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Celebrating Cheryl Hoogewind

Our wonderful Department Manager, Cheryl Hoogewind, is moving on to new opportunities that God is directing her toward. Her last day was Friday the 30th. Friday at 2:30 to 3:30 there was a Thanks-for-Giving celebration in the Geo Common Room.

Free Doughnuts

In the spirit of Fall, that fine balance between the high spirits of the harvest season and the unspeakable dread of what is coming, there will be free doughnuts in the Geo common room every Thursday!
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New Faculty

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Renee Sparks to our open Geology Professor position! Dr. Sparks earned her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas in 2001, and has been teaching at Northwest Missouri State University since. She participated in the 2015 Montana May interim before beginning her new position on August 17.

Gerry has Retired

Geology Professor Gerry van Kooten retired at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Gerry joined the GEO department on a permanent basis in 2004, leaving an immeasurable impact on our students and graduates through his teaching, field trips, and Interims in Hawaii and Montana.

Emeritus Research

Professor Emeritus of Geology Dr. Clarence Menninga has completed research on the Allende meteorite that fell in Mexico during the winter of 1969. He has prepared and submitted a paper on the concentration of 17 elements within 36 chondrules (meteorite fragments) from Allende. Check out his work here.

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Lighting the FYRES of Research

Professor van Dijk and her students from the new geography FYRES class describe their work surrounding dune research.

Other featured articles

Bascom GIS: A New Kind of Mapping

Emma DeVries (2012 alumnus) and Professor Jason VanHorn discuss the importance of GIS and their own work within the field of GIS.

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