Why Give to Geology?

A Letter from the Department Chair

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I want to thank all of you who have contributed to the department in the last year.  Your contributions are many and the list is long.  You have provided advice about careers and job opportunities, you have made trips to campus to run career panels and deliver talks, you have introduced W&M students to your colleagues, you have met with students at professional meetings, you have provided accommodations and sustenance for our field courses, and you have enabled meaningful research experiences for W&M geology majors.  The financial contributions are also much appreciated as these gifts enable us to fund many field trips, support student research and travel to professional meetings, and keep the department well equipped.

The support that our alums and friends give to the department is multi-dimensional.  I think that's a testament to both the special community and good people associated with the William & Mary Geology Department.  It was a special place when Ken Bick, Bruce Goodwin, Steve Clement, and Jerre Johnson set the tenor for the department, starting back in the 1960s and it continues today.

This fall the College will be ramping up a new campaign to support William & Mary, as the College makes its appeal.  I hope you'll think fondly of the Geology Department.  In my opinion we're a department that not only lives up to, but I think sets, the standard for all the William & Mary, as an institution of higher learning, aspires to be.

I ask you to consider making a contribution to the department.  No matter whether it is large or small, it will make a difference.  I am encouraged that so many young alums are making contributions; the department's future is bright.  

To make a contribution to the Founders Fund, please write a check to “The College of William & Mary Foundation” with Allocation 1870/Founders Fund in the memo line and send it to the College of William & Mary, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8779. You can also make a contribution via our secure website, accessible at http://www.wm.edu/as/geology/support/index.php.  

 Thanks for your continued support!

Chuck Bailey