I want to thank Dan Smith and the members
of the 2002-03 Executive Committee for their hard work and leadership.
This year's committee
will continue the carryover programs of the previous committees
and also initiate some new ones.
This year's agenda will include:
- Promoting professionalism.
- Enhancement of student programs.
- Increasing intersociety programs.
- Increasing public outreach.
- International development.
- Budget planning.
- Creation of a new long range plan for AAPG.
One of my themes this year will be to promote professionalism.
of the purposes of AAPG listed in the constitution is "to inspire
and maintain a high standard of professional conduct of its members."
I hope to increase member awareness of our professional responsibilities.
This topic will be addressed in a future column.
are the future of AAPG, and thus need to be cultivated and nurtured.
The AAPG committees that currently focus on students
include the Visiting Geologist Program, Academic Liaison, Student
Job Fair, Mentoring, Youth Activities and Student Chapters.
The VGP offers speakers to universities and colleges
on a worldwide basis. These speakers generally give a technical
presentation along with distributing information about the benefits
and programs of AAPG to both students and faculty.
The Academic Liaison Committee serves as a liaison
between AAPG and the academic institutions.
The Student Job Fair Committee promotes and coordinates
the various job fairs (in Houston and Norman, Okla.), and is helping
create new ones at various section and region meetings.
We also are working with sister societies (SEG, SPE)
to create a Virtual Student Exposition. The student chapters of
AAPG are now located at over 120 universities worldwide. These student
chapters help students develop leadership skills and promote professionalism.
Mentoring Committee promotes mentoring of students and young professionals
by more experienced professionals. I will be charging these various
committees with new responsibilities, and at the same time try to
minimize overlap between committees.
have many opportunities for intersociety programs. We hope to finalize
plans for the Geoscience World (digital intersociety publication
project) and Virtual Student Exposition projects this year.
I will be exploring the development of other programs
that are a direct benefit to our membership and the geoscience community.
outreach is very important to AAPG in several ways. An improvement
in the overall image of the petroleum industry will help with current
and future exploration and development activities.
The public needs to understand worldwide supply and
demand of petroleum. In addition, attracting students into the petroleum
profession is critical to maintain a viable petroleum industry.
membership growth will take place in the international arena. AAPG
is developing several initiatives internationally. We are creating
new prospect/property fairs (e.g., APPEX London) and hosting or
co-hosting numerous international conventions.
One of our new agenda items will be to investigate
opening some international offices (budget permitting). We are exploring
sharing office space with one of our sister societies.
topic of budget and finance is one of the most important to AAPG
members. We will be moving toward more cost savings programs if
the overall economy continues to soften. I am reorganizing the budget
and finance committee to ensure the long-term financial stability
I will be working with the Advisory Council in creating a new long-range
plan for AAPG. One of the primary functions (as stated in the Bylaws)
of the Advisory Council is long-range planning. In the past, special
ad hoc committees have conducted the AAPG long-range plans.
These are a few of my agenda items for this year.
me if you want to get involved!