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LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. The fundraising event featured a reception followed by a presentation by Dr. Wallace on “The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals,” with a focus on gold.

After a reception on the patio, UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney welcomed approximately 90 people to the event, and spoke about the college’s history, opportunities and recent successes. UNM-LA Advisory Board President Dr. Steve Boerigter then introduced Dr. Wallace, and thanked him for his support of UNM-LA.

Wallace’s talk covered a range of topics related to gold, from the discovery and uses of gold, to the impact of gold rushes on the settlement of North America, to the origins of gold dust through the collision of neutron stars. He shared the history of gold in New Mexico, from Coronado’s search for the City of Gold to mining that took place in the early 20th century.

To complete the evening, Boerigter held an auction for a variety of items: an opportunity to be a “Fireman for a Day” with Los Alamos Fire Department, a Lobo football tickets package and a Lobo basketball tickets package donated by the UNM Athletics Department, and a plane ride with Dr. Wallace and a local pilot to view the geology of the area.

Dr. Rooney said, “We are very grateful Dr. Wallace, our Advisory Board and the wonderful community support. Higher education has a long history in Los Alamos and we are committed to continuing to serve the community.”

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney welcomes the crowd and thanks them and featured speaker Terry Wallce for supporting the college during the Aug. 15 fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace discusses the fascinating aspects of gold during his talk on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ at the Aug. 15 fundraiser for UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace shares a few little known facts about gold. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

From left, UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney and LANL Director Terry Wallace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Los Alamos High School Teacher Kathy Boerigter, front left, recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award For Excellence In Science Teaching, clearly gets a kick out of the talk on the Cosmic Mystery of Minerals by LANL Director Terry Wallace. She is married to UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Scene from the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Scene from the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace, center, chats with former LAHS classmate Mike Katko and UNM-LA's Nancy Coombs at the reception on the patio during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

From left, Mary and John Arrowsmith, County Assessor Ken Milder and County Council candidate Randall Ryti at the reception on the patio during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Scene from the reception on the patio during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz is walking at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Scene from the reception on the patio during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Executive Director Carolyn Zerkle, center, is among the guests gathered at the reception on the patio during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Pianist Juanita Madland performs at the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Katieri Morris of UNM-LA, right, checks in UNM-LA Advisory Board member David Sutton and his wife Gillian during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 


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