A lot of things have changed since our last newsletter in 2011. But at the same time, many of our hallmarks remain the same. For example, our students continue to do top-level research with their faculty mentors and publish their work; you can see that since our last newsletter students published as lead- or co-author 22 journal papers and about 80 abstracts. Our students continue to get jobs - we polled our alumni last year and found that 88% of our alumni were hired in a geology-related job or entered grad school within one year of graduating.
Speaking of Alumni, in October of 2013 and 2014 we held our 1st and 2nd Annual Alumni Receptions in downtown Fullerton. It was great to see so many familiar faces. Great times ran amok at both receptions, as you can tell by photos on our web site (geology.fullerton.edu). Details of the upcoming 3rd Annual Alumni Reception are in newsletter – hope to see you all there. We also began to honor our alumni by selecting an “Alumni of the Year” recipient. Our first recipient in 2014 was Mark Zeko (BS Geology '87, MS Environmental Science/hydrology '94). We've recently selected Kay Pitts (BA Earth Science '77) as the 2015 Alumni of the Year recipient from a terrific slate of well- deserved nominees. See newsletter for info on Mark and Kay. Congratulations Mark and Kay, and thanks for being such terrific ambassadors for our geology family.
In 2011, we had about 80 majors. Today, our files show about 160 majors – a doubling in the last 4 years. We are bursting at the seams in our major's courses and are having trouble finding seats for them in labs and in our five field vehicles. Growth is good, but we hope the growth doesn't come at the expense of the boutique nature of our programs where we tend to have a special rapport with our students. Despite the growth, we continue to maintain the required undergraduate thesis for our BS Geology students. Many, if not most, of our students will be presenting their work at our upcoming 6th Annual Geology Research Day on April 24th, 2015. See newsletter for details of Research Day. You don't want to miss this event – it's an afternoon full of awards, raffles, meeting old or new friends, and networking.