Welcome to the Geology Club at North Carolina State University
09-21-2011: Opportunities for students
Make sure to check the opportunities page for recent employment and scholarship opportunities
09-21-2011: Job Opportunity
Geothermal Field Geologist
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Natural Resources Scientist 2
SALARY RANGE: $3549 $4653 per month per month
($3443 $4513 with 3% temporary reduction)
Important Note: From July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013
a 3% temporary salary reduction is in effect for most positions.
For specific information on the Temporary Salary Reduction, click here.
TYPE OF POSITION: Project. Project is scheduled for 15 months.
This position is represented by the WPEA.
Important Note: Once appointed to this position the
incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other
representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.
LOCATION: Olympia, WA
CLOSES: Open until filled
Temperature-Gradient Drilling Work with lead geologist to log
cuttings and record progress from up to 5 drilled boreholes. Would
also be required to report daily drilling progress, provide guidance
to the drilling subcontractor, make on-the-fly decisions during
drilling activity, and to report significant drilling setbacks to lead
geologist if necessary.
Hot spring water chemistry sampling With the aid of the lead
geologist or independently, garner access to sites, gather
necessary sampling materials and supplies, and travel to multiple
hot spring locations within the state of Washington in order to
sample waters and afterward transport samples to designated
laboratory for analysis.
Temperature-Depth Logging Assist another geologist or work
independently to measure the geothermal gradient in existing
water wells. Incumbent would also be required to assist in
scheduling testing with private parties and pump installers.
Upload of field-gathered data into related databases and some
data entry and support of existing geologic databases.
Bachelors Degree in Geology
Expert in Word, Access, and Excel
Demonstrate excellent attention to detail, ability to follow
instructions remotely, independently, and with little supervision
Ability to lift 40 lbs
Knowledge of database management and ability to use ArcGIS
Masters Degree and two years of related experience
Experience in water sampling for chemical analysis.
Working knowledge of water well construction.
Strong organizational and communication skills.
SPECIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
WHO MAY APPLY
This recruitment is open to who meets the required qualifications for this position.
To be considered for this position, please submit:
A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to
the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special
position requirements. Please indicate in your letter of interest how you
learned of this opportunity.
A completed application DNR Job Application , official academic
transcript(s) and a Resume
The names of three to five professional references.
An online voluntary Applicant Profile Questionnaire. (This form is not
required and is submitted online. Please do not print out and send in with
The first screening will be based on information contained in your candidate
Submit all materials by the closing date to:
Electronic method preferred
OR other method
firstname.lastname@example.org Melody Wolf
Department of Natural
PO BOX 47033
Olympia, WA 98504-7033
NOTE: Please indicate 2011-09-7107the subject line of your e-mail.
By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and
correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify
information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from
applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Questions? Please contact Dave Norman at phone number (360) 902-1439 or email
us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.
09-02-2011: T-Shirt Winner for the Best Earth Quake Story
Congratulations Felisha Whitehead! Felisha won a free Geology Club T-shirt!
09-02-2011: Two internships available, APPLY NOW!
Two positions available at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
One is funded by the state of NC for 10 hours per week.
The other is funded by NSF for 10 hours per week during the school year,
and full time in the summer.
They have had very good results getting the alums from the lab into graduate school and jobs.
If interested contact:
Chris Tacker, Ph.D., P.G., Curator of Geology
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences http://www.naturalsciences.org/
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-10
The Carolinas Section of the
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
The Western Branch, North Carolina Section of
the American Society of Civil Engineers
Jennifer Bauer, President,
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
North Carolina Geological Survey Landslide Hazard Mapping Program –
What We Learned and How You Can Use It
Talk and Dinner: 6:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, September 29, 2011
South Bar of Pack’s Tavern
Asheville, North Carolina
Place: South Bar of Pack’s Tavern
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM social hour, 7:00 dinner, 8:00 speaker
Cost: ASCE and AEG Members $25, non-members $30, students FREE with college ID
Reservations: Please make reservations with Fred Love or John Garner by Monday, September 26, 2011
Phone for Fred: 828-989-0645, email: Frederick.email@example.com
Email for John: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Bauer has been involved in landslide mapping for the last 5½ years. Prior to June 30, 2011, she was a member of the Landslide Hazard Mapping Team for the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS). In this position she utilized the GIS environment for remote sensing, data collection and interpretation for county-wide map production. Ms. Bauer divided her work time between hiking the mountains of North Carolina to locate and map landslides in the field, analyzing the data and finalizing the maps in the office, responding to landslide emergency events, and doing public outreach. Before joining the NCGS in November 2005, Ms. Bauer worked with MACTEC Engineering and Consulting first as a field geologist, and then as construction materials testing laboratory manager. In these positions, she gained a strong background in subsurface investigations and engineering properties of soil, aggregate and concrete, and was exposed to many engineering, environmental, and construction materials testing projects.
Ms. Bauer earned her B.S. with Highest Honors in Geology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2001. She is a licensed geologist in North Carolina.
Ms. Bauer’s experience with the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists began in 2002 as Secretary of the Carolinas Section. Since then, she has held the office of Vice Chair and Chair of the Carolinas Section, was a member of the Section/Chapter Support Committee, co-chaired the Governance Committee, and served on the Executive Council as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President/President-Elect, and now as President. In her time away from starting a geology consulting business or AEG, Ms. Bauer enjoys mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and adventure racing. She currently resides in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with her husband Brian, dog Maddie, and cat Kitty.
In July 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly eliminated funding for the North Carolina Geological Survey Landslide Hazard Mapping Program. The Hurricane Recovery Act of 2005 authorized the program after two tropical cyclones passed over the mountains of North Carolina in September 2004, triggering over 400 landslides. The purpose of the program was to create county-level digital landslide hazard maps for use by the public, local governments, and emergency managers to identify landslide hazard areas, and increase awareness of this hazard in western North Carolina. During the course of mapping four counties, the team developed an extensive geodatabase, standardized the mapping process, helped develop an online map viewer to distribute the maps to the public, and responded to landslide events and numerous inquiries from the public concerning landslides.
The maps were created in a Geographic Information System (GIS), using remote sensing of the LiDAR digital elevation model and aerial photographs, followed by field work to map and collect data at landslide and landslide deposit locations for model calibration. This information was analyzed and input into a GIS-based Stability Index Map (SIMMAP) to model hazard zones for debris flow initiation given specified input parameters and conditions. From the SINMAP-generated high-hazard zones, the Debris Flow Pathways map was then modeled to show where debris flows might travel.
This talk will discuss the benefits of the mapping program, what was learned about landslides in western North Carolina during the process, how the audience can use the maps and information, and lessons learned from this experience.
About Pack’s Tavern
Downtown Asheville at 20 South Spruce Street
Pack’s Tavern is in the historic Hayes Hopson building in the middle of Pack Square Park. Built in 1907 and older than most of the more famous Asheville landmarks, the Hayes Hopson building has long served its community. It has served as a lumber supplier, an automotive supply company, and in more recent history, the renowned Bill Stanley’s Barbeque and Bluegrass. But hidden behind steel doors in the basement lies a Hayes Hopson secret. These heavy doors open to a dark chamber that leads under South Spruce Street and once continued to adjacent buildings. The Hayes Hopson building has supplied lumber, auto parts, BBQ to Asheville but during the Prohibition years it supplied illegal liquor to local scofflaws (people who disobeyed the dry laws of the Volstead Act) via this underground passage.
The repeal of the Volstead Act in 1932 changed the laws in the early months of 1933 to allow the distribution and sale of alcohol. This new change made the Hayes Hopson building no longer needed for the vast distribution of the illegal whiskey through the Western North Carolina counties. Therefore the building needed to change its purpose and became a popular automotive and appliance center. Pack’s Tavern initiated restoration efforts in the summer of 2009. Much care was taken to expose the original brick, original tongue-and-groove ceiling and wood trusses, and to uncover the 100-year-old flooring. Today, you’ll find a tavern beautifully restored to Prohibition-Era grandeur.
What separates Pack’s Tavern from other establishments is our unique variety of craft beer. We carefully pair beer styles with food items on the menu so you can experience the remarkable compatibility of food and beer. We rotate 30 or more local, national, and international craft beers to offer the best selection available. We have established partnerships with individual breweries and distributors that will allow us to debut new creations, feature limited quantity selections, and to make available the most sought after beers and breweries. We also offer carefully selected bottled beers that represent many styles and breweries around the world. Pack’s Tavern’s knowledgeable staff will introduce you to the fascinating world of craft beer and its inherent complement to a great meal.
Directions: Take I-40 to I-240. Take I-240 to exit 5B, Charlotte Street. Turn south onto Charlotte Street, right onto Eagle Street, right on South Spruce Street.
Parking: The Asheville City government allows free public parking after 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays for Pack Square Park visitors on Marjorie Street, adjacent to Pack’s Tavern. You can also find the Pack Plaza Parking Deck on Biltmore Avenue -- simply walk out the back onto Market Street, only a block from Pack’s Tavern. Another option is the College Street Parking Deck, directly across from the Courthouse and only a block from Pack’s.
AEG Social Event Announcement
<<< Wednesday, August 24, 2011 >>>
Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tide
The AEG Carolinas Section would like to cordially invite you to attend an upcoming social event Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 to watch the Durham Bulls take on the Norfolk Tide. The game will begin at 7:05 PM and the early birds will be able to meet at Tyler’s Taproom (next door to the Bull Athletic Park) from 5 to 7 PM for happy hour and/or dinner before the game.
Tickets: $8 per person; Children 5 & Under are FREE!
Where: The Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) Terrace Reserve – along the 1st baseline.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
-Gates opens at 6:05p.m.
-Game starts at 7:05p.m.
It is very important that we get a head count of attendees, so that we may request additional seating if needed. Therefore, please RSVP by August 17th!
If you have any questions feel free to email Adam Phillips at email@example.com
Environmental Services Division
SGS North America, Inc. - Laboratory
5500 Business Drive
04-26-2011: NGWA Career Center- Jobs and Internships
April 22, 2011
The academic year will soon be coming to a close, and that means students searching for summer internships and new graduates looking for jobs in the groundwater industry. NGWA’s career center is a great tool for narrowing the search to positions with reputable ground water employers. Please remind your students and recent graduates to explore our career center and its job board, it is free to search for members and nonmembers.
We are currently working on the internship board in order to provide a variety of quality positions to our student members, as we know internships are essential to gaining vital work experience and can lead to full-time positions after graduation. If you are aware of any open positions that you would like to post, please do so here. We want to make our career center as helpful as possible to both our student and professional members.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions, I’d be happy to help. Don’t forget you can also stay in touch by following us on Facebook and Twitter!
rachel jones | student membership liaison |
national ground water association — dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge
601 dempsey road | westerville, ohio 43081 | usa
800 551.7379 (614 898.7791), x 504 | fax 614 898.7786
www.ngwa.org | www.wellowner.org | www.groundwateradventurers.org
explore solutions to “meeting groundwater challenges in uncertain times” at the 2011 ngwa ground water summit may 1-5 in baltimore
03-30-2011: THANK YOU....
3/26/2011- Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge
This event was a huge success! We had 23 boyscouts visit us on campus. The ages ranged from 11-13. They were a great bunch of kids and already knew so much about Geology. So much in fact, we had them take turns leading discussion about rocks, minerals, the interior Earth, Earth history and much more. We are excited to do this again next year!
Big special thanks to our student volunteers: Heidi Edwards, Rebekah Givens, Jules Johnston and recent alumni volunteer Michael Munoz!
03-30-2011: Geology Officer Re- Elections
If you are interested in running for officer positions for 2011-2012 year, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the position you would like to run for. We will be voting at the end of April! Cheers!
03-30-2011: Field Camp Scholarships- Deadline 4/15
03-30-2011: 4/7- North Ridge Elementary School Expo
The North Ridge Elementary Science Expo Needs You !!
North Ridge Elementary School (Harps Mill Road in North Raleigh, just east of Falls of Neuse) is holding its’ First Science Expo on Thursday, April 7th from 6-8 PM.
We need approximately 20 scientists/engineers to review & discuss the projects with the students and score them. We use a very easy and generous scoring system, so don’t let the word “score” scare you away!
The time commitment is small – just two (2) hours. ”Real, Live Scientists” need to arrive around 5:45 pm on April 7th. They will evaluate projects, interview student scientists, present ribbons and certificates, and have a blast as the students get excited about science and math!
We will have evaluation forms, and scoring instructions ready for you on Expo Night. No prep work required!
If you’re interested or know someone who is (friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc), please contact Stephen Schneider at email@example.com or 919-447-5105
03-30-2011: 3/31- AEG Speakers come to NCSU!
The Carolinas Section of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists and the AEG Student Chapter at NCSU will present a pizza dinner seminar on careers in geology at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Jordan Hall at NC State the University. Our presentations will be very informal – four geologists will talk for about 20 minutes each on their careers and specialties: engineering geology and environmental geology in both the public and private sectors. You will be able to ask questions during and after our presentations. We may answer many of your questions about geology as a profession and careers in geology during these presentations, but we welcome more questions from the audience about the topics we didn’t cover. The speakers will be:
Brad Worley, L.G.
Brad graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a BS in Geology in 1995 and an MS in Geology in 2000. He is a Project Geological Engineer in Raleigh at the North Carolina Department of Transportation, where he works on geotechnical investigations for foundation designs on new/relocated bridges and/or roadways.
Carolyn Bachl, J.D.
Carolyn received her BS in geology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MS in geology from Vanderbilt University. After investigating environmentally impaired property for 4 years as an environmental consultant, she turned in her steel-toed boots for law books and earned a JD from UNC-Chapel Hill. Carolyn’s legal practice has been in the fields of environmental and energy law. She has counseled clients on compliance with all major federal and state laws regarding pollution control and resource protection (e.g., National and State Environmental Policy Acts, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, N.C. Coastal Area Management Act and state stormwater management regulations). Carolyn worked for Kilpatrick Stockton LLP for six years and currently works for the North Carolina Department of Commerce in its Energy Division.
Dave Duncklee, L.G.
Dave earned a BS in geology from NC State in 1983 with graduate study in geophysics. His career in geology began with a foundation/civil engineering consulting firm in Charlotte but shifted to environmental projects in the late 1980’s as many environmental regulations took hold. In 1988, he left the engineering firm to work with a startup business in Raleigh consisting mostly of geologists and hydrogeologists. He eventually became branch manager of a staff of 25, but decided to leave in 1996 to begin his own firm along with Tom Dunham, a geologist from New York. The firm began in Tom’s condominium off Avent Ferry Road, across the street from Sammy’s. Today we are located in Cary with projects located throughout the southeastern US. Married for 28 years with five children ranging in age from 24 to 16, home has been in Cary since 1991. He is the treasurer of AEG Carolinas Section, a member of the ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Team, and has recently been elected to the board of the PAMS Foundation here at NC State.
Rick Kolb, L.G.
Rick received his Bachelor’s in geology from the University of Montana in 1979 and his Master’s in geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He worked as a production geologist in the Louisiana offshore for Mobil Oil in New Orleans from 1982 to 1990 before realizing he did not want to spend the rest of his life in the heat of Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma, so he made a career change. He was hired by Law Engineering in Raleigh and started there in the summer of 1990. He worked at Law, which was bought by MACTEC Engineering and Consulting in 2003, until August 2010, when he made a change, from a 3,000-person firm to a 12-person firm, Duncklee & Dunham. He has always worked on environmental projects, though from 1998-2000 he also worked in Law’s geotechnical department, doing bridge-foundation projects for NCDOT. Most of his workday is spent conducting site assessments, reviewing reports, managing projects, and talking to clients and prospective clients.
Rick is the student liaison for the Carolinas Section of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. AEG is a national organization (www.aegweb.org) that has sections throughout the United States (e.g., Carolinas Section - www.aegcarolinas.org), Canada and South Africa, and national headquarters in Denver. AEG’s annual meeting was in Charleston last year and will be in Anchorage this year. As an incentive for geology students to interact with practicing geologists, AEG offers free membership for students, the Carolinas Section pays students’ entry into our section’s quarterly dinner meetings in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville and Greensboro, and our section offers travel grants to students who make presentations at AEG’s national meetings. The AEG Foundation also offers scholarships to college students. We welcome your attendance at our next meeting in Raleigh on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 5:30-9 PM at Sparian’s Bowling Boutique and Bistro in the North Hills area of Raleigh.
For those of you interested, after our presentation we will convene to Sammy’s and we will buy those of legal age a beverage or two, and tell more stories about the wonderful careers in geology.
03-16-2011: RSVP today if you are attending AEG 3/19
Please RSVP Paul Federline at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on attending the free environmental equipment training seminar on 3/19!
03-14-2011: AEG PRESIDENT IS VISITING NCSU
The Carolinas Section of the
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
AEG President Bruce Hilton
California’s High-Speed Train:
How to Cross Active Faults at 250 MPH
10:00 AM, Thursday, April 7, 2011
Room 1132, Jordan Hall
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
In 1996, California passed legislation that appropriated funds to begin environmental-permitting processes for the first high-speed rail system in the U.S. that could operate at speeds up to 250 mph and provide a system that would enable travelers to go from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 hours. In 2009, Californians approved Proposition 1A, resulting in $10 billion in bond sales followed by $2.25 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus) dollars that spring‐boarded a
system‐wide project design now well underway. Geotechnical and geological engineering hazards across nearly 800 miles of the high-speed corridor are daunting challenges. Among these, the project crosses 42 faults that require analysis and mitigation to ensure passenger safety and relatively uninterrupted
Bruce’s talk focuses on the history and project components of High Speed Train systems, the overall technical challenges, and in particular the risk‐based methods of analysis and mitigation alternatives developed at fault crossings.
Mr. Hilton began his career at Leighton & Associates in Southern California in 1978 and continued his career in Northern California with Kleinfelder, Inc. since 1993. His focus has been with engineering geology of private and public projects throughout the United States during his 32 years in the business. He is Kleinfelder’s Chief Engineering Geologist and, in this role, is responsible for the quality, external exposure, marketing, and mentorship throughout the firm. His experience spans both environmental and engineering geology with emphasis on geomorophology, fault studies, landslides and slope stability, GIS, dams and transportation, and soil and groundwater contamination assessments. He resides in Sacramento California with his wife and enjoys, volleyball, golf, and body surfing
03-14-2011: AEG Event: Field Equipment Basics 3/19
Pine Environmental Services Inc. in conjunction with the AEG Carolinas Section is pleased to offer a free training on “Field Equipment Basics.” Pine Environmental Services will hold the training at their facility in Raleigh NC.
Date: Saturday, March 19th 2011
Time: 8:00 – 12:00
Location: Pine Environmental Services Inc.
8411 Garvey Dr., Suite 113
Raleigh NC 27616
Please RSVP by March 17th to Paul Federline at email@example.com
Training will include:
· Power Point presentation on equipment basics
o Choosing the correct equipment for your job
o Calibration procedures
o The do’s and don’ts regarding proper use of the equipment
o Review common mistakes made in the field and how to avoid them
· We will have a Round Robin setup
o Stations with the most commonly used equipment will be available for hands on training
o Training participants will personally calibrate the equipment
o Review and understand the equipment menu
o Understand various types of data logging options for each piece
o Set up, run tests, and download recorded data
We are expecting this to be a 3-4 hour event. There will be donuts, bagels and beverages available in the morning and lunch will be provided at noon. All attendees are welcome to stay as long as needed to allow them to visit all the equipment stations and become confident on how to operate each piece. Pine is excited to provide this educational opportunity to increase equipment knowledge and we look forward to seeing everyone on March 19th.
From west of Raleigh (Greensboro)
Take I-40 east towards Raleigh, Take exit 283 I-540 then stay left for I-540 E towards US-70, drive 13.6 miles and take exit 14 - Falls of Neuse Rd. Turn left onto Falls of Neuse and drive 1 mile, turn Right onto Durant Rd. and drive 2 miles. Turn Right onto Garvey Dr. We are in the last brick building on the right about 0.2 miles.
From Downtown Raleigh
Head North on S. McDowell St./ US-401, Continue to follow US-401 N. for 6.3 miles. Turn slight left onto Capital BLVD/ US-1 N. and drive 4.4 miles (about 1 mile north of 540) and turn Left onto Durant Rd. drive 0.5 miles and turn Left onto Garvey Dr. We are in the last brick building on the right about 0.2 miles.
Feel free to contact Paul Federline with any questions: Office 919-713-0008, Cell 919-333-6287 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
03-14-2011: Need Volunteers! Geology Merit Badge!
We need volunteers to help instruct the 2011 NC State Geology Boy Scout Merit Badge! The Geology Club has volunteered the past two years and it is a blast! We need at least 3 volunteers to help. Please let us know if you are available to come at any time during this event!
The 2011 Merit Badge College Saturday, March 26th :
8:30 Opening on brickyard
9:00 Instruction begins
12:00 Lunch (delivered to your location) and Q&A with students/faculty
3:30 Instruction ends
We need your help! Please respond ASAP! email@example.com
Here is the lesson plan from last year:
Lesson Plan for Geology Merit Badge
Merit Badge College at NC State University
Instructors: David Garrett, PG, PE (BS Geology ‘83, MCE ‘94)
Jules Johnston , Greg Youngblood
The course will be interactive with a “field trip” and laboratory work in Jordan Hall. Ms. Johnston has arranged for access to classroom/laboratory space, which provides opportunity for “hands on” rock and mineral identification and a demonstration of a petrographic microscope and possibly other tools. I will visit the Geology Department in advance to confirm permission through faculty contacts. I will also contact the Athletic Department for permission to access the lobby of Reynolds Coliseum to observe fossiliferous marble slabs within the interior. I will perform a walking tour of the planned campus route from the brickyard to confirm four of five stops for our “field trip” (including Reynolds Coliseum and the Rocky Branch restoration project and greenway).
Logistics: The study of geology and Boy Scouts both emphasize “outdoor education” so we will maintain that tradition for the first part of our day. We will start instruction on the brickyard immediately after the opening. We have a lot of things to cover in a short time, so we will begin at 9:00 with no transportation delays. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll be moving from building to building in short increments for shelter, so we should be OK. Weather forecast for Saturday is “iffy” as of this writing. I’ve been informed that University transportation is available on a limited basis. We will not enter any building without permission – only Jordan Hall and the Coliseum (for a few minutes), possibly DH Hill Library for some quiet lecture if the weather is really bad. I plan to start under the shelter behind the Erdahl-Cloyd student center wing of the library, weather permitting.
My assistants will help with setting up and taking down one or more field demonstrations (discussed below) and they will be available for crowd control and support of the instruction. For instance, I plan to divide our group of 25 into smaller groups to look at outcrops, the stream, and the field demonstration. My assistants will help with the demonstration and I will work with small groups at the stream and the outcrop. Scouts will have an opportunity to participate in the field demonstration.
The University’s facilities and natural areas will be respected at all times. There will be no hammering on outcrops nor digging in the stream. Scouts will be kept on the trail or in groups of no more than six at a time when observing the stream features from the banks. No scout will be allowed to climb on the rocks or enter the stream. We will bring our own maps, tools (for display) and materials for the instruction. We will be on the “buddy system” for the duration of the day, from the start at the brick yard to finish at the brick yard. Mr. Unsworth will join us between 11 am - 12 pm at Jordan Hall and lead some of the afternoon activities in the lab.
9 - 9:30 am “GEOLOGY ROCKS!” – Lead by Jules Johnston and Greg Youngblood. we’ll make this exciting and fun
Discussion of what is geology and how earth processes and products normally studied under the purview of geology affect our everyday lives
Topics – geologic maps, basic rock types and structures, brief discussion of plate tectonics, erosion and sedimentation processes, building materials, geologic hazards, fuels, the role of geology in environmental matters, and how we study geology (tools and resources) – “white board” lecture with student interaction
The scouts will be taking notes as field geologists would – we’ll have them observe and record what they see – and I will use the merit badge requirement form to stage the discussion so they can fill out the form as we go – I’ll get cheap clip boards (they’ll keep them) for note taking
9:30 - 10:30 Walking tour of campus buildings to observe building materials derived from various geologic resources – bricks (obviously), slate, granite, limestone (neat fossils in the Reynolds Coliseum lobby as I recall), aggregates for asphalt and concrete; we’ll consider “urban” geology concerns with respect to storm runoff, water supply, and water quality
10:30 - 10:45 PIT STOP, either at Reynolds Coliseum or main Student Center
10:45 - 12 Visit the Rocky Branch stream restoration project between Carmichael gym and Pullen Park; we’ll consider the effects of urban runoff and recent attempts to protect streams and water quality, noting basic stream morphological features that have been recreated; we’ll have a field demonstration of a “sedimentation table” that models a stream flow at different gradients, hence different energy levels, and the effects on sedimentation; another demonstration will be the “shake test” to observe the differential settling rate of different material gradations; we’ll observe some natural sediments with a hand lens – I have a hand lens for each scout that they may take home – the sediments will be brought in from another site, not the restored stream bed
Along the greenway we will visit two outcrops to look at rock type, structural and sedimentary features, and demonstrate methods for “reading” the rocks; we’ll refer to the geologic maps and a topo map to correlate what we see on the ground with the map; I will have some hand specimens from various sites for comparison of the rock types, then we’ll take the short hike to Jordan Hall
12 - 1 pm Weather permitting, we’ll have lunch outside Jordan Hall, where there is map of North Carolina made from native rock types – we’ll refer to the NC Geologic Map and make it a “working lunch”; we’ll discuss what types of courses geology students take and career opportunities; I will review what I do as a consultant and briefly showcase a real project – discussing how I acquired the data and what I used it for; 15 minutes supervised FREE TIME
1 - 2:15 pm Inside Jordan Hall to see the classrooms and labs – we’ll examine the Geology Departments rocks and minerals, using some of the more durable lab equipment (e.g., color charts, scratch plates) and hand lenses for identification and (hopefully) we will have a petrographic microscope set up to peek through; the assistants and I can work 3 or 4 stations where the students rotate on 5-minute intervals; time permitting, we’ll look at maps and other resources and equipment as we are allowed access
2:15 - 2:30 PIT STOP
2:30 - 3:30 Question and Answer – Ms. Johnston will lead group discussion to review the requirement form while I discuss each scout’s progress one-on-one, off to the side in the same room; I’ll only have a couple of minutes which each one, so the group discussion will be very important
3:30 - 4 pm Transport back to Brick Yard for closing ceremony; University vans would be appreciated, as it will have been a long day; I will return to the brickyard and all scouts in our group will be accounted for at the closing
10-27-2010: Need famous students 11/28!
A message from Dr. Karl Wegmann:
I am looking for a few students to join me for filming of field work
at one of the millpond Legacy Sediment sites along Richland Creek
(Umstead State Park) tomorrow from 2 to 4 pm. The College of PAMS is
making a new promotional video (You Tube, etc) and they want to film
students conducted in field work. Here is your chance to become more
famous than you already are. If you, or someone you know (Jules,
please post to Geology Club listserve) would like to help me out by
joining me in the field tomorrow for 2 hours ( 2 pm to 4 pm) in
Umstead State Park I would be very appreciative.
Please email and let me know. We will leave from my office at 2 pm tomorrow.
Please bring field clothes / shoes that you do not mind getting wet in
the stream. I'll provide the shovels, etc...
Karl W. Wegmann, Ph.D.
North Carolina State University
Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
2800 Faucette Drive, Jordan Hall 1125
Campus Box 8208
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
10-20-2010: 400 6th graders: Volunteers Needed!!
Wendell Middle School just contacted the Geology Club requesting our aid in teaching their 400 6th Graders Rocks and Minerals! I do not have the dates yet, however, their Earth Science Unit will be ending in less than 2 weeks! So we need to get the word out for volunteers!!
Time: 8:10- Noon , 4 groups between 80-100 children
Topic: 6th Grade Rocks and Minerals- How are minerals created in the Earth?
Outcome: Understand how rocks and minerals are different and to identify the different properties.
Katherine Almiquist, Education Outreach Coordinator, has lesson plans and activites already established for K-Highschool. For our members who are unaware, they are posted on orgsync under the files tab! So you do not have to create a plan yourself, we work together on projects like these! We are looking for AT LEAST 4 volunteers to lead these 6th graders in hands-on activites.. smashing caclite...fun stuff like that!
We will provide you with futher details on this event soon! Keep your eyes peeled for the event date, this is going to be a lot of fun!
10-20-2010: Education Outreach ROCKS Hillside NT HS!
Can you imagine learning about minerals without getting to taste halite? Adding acid to and smashing calcite? Writing your name with graphite?
Over the course of two days, NC State's Geology Club provided hundreds of mineral and rock samples, along with identification supplies, a petrographic microscope, and, of course, a rock hammer and extra calcite for smashing to 84 high school students! Supplies for such a large number of students are difficult for schools to come by with recent budget cuts, and teaming up with the university is a great way for students to get hands on experience, as well as meet a geologist in person.
Students were excited to put into practice everything they'd learned about in class. Each class also got to learn about career options as a geologist, what it takes to study geology in college, and where geology can take them. (Did I hear someone say field camp?) Several students were so inspired they stayed afterward for personal thanks and even hugs! It is so meaningful to overhear two 15 year olds say to each other, "I can't believe I could go to college to study rocks!" "You better believe I'm going to ace this class!" By the end of the first day, students were asking if they could skip other classes to practice with more rocks!
A huge THANK YOU to Emily Rathmell for contacting us, and for taking the time to dedicate a full class period for each student to get hands on practice with rocks and minerals!
10-19-2010: Mt. MEAS - Open House Project Completed
MT. MEAS OPEN HOUSE PROJECT SUCCESS!
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The Geology Club pulled there creative forces together and built Mt. MEAS! We have donated this display to MEAS for student recruitment events!
Great work everyone! Thank you for all of your help!
The Geology Club brainstormed ideas during the September meeting and invisioned a huge mountain that stood at least 10 feet tall. So we had a team get together to implement this vision. Jay Calendine sought out for the material and he found the perfect mountain building tools! Jules Johnston and Jeff Bowman worked in Jules garage to put this mountain together. Ryan Unsworth joined them and helped brainstorm ideas on how to get started. We came up with a plan and poof....Mt. MEAS was ready for the OPEN HOUSE EVENT!
Mt. MEAS was a hit at PAMS Open House event! People took pictures, more importantly, Mt. MEAS attracted many potential students! Ryan and Jules worked the event along with our faculty advisor Dr. Del Bohnenstiehl, Dr. David McConnell , Dr. Carrie Thomas, and Maggie Puryear. It was a fantastic team! We generated many interested students who will be visiting our department next Spring!
09-29-2010: SUGGESTIONS AND CREATIVITY NEEDED!!!
The Geology Club is donating a new OPEN HOUSE display to MEAS!
The Geology Club is dedicated to helping our department out whenever and where ever we can. The PAMS OPEN HOUSE is a great opportunity to generate new geology majors for our department!
Many of our amazing Geology Club members have volunteered at the PAMS OPEN HOUSE in the recent past. During the open house events, our volunteers talk to prospective students about their fantastic experiences in the Geology Department and educate and answer any questions about the diverse field of opportunities/carreers within geologic sciences. We are still looking for volunteers for this event, so please RSVP if you can make it!
Another important aspect, every OPEN HOUSE event the Geology Club gathers appealing props that entices prospective students to approach our table including, dinosaur fossils, rocks, minerals, hammers etc. Last year we donated a picture album of our many recent Geology field trips and it was a hit!
However, there are many colleges at this OPEN HOUSE event and many of them have elaborate displays. Our Geology Club has decided to top everyone of these elaborate displays because...well...let's face it, Geology is awesome, hence, we are awesome! The Geology Club is going to make our departments display as awesome as we know we are! Unfortunately, our department does not have the funding to spruce up the display table, however, fortunately the Geology Club has the funding for this!
I am looking for your suggestions and creativity! We are making a new display board as well as informational flyers to hand out to students.
NEW DISPLAY: I have the old display board which has out dated pictures and a few descriptions. Our space is limited to a table, but I know we can create something elaborate and fantastic that can be easily transported. I believe we can set up a monitor as well where we can loop anything from pictures to information, but I need to confirm this first. So post your ideas to the forum! We need to plan an arts and crafts day! If you are interested, please post your availability to the OPEN HOUSE PROJECT forum!
INFORMATIONAL FLYERS: The informational flyers are also a bit out dated. So if you have any ideas or if you want to take it upon yourself to create an informational flyer, please do so! You can upload your flyer on orgsync under the files tab. We will also work on these during our arts and crafts day, so please post your availability to the OPEN HOUSE PROJECT forum.
This will be a lot of fun! Looking forward to hearing your ideas!!
We need to have this finished before the Open House on Saturday, October 16th.
09-29-2010: Job Opportunity!
There is a position open right now at Strongbow Exploration for a gold exploration geologist. They are looking to fill it with someone who can work full time starting mid October and are looking for fresh, recently graduated geologists with a either a master's or bachelor's. If you could forward this on to anyone you know that may be interested and please post it on orgsync, I would be very grateful.
To those interested in hearing more about this position, please send me your resume and contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org BY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30.
09-21-2010: Volunteers Needed!! Open House Oct. 16th
From Maggie Puryear:
This year's Open House is October 16 from 9-1. Could the Geology Club get students to volunteer to help with recruiting for the undergraduate program? Usually we have students volunteer from either 9-11 or 11-1:30. I need the later group to stay a little while after it ends to help clean up and get the stuff back to Jordan. We probably need at least 2 volunteers per session.
Also, can the Geology Club gather up all the cool geology stuff to decorate the table? You did a fantastic job last year picking out stuff, and the table looked great. We will need to get all the stuff together the day before Open House and get it into Talley Student Center.
Can you help us out this year? Thanks.
Michelle Sclafani and Rebekah Givens have volunteered for the 9-11 time slots already.
There will be one or 2 more recruiting events in February, but the dates have only been set for one of them. It is an evening event at Carter-Finley Stadium, and it will be on Friday, Feb. 25. It is usually a neat event, since it is held in Vaughn Towers, and they have a tour of the box seating for the stadium. We need a few volunteers for these events as well.
03-01-2010: Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge
Calling all Geologists!!!!
Saturday April 10th, 8- 4
We need volunteers to
Please contact us, email@example.com for more information or if you plan on attending. Simply RSVP to this event only if you are certain you can make it. We need volunteers, we can't let these kids down!
03-01-2010: New Committees and Programs
NCSU Geology Club has many great programs and committees! For more information, come to our meetings, become a member on orgsync or just send us an email
- Geoscience Education Outreach Program firstname.lastname@example.org
-Big Rock Little Rock Mentoring Program email@example.com
- Geology News Letter Committee - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Events Committee- email@example.com
- Public Relations Committee- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fundraising Committee- email@example.com
- Social Committee- firstname.lastname@example.org
02-28-2010: Meet the officers of the Geology Club
Dr. DelWayne Bohnenstiehl - Geology Club Faculty Advisor
Dr. David McConnell- GeoScience Education Outreach Program Faculty Advisor
Julie Anna (Jules) Johnston- President and Director of Geology News Letter Committee
Cody Hunt- President and Director of GeoScience Education Outreach Program
Katherine Almquist- Director of GeoScience Education Outreach Program
Evan Riddle- Vice President and Director of Fundraising Committee
Ryan Unsworth- Treasurer and Director of Events Committee
Jeff Bowman- Director of Geology News Letter
Jon Whitely- Director of Public Relations
Megan Rumble- Secretary and Director of Social Committee
Greg Youngblood - Director of Information Technology
There are no upcoming events at this time.