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George Wheeldon
Associate Professor / Geology

"Set up a schedule for studying & approach it like a new job – do it every day, work in study groups, and don’t put it off until the night before an exam."

George Wheeldon

Why should students take an outdoor education class?

You can’t just learn from a book. As an example, I would like to quote two of my favorite authors:

“Let him who thirsts for knowledge go out upon the broad face of the earth, and he will find that it is not out of books alone that he can get it; let him make use of the eyes that God has given him, and he will see more in the world’s unwritten revelations than the mind of man hath conceived.” J. Ross Browne – Washington D.C. February 1853

“You can’t see ANYTHING from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over sandstone and Through the thorn bush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail, You’ll see something, maybe, probably NOT.” Edward Abbey, Nelson’s Marine Bar (Hoboken)

What advice would you give to a new college student?

Set up a schedule for studying & approach it like a new job – do it every day, work in study groups, and don’t put it off until the night before an exam. Ask lots of questions of the teacher – that is what they pay us for!

What’s the favorite part of your job?

Turning on students to the wonderful world of Geology!

What was your proudest moment working with students?

When students come back after graduating and tell me what a great job they have & how much they appreciated my influence on their career decision.

List of most recent awards/merits:

Too many to list in the past 42 years of college teaching, but the awards I received in the past 2 years were a couple of ones that really made me proud of what I do.

- 2007 – Award from the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies as the outstanding geology teacher in the state – The award came with a $3000 scholarship in my name.

- 2008 – National Award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies as the outstanding Earth Science Educator in the Western Region of the United States. $8000 in scholarships were awarded in my name to two graduate students I selected at the University of Nevada and Sacramento State.

George Wheeldon has his B.A. from San Jose State University and M.N.S. from University of South Dakota.

George Wheeldon
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