It’s Halloween today; I was outside earlier this afternoon and saw that one of the neighbors has something “special” rigged up in the front yard. I’m curious to see what it is later tonight and it made me think of a talk given last year by Holden Zhang, a professor at TU, on the geyser he built in his backyard after a visit to Yellowstone – very cool. Then I thought it would be fun to rig up something oil field related for next year’s trick or treaters. Perhaps it was just another way to procrastinate drafting this, or perhaps the seed will germinate and grow by this time next year. Anyway, enough about that.

So, what was the section up to in October? I hear the YP’s had a great turnout at Octoberfest! A number of you participated in the clay shoot at Longshot and had excellent weather for the event. Please thank Charley Mathis for his work organizing YP events and Mark Carr for organizing the clay shoot – the two of them and numerous other volunteers put a lot of time into planning quality events for the section. Your scholarship chair, Steve Tipton, and your treasurer, Mike Mabry, have also been working to ensure all the scholarships awarded earlier this year have been paid to the academic institutions for the benefit of the students.

Looking forward, there are a couple of events to watch for in November. First, you should have received at least one notice for the luncheon scheduled for November 16th when Patrick Hayes will present some case examples regarding what has been recently learned from running chemical tracers. Second, the TU student chapters of AADE and SPE have planned an Exploration Gala for Friday November 11, 2016 at the Campbell Hotel. They will be delighted if you and a guest will join them that evening for food, networking, learning, etc. They’ve worked hard to put together a worthwhile evening at a reasonable cost – please read the remainder of the newsletter for more information and encourage them by RSVP’ing quickly.

Until next month,

Molly Boyd
2016-2017 Chairman