Department Trips and Events
- Annual Department Field Trip, Rhode Island, Fall 2006: Thirty SRU students and ten faculty attended the department’s annual field trip to Rhode Island, where they camped at Fisherman’s Memorial Campground near Narragansett Bay. The focus of the trip was to investigate the Rhode Island coastline and learn from its history. Day one was spent at Beavertail State Park investigating animals in the rocky intertidal zone. Day two was spent on a unique rock unit, the Narragansett Pier Granite, which used to be miles below Earth’s surface and connected to Africa. On day three, students and faculty walked to Napatree Point, where very home, every car, every reminder of life was washed from this beach during the Great Hurricane of 1938. The trip was organized by Dr. Julie Snow with the help of Dr. Tamra Schiappa, Dr. Lang Smith, and Dr. Michael Zieg (12 pictures).
- Greater Yellowstone Field Course, August 13-23, 2006, led by Dr. Langdon Smith and Dr. Tamra Schiappa (39 pictures).
This course was designed to give students an opportunity to visit and do fieldwork in another region of the United States, Yellowstone. The course investigated natural resource issues and geology within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Each student chose a topic for individual research during the trip and gave an oral presentation on his or her findings. The course also provided a great opportunity for students to meet with agency researchers and a variety of other participants in the conservation arena.
- Department Picnic, Fall 2005 (2 pictures)
- Tamra Schiappa, Jack Livingston, and Julie Snow led the annual
department field trip to New York City, Fall 2004. Areas of emphasis include
cultural aspects of Little Italy and Chinatown, geology in Central Park,
and the measurement of CO emissions in various parts of Manhattan.
- Annual Department Field Trip, Sudbury, Ontario. 2003.
Thirty SRU students and seven faculty attended the department’s annual
field trip to Sudbury, Ontario, where they camped at Killbear Provincial
Park on Georgian Bay. Sudbury is the site of a large meteorite impact
event (1.8 billion years ago) that formed some of the richest Ni-Cu
deposits in the world. The trip focused on the geology of the present
impact crater, an elliptical basin. Dr Michael Stapleton organized the
trip. The newest member of the department Dr. Michael Zieg, whose
doctoral research focused on the Sudbury impact, led the tour. Three
other faculty made presentations: Dr. Jack Livingston focused on the
biological and environmental impact of 100 years of mining in the
Sudbury area; Dr Robert Mathieu discussed the glacial geomorphology of
the area between Slippery Rock and Sudbury; and Dr. Lang Smith discussed
the Provincial Park system and the logic behind the design and operation
of a public park. Assisting were Dr. James Hathaway and Dr. Tamra
- Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting at New Orleans
Louisiana, March 2003. Jan Smith took a group of six students to the
meeting. Jan organized and chaired three geography education sessions
and presented a paper in one of those sessions. The six students--Amy
Boyer, Erin Heffron, Mike Kotyk, Kate Maynard, Rick Minshull, and Annie
Normand--each presented posters. Lang Smith organized a session on
America's public lands and presented a paper in that session. Jim
Hathaway attended the meeting as well. (30 pictures)