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Careers: Alumni Profiles

Doug Selvius '80

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

"My Senior year at Grand Rapids Christian HS I took an earth science class taught by Jim Muller. I fell in love with geology in that class. Two years later, in the fall of 1977, I was cut from the Calvin basketball team and decided to console myself by traveling with Dr. Clarence Menninga to Hawaii for an interim class on volcanoes. That course sealed the deal. I knew then that I wanted to be a geologist. Dr. Dave Young joined Calvin's geo-staff shortly thereafter and I took every class he offered to teach."

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

"Clearly Dave Young stands out in my Calvin memories. He has no idea how significant his impact on my life has been. Being part of Calvin's first group of graduating geologists was also very special. Grace Luymes, Tom Kramer, Jim Feenstra, Hal Pranger - all are good memories."

WHAT AT CALVIN PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?

"Although I received an excellent education in science at Calvin, what really prepared me for corporate life was the training Calvin provided me in oral and written communication. The majority of my peers in industry graduated with purely technical degrees and never received the type of training Calvin afforded me."

LIFE AFTER CALVIN

"I went on to get a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1982. I then moved to Houston, TX and jumped into the oil business."

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

"I now work for St. Mary Land and Exploration Co. in Houston, Texas. I am the Exploration Manager for St. Mary's Gulf Coast and Permian Division responsible for exploration activity ranging from West Texas to the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico. Every morning I get to wake up, drive to my office, and work on a treasure hunt. I can't imagine a more exciting career."

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

"I would encourage current and incoming students to familiarize themselves with employment opportunities available in the oil and gas industry. I have found it to be an extremely exciting career. The current and future need for well rounded geo-scientists in oil and gas is staggering. It is an exciting, challenging, financially rewarding career. I would be more than willing to provide information and assistance to any Calvin student interested in learning more about the field. Feel free to contact me at selviustx@sbcglobal.net or at dselvius@stmaryland.com."

Major/minor

biology/geology

Career tags

oil surveying

Contact

dselvius@stmaryland.com