To: Laura Wray [RMAG Foundation]
From: Nickolas L. Patch [Veteran’s Scholarship recipient]
Date: September 3, 2008
Published in: The Outcrop, November 2008, p. 28
Dear Ms. Wray,
I would like to convey my gratitude to you and the rest of the trusties for what the Veteran’s Scholarship enabled me to accomplish this summer. Without it I would not have been able to afford the food, gas, and supplies for my two months in the field.
Nearly every day was spent driving and hiking throughout the study area to take measurements and record observations. Roughly once a week I would make the forty minute drive into town to resupply, refuel, do laundry, and have a meal that I didn’t have to make myself. While working I had the pleasure of witnessing elk, mule deer, coyote, various flowers and cactus, and some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
I collected sufficient data within the study area to compile a 1:24,000 map of the entire Dyer Mountain quadrangle. In addition to more accurate and precise geologic contacts, I will also be able to depict several landslides, an anticline and syncline, and human disturbed land, all of which are unmapped on the current 1:100,000 scale geologic map of the area. I will also compile a geologic report of the area, to include hydrology (with extensive cave systems), economic resources, and possible natural hazards. If you like, I will be happy to provide the finished products to the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologist upon their completion.
Your financial assistance has made the bulk of my Master’s thesis possible. I am very grateful to you and all those involved.
Would you please, if possible, also pass on my gratitude to those who have made the financial contributions to the Veteran’s Scholarship.
Nickolas L. Patch