U of A Students Return From
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University of Alberta
Student Contributor


Hello again from U of A geosciences. As spring arrives there are lots of exciting activities, both just finishing and coming up.

Hawaii Igneous Petrology Trip
The Hawaii Igneous Petrology Trip ran from Feb. 14 to Feb. 23 on the Big Island of Hawaii and was a great success. The trip was attended by 19 students and one professor (who acted as the geological tour guide).
The students saw everything from lava tubes to vast fields of volcanic basalts to rain forests. There was unfortunately no flowing lava to see, but the whole line-up more than made up for that.

The tour took participants all over the island and allowed the group to experience field work in a completely different setting from their typical field schools in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Although the students did take time out for fun (snorkeling, kayaking and visiting the beach), this was an educational experience and well worth the trip.

Earth Ring Ceremony
The geosciences had their Earth Ring Ceremony, March 13, for students graduating in geology and geophysics. The ceremony was attended by about 30 geoscience graduates and about 500 other people.

Graduation Banquet
The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Graduation Banquet was held April 3, as The PEGG hit the streets. The event took place at the Delta South, with department and student speakers, and, of course, an after-grad party. More on the event next month.

Field Schools
With the end of the semester approaching, it’s time for us to pay attention to departure times for the field schools. Both geology and geophysics have field schools required or applicable to their degrees.

The schools take place throughout Alberta and British Columbia, and allow students hands-on experience with field work, data collection and interpretation. The students are already starting preparations by procuring field gear (orders are being taken for required field gear for the geology field schools through the PS Warren Geological Society).

Oilers Hockey
P.S. Warren Geological Society sold tickets for the March 24 Oilers hockey game against Dallas. Edmonton lost in overtime, but kept the team’s playoff hopes alive.

The Geoscience teams are having a fun – but busy – month.

Men’s Ice Hockey
The guys have two regular season games left and then, we hope, the playoffs!

Men’s Ball Hockey
This sport was begun and finished in under a month, but the guys put in a great effort and had fun.

Men’s Volleyball
Having won all of their games this far, players look ahead to playoffs. Good luck!

Women’s Ball Hockey
The ladies’ team finished ball hockey season as well, but has had fun with the sport and looks forward to playing again next year.

ATLAS Series
The ATLAS Series talks continue into April. They are held on Friday’s every week at 12 noon in Henry Marshall Tory Building, Room 3-36. The series features graduate students in geology and geosciences, and the occasional professor, who give presentations on their areas of study.


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