Public Announcements

 

AIPG National Student Chapter of the Year Award

AIPG National Student Chapter of the Year Award

Call for Nominations!

 

Submittals are due April 15th and awarded in the fall at the AIPG National Conference.
 

The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500.00 award for the chapter, and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.

 

All AIPG student chapters are eligible to apply for the award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. Only one chapter will receive the award per year.

 

The Student Chapter of the Year Award is administered by the Executive Committee of AIPG. The selection of the winning chapter will be decided by the AIPG Education Committee. The deadline for submittal of application materials for the Student Chapter of the Year Award, to AIPG National Headquarters, is June 30 of each year. The application should be submitted in a pdf or similar format. The winning chapter will be announced at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The certificates will be presented to the students at one of their chapter meetings. The award and plaque will be presented to the chapter delegate at the annual meeting of AIPG.

 

The submittal for Student Chapter of the Year Award will consist of a written report. Photos documenting chapter activities are strongly encouraged. The submittal should cover the period from the beginning of the Fall Semester to the end of the Spring Semester and include the following as a minimum:
 

  1. Name of the student chapter;
  2. Names of student chapter officers;
  3. Number of AIPG student members in the chapter;
  4. Number of chapter meetings per year;
  5. Programs to recruit new members;
  6. Activities within the department (seminars, guest speakers, field trips, career day, mentoring,
    etc.);
  7. Fundraisers;
  8. Activities within the university (geology awareness, recycling, sustainability awareness, Earth
    Day, etc.);
  9. Activities within the community;
  10. Interactions with professional geologists and the local AIPG Section; and
  11. Other significant activities that the chapter considers important to the mission of AIPG.

Submittals are due April 15th and awarded in the fall at the AIPG National Conference.


Your submittals may be done online https://goo.gl/forms/76ST62kAmwAvYaMy2 or emailed to aipg@aipg.org.


 

 

Anoka-Hennpein STEM Fair Judges Needed!

The Anoka-Hennepin District is looking for Judges/Volunteers for their Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair!

 

The Anoka-Hennepin District Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Anoka High School.

 

The STEM Fair consists of students in grades K-12 presenting the findings of their research and experimentation to the public. The STEM Fair is broken down into two divisions, grades 6-12 and grades K-5. With well over 2,000 students involved, this STEM Fair is the largest of its kind in the State of Minnesota.

 

The STEM Fair organizers are looking for responsible adults who are willing to give something back to the community. As a judge, your job is to talk with students about their projects and give them feedback.

 

Students participating in the STEM Fair will improve their critical thinking, public speaking, and research skills. They learn the nature of science and what it means to be a member of the scientific community.

 

For more information about the STEM Fair, including a schedule, a location map, judge/volunteer registration, and STEM Fair Coordinator contact information, please visit their website at http://www.ahschools.us/stemfair!

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Molohon at kevin.molohon@ahschools.us or 763.506.7084.

 


 

 

AIPG National Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships!

AIPG National Undergraduate Scholarship

Purpose To assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Up to ten scholarships will be awarded to declared undergraduate geological sciences majors who are at least sophomores. Details for applying for these scholarships are provided below.

Scholarship Awards Scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000.00 - $3,000 each will be made to eligible students attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition and/or room and board.

Eligibility Requirements Any student who is majoring in geology (or earth science), is at least a sophomore, and is attending a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

Each student who is awarded a scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Deadline and Award Date Applications must be received by midnight Mountain Standard Time (MST) on February 15th, which is to say, before February 16th. Awarded the month of May.

Basis of Awards Awards will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decisions of the Education Committee are final.

For information on the application process and other details, please visit the AIPG National website at http://aipg.org/undergraduates!

 

Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program

Purpose To assist graduate students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). One scholarship will be awarded to a declared graduate student in an accredited geoscience program with an emphasis in environmental geoscience and/or hydrogeology. Details for applying for this scholarship are provided below.

Scholarship Awards Scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000.00 to an eligible graduate student attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition, room and board, and/or research.

Eligibility Requirements Any graduate student who is majoring in the geosciences in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

The student who is awarded the scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Deadline and Award Date Applications must be received by midnight Mountain Standard Time (MST) on February 15th, which is to say, before on February 16th.
Awarded the month of May.

Basis of Awards The scholarship award will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decision of the Education Committee is final.

For information on the application process and other details, please visit the AIPG National website at http://aipg.org/graduates!


 

 

MN Board of AELSLAGID - Rules Relating to Licensure or Certification (R-04734)

The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design (AELSLAGID) has proposed a rule change to the Rules Relating to Licensure or Certification (R04374).  The Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID sent a notice to all the licensees, and the full message can be view on their website at: http://mn.gov/aelslagid/rulemaking.html. Excerpts of their message are included below.

 

The Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID published a "Dual Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or More Persons Request a Hearing" and a "Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for Hearing Are Received."  In general, the rules are about:

  • updating definitions;
  • prohibiting noncompliant conduct during an examination;
  • updating application procedures for examination, licensure, certification, and temporary permits;
  • updating the education and experience requirements for architecture, professional engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, geology and soil science;
  • clarifying the requirements for licensure or certification;
  • clarifying the certification and signature requirements, including electronic signatures;
  • making housekeeping modifications; and
  • repealing the obsolete rule regarding a Board-designed stamp for certification and signature.

The documents relating to these notices are:

Comments are requested by December 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM.

 

The Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID also posted a "Request for Comments" relating to the Rules of Professional Conduct (R-04449).  The Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID is considering rule amendments to update and clarify Chapter 1805 (the Rules of Professional Conduct) and is seeking initial comments.  The Request for Comments document can be found at http://mn.gov/aelslagid/rulemaking/request_4449.pdf.


 

 

AIPG MN - Curtis Hudak awarded the 2017 AIPG Section Leadership Award!

Curtis Hudak awarded the 2017 AIPG Section Leadership Award!

 

Curtis Hudak, CPG-07771 was awarded the AIPG's 2017 Section Leadership Award. Curts's nomination was published in the AIPG Honors & Awards booklet at the 2017 AIPG National meeting. The award was established by the AIPG Executive Committee in 2013 to recognize members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership for their section. The award details can be found here.

 

The nomination reads: "I’m nominating Curtis Hudak, CPG-07771 for the AIPG Section Leadership Award from the Minnesota Section. Curt has been actively involved in the AIPG Minnesota Section for many years. He’s held many leadership positions within our section, but since I’ve been involved in 2006 he’s been a great advocate for geoscience education. He is one of the main organizers of our annual golf fundraiser, which is the Minnesota Section’s main fundraiser for our educational initiatives. The golf fundraiser supports the Minnesota Section’s annual scholarship and the donation of rock/mineral hardness kits to K-12 teachers. Curt is a regular attendee of the Minnesota Section’s monthly luncheon meetings, which feature an hour long technical talk. Active members like Curt, who continue to participate and support the section over many years, are invaluable."

Thank you Curt!!!


 

 

Bylaws Revision Finalized

In 2015, the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists - Executive Committee (ExComm) began working on revising the Minnesota Section bylaws.

 

The revised bylaws were approved by the National AIPG Executive Committee and subsequently signed by the National AIPG Secretary on September 23, 2017.

 

The new Bylaws for the Minnesota Section of AIPG can be viewed here.

 

If you have any comments or questions, please send them to Adam Krieger.


 

 

2018 Section Sponsorships Available!

The Minnesota Section of AIPG Sponsorship Committee is pleased to announce we are now offering Section Sponsorships for the 2018 calendar year. This annual sponsorship will be $250 per year, and will provide the following benefits to sponsors:

  • Company or individual name/logo featured on a continuous loop PowerPoint display for approximately 30 minutes before/during the announcements at the beginning of each monthly meeting.
  • Company or individual name/logo featured in a sidebar on each monthly meeting agenda.
  • Company or individual name/logo featured on the AIPG Minnesota Section website.
  • Two free lunch meeting attendances to be used at any time during the calendar year (cannot be carried over to later years). Two voucher credits will be added to your membership account and will be visible when you login and register for a meeting on to the Minnesota Section website.
  • Option to give a 3-5 minute presentation at a monthly meeting (coordinate in advance with the Section President) 

 

The AIPG Minnesota Section is one of the most active sections in the country because of the participation of our members. A large part of the participation in the Minnesota Section is the monthly meetings. Please consider becoming a Section Sponsor to help us continue to be able to offer low cost monthly meetings to all.

 

If you would like to become a Minnesota Section Sponsor or have questions about the sponsorship, please contact us at sponsorship@aipgmn.org or paula.berger@wsp.com

 

You can "order" your 2018 Section Sponsorship on our website here! You are welcome to mail in your sponsorship check instead (Adam Krieger, AIPG MN Secretary/Treasurer, c/o Pace Analytical Services, 1700 Elm Streeet SE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55414).


 

 

2016 Scholarship Winner - Glen J. Hartford, Jr.

The Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) is pleased to announce our 2016 Scholarship winner: Glen J. Hartford, Jr. a geology major at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Glen’s professors and teammates have high praise for his leadership, academic knowledge, excellent character, and his “immense passion for rocks as well as people.” Glen is a starting football player and a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).  Glen intends to use the $1,000 towards a geology field camp registration this summer.

 

Congratulations Glen! 


 

 

2017 Officers & Directors!

The election of the AIPG MN Section 2017 officers and the nomination of the 2017 Executive Committee Directors is complete.

 

The election resulted in Stephanie A. Theriault elected as President-Elect, Ryan Q. Mathieu elected as Vice President, and Adam Krieger elected as Secretary-Treasurer.

 

The Executive Committee Directors serve a two-year team (2017-2018). Paula Berger, Robert Blakely, Gilbert Gabanski, Nathan Gruman, and Ryan Schaefer were nominated as directors; Shanna Schmitt, as Past-President, is automatically an Executive Committee Director for one-year.

 

A big thank you to our outgoing Officers and Directors: Jake Dalbec, Dan Hunter, Paul Putzier, and Laura Scheid! The Minnesota Section is better because of you!  

 

Congratulations to everyone and thanks for in volunteering! Thanks to all the members who took the time to vote. Click here (http://aipgmn.org/board.php) for a listing of the 2017 Officers and Directors.


 

 

How to Use Your 2 Luncheon Vouchers as a 2017 Sponsor!

As a 2017 AIPG MN Section Sponsor, your personal AIPG MN member account has been credited with 2 Luncheon Vouchers.  You can use them for anyone you register using your member account during 2017.

When you get to the payment screen, you'll see a section where you can select to use a voucher: 

voucher screen

Please select how many vouchers you'd like to use and click on APPLY.  You'll proceed through the registration process with a $0 balance.  If you have questions or issues using the vouchers, please contact Shanna Schmitt at past-president@aipgmn.org or 651.757.2697.  Thank you for your sponsorship!

 


 

 

AIPG MN Student Chapter - University of St. Thomas!

 

UST Student Chapter

Students from the University of St. Thomas Geology Department recently formed an AIPG Student Chapter.  Thier bylaws were signed on 02/13/2015, and AIPG Headquarters recognized them on 03/30/2015. Congratulations!

Sara Nelson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is the AIPG MN Section liason with the University of St. Thomas AIPG Student Chapter.