We hope you will join us in recognizing our mutual friend and associate, the late Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr. As you know, geoscience education was one of Ed's passions. He devoted his career at Trinity University to teaching and advising hundreds of students, but his commitment to education extended beyond the University. At the state level, Ed played a critical role in persuading the Texas Board of Education to approve geoscience as one of four science courses required in high school. Nationally, he worked closely with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) in promoting geoscience education at all levels, from K-12 through college. Ed dedicated many years of service to AGI, as a member of its Executive Committee and its President.
With a network of 52 Member Societies, AGI represents more than a quarter-million geoscientists. The Institute plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education through a wide array of outreach programs. Its website (www.americangeosciences.org) provides a wealth of information and resources for students, educators, professionals, and the public. In addition, AGI provides GeoRef (the premiere search engine for geo-literature), publishes EARTH Magazine (formerly GeoTimes), and organizes Earth Science Week, now in its 21st year.
AGI headquarters, located in Alexandria, Virginia, is home to some 75 employees. The aging building recently underwent a major renovation to create a state-of-the-art, tech-enhanced, secure, and welcoming facility for staff and visiting scholars, educators, and interns. Costs of the renovation are being offset by various funding sources including charitable donations.
We are initiating a fundraising effort to permanently recognize Ed Roy's many contributions to the geosciences by having the scholarly library used by staff at AGI headquarters named in his honor. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 in order to name the third floor of the AGI building after Ed. This floor hosts the library and all GeoRef materials and staff. We invite you to join us in making a contribution to this initiative. AGI Executive Director, Allyson Anderson Book, is working closely with us in this effort.
If you wish to participate, you can make a contribution by clicking the orange "DONATE" button (located on upper right) on the AGI web-site (www.americangeosciences.org). Under the "Apply my donation to" option, scroll down to the "Edward C. Roy, Jr., Initiative." (Please do NOT donate to the "AGI Building Endowment.") Alternatively, contact Pete Dohan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contribute off-line (e.g., by check or credit card). If you have any questions and/or need additional information, don't hesitate to contact Diane Smith (210-264-8771) and/or staff in AGI's Development Office (703-379-2480).
This is a wonderful opportunity to honor our friend and colleague, Ed Roy, and his legacy of supporting geoscience education from kindergarten through college nationwide, as well as his many contributions to the profession. We look forward to hearing from you!
Ronald C. Calgaard
President Emeritus Herndon Professor of Geosciences, Trinity University
Diane R. Smith
Trinity University Member-at-Large, AGI Executive Committee
Library photo by David Leiva