2014 Rox Reunion
On June 15-18, alumni of Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Sciences gathered for the ten year Rox Reunion (Rox being a combination of rocks and Vox from the Dartmouth motto). The Rox Reunion occurs once every ten years and is a chance for all undergraduate and graduate student alumni to return to participate in this special, in-depth gathering.
Over the three days of the reunion, there were four different field trips to mountains, such as Mount Washington and Mount Ascutney, and to view local surficial geology of Mount Cardigan and Pine Park. Multiple dinners were held to celebrate recent events, remember the department’s history, and discuss the future of the department. The Department of Earth Sciences faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates also held a departmental open house and poster session to showcase their current research. Alumni and their families toured various laboratories, such as the radiogenic isotope laboratory, microscopy laboratory, and sediment transport laboratory.
Festivities on Monday, June 16 began with a welcome address by President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 and a brief overview of the current activities of the department by Chair W. Brian Dade. The addresses were followed by an alumni panel discussion about changes to the earth science curriculum. In addition, a junior faculty panel discussion allowed alumni to meet the new set of professors who have joined the department since the last Rox Reunion: Bob Hawley, Meredith Kelly, Erich Osterberg, and Devon Renock.
The Monday night banquet held at the Hanover Inn was a chance for all alumni, faculty, staff, and students to honor the recent emeritus faculty members and present awards to notable alumni. Awards were presented to professors Gary Johnson, Dick Bernie, and Jim Aronson for their superior teaching skills and inspirational research.
After the last luncheon on Tuesday June 17, Carol Frost, renowned geochemist at the University of Wyoming, gave a speech on her experiences at Dartmouth. Author of a popular igneous and metamorphic petrology textbook and more than 100 scientific articles, Frost is one of the most well-known Dartmouth earth sciences alumni. She is also one of the first women to graduate from Dartmouth and the first woman to finish an earth sciences baccalaureate degree.
Current earth sciences students appreciated the opportunity to interact with and learn from department alumni. All participants look forward to the next Rox Reunion in 2024!
by Justin Richardson