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Sold-out geoscience alumni event brings together young and wise

UToday HomeMay 7, 2013

By Marie-Helene Thibeault

GeoAC executive team members at the sold-out event.GeoAC executive team members at the sold-out event.When Alicia Enns graduated from the University of Calgary in 2011 with a degree in geology she was confident in her skills to thrive in Calgary’s booming energy sector.

"When I was in my final year, many graduating students were being hired for contract or summer student positions and I too was able to secure a contract position for eight months," says Enns.

However, it wasn’t until she connected with members of the newly formed Geoscience Alumni Chapter (GeoAC) that the ideal, full-time work opportunity presented itself.

"After my contract ended, I was fortunate to have contacts through GeoAC who had knowledge of companies hiring juniors,” adds Enns who now holds a position as junior Geologist at Husky Energy.  “This was extremely helpful as not every company posts these jobs online," says the young professional who also acts as a director for GeoAC.

On May 1, GeoAC hosted a sold-out function at the University of Calgary’s downtown campus, bringing together 138 geology and geophysics alumni from classes as far back as 1972 through to new graduates from the class of 2013.

Rick Warters, vice-president, geosciences at Talisman Energy and president of GeoAC, was delighted by such a strong turnout.

“It was great to see so many fellow geoscientists,” admits Warters. “I saw a number of people I haven’t seen in decades. Our chapter has been growing every year and provides a valuable connection between successful alumni, students, the university and industry.”

Charles Henderson, head of the Department of Geoscience, updated guests on his department’s many developments and praised the chapter for its dynamism.

“GeoAC not only helps foster an ongoing sense of community amongst our alumni but also creates a strong bridge to our current students by providing mentorship and even scholarship opportunities,”said Henderson.

GeoAC has an ambitious agenda and has already succeeded in establishing two new Geoscience Alumni Scholarships to be awarded over the next three years.

“This fall, a deserving geology student and a geophysics student will receive $3,500 from their alumni,” explains Warters. “We are now in the process of endowing this award and alumni are encouraged to contact any GeoAC executive or the Faculty of Science for details.”

The networking event concluded with an educational component by Professor Chris Clarkson, EnCana-AITF Chair in Gas and Light Oil, who spoke about advances in unconventional reservoir characterization.

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