Welcome to the Albion College Geology Field Camp alumni newsletter! Thanks to everyone who sent in news. Everything is posted in one of the categories to the right of this column. The posts have been reorganized to put all the news from a single class together. If you would like to add to this, you may either post your news as a comment to the appropriate category on the right, or email it to me at Blincoln@albion.edu and I will post it for you. We’ve begun to add photo pages (located by clicking on the appropriate headings above) for each class year, for faculty news, and for the places we’ve stayed, but have a lot of work yet to do. I hope to have all the picture pages completed in the next few months. Any pictures you’d like to send in are also very welcome!
It has been a lot of fun collecting the news, and I’d encourage you to browse more widely than just your own class. I think you’ll be struck by all the common experiences. Many of you are in the Pacific Northwest, especially in Portland and Seattle, and there are also groups of you around the Chesapeake Bay and in New Orleans. The variety of careers is truly impressive!.
Field camp has evolved through the years, and yet its mission has remained the same – to use the experience of creating maps and cross sections integrated with your classroom learning to interpret the geologic history of an area. For information on the present program, please check out http://campus.albion.edu/geofieldcamp/ . We still do projects with a topographic or air photo base, but we have also incorporated modern mapping technology into several projects (last summer we moved to our 4th generation of GPS technology). We still camp for over half the time, for practical logistical reasons but just as importantly because camping is when the groups really come together. What has changed, at least since 1983, is the food – honest, we really have gotten better at camp cooking!
Class of 2010 on the last field day, on Round Mountain in the Western Star map area