Jan. 12 marked the first school day of the year here at U
of C. During the Christmas break there weren’t many
social events happening, of course, but before the final
exam period began, in mid-December, the Geology and Geophysics
Department held its annual Christmas party.
Over 200 people attended the sold-out event. As it is every
year, the party was held at the Scandinavian Centre.
The evening included a turkey dinner, as well as entertainment
provided by students and staff. Students got together and
preformed skits and sang songs, and some staff members also
belched out some tunes – showing that they do have
talents beyond being geo-gods!
There were also gag gifts given out to some students and
staff. Christmas party tradition is that every year the same
prof, namely Dr. Gerald Osborn, P.Geol., dresses up as Santa
Claus and rounds up some co-operating students to be his
elves – sleigh and reindeer included!
The evening ended with a dance, and festivities didn’t
wind up until after 2 a.m.
|U of C geo students, staff enjoy
their Christmas bash.
The 40th annual Western Inter-University Geological Conference
was held on the weekend of Jan. 10. The University of British
Columbia in Vancouver hosted this year’s conference.
Universities from B.C. to Manitoba participate in the conference
every year. About 50 geoscience students from the U of C
attended. The students from Calgary gave many talks at the
conference and made some poster presentations as well.
All students were given talks on topics such as gold, silver,
and copper mimes in B.C., as well as the new and exciting
emerald discoveries in the Yukon.
There were also many social events at the conference, such
as a welcome party and a boat race. Four U of C students
took part in a polar bear swim in the Pacific.
Everyone participated in the beautiful Stanley Park tour,
and most indulged themselves in an abundance of fresh, all-you-can