50th Anniversary Geosciences Alumni Weekend

April 26-28, 2013Link to registration form

Schedule of Events

Join us for this extended weekend of celebration with your fellow alumni and faculty. The schedule below outlines our three day weekend filled with a variety of different events. We encourage you to attend as many of the events as you would like. Registration for alumni and guests costs $40 per person for all three days.

Friday, April 26

1:30 - 4:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Panel Discussions
UWM Student Union
Alumni Fireside Lounge
2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard

To kick off our 50th Anniversary celebration, we start the weekend’s festivities with a welcome reception featuring the Chancellor, Provost, and representatives of the Department of Geosciences. Alumni are asked to participate in entertaining panel discussions that address UWM's bright future, UWM Geosciences today, and a nostalgic look at the department in its glorious past.

Program (pdf)

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Geosciences Department Open House
Lapham Hall
3209 N. Maryland Avenue

Visitors will be given a passport and map of the department and encouraged to see the current department facilities, learn about Geoclub and Paleoclub events, meet people in the department, and explore some of the exciting research taking place. Visitors can explore the department at their own pace, and small prizes will be awarded for those who log many department locales on their passport!

8:00 - 9:00 pm

UWM Science Bag Program
Hosted by Steve Dornbos from Geosciences
Physics Building
1900 East Kenwood Boulevard

The UWM Science Bag series educates as it entertains. This presentation will begin with the concept of geologic time and how fossils are formed and preserved. The broad evolutionary trends we see in the fossil record will then be examined.

Saturday, April 27

9:00 - 12:30 pm

Fourth Annual Student Research Symposium
Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Room 171
2419 East Kenwood Boulevard

What began as an undergraduate student-initiated idea has now grown to include all students interested in sharing their geology-related research projects who submit abstracts that are selected by a faculty committee. Presentations are given to an audience of friends, family and student peers, and judged by a panel of department faculty and other geoscience professionals.

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Geosciences Alumni Faculty Luncheon
Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Room 250
2419 East Kenwood Boulevard

A gathering of alumni and the faculty and staff of yesteryear and today - to share stories, check out memorabilia, rekindle friendships and learn a bit about Geoscience's first 50 years. And of course to enjoy a meal too.

Program (pdf)

3:00 - 5:00 pm UWM Guided Campus Tour

Take a walk around campus to see how we have changed. What's missing? What' new? What's in the works? Walking tours of our campus are led by a trained UWM student guide and include an informational presentation. Tours generally take two hours. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

5:00 - 9:00 pm

Annual Student Recognition Banquet
(dinner served at 6:00pm)
Hampton Inn & Suites, 6th Floor
176 W Wisconsin Avenue

For the past several years the faculty and staff in the Department of Geosciences have taken one night out of the year to gather at a local establishment to celebrate the accomplishments of our very successful graduate and undergraduate students. As our program has grown, so has our list of academic accolades. In addition to simply honoring individual students for their accomplishments throughout the year we also announce the recipients of our department's own various annual scholarships and awards.

Sunday, April 28

10:00 - 1:00 pm
Field Trips (limited admission; weather permitting)

Option 1:
UWM School of Freshwater Sciences & R/V Neeskay boat tours
600 E Greenfield Ave

UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) is the first graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater. The field trip tour will include a facilities tour of the SFS lead by Dr. Tim Grundl, who holds joint appointments in both the Dept of Geosciences and the SFS. Through the generous cooperation of the SFS and the USEPA, the field trip tour will also include an educational cruise* of Milwaukee's harbor and lakefront on board UWM's 71-ft research vessel, the R/V Neeskay!! AND a dockside tour of the USEPA's 180 ft Research Vessel, the Lake Guardian!

* Space is limited for the educational cruise on board the R/V Neeskay, so please sign up early. Also be aware that the cruise plan for the educational cruise(s) are pending satisfactory wind and weather conditions.

Option 2:
Downtown Milwaukee Geology Walking Tour
Hosted by Emeritus Professor Bill Kean

The downtown building tour will visit the exteriors of about 10 Milwaukee buildings that display both significant architectural styles and prominent natural building stone. These building styles and the building stones are typical of many cities in the U.S., and will give insight into visiting other places. Not surprising, many of the Milwaukee buildings are sheathed in Midwest material. We will also show you out of town folks some recently renovated places.

The tour starts at Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company near the lake and moves down Wisconsin Avenue to view such classics as the Milwaukee Gas Light Building, the old Federal Building as well as the modern structures on Water St. such as the Marcus Center and 1000 North Water St. We may find time for a coffee someplace depending on the size of the group and their mental state after 3 days of partying.