Foundation Update

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The AAPG Foundation welcomes Larry and Barbara Meckel to the Trustee Associates – It’s exciting to have a geology couple included in the Trustee Associates membership!

The Meckels reside in Colorado, and you can read more about Larry’s career and his love of teaching in the “Spotlight On” column in the October EXPLORER.

Exciting things involving the Foundation are always happening around the world. Listed here is a brief summary of how some recent gifts are impacting their designated programs.

Donors such as Jon R. Withrow, Larry and Barbara Meckel, Harry and Joy Jamison, Ron Riley and Dick Baile all have recently either generously contributed to an existing Named Grant or created a new one.

Would you like to ensure your legacy? Consider contributing to a Named Grant! A one-time gift of $25,000 will endow an annual grant of approximately $1,000. Endowments can come from an institution, an individual or even a group of individuals.

AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award program is an annual basin/prospect evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world where as university teams compete to win scholarship funds dedicated to graduate student petroleum geoscience education. The program is rigorous and contributes to AAPG’s mission of promoting petroleum geoscience training and advancing the careers of geoscience students.

The Foundation would like to express heartfelt thanks to Shell Exploration and Production Company for its generous gift to support this program.

Many thanks to Lyle Baie for his generous contribution to support presentations at the 2011 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching of the Science Teachers Association of Texas. Heartfelt appreciation also goes out to John Bookout for his continued support of K-12 education.

The Foundation is a proud supporter of K-12 education.

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota for its new University Subscription – and thanks to Dave Rensink for his generous donation to sponsor this school.

Call the Foundation today to inquire about your alma mater’s university subscription to Datapages.

The AAPG Foundation GIS-UDRIL University Subscription is a special endowed segment that provides alumni the opportunity to give a generous gift directed to benefit their university alma mater. Through it, students get online access to thousands of maps – and the university has access to the information for as long as it has a geology department.

The name of the endowment honoree and/or the donor can be prominently mentioned on the university’s log-in page.

The Foundation is pleased to recognize Mark Shuster for his contribution that opened the GIS-UDRIL subscription for the University of Wyoming.

A reminder: The General Fund exists for the discretionary use of Trustees to support any activity that they deem worthy and is in accord with the purposes for which the Foundation was established; i.e., education, charitable and scientific activities related to or allied with the field of geology. The Foundation’s General Fund enables the Trustees to allocate funds to projects not designated by individual donors.

Thanks to all who contribute to the general fund.

In other news:
  • Trustee Associate John Alan Masters, from Castle Rock, Colo., passed away on Sept. 21. He was a Trustee Associate since 1988. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family. (See page 50.)
  • Student Chapters should be busy now, because the deadline for the L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant is Dec. 15.

The L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant supports educational expenses of undergraduate geoscience students and their departments. Each student recipient will receive $500 and the department will receive $500. Awards will be made in the spring.

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Foundation Update - Natalie Adams

Natalie Adams served as the AAPG Foundation manager from October 2010 through April 2014.

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Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

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One of the universities to receive the Newly Released Publication subscriptions is the College of Wooster in Ohio. Last month’s column inaccurately reported Worchester (Massachusetts) as the recipient.


One of the universities to receive the Newly Released Publication subscriptions is the College of Wooster in Ohio. Last month’s column inaccurately reported Worchester (Massachusetts) as the recipient.