If It’s Been Three Years Since the Last Time
the Geologists Got Together…
Nearly five dozen alumni, faculty and students participated in the
fifth triennial Geology Alumni Conference (fondly shortened to “SLUGAC” by
its fans), on campus late in April. Events included:
A banquet and
auction to benefit the William T. Elberty Jr. memorial fund
and Vera Bloomer Lecture
A tour of the Dolan Outdoor Lab and the Wachtmeister
Alumni panels that discussed graduate school options and
the world of work with the students
While many people had a hand in putting the program together,
the principal campus coordinator was Chapin Professor of Geology Mark
Erickson; alumni participant David Waugh ’99 supplied these photos.
R. Booth Platt ’00 and Heather Cunningham ’98
compare notes about graduate school. Platt is at the
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse,
while Cunningham, most recently an instructor at a branch
campus of Kent State in Ohio, begins a Ph.D. program in Australia
Professor Emeritus of Geography Bill Romey, left, visits with Paul
Myer ’53, retired professor and chair of geology at the
University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire. Romey and his wife, Lucretia,
live on Cape Cod in retirement, and travel extensively.
David Wald ’84, left, USGS seismologist and Seismological
Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, was the Bloomer Lecturer;
after being introduced by Professor Erickson, right, and presenting
his lecture, he took questions about the December 2004 South Asia
earthquake and tsunami.
The W. T. Elberty Jr. Medal was awarded for the first time, to,
from left, Rick Standish ’71, Dean Eppler ’74,
Duane Eppler ’71 and Roy Christoffersen ’76, who
was not able to be present. These four were the originators
of the SLUGAC concept. “Working with faculty members,
they developed the idea and mission of SLUGAC and gave their
effort toward its creation,” Prof. Erickson explains.
The medal, which is named for the late Professor Emeritus of
Geology William T. “Bill” Elberty ’53, is
awarded “for service to St. Lawrence University through
and by direct service to and support of the Department of Geology,” according
to the department’s
Group Picture of the attendees.