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Michigan Section Upcoming Events

August 3-5, 2018: Michigan Section AIPG Summer Field Trip: Hard Rock & Heavy Metal. Trip includes a visit to the Eagle Mine near Marquette and Humbolt processing mill, as well as other nearby locations. Complete details and registration information forthcoming.

September 18, 2018: Joint Michigan Section AIPG and MAEP meet- ing. “Effects of Air Knifing on Soil Gas Sample results”. Dr. Steve Beukema, MDEQ-RRD. Michigan Brewing Company, 42875 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI 42875.

October 5, 2018: Fundamentals of Geology portion of the ASBOG exam. Exam to be given on the campus of Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant.

Wayne State University Student Chapter Field Trip

By Dr. Jeffrey Howard, faculty spon- sor of the Wayne State University stu- dent chapter.

I led a group of 20 students from the WSU chapter of AIPG on a spring break field trip to the Red River gorge geo- logical area in Kentucky, with funding from AIPG. We spent 5 days examining the geology and landforms of the area. We examined most of the Paleozoic sec- tion exposed there, and visited numer- ous arches and natural bridges in the area. We want to thank the AIPG for making this happen!

Michigan Technical University Student Chapter

MTU hosts Spring Fling every year during week 13 of the spring semester. This is a campus wide event where differ- ent clubs set up booths with activities to attract new student members. The MTU AIPG student chapter participated this year, and had a station where students could make “pet rocks” and receive information on what AIPG is and the benefits of a student membership. This event was considered a success, as ten people were added to the student chap- ter roster from sign-ups! We lucked out with incredible weather, and enjoyed sunshine and music all afternoon. The rest of the semester included one last week of classes, finals, and most stu- dents are now preparing for field classes. Looking forward to a great summer in the Keweenaw!

Nevada Section

Editor Nancy Wolverson noted that the Nevada Section doesn’t want to replicate the information or activities of other geologic organizations in Nevada, but rather to focus on the reasons most of us are members of AIPG; QP status, Technical Reports, securities reporting, legislative and regulatory activities and ethical standards.

Several members of the Nevada Section, including the President, Kel Buchanan, have been very active in local and national legislative affairs, especial- ly as regards legislation and other issues affecting access to federally-owned land in Washoe, Pershing and other counties in Nevada.

The section supports the AIPG Mackay Rockhounds Club at the University of Nevada, Reno. Sage Gandolfo, the Rockhounds Club president, reported that the club was very active with field trips and fund-raisers. They com- bine these activities by visiting Trona, CA, each year to collect hanksite from Searles Lake, in order to sell it at their gem sales.

Bob Felder, Secretary, NV Section, and Kel Buchanan, President, NV Section, presented Alison Kramer the AIPG $1,000 student scholarship.

There are plans to hold a general meeting of the Nevada Section this fall.

Northeast Section

F. Angelo Tagliacozzo Memo- rial Geological Scholarships for 2017 – 2018 Academic Year Awarded by NE Section of AIPG

This year’s scholarship committee (Jennifer Becker, Christopher Brown, Sam Gowan, Dean Herrick, Craig Werle, Tom West and I) reviewed 18 scholar- ship applications received in December 2017. Evaluation criteria were, as usual, financial need and academic qualifica- tions, as well as career goals, special achievements (e.g., awards, projects, publications, senior thesis, etc.), and the faculty recommendation letter.

We had another outstanding group of student applicants. While academic achievement does not assure an appli- cant of receiving a scholarship, 17 of the 18 applicants maintained greater than a 3.0 (out of 4.0) overall cumulative grade point average (gpa); eight applicants maintained greater than a 3.5gpa! Many of the financial needs were also com- pelling. An award pool of $22,000 was

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Photo #1 - Yonnie Donaldson of Rutgers University - Newark with Alexander Gates (faculty sponsor) and Bob Blauvelt (NE-AIPG Treasurer).

other recipients. Each of the applicants that did not receive an award was sent an acknowledgement letter. Those that will maintain their eligibility for next year were encouraged to apply again.

selected as the appropriate total amount, and was approved by the Board of trust- ees at their March meeting:.

The NE-AIPG is proud to announce the eight recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year. The recipients, their institutions, and the award amounts are listed below:

Samuel Spizzuoco University of Maine Veronica Tuazon Riley Blocho

Brandon Keough Jalise Wright

Yonesha (Yonnie) Donaldson Rutgers University - Newark

Rutgers University

- Newark Natalie Harmon University of Maine Sarah Smith-Tripp

Wellesley College

This year two of the recipients, Yonnie Donaldson and Jalise Wright at Rutgers University – Newark, received their scholarship checks in person (see pho- tos #1 and #2) from Bob Blauvelt, NE Section Treasurer and Rutgers Newark alumnus. Checks were mailed to all the

SUNY Stony Brook SUNY Brockport SUNY Potsdam

Photo #2 - Jalise Wright of Rutgers University - Newark with Alexander Gates (faculty member) and Bob Blauvelt (NE-AIPG Treasurer).

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