Gifts, Pledges Boost Foundation Projects

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Nearly $500,000 in donations and pledges came into the AAPG Foundation in May as individuals and corporations join together to show their support.

Highlights for the month included:

♦Paul and Deana Strunk contributed $51,000 to the Paul and Deana Strunk Geology Fellowship Fund. This fund provides assistance to grad students in the Geology Department of Kansas State University.

♦Devon Energy Corp. showed its support with a donation of $50,000 to the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award program, and to establish a university research grants program.

AAPG’s IBA, the world’s largest and most prestigious competition in petroleum geosciences, is a global event in which university teams analyze datasets and present their findings in 25-minute sessions to a panel of industry experts. The judges then select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of its presentation.

The top prize at the recent IBA finals in Houston was claimed by the team from the University of Texas at Austin, which earned $20,000 for their AAPG student chapter. (See June EXPLORER.)

♦Stuart and Barbara Strife, passionate believers in strengthening K-12 education, contributed $15,000 to the K-12 Education Fund.

The Foundation would like to express appreciation to the members of the Corporate Advisory Board, which advises AAPG leadership on matters of strategy and direction when it comes to AAPG’s activities and plans for the future.

CAB comprises senior members of the industry representing AAPG’s membership via major oil companies, independents, service companies, internationally based and national oil companies.

The 34th Annual Trustee Associates meeting will be held Sept. 7-11 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., with the theme “Reaching New Heights.”

For information on the meeting or on joining the Trustee Associates, visit

The Foundation’s “Meeting Challenges … Assuring Success” campaign has raised $34,166,986 to date, and will continue through 2011 with a goal of raising $35 million.

When you pay your AAPG dues, please consider adding a contribution to the AAPG Foundation in your payment.

Help the AAPG Foundation reach the next generation.

Give online at, or mail to AAPG Foundation, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, Okla. 74101.

Credit card donations can be made by calling 1-800-397-4141, ext. 2644.

And to review or learn about all the many ways your investment is used, the Foundation’s annual report is available online at the Foundation website.

If you are committed to supporting the Foundation’s mission through a bequest or other planned gift, please contact our office at 1-800-397-4141, ext. 2644.

Be looking in the mail for an informational brochure on bequest possibilities through the AAPG Foundation.

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