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$2 million gift from Wayne and Kay Woolsey will support Wichita State's Geology Department



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Ron Matson, dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, shares a moment with Wayne Woolsey.

Wayne Woolsey believes his education in geology at Texas A&M played an important role in laying the foundation for his career as an oil and gas producer. It allowed him to get a job at Texaco right out of college and to acquire the experience to start his own exploration and production company in 1970, after he moved to Wichita.

That’s why he was enthusiastic about dedicating $2 million to Wichita State’s Geology Department. Half will endow the Woolsey Family Field Camp Scholarship to make field excursions more affordable for students. The remaining $1 million will endow the Woolsey Family Support Fund for Petroleum Geology, dedicated to programming that strengthens petroleum geology education.

“My geology education was invaluable to my career, and I believe strongly in the value of field work to provide real-world experiences in this complex discipline,” Woolsey said.

Geology Department Chair Will Parcell says the field camp scholarships will decrease financial barriers that keep some students from participating in field excursions. WSU’s field camp program is open to geology students across the country. The camp allows students to study geologic formations throughout the Midwest, Colorado and Wyoming. The scholarships will help keep the program competitive with other universities, Parcell said.

The support fund for petroleum geology will provide resources for faculty and student development, research projects and equipment purchases, he said.

“These funds will enable the department to elevate the stature of the field camp and petroleum geology programs for decades to come,” Parcell said.

“Everyone in our department is inspired to receive such a generous gift from someone like Wayne, who has been so successful in his work.”