Public Announcements


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 minute presentation at a monthly meeting (coordinate in advance with the Section President)
  • Company or individual name/logo listed as a sponsor on the AIPG Minnesota Section newsletter (quarterly).


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 or


You can "order" your 2018 Section Sponsorship on our website here!




The AIPG MN Section is requesting nominations of interested members from the Section for the upcoming 2018 Officer Election.  There are two positions up for election, President-Elect and Vice President, and a summary of each position is included below:

1.  President-Elect: The President-Elect serves one year under the President, becomes the President the following year, then serves in an advisory role as past-President the following year (a 3 year commitment in total).  All three roles encompassed by the President are described below:


    • The President-Elect duties include being active in all Section events including monthly luncheons, Section meetings as well as assisting with the coordination of the Fundraising Events (historically a golf tournament and silent auction), assisting with coordination of additional Section events as necessary, and serving on task force committees as necessary.  The President-Elect also attends the Annual AIPG National Conference as the Section Representative (Purple Mountain Majesties: scheduled for September 8-11, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) and this trip is sponsored by the Section.


    • The President coordinates the strategic direction for the Section for the coming year, leads the business meetings, and presides at the monthly AIPG MN Section luncheon meetings.  The President is also the official spokesperson for this Section and executes all documents and official correspondence of the Section as appropriate. The President appoints the members of all committees of the Section. The President is responsible for carrying out all of the policies and directives of the Section Executive Committee, except where such responsibility is specifically assigned to another officer.


    • The Past-president is an advisor to the President and maintains a voting seat as a Director on the Executive Committee of the Section.  The Past-President participates in Executive Committee and Annual Business Meetings.


2.  Vice President: The Vice President serves a one-year term.  The primary role of the Vice President is to schedule monthly luncheon speakers, coordinate the monthly luncheon logistics, assist the President, assist with coordination of additional Section events as necessary, and to participate in Executive Committee and Annual Business Meetings.



Nominations are requested by October 1, 2017 by 5:00 PM.  Please send nominations to Voting will be open on October 15, 2017 until October 31, 2017.


Position Duties Summaries:

President-Elect, President, and Past-President




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 ( 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 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.