David C. Engebretson Scholarly Activity Award

David C. Engebretson, looking skyward, wearing sunglasses and a plaid shirt

The Geology Department is proud to announce the establishment of the David C. Engebretson Scholarly Activity Award.

The merit-based award will be awarded to students with exceptional promise for future contributions to scholarly achievement within the Earth Sciences. As you might imagine, Dave is incredibly honored by this acknowledgement of his contributions to the Geology Department and Western Washington University. This fund will last in perpetuity in honor of Dave and the impact he made on the lives of hundreds of Western students.

For 31 years Dave Engebretson was both a Geology Professor and life mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students at Western Washington University. Dave achieved professional success despite his lifelong blindness. His disability was an inspiration to his students, and Western and the Geology Department were extremely supportive throughout his career. In the later years of his career at Western Dave developed creative curricula including courses titled "Hearing the Mind's Eye", "Climate Related Geologic Hazards", "Sounds on Earth", "Interpretation of Geologic Data", and "Outdoor Science Learning Resources".

To honor Dave’s achievements The David C. Engebretson Scholarly Activity Award has been established. Dave inspired many Geology students through his encouragement, mentorship, and friendship. The Geology Department is encouraging alumni to honor Dave by making a gift to The David C. Engebretson Scholarly Activity Award fund. The Geology Department looks forward to hearing from those of you who love Dave and thank you in advance for your generosity.