We had another successful summer of teaching at IUGFS.
47 students completed the face-to-face X429 and X428 courses at IUGFS and 10 students completed our virtual field course, E432. In addition, 29 students completed Montana State’s 3-credit capstone field course which is taught at IUGFS just before X429. Over 80 % of students who took IU’s face-to-face courses said their course was the most impactful course of their undergraduate education and 10 % said they learned more in their course at IUGFS than in all their other undergraduate courses combined. You can see some of our students in the picture above.
In addition to Erika Elswick, Page Quinton, Mike Rygel, and Jim Handschy, we had three new IU EAS faculty involved in X429 this year; Brian Yanites, Shelby Rader, and Andrea Stevens-Goddard each taught part of X429.
There have been several changes around the field station property. We’ve installed new firefighting capability with three 1,000 gallon water tanks and pumps placed strategically in higher-risk areas, fire sprinklers have been installed on the roofs of the Suttner Classroom Building, faculty housing, and the resident manager’s house, and we’ve started removing trees that would pose immediate threats to buildings if there is a wildfire on the property.
-- Dr. Jim Handschy, Executive Director