SEEING VALUE FROM THE OTHER SIDE: THE LEGACY OF HEATHER MACDONALD AND GEO2YC
The 2010 “The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education and in Broadening Participation in the Geosciences: A Planning Workshop” with Heather as one of the conveners, became a turning point. The largest breakout group wanted to form some type of formal organization for 2YC instructors of geoscience. It was so large, in fact, that folks were asked to join one of the other groups so that we would have a manageable number. Out of that discussion, came a year’s worth of at least monthly phone meetings as we set up an organizational structure, argued about and then decided on the best professional organization to ask to partner with, wrote by-laws, created a name, and designed a logo. In 2011, the Geo2YC was officially recognized as the first Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. With Heather’s help we a created a community for many who didn’t have one before. We continue to thrive, support each other, and welcome new members to receive the same.
Have you ever wondered why a liberal-arts-and big-state-university trained geology professor from a state university would be interested in helping out the 2YC geoscience education community? This session is proposed to honor the efforts that Heather has made in supporting 2YC geoscience faculty and students. The NAGT Geo2YC would not be the success story that it is today without the effort and support of Heather Macdonald.