Editor’s Note: Kimberly Ferguson is a third/fourth
year geology student at the University of Alberta. She’s
on the executive of the program’s undergraduate group,
the P.S. Warren Geological Society.
BY KIMBERLY FERGUSON
University of Alberta
This is Ms. Ferguson’s first student contribution,
as The PEGG begins coverage of geoscience student activities
at U of A and, on Page 17, at the University of Calgary.
Since this is my first article for The PEGG, we’ll
start with the basics that run all year round.
ATLAS Friday Seminar Series
The ATLAS Friday Seminar Series features talks given by various
people in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department.
Usually graduate students, but occasionally professors
or guest speakers, give an hour-long presentation on their
thesis or current project. The talks are held every Friday
at 3 p.m.
P.S. Warren Geological Society has both a men and a women’s
team in intramural hockey this semester. To date the men’s
Dirty Ores are on a hot streak, having won all three of their
games in the fall semester.
The women’s team isn’t doing as well. It’s
won just one of three games.
The range of skill level for both teams is incredible, from
players who’ve just learned to skate to those with
10 or more years of hockey experience.
Wallyball – Geology had two teams entered, one of which
took first place in its division!
Women’s Volleyball – The women’s team gave
it a good try but was knocked out in the semi-finals.
Women’s Inner Tube Water-Polo – Geology’s
team won its division in the playoffs, short handed!
Now that we’ve got the year-round stuff covered, let’s
get on to the more individual activities.
Here’s what participants
in the P.S. Warren Geological Society Beard Month
looked like on Nov.
Back row (from left), Dr. Bob Luth, Walter Loogman, Jeremy Hrynkiw, Trevor
Munn and Dr. Chris Herd; middle row, Jon Dola, Kevin Piepgrass, Bruce Brownlee,
Scott McCracken and Jason French; front, Jeff Fischer, Paul Siganick, Chris
Doornbos, Shawn Walker and Isaac Walker.
So what do men like to do in the winter? Apparently grow
facial hair! Or at least that’s what quite a few undergraduate
students, graduate students and professors thought was a
Anyone who wanted to participate in the P.S. Warren Geological
Society Beard Month showed up clean shaven for a “before” picture
on Nov. 3, and then posed for the “after” picture
on Nov. 27.
This is just what it sounds like, a geology conference held
in Western Canada. This year the WIUGC is being held in Vancouver
from Jan. 8 to 11. Presentations will be made on Jan. 9 and
10, with other activities to help the students from different
schools get to know each other. Undergraduate and graduate
students are encouraged to give talks or do posters.
Now, you are probably asking yourself, what’s the Trad
Cup? Well, it’s a large painted keg which was the original
prize in a hockey game held between P.S. Warren Geological
Society of the U of A and the society’s U of C counterpart,
the Rundle Group.
This year’s Trad Cup game is scheduled for January
(date to be announced) and Edmonton will be hosting because
we won last year. If Calgary wants the cup, they’ll
have to come and get it. Trad Cup hockey is always entertaining.
This promises to be a good game and a fun weekend.
Hawaii, Here they Come
The Igneous Petrology and Volcanism Field Experience Trip
heads to Hawaii to look at rocks. This is not being done
through the geology program at the U of A, but rather it
is organized by students in geology.
Dr. Bob Luth, an igneous petrologist at the U of A, will
be guiding this group of students around the igneous sights
on Hawaii’s Big Island during reading week, Feb. 14