Letter from the Secretary/Editor
I am a maker of lists. My written lists are usually to manage tasks that need to be accomplished in the short term. I have “comprehensive” lists that are for long-term goals and then a “bucket” list – but those are usually not written. For those who live by the “to do list,” I have some suggestions for what to add to the list as the AAPG Annual Meeting in New Orleans approaches. I find the annual meeting both invigorating and a challenge in accomplishing all that I would like to. So for this last column that I will write as Secretary/Editor, here is my “to do list” for New Orleans (in no particular order of importance)…
- Register with the Credentials Committee to be Seated as a Delegate
- If you are a House of Delegate representative make sure that the society you represent will have its full representation at the Annual House of Delegate’s meeting on Sunday, April 11. It came up at the Mid-Year Meeting that not all affiliated societies have a point person to make sure that the full representation can attend. It is up to each of us as a delegate to contact the other delegates from our society and notify the alternates if necessary.
- Committee Meetings
- The face to face meetings of committee members are very helpful. The Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) business committee meeting schedule can be found at http://www.aapg.org/ committees/meetings.cfm or http://www.aapg.org/neworleans/ documents/CommitteeMtgs.pdf.
- Talks That Are Interesting
- Trying to balance the volunteer commitments and technical enrichment of the annual meeting for some is a big challenge. The Program Committee has put together a great meeting.
- Colleagues to Reconnect With
- Keeping up with friends sometimes falls off the “to do list,” but bumping into someone you were on a field trip with several years back is an added bonus to the ice breakers. The cold beer isn’t all that bad either.
- Volunteer to Judge
- Whether you sign up ahead of time or just stop by the judges’ room once you arrive, there is always a need. As a past Awards Chair, any and all willing to judge are much appreciated. Volunteer Now
- Interface With Young Professionals
- A new program was initiated last year to match young professionals with mentors at the Annual meeting either at the opening ceremony or the icebreaker. Sign up now. If you are interested in participating more information can be found at http://www.aapg.org/neworleans/meetngreet.cfm.
- New Contacts
- Whether attending a short course or waiting in line for coffee, at each Annual meeting, I meet someone new and have interesting conversations. I look forward to the new faces for this year.
- Cruise the Exhibits to See and Find New Tools Available
- As a student attending my first AAPG meeting, the exhibits made such an impression on me. In addition to the technical presentations, the exhibits offer opportunity to stay current.
- Something to Bring Home for the Family
- The phrase “whoever dies with the most toys wins” can be shifted to geoscientists to be “with the most rocks”. There is never enough shelf space, but always a treasure to be found.
- Alumni Meetings
- Alumni meetings are held on Monday evening. The locations can be found in the program or online. Some universities have individual rooms and others are represented at the All Alumni Reception. Sign Up Now
- Research Meetings
- If you would like to meet some of the individuals who have written some of the key papers, the research meetings are the place to do so. They are informal, are usually held in the hotel established as SEPM headquarters, and are set up by sub-discipline. The locations and times can be found in the program.
- Luncheon Talks
- Like short courses, these luncheons are events that need to be registered for prior to the meeting. The luncheons normally sell out. Sign up now
- Attend Evening Receptions
- These receptions are well attended and provide another opportunity to meet people in an informal setting. If you come hungry make sure to get the shrimp early.
- Take a Student to Lunch
- The average age of the distinguished members of AAPG increases every year. Of the students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the geosciences only very small percentages end up working in the industry. Seeking students out and actively playing the role of mentor is one way to increase this percentage.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes
- Goes without saying, but I couldn’t resist adding it to the list.
So, there is “my list” for the meeting.
I want to conclude by thanking Linda Ramsey, Regina Gill, Linda Burris, and Janet Brister who have been instrumental in the publication of The Delegates’ Voice. I have enjoyed working with Steve Sonnenberg and David Hawk as my fellow officers. I look forward to seeing what Patrick Gooding or Dub Peace add as Secretary/Editor next year.
See you soon in New Orleans!