University of Michigan EARTH eNews: September 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends,
It's September and it's hot. The 90 degree temperatures in Ann Arbor may be an indication that summers are getting warmer and longer, perhaps because of climate change, or a Chinese hoax. Either way, we are pleased to welcome our new and returning students to campus and look forward to the academic year. Below, we share news about renovations at Camp Davis, and announce the Camp Davis Alumni Reunion scheduled for August 2019. As always, we welcome news from our alumni and friends. Please email us and let us know what you're up to, and if you have any news you would like to share.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

More news, events, and general interest articles can be found on the department web site. You can follow the field trips, research, and Camp Davis on Twitter and Instagram

Welcome New Graduate Students
We welcome the 2018 graduate student cohort to Ann Arbor and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Some come to us from as far as China and Nepal. Others have moved cross-country from Nevada, California, and Washington or from places that are slightly closer (but still far), including North Dakota, North Carolina, Georgia and Vermont. All are excited to start their graduate careers at UM in our department, as we are to have them with us.

Photo: Dale Austin.

A Farewell to Sheet Metal
When the last of this season’s Earth and Environmental Science classes left Camp Davis for Ann Arbor in mid-August, a transformation of the student residential facilities began. Thirty new student cabins will be constructed on the west side of Camp Davis, along with a complete replacement of all utility systems. Also being replaced is Johnston Hall, the student recreation building destroyed in a winter storm two years ago. This project is the result of more than five years of planning. It would not have been possible without the generous donations of our alumni and friends, and the support of the College of LSA, and the University of Michigan. Although many of us are sad to see these cabins and their incredible history be replaced after 90 summers of service, we are excited for the new cabins and the bright, long future of Earth and Environmental Science courses they will serve in Wyoming.

Photo: Last student cabin being demolished.

SAVE THE DATES: August 16 to 22, 2019

Camp Davis Alumni Reunion 2019
Dedication of New Student Cabins and Recreation Hall

Join us at Camp Davis to celebrate our 90th year of operation, dedicate new cabins, and enjoy a week of activities in the Jackson, Wyoming area.

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The End of "Michigan Time"
The beloved tradition of “Michigan Time” is no more. The practice of starting classes, meetings and events 10 minutes after the designated start time has ended after almost a century. Classes will now end ten minutes before the hour to allow travel time. Provost Martin Philbert cites the need for consistency among all schools and colleges as well as the Ann Arbor Community.

Read more here.

Alumni News
Janet Kappmeyer (’82) was appointed to the California State Mining and Geology Board by Governor Jerry Brown in November 2017 and confirmed by the California State Senate in May 2018.  She will serve a 4-year term.

The Board, which operates within the Department of Conservation under the Natural Resources Agency, oversees the activities of the State Mineralogist and the California Division of Mines and Geology (now called the California Geological Survey).  The Board serves as a policy and regulatory body representing the State’s interests in geology, geological and seismic hazards, conservation of mineral resources, and reclamation of mining lands. 

Upcoming Alumni Receptions
Alumni Reception, Geological Society of America conference: 5 November 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
JW Marriott Indianapolis, JW Grand Ballroom Section 9, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Alumni Reception, American Geophysical Union: 12 December, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
National Press Club Ballroom, 13th Floor, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

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