Dr. Norris Jones Dr. Gene LaBerge
The Jones LaBerge Geology Field Trip Fund was established at the UW Oshkosh Foundation by an anonymous UW Oshkosh geology graduate who greatly appreciated Dr. Jones and Dr. LaBerge as faculty members.
The donor worked in the oil and gas industry and strongly believes in the phrase, “A geologist is only as good as the rocks he/she has seen” and wants to ensure that current and future generations of UW Oshkosh geology students benefit from field trips offered by the Department of Geology.
In celebration that the match offered by the anonymous donor had been achieved, Dean John Koker presented Dr. Norris Jones and Dr. Gene LaBerge each with a certificate of achievement for inspiring the creation of the Jones LaBerge Field Trip Fund. Professors Jones and LaBerge were both awarded the UW Oshkosh Distinguished Teaching Award during their teaching careers, and the anonymous donor established this fund in recognition of their outstanding teaching, especially on field trips. The good news is that the $10,000 match required to meet the donor’s challenge was attained. Equally gratifying is the large number of donors to the fund — 31! One especially generous donor challenged the original donor by offering to make a large gift if the original donor would match it, and the original donor agreed! Consequently, the Jones LaBerge Fund has grown substantially and will provide most of the funding to subsidize student participation in course-related field trips next year. Thank you to all who participated in giving to this important need. We encourage you to contribute to this fund now and in the future.
Checks to this fund can be sent to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation, 625 Pearl Avenue, Suite 230, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Be sure to include a note explaining your intent to give to the Jones-LaBerge Fund.