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the Muscogee County School District Robotics Competition, CSU’s Science Olympiad, and the on-campus “Breaking the Stereotypes Potluck” diversity forum.

Our purpose as a student organization is to help our mem- bers grow through camaraderie and a variety of activities We are doing just that. We are becoming more involved on campus, more involved with outreach, and providing our members with a better sense of community. This year has seen an overhaul

of the club’s information and organization via the officer-acces- sible Google Drive account. With our recently appointed club advisor Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza, we have greatly improved over the course of this year and our future looks incredibly bright.

We look forward to continuing to grow as a club, grow as a voice and a service to our community and department, and grow individually as professional geologists.

Central Michigan University Student Chapter: Participation is Key

Editor’s Note: This newsletter has been included almost in full because it gives many details of what a very active Student Chapter can achieve. Twenty-eight meetings a year!! If your Chapter is interested in some of these activities, I am sure Central Michigan can give you details on home to successfully organize them!



The AIPG Student Chapter at Central Michigan University has been an integral contributor to the success of the students who have been members.

Organization Stats – Active Members: 27 Weekly Meetings: 28 Officers:

Josh Cichy – President Megan Miller – Vice President Lindsey Stone – Secretary Jayson Olivera – Treasurer

Section Meetings – Ann Arbor & Kalamazoo Seven students from our chapter attended the AIPG Michigan section meeting in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. At this event we were able to network with other members and check out the research from other student chapters. We enjoyed the soil classification presentation as it gave us insight into potential future careers and skills we will need to have.

National AIPG Meeting

This past fall five our student members attended the AIPG National Conference in Nashville, TN. It was without a doubt one of the best things we have done in our college career! For most of us, it was our first time to be at a conference of this caliber. The atmosphere was fun and inviting, and we plan to send students to Colorado Spring this Fall.

Future Plans

Our calendar is full with plans to continue building skills and broaden our networks. The CMU student chapter is cur- rently planning a summer camping trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There, we plan to study basic field techniques and the rocks of the Keweenawan Supergroup. We are currently planning to visit sites within the Porcupine Mountains, as well as visits to Pictured Rocks and Tahquamenon Falls.

Plans are also in the making to send two or more students to the 8th Annual AIPG Michigan Section Technical Workshop. Several of our members are making plans to attend and are excited for the opportunity to do so. Students enjoy attending these events as it allows them the opportunity to expand their knowledge in ways the traditional classroom setting cannot.

Rock’n Bake Sale

CMU student chapter members at an AIPG Michigan Section meet- ing in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Fire Up Fridays

CMU hosted its first Fire Up Friday event for high school seniors who were accepted into the university! This event showcases different student organizations grouped by colleges to help high school students learn more about what CMU has to offer. There are four total Fire Up Fridays, February 16th and 23rd, as well as March 16th and 23rd. At the second Fire Up Friday we brought out a ground water model! The model was a great demonstration about what careers geology can provide. This was a great way to make our future freshmen feel more at home and give out some free rocks!

Our most recent rock sale has been the best sale that our chapter has had in many years. We faced more restrictions than before and were only able to host our sales for two days instead of five days. Despite this, we made almost $600 dol- lars. This is compared to $520 that we made in our previous spring sale, which lasted four days. Our success is largely due to our ability to accept credit cards now! We obtained a credit card reader and most people preferred to use their cards when they shopped with us. We were able to sell larger samples than in the past: people had refused to buy because we were cash only. This has pushed us to have to make a major restock of specimens and also has motivated us to have a rock sale every month instead of every semester. We are finding new methods of promotion and hope to continue having these successful sales, in order to raise funds to attend conferences and host field trips.

Thank you

From all of us students at Central Michigan University to all the National and State officers within the AIPG that make all this possible! Being a part of this organization has been extremely rewarding. From opportunities to network with professionals to the chance of traveling for what we love, it is because of the AIPG. Without this organization we would not be as well-rounded geologists.

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