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Letter to Alumni

Alumni Letter - 2021

I’m sitting my office enjoying the summer days and seeing field camp finish up. Field camp was run out of Athens this year. We are slowly entering post-pandemic times, which means opportunities to go out into the field are happening again.  Let’s hope it’s all in the rear-view mirror, except for the lessons learned.  One silver lining of being forced into a virtual world has been the broadcasting of our colloquiums (Journal Club to the more seasoned alumni). The talks have been eagerly enjoyed by many and we will continue to invite everyone to attend by zoom or come in person ( Please take the time to connect with our alumni advisory board ( and update your contact information ( to make sure you get the zoom meeting invite number and password.  Also, send me a short bios about yourself (with a picture) so we can let everyone know how you are doing in our newsletter.   

Key to our ability to offer field trips and research experiences for students are the donations that go to the department via the Franklin College Office of Development (  The donation opportunities have diversified, so now you can help in specific areas, including: facilities (yes things occasionally need repair or upgrades), field experiences (as they say “the best geologists are those that have seen the most geology”), the geology fund (this helps us to bring in speakers), undergraduate research (many geology majors now do this “in addition to what they are required to do”), IFP (it’s been running since 1988!), or any of our named funds such as the Allard, Berg, or Watts-Wheeler endowments.   

Finally, please follow our events page so that you can plan to attend future alumni activities. We are going to dedicate the Allard Petrology lab (room 327) in the spring of 2022.  It will be great time to catch up with friends and make new connections to UGA Geology. 


GO Dawgs!


Paul Schroeder 

Professor and Department Head

Your gift helps to fund research, travel, and field experience for students and faculty.