Presidents Corner (September, 2021)
It’s time to sign up for our 47th Annual Field Trip October 8-10! We sent out the field trip announcement at the end of August and already have several folks registered. You can join us on Friday afternoon at the Western Science Center by Diamond Valley Lake OR you can meet us on Saturday morning at 10 am at the end of Quincy Street in Moreno Valley. If you join us at the museum, please plan to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated – with recent surge in cases, we may all need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. We will be camping at Hurkey Creek Campground and encourage carpooling as some of the field trip stops have tight spaces. If you wish to pay for the trip via PayPal, we will send you an individual invoice. We are still looking for student/field trip sponsors, so please review the registration form carefully, as we have a separate tab to be a student sponsor.
Please join us for our September meeting on Monday September 13 – I am thrilled to introduce my college classmate and one of my ASBOG study partners, my friend Brian Partington with the Water Replenishment District. He will be presenting an overview of their groundwater monitoring program that crosses two groundwater basins in southern Los Angeles County. Our meeting will be held via Zoom – hopefully the last one, as we intend to host the November poster session meeting at our prior venue, Dave and Busters in Orange.
We included a few more announcements in this newsletter – calling all CSUF geology grads: the CSUF annual alumni night will be held on October 1 (also at Dave and Busters in Orange). This is their annual fundraiser and of all the science departments at CSUF, the department of geological sciences raises the most funds. I like to think this is because we have special bonds with our professors and colleagues after long hot days in the field, dry camping and mapping during field techniques and field camp classes; we are a tight-knit community and I’m proud to be a contributing alum! Another big event in October is the Field Training Day on October 23 – this is a great resource for new staff geologists, students nearing graduation and even a refresher course for more experienced professionals. You will also earn 4 hours of professional development.
Hope to see you in October at any or all of the upcoming events.summer solstice to you all – and happy re-opening of California! I hope you have been able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. It has been so nice to see and hug loved ones again and take part in celebrations … and my “dance card” is quickly filling up! With everything opening, we hope to have our first in-person meeting in September and I can’t wait to see you all.
Once again, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our members! Thank you so very much to our new Corporate Sponsors – your support and generous donations are needed to keep offering free membership to students and reduced prices for our annual field trip and monthly meetings. We have recently updated our website to include our Corporate Sponsors on the home page as well as under a separate link. Please consider supporting our non-profit organization by joining as a member or becoming a sponsor!
Please save the date for our annual field trip – October 8 through 10, 2021 in the San Jacinto Mountains and surrounding foothills and fault zones. We are working on the road log and guidebook, actively tracking down caterers and have some exciting stops and field trip leaders lined up to share their research with you. More details to follow soon!
Please join us for our next meeting, which will be held at a special time – 5:30 pm on Monday July 5 – although it is a holiday for most of us, I’m sure you won’t want to miss our speaker, Dr. Jingmai O’Connor, coming to us through the internet all the way from the Field Museum in Chicago, home of SUE the T-Rex – if you haven’t met her, I highly recommend a visit next time you are in the Windy City!
Have a safe and fun Independence Day and we hope to see you online the day after the crazy night of fireworks.