Geology Professor to Share Studies of Stressed River at Annual Community College Convention


Photo: HSU Pecos River field study
Dr. Mark Ouimette, Hardin-Simmons University professor of geology and director of the Environmental Management Program, will be the keynote speaker in geography and anthropology at the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) statewide convention in San Antonio, February 7, 2014.
Ray Roberts, a graduate of HSU’s Environmental Management Program, now an instructor at Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas, and acting chair of the geography/anthropology section for the TCC TA, says, “We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Ouimette speak about his field studies on the Pecos River.”
Ouimette has done numerous studies of the Pecos River that winds over 900 miles through the semi-arid and arid landscapes of eastern New Mexico and West Texas. The river plays a critical role to communities along its path for irrigation and contributes heavily to the economy of the region, but the water resource has fallen on hard times.
As professor and a registered professional geologist with the State of Texas, Ouimette has lead HSU students in field studies over more than 200 miles of the river, instilling in them a sense of responsibility to the environment.
Ouimette grew up in Long Beach, California, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from California State University at Chico in 1977, served for 16 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, then used the G.I. Bill to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in geology from East Carolina University in 1985 and 1991. He went on to The University of Texas at El Paso to earn his Ph.D. in geological sciences in 1994.
TCCTA’s 67th Annual Convention features more than 150 sessions on discipline-specific topics, resilience, student success, technology, and a host of other issues. Faculty and administrators from every two-year college in Texas, representing virtually every teaching discipline, attend the conference each year.
TCCTA’s membership is comprised of educators from every teaching discipline, as well as counselors, librarians, and administrators from all public and independent two-year colleges in Texas. TCCTA is the largest organization of postsecondary educators in Texas.

Ouimette’s session is scheduled:

Friday, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
"The Pecos River: A Modern River in Great Stress"

Marriott River Center Hotel

San Antonio, Texas

TCCTA Convention is February 6-8


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