Successful completion of the $3 million, 3-year IUGFS Endowment Campaign: The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed the initial phase of the campaign with a total of $3,837,628.00 raised.
In July 2007 the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station embarked on an ambitious $3 million fundraising campaign aimed at solidifying the future of the Field Station as the premier location for teaching geosciences in the field. The case was compelling, with two distinct but overlapping goals: create an endowment for the support of scholarships, course development and research, and also provide immediate funding for infrastructure improvements – namely the construction of a much-needed classroom building that could serve students in our courses as well as professionals and other users.
Led by Professor Emeritus Lee Suttner, this effort began with five dedicated Field Station alumni sitting around a table and each agreeing to pledge a lead gift of $50,000. Over time this group of supporters expanded as we reconnected with others through professional circles and decades-old friendships, forged around shared experiences during summers in Montana. The tremendous momentum of the campaign culminated in the summer of 2012 with the dedication of a new classroom building on the field station grounds during a reunion weekend attended by dozens of alumni, donors, friends, neighbors, and IU administrators.
The results of the first phase of the campaign are already being felt in Montana. The most obvious change is the completion of the new classroom, computer lab, and laboratory space within the new geotechnology building. This one building has already transformed both how and what we can teach in our traditional courses; the concentration options now have individual space for lectures, laboratory equipment use, and data analysis at levels previously not possible.
The new building also opens up the possibility for teaching a whole range of courses at all levels, from K-12 to undergraduate and graduate to professional, with the additional possibility of professional meetings, workshops and retreats. The latter reflects that fact that we now have the capability to provide space, technology, and equipment for activities independent of our superb access to the surrounding geology.
One example of how this building is affecting X429 is found in the ability of students electing to pursue the geophysical option to have not only access to the cutting edge technology of a LiDAR terrestrial laser scanning system, but also the resources to upload and process the data quickly and efficiently with the dual-screen workstations in the computer lab. This ability continues the tradition of the Field Station to be recognized as a national leader in field education as evidenced by the 2012 GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award.
Another direct result of the campaign has been the involvement of a number of companies supplying funds for scholarships and professionals to work with the students in the field. In 2015, $55,000 in scholarship support was awarded to eligible applicants. The increased scholarship funding has allowed us to continue to attract the best students in the nation and allowed a dramatic increase in the standards for admission to the courses.
Additionally, several major oil companies and independent service companies have made use of these facilities for short courses with the expressed intent of expanded use in the future.
Here is a list of the donors who made this classroom possible:
department of earth and atmospheric sciences
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