petroleum Geology program was established with a $1 million gift from Paul Rady ‘78 to help inspire geologists to enter the petroleum industry. New courses in Petroleum Geology, Subsurface Methods and Applied Geophysics are successfully training Western graduates for entry level positions in the industry.

Moncrief said he has been in the oil business all his life and is happy to see a new generation of industry leaders emerge. Paul Rady, he said, is one of those leaders.

"There are also college programs emerging that are training future generations of petroleum geologists," Moncrief said. "The program that Paul created at Western State College of Colorado is such a place. I am proud to add my investment to Paul's to further strengthen Western's Petroleum Geology program and hope some of my industry associates will follow suit. Western's Petroleum Geology program is, as we say in the industry, an ‘attractive play' in a fine discipline.”

Moncrief said the gift was especially meaningful to him because he has been visiting Gunnison "since I was a baby." "My dad started taking me fishing at the age of 8, there on the Gunnison River ," he said. "I know he took me for companionship more than anything. As he fished, I would sit on the banks, talk to him, and throw rocks in the water. I have fond memories of him carrying me on his back across the river. I feel like I grew up there in Gunnison .”

Jim Coogan , who heads the Western program and occupies the Paul Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology, said the Moncrief gift will help the program move to the next level of national recognition.

Menzer Memorium

Dr. Fredrick J. Menzer, Jr., Professor of Geology at Western State College from 1970 to 1982, succumbed to his three year battle with cancer on November 2, 2004 at a Vail clinic near his home in Frisco , Colorado at the age of 71.

Fred was born and raised in Memphis , Tennessee and after high school worked in his father's business for a few years before attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs from which he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Geology in 1959. He earned both his Masters and Doctorate in Geology in 1960 and 1964, respectively, from the University of Washington . His doctoral dissertation was on the metamorphic rocks in the Okanogan Mountains of Washington , and most of his students also became intimately familiar with the rocks from this area. He taught geology at

Southern Methodist University from 1964 to 1970, but spent summers and any free time as a consultant to Bear Creek Mining Company, Union Carbide Corporation and others. Fred came to Western State College in the fall of 1970 to fill the "hard rock" position, and stayed until 1982.

Fred became Chief Geologist for FMC Corporation in 1982, based in Denver and Reno and "retired" in 1992. He had an active career as mining consultant for various companies and was consulting up to the time of his infirmity. Characteristically, while recuperating from chemotherapy treatments, Fred hiked over 200 miles of the Colorado Trail the summer before his death.

While at Western, Fred became well known for his no-nonsense attitude, "hard-core" work ethic and punctuality. Many a student had to duck flying erasers or chalk thrown by Fred if they were inattentive, distracted, (or distracting). Ironically, it was his disciplined approach that some students feared but at the same time gave them the confidence to succeed in the real world. Perhaps most of all, Fred brought a sense of professionalism and stressed the importance of preparing a student for a career after graduation. He found summer jobs for many of his undergraduate students and started literally dozens of Western graduates in a career in the mining industry. Because of his contacts at Southern Methodist University, Fred was also able to establish a regular pipeline for Western graduates to attend graduate school at SMU on scholarship. Fred was also very instrumental in developing a social geology club that blossomed in the 1970s with various functions, including geology talks, Friday evening get-togethers (sometimes at his house) and many ski trips in the winters. Fred had a major impact on all of us and will not be forgotten.

Here are a few quotes from some of his former students, most of which Bruce read at the funeral:

Steve Reynolds, ‘78

”You know, of all my memories of Fred that really made a difference in my life, the first moments in my first class with him are most striking. He walks in the first day, looks at us as the punks we were, then told us to look at the person to the left, then the right.  Then he says "only one of you will be in this class at the end of the year".  For whatever reason, it gave me a resolve that I was going to be the one and that this guy wasn't going to take me out.”

Nancy (Wallof) Nicholaisen, ‘77

“For years I have been a little bemused by all the recollections of Dr. Menzer, which cast him as sort of an intimidating guy.  I took quite a few classes from him, even though I was only a minor, so I spent a good bit of time around him.  What I remember about him more than anything was that, for me, it was a level playing field.  In the early seventies, that was a really rare thing for women in science and technology fields of study, and it remained so for most of my career in research, academia and publishing.”

Ken Tornquist, ‘81

“Wow, Fred Menzer - quite the effect he had on me and on most of the students I know who had a class with him.  I remember dropping several classes three days after starting Optics.  There was no burn in time for this class.  He had me psyched out.  And no wonder - listening the year before to my roommate, Pete Dwelley, ‘80 characterize Fred's classes as "weed out classes", was not exactly what I was looking for at the time.  But what he taught me and the other 8 students in the room was respect; respect for him, geology and for us.  I appreciated his "real world" advice and came to use quite a bit of it after leaving WSC.”

Lauren (Hart) Wolfe, ‘77

Fred J. Menzer, Jr. Geology Memorial Scholarship

”As a teacher myself I'd never dream of trying to motivate students with projectiles, sarcasm and embarrassment, but for Fred it really worked.  I remember how angry I was with his frequent references to how the women never made his list of students with an over 80 (or whatever it was) on the mineral test, and therefore I worked harder than I ever did in college to memorize those thousands of bits of information, just to show him I could do what he insinuated I couldn't.  I still feel pride that I did it even now - and I didn't have a lot of proud moments in college.  He had my number.  He often would taunt me into doing more "just to show him", and I consciously saw his strategy, but I liked that someone thought I had untapped talent.  Not many people can be both supremely irritating and motivational at the same time - it was a gift.  I also remember that when I was a lab assistant, 3 or 4 semesters, Fred would take me out to lunch at the end to say thanks. It was thoughtful, and very appreciated by this overworked and devoted lab assistant, and I got to see the considerate kind man that wasn't often evident.  I will always remember him - I hope as a teacher I can make the same impact in student's lives he did at WSC.”

We want to thank Fred for remembering the Geology Department in his will. Fred set aside money for T he Fred J Menzer, Jr. Geology Memorial Scholarship. We have awarded this scholarship to our most outstanding sophomore geology student. The award has so far been presented to Jeremy Hurshman, ‘08 , Andrew Peyton, ‘08 , and Sarah Able, ‘09. We look forward to continuing to honor Fred's memory in this way.

Bob Dickerson, ‘77

“The first time I met Fred was in a night class in introductory geology, probably the only such class WSC ever offered.  I was a history major at the time and had been talked into taking the class my roommate who was a geology minor.  That first night was one of those "light bulbs going off in the head" moments, and I changed my major to geology the next day.  Fred had that kind of teaching ability. Fred would challenge me mightily in mineralogy class, optical mineralogy, and rock mechanics.  I was so intimidated by him that I hired John Brunel to tutor me in mineralogy, something Fred commented on at the time, saying he thought I was admitting defeat before I had even begun the struggle.  Fred was always challenging me to take the next step up, and was personally responsible for seeing that I got financial support in graduate school at SMU, where he gave me a great letter of recommendation. God speed, Fred, and know that you are immensely loved, truly respected, and will long be remembered”.

Geology Alumni Events

Since our last Newsletter we have had 3 successful alumni events, an alumni bike tour of western Colorado , dinner and picnic in Colorado Springs in July, 2004 and another in October, 2004 in Golden. Here are the stories:

Western Colorado Bike Tour

In May, 2004, Tom and Shaunalee Prather and Bruce led a Western State Geology alumni spring road bike trip from Gunnison to Paonia, then over McClure Pass into Redstone, staying at the historic Redstone Inn and on into Glenwood Springs a day later – a total of about 120 miles in 3 days.

Great trip! Alums on the trip were Scott Effner ‘ 88 , Andrea Heller ‘ 83 , Bob and June Just ‘74 , and Lauren (Hart) Wolfe 77.

Shown at right: Lauren, Shaunalee, Bruce, Andrea, and Scott

 

Shown below: Tom, Bruce, Lauren, June, Bob, and Andrea

Colorado Springs Event

In July, 2004, we had an all-campus alumni banquet in Colorado Springs on a Friday night, but it was dominated by geology alums and we had a great time catching up with some people we hadn't seen in years. The next day we had a picnic at Garden of the Gods and had a great turnout . Bruce and Jim Coogan gave talks on the local geology.

Golden Event

Jan and Rod McCabe, Mary Anne Havens (sitting), Bruce, Tim Kelley, Jim Brown, Tom, and Bob Just

Over thirty people, including Geology Alumni from five decades met on Saturday, October 9 th , 2004 for a fun-filled, outdoor reunion at the beautiful grounds of Roger and Connie (Nuss) Knight , ‘70 in Golden, CO.  The weather was absolutely perfect in a fine Indian Summer afternoon as the alums talked, laughed and reminisced with various peers, friends and four faculty, including retired professors Tom Prather and Bruce Bartleson and active professors Jim Coogan and Allen Stork.

Prather and Bartleson  entertained the group with a nostalgia quiz (with prizes) concerning Gunnison, Crested Butte, Western State College and their field trips (in which case they needed a little help, now and then).

In attendance were the following alumni (by seniority ) Mary Anne Havens, ‘69; Connie (Nuss) Knight, ‘70; Jim Brown, ‘70; Tim Kelly, ‘72; Bob and June Just, ‘74; John Danahey, ‘75; Rod and Jan McCabe, ‘77; Myra (Vaag) Lugsch, ‘78; Warren Butler, ‘80; Klindt Nelson, ‘80; Jim Vanmeter, ‘80; Mary Bergmann, ‘81; Kristen Andrew-Hoeser, ‘82; Dennis Beaver, ‘82; Rob Linnenberger, ‘94; Ryan Bagby, ‘97; Jennifer McHarge, ‘03

Faculty: Bruce Bartleson; Tom Prather; Allen Stork; Jim Coogan

Field Trips

 

Annual Geology Awards

We have held three geology banquets since the last newsletter. In 2004, we graduated five new alumni at a barbeque in Jim's backyard. In 2005, ten new alumni joined your ranks in one of those great graduations with a strong wind and blowing snow. This year it was much nicer with nine more graduates enjoying a beautiful spring day.

At both banquets we handed out our annual awards, The Val Mitchell Memorial Scholarship in Geology awarded to our outstanding junior went to Dylan Tullius ‘06 in 2004, to Casey Dick ‘06 in 2005, and to Jeramy Harshman ‘07 in 2006. The recipients of the RMAG “Hammer”, awarded to our outstanding senior went to Andrew Wood ‘04 in 2004, to Cody Allen ‘05 in 2005 and to Chris Benson ‘06 in 2006.

The annual graduation banquet is held each spring the night before graduation. All geology alumni are invited but please let us known in advance if you plan to join us.

Bartleson and Prather Scholarships

Bartleson-Prather Geology Research Scholarships

The Bartleson-Prather Fund for Excellence in Geology is going strong . As we described in past newsletters, the fund provides a scholarship and research supplies for students, on a competitive basis, between their junior and senior year

We awarded two scholarships last year. Casey Dick ‘06 studied the sedimentology of the Junction Creek at localities around the Gunnison Basin --finally someone to try and resolve the great Junction Creek-Entrada controversy so many of you heard Bruce and Tom debate on over the years. Alex Csar ‘06 mapped the ash flows and gravels on W-Mountain and found interfingering gravels with different source regions between the Fish Canyon and Carpenter Ridge Tuffs.

This year we awarded one scholarship to Christopher Dorian ‘07 . He will be doing a gravity survey in the Almont Triangle to look for subsurface faults and the depth to basement in the Jack's Cabin Syncline.

Geologic Mapping

New Geologic Maps

Thanks to Jim Coogan the department has been able to participate in the SATEMAP program sponsored by the USGS through the Colorado Geologic Survey. In 2004 we received a contract to map the Almont quadrangle, in 2005 we mapped the Gunnison quadrangle, and in 2006 we have a contract to map the Signal Peak quadrangle. Yes, this means that the “correct” map and cross section for the Jack's Cabin area is published. Check out your old maps and compare – we'll adjust your grade if we need to.

Almont was mapped by Jim Coogan , Rob Fillmore and Allen Stork with the help of Cody Allen ‘05 and Dylan Tullius ‘06 . Gunnison was mapped by Allen Stork and Jim Coogan with the help of Alex Csar ‘06 and Raelene Wentz ‘06 .

The maps are available from the Colorado Geologic Survey at:

http://geosurvey.state.co.us/

Faculty News

Inactive (old, retired or escaped) Division:

Ted and Bruce at graduation

 Bruce Bartleson continues a rather active retirement with being involved in too many volunteer community activities such as the Library Board, the County Beautification Committee (don't ask) and the Western State Alumni Board of Trustees as well as being the unofficial keeper of weather records and reports for Gunnison. This is OK, but it takes time away from more important activities such as mountain biking, skiing, hiking and fly-fishing. Highlights of the past two years include a 2004 spring trip to Jamaica (too many panhandlers), lots of mountain biking, back-country telemarking and leading tours around Crested Butte. The big trip in the past 2 years was a 3- week visit to New Zealand with old friend and colleague, Duane Vandenbusche. This was my 3 rd New Zealand tour and it gets better every time. Much of last winter was spent ice skating on Blue Mesa Reservoir or down in the Black Canyon by Curecanti Needle – absolutely spectacular, although the hike in is a bit tough in the winter. Another fine time was March 2005, when I went down on a spur-of-the-moment trip to see the spectacular wild flower bloom in Death Valley – wonderful! I was slowed considerably this year by a bad shoulder – one that had been surgically repaired twice before and this time I had to get a total replacement (as in knees and hips) in August. Rehabilitation took up much of the summer and fall and I am just now getting back into action this winter. Before surgery Deirdre and I went off to Rhode Island in June and had a great time with Nancy Molyneux (‘77) and her husband Rich who showed us around Newport – a great place!

Tom Prather continues to have the time of his life with too numerous to tell trips with his new wife Shaunalee . Right now, as I am writing this Tom and Shaunalee were escaping one of the coldest Gunnison winters in years and are in southern Arizona soaking up the sun and playing golf. Here is a message from Tom:

“ Since the last newsletter, I have enjoyed being married and having a partner to share things with and travel with.  We bought a conversion van (a mini RV) to travel and camp in - very luxurious compared to the old geology field trips and a step up from the pickup camper I had at field camp.  Our general plan is to travel every other month in the winter and stay in beautiful, cool Colorado in the summer.  The past 3 years we have traveled in November, January, and March to Kentucky-Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, southern Arizona, northern Colorado and NEW ZEALAND (March of last year). I've seen a lot of great geology along the way.  

I've continued my regular activities of running, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, skiing (down-hill and cross country), fly fishing, river running, boating, and golf. Highlights include 2 Ride the Rockies, the Geology Dept. Ride the Rockies , the past 5 Bolder Boulders and the Tucson Senior Olympics where I got 5th in a bike race and won gold in the 10 k.  So it's been a busy life and I'm stretched pretty thin but still managing to cope.”

  Mary Lou Bevier continues to teach at the University of British Columbia along with her husband Jim Mortensen. They recently bought a “retreat” cabin on nearby Salt Spring Island and spend a lot of free time there along with sailing now and then.   Mary Lou reports that her text book, Introduction to Field Geology was published in April 2005 by McGraw-Hill Ryerson of Toronto. The book was written for field geology students from all of North America and includes both USGS and GSC maps and US and Canadian examples. Potential US adopters of the text can request complimentary copies and get ordering information by visiting (http://www.mcgrawhill.ca/highereducation/php/bookinfo.php?isbn=0070931097 ) and clicking on 'Requesting a complimentary copy" followed by clicking on the 'Customer Care' link. This takes you to the appropriate 800 number ( 1-800-565-5758) to contact McGraw-Hill Ryerson (the Canadian subsidiary of McGraw-Hill US ). 

Active (currently employed) Division:
-note who has time to do interesting things.  

Holly Brunkal joined the department last fall. She taught introductory geology classes along with GIS and Hydrogeology to fill in for Rob and Allen who were given release time to prepare for the GSA convention. Holly has a Master's degree from California State University Chico on the Tuscan Formation in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Last summer Holly was a park geologist at Mount Rainer National Park surveying glacial and fluvial features. Holly will continue with us teaching courses in Geomorphology and helping with the Signal Peak mapping.

Jim Coogan – Spring commencement brought me full-cycle as I watched graduates who took Geology 101 from me as freshmen tossing their caps with abandon. My reflex was to think “I'm getting old”, but I quickly thought of Bruce Bartleson and Tom Prather and realized that Ponce de Leon should have thought about teaching Geology at Western. I find the “Prather Rule” of hiking twice as fast as students half your age to be an important part of my annual training regimen.

There have been many changes in the Geology Program and the profession at large since I first signed on at WSC. Petroleum Geology is now a rigorous and respected part of the Geology curriculum, and every qualified student who has sought an industry job during the past four years has found one – often as an important bridge between undergraduate and graduate school. Much of the credit in our placement success is due to our dedicated network of alums in industry. I particularly want to thank Mark Stewart ‘79 , Brian Cellura ‘95 , June and Bob Just ‘74 , Steve Reynolds ‘78 , Connie Knight ‘70 , Peter Dea ‘76 , and Paul Rady ‘78 , among many others, for their keen interest in mentoring and encouraging our students in the profession.

We have much more work to do to stay ahead of the curve in recruiting students and placing graduates in a profession that is once again hitting hyperdrive on all fronts. We've seen a spike in petroleum, mining, and environmental job opportunities that is tied to prices for the short term, but that also reflects the fact that we “GeoBoomers” are getting old and looking toward retirement with few youngsters filling in the replacement ranks. One of the great benefits of the new Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology is that it will help us to expand our reach from an in-state emphasis toward regional and national recognition. I plan to spend part of fall 2006 on the recruitment trail to places like Dallas , Houston , Oklahoma City, and Tulsa talking to science teachers and guidance counselors about Geology at WSC. At the same time, we will have a parallel effort to highlight the special character of WSC Geology to Colorado teachers and counselors.

When I first visited WSC, Bruce Bartleson info rmed me that he provided “cradle-to-grave” attention to his students. From my own experience, and watching Allen, Rob, John Fletcher, and Holly Brunkal in the trenches day after day, I can assure you that WSC geology is still based on tireless personal attention to the individual student. It takes an incredible amount of time compared to the 200 seat lecture model of large universities, but that is precisely what we want to highlight to aspiring science students at high schools around the country.

 

Jim Coogan - brunton in hand dashes to the rescue

 

 

On the research front, we never think of research as a main mission of WSC Geology, but the nine papers, posters, and field trips presented by WSC faculty and students at the Rocky Mountain GSA meeting, demonstrated the strength of our student-assisted research. Much of my research time has been with the Colorado Geological Survey mapping program around Gunnison . The main attraction of this program is that two WSC students are hired for each project as CGS Interns while acting as our field assistants. Last year's assistants, Raelene Wentz ‘06 and Alex Csar ‘06 are published co-authors on the Geologic Map of the Gunnison quadrangle. This summer we were on to the Signal Peak quad. The mapping has the added benefit of helping us whittle away at some of the remaining big problems in the Gunnison area. Allen, Rob, and I presented a poster at RMGSA on the northeast boundary of the Ancestral Rockies uplift based on our work on the Almont quadrangle. I also led a post-meeting field trip through the Almont area that was well attended by many of the key workers on the Ancestral Rockies. I continue to spin out a few 7.5' geologic maps with the Utah Geological Survey from my pre-WSC work in the Sevier thrust belt. At a regional scale, I am coauthor with Peter DeCelles of the University of Arizona of a synthesis of the structure and timing of the Sevier belt in central Utah that was out in the July/August issue of the Geological Society of America Bulletin. I presented a synopsis of the oil and gas implications of this research at RMGSA that I'll be expanding over the next year. One of the fun parts of the regional work is having students looking over your shoulder throughout the process. For example, Monica Stoeber ‘05 helped assemble much of the data and draft many of the figures for the central Utah papers. The Sevier thrust belt work also helps to increase industry awareness of WSC. I had the pleasure of conducting a 3-day field trip followed by a 3-day workshop on the Sevier belt for ExxonMobil in July 2005. I like the fact that they now know our area code.

  Robert Fillmore ‘86 – I continue to work on my book on the geology of Arches, Canyonlands, Glen Canyon, and the San Juan River areas. This is almost word for word what was in the last newsletter, but I am finishing up the Quaternary chapter as I write this! Honest. I presented two papers at the GSA meeting here in Gunnison last spring. One was a geoscience education presentation on the field trip that I take every fall with my Sedimentology-Stratigraphy class. It deals with Permian depositional systems in the Paradox basin as we travel from the Ancestral Uncompahgre highland and alluvial fan deposits at Gateway, Colorado to the shoreline facies exposed just below Dead Horse Point. The other presentation was on the effect of salt anticline uplift on fluvial deposits in the Triassic Moenkopi Formation in eastern Utah and western Colorado . I will be looking in more detail at this “problem” for my sabbatical next spring semester, among other things.

What is Rob thinking about?

As Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America (sounds impressive doesn't it) I worked for the past year to host the section meeting here in Gunnison May 17, 18, and 19 th, , 2006. While the title is impressive and cumbersome to type, as near as I can tell my job was to cajole various people into doing things for GSA that they would otherwise never consider doing. That and making sure that there is plenty of ice water for all the speakers.

 

On the family side of life, Everett is 8 years old and in second grade. He is taking Tae Kwon Do, but only because we told him it was where all ninja warriors begin. He practices on his little brother Henry, who is 5 years old. In the last newsletter I happily reported that Henry was going to be a Beatle when he grows up, but he recently changed his mind. He now wants to deliver pizzas. I'm not sure where I went wrong, but he's pretty impressed with the pizza delivery guys.

John Fletcher – John was a visiting professor for 2005-06. He came on a sabbatical leave from CICESE, a graduate school in Ensenada , Mexico where he works on extensional tectonics and the geologic history of the Gulf of California . John taught Geomorphology last fall and promptly whisked his students off to the Baja Peninsula where they studied the geomorphology of active fault scarps. In the spring, John and his Research in Quaternary Geology students concentrated on recent normal fault scarps on the west side of the Sangre de Christo range in the San Luis Valley . He presented the results of this research, with his students as co-authors, at the GSA meeting in Gunnison . He is now back in Ensenada where he is recovering from his intense teaching experience and warming his bones.

Allen Stork – I'm rotating out as department chair and will be glad to get back into the classroom full time.

I've continued my research on local volcanic rocks. Most of this work has been on the ash stratigraphy on the north slope of the San Juans. I've been collaborating with Peter Lipman to ensure our recent mapping of tuffs in the Gunnison and Signal Peak quadrangles correlate well with his remapping of the central San Juans. The last Research in Volcanology and Petrology class studied Tomichi Dome and had the opportunity to visit Mt. St. Helens when it started to erupt in October 2004. In addition, recent discoveries in Japan have rekindled interest in my work in Fiji . I was able to present two papers on the transformation of island arcs into continents at the Western Pacific AGU in Hawaii . This has led to some interesting collaborations with people in Japan and Australia .

Peter is a senior in high school and starting to look at colleges. Judy finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts and had a wonderful chance to study art in Italy as part of a WSC summer class. We hope you will stop by if you are ever in town.

 

Briana Lamphere '05, Raelene Wentz '06, Deb Calihan ‘06, Cody Allen ‘05, Dylan Tullius';06 and Allen Stork at Mt. St. Helen

 

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