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Celebration for Professor Jan Tullis


Please join us for a celebration of Jan Tullis and her profound contributions to undergraduate education on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Although she plans to stay active in teaching and advising, Jan will be formally retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. On June 15, undergraduate alumni, department faculty and current undergraduate and graduate students are coming together to honor Jan's outstanding work as an educator and mentor since she came to Brown in 1970. This event will also be a great opportunity to connect with old friends, catch up, and share memories of your time at Brown.

The celebration will include a field trip in the morning and a reception and dinner in the late afternoon and evening.

The field trip will, of course, include some real geology, but its primary goal is to provide an opportunity to get together. We are planning on visiting Beavertail in Jamestown, RI, with a total trip length of roughly 4 hours. Transportation will be provided.

The main event of the celebration will be an informal reception and dinner at The Faculty Club at Brown University, with lots of time for mingling as well as remarks celebrating Jan and her contributions to teaching at Brown and to the lives of so many students and colleagues.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Providence Renaissance Hotel and The Hotel Providence. The room blocks will be held at the special rate until May 17, 2013. The deadline to register is June 10, 2013.

We are collecting letters, stories, and photos that will be compiled into an album for Jan. Jan would love to hear your memories of geology at Brown and updates on your life since then. Whether or not you are able to attend the celebration on June 15, please send a note and your favorite photos. They may be emailed to Patricia Davey or sent by regular mail to Patricia Davey, Brown University, Department of Geological Sciences, Box 1846, Providence, RI 02912.

The department is also creating a fund to support 1) a new undergraduate award named in Jan’s honor for the most outstanding teaching assistant among the graduating seniors in each year and 2) undergraduate field-based learning experiences.  Please consider a contribution.  Checks may be made out to Brown University and sent to Nancy Fjeldheim at the address given above.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this celebration of Jan and her legendary role as a teacher and advisor.

Best regards,

Tim Herbert

Chair, Geological Sciences

Karen Fischer

Professor, Geological Sciences

Greg Hirth

Professor, Geological Sciences