Geology Alumni Extravaganza

2:30 PM  - 9:30 PM
Friday Oct 11, 2013
Olin-Rice Science Center

Take in the student research poster session in the afternoon and an informal evening reception with your Mac Geology alumni and colleagues. These events are free. Registration for the dinner and panel discussion is closed.

Schedule of Events

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Student Coffee, Cookies, & Conversation with Environmental Consultants
Informal gathering (with snacks) where students have the opportunity to chat with several environmental consultants, Gene McLinn '82, Lou Ehrhard '82, and David Livermore '82. Email Kelly at if you'd like to attend.
172 Olin-Rice (Geology Library & Lounge)

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Macalester Student Research Poster Session
In conjunction with Family Fest weekend, students present their summer research in creative posters. You are invited to attend, socialize, and discuss the projects with the students.
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice

5:30–7 p.m.
Science Division Wine & Cheese Reception  (by invitation only)
Visiting alumni are treated to light hors d’oeuvres, vino, and conversation with faculty and senior research students.
Balcony, Olin-Rice

7–8:30 p.m.
Geology Alumni Dinner & Panel Discussion
Hear a few alums talk about their life’s path and work after Macalester. Registration is required. Registration for this event is closed.

Our panel consists of several Geology grads:

Andrew Meigs '85, earned an MS from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, a PhD from the University of Southern California, and then spent 2 years as a Postdoc at Caltech.  He joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1998.  He and his students study mountain building and earthquake geology in the western US, Alaska, Argentina, India, and in Pakistan.

Gene McLinn '82 is the Sediment Practice Leader for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a consulting geologist since 1987, after earning an MS in hydrogeology from UW-Milwaukee.  For the last 15 years, his professional practice as a sediment remediator, experimental geologist, and inventor has focused on the development of techniques for assessment and remediation of oily sediments (check out US Patent #8,419,314). Gene’s son Angus '12 is a second generation Mac grad!

Jennifer Engstrom '91, is the Mineland Reclamation Manager for the Minnesota DNR, Division of Lands and Minerals. The DNR administers mineland reclamation and permitting for active taconite iron mines and for non-ferrous metallic minerals, and also reviews minerals projects for impacts.

Travis Sandland '01, a project lead in the Teacher Professional Development Group at the Science Museum of Minnesota and an NSG Co-PI.  He designs and teaches classes for teachers, school and district administrators, museum professionals, and educational researchers focused on eliminating disparities in STEM educational systems.  His work with educators is contextualized in key environmental issues facing society, and he hopes to change the face of the STEM professions by changing what it means to be a STEM teacher or learner.

Chime in with your own story to add variety. We'll enjoy a catered buffet dinner, along with a selection of beverages.
Courtyard, Lower Level, Olin Rice

8:30–9:30 p.m.
Social Hour & Dessert
Finish out your Geology Alumni Extravaganza evening chatting with an impressive cross-section of grads and students and sampling scrumptious desserts.
Geology Atrium, Lower Level, Olin Rice

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Geology

Categories: Alumni Events