UPDATE: As mailed-in gifts from December 2021 are processed, they will be added here. Thus, while this campaign has concluded, new activity may be reflected.
Let’s face it, field training is likely one of your most memorable experiences from college. Every year, Geological Sciences students gain hands-on training relevant to their future careers. These experiences are fun and interactive, but they can be costly. That’s why the Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board set a goal to build endowed support for these field training so there would be no cost to students.
Help us reach our goal by making a gift to the Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment today. Your gift will continue the great progress we are making to sustain this experience for our future geologists
Every 10 Donors Unlocks $1,000!
Up to 100 Donors, making $10,000 available for unlocking
Pat Jackson, BS '81, MS '83, Chair of the Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board, has graciously organized this opportunity to incentivize his fellow alumni to give toward the Yeats-Smith-Nance endowment. For every 10 donors who contribute a gift to the Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment fund, either through this campaign page or by responding to the direct mail letter, Pat will gift $1,000 toward the fund. This year, with support from 100 donors, $10,000 can be added to the endowment.
Please give generously as we strive to make Field Training free for students to participate in. And please see below for how you can help the department maximize this opportunity
About The Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment
The Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment directly supports the continuation of Field Geology, either through direct expenses or scholarships to enrolled students. This endowment was established by Geoscience Alumni in 2014 and honors former professors Yeats, Smith, and Nance. Twenty to thirty students participate in field geology each year, and this fund helps offset some of their costs. We hope that one day the fund will grow to the point where students won’t have to pay out-of-pocket for these experiences, which have become financially burdensome for some students.
The Future of Field Training
The Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board has a $1M goal for endowments supporting Field Training — so the opportunity is fully funded every year and free for students to participate. Because of the previous giving by alumni and friends, the board can report that they're about 33% of the way towards this milestone!
Your actions now will make reaching this $1 million more achievable. Here are five things alumni can do to support a brighter future for students and field training:
- Make a gift here, in support of this Help Geological Sciences Students Dig Into Field Training crowdfunding campaign.
- Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701; be sure to write Yeats-Smith-Nance Endowment on the memo line.
- Talk with Director of Development David Johnson, M.Ed. ’14 about a transformational gift or your interest in establishing your own endowment in support of Field Training.
- If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), giving via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please reach out to David Johnson.
Gifts of all sizes – and types! – support the students who are following in your footsteps. The incentive from Pat Jackson means your gift to the Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment (and other funds at OU that support field training) will also help unlock funds that will grow the endowment toward the $1M goal!
Help GeoSci Maximize Matching Gift Dollars
Here's how alumni can support their Geological Sciences Department so all $10,000 of Pat Jackson's unlocking gift can be claimed:
- Make a personal gift
- Ask family and friends to make a gift on your behalf
- Talk to your employer about them making a gift
- Encourage your former Geological Sciences classmates to make a gift
- Share this campaign on your social media
And while matching gifts from employers are not factored into Pat's incentive, it couldn't hurt to use this as an opportunity to check in with your employer's HR department about their matching gift opportunities. Wouldn't it feel great to learn that your $300 gift to the endowment could be matched by your employer, giving it the impact of $600 if matched $1-for-$1!
While the letter many alumni received was signed by the Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board Patrick Jackson, there is a whole volunteer board dedicated to supporting current students. This board has committed to 100% participation in support of this crowdfunding effort for the Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment. The Geological Sciences Department and the College of Arts & Sciences hope you'll join them in this effort.
Your GeoSci Alumni Advisory Board
A Special Thank You To The GeoSci Alumni Advisory Board. A unifying goal of all board members is that of supporting field training for students.
- Thomas Antonacci, M.S. Geology '12
- Jennifer Bowman, B.S. Geology '97, M.S. Geology '00
- Mitchell D. Brourman, M.S. Geology '94
- Lisa DeRose, M.S. Geology '11
- Travis Esbenshade, B.S. Geology '11
- Devin Fitzgerald, M.S. Geology '15
- Greg Herman, B.S. Geology '81
- Mark Hanish, B.S. Geology '81
- Trey Hedrick, B.S. Geology '17
- Sierra Isard, B.S. Geology '12
- Patrick Jackson, B.S. '81, M.S. '83
- Rick Johnson, M.S. '77
- Casey O’Brien, B.S. Geology '14
- Gregory Pavlin, B.S. Geology '72,
- Tom Tomastik, B.S. Geology '79, M.S. Geology '81
- Stephen Welch, B.S. Geology '02
- Michael Young, M.S. Geology '86
Donations to this campaign from board members, alumni, students, parents, and friends will support The Yeats-Smith-Nance Geology Field Camp Endowment. This fund directly supports the continuation of Field Geology either through direct expenses or scholarships to enrolled students.
Want to support a different GeoSci fund? Visit the Geological Sciences Giving Opportunities page to see the 14 other funds that support the Geological Sciences department and its students.