Eventful and busy week: 80 years in the Beartooths

Last week we hosted three separate events to help celebrate our 80th year of operation. We hosted our first New Projects Design Charrette, 3rd Annual Industry Day, and 80th Anniversary Open House! 

New Projects Design Charrette 

A Charrette is a collaborative-administrative meeting to discuss planning of major building projects and updates for the coming years. The committee consisted of YBRA admins working with a few outside professional advisors who are also YBRA alums to discuss the plans. 

President Dr. Rich Fifarek explaining two possible locations and designs of the new conference center.

President Dr. Rich Fifarek explaining two possible locations and designs of the new conference center.

A few highlights of the meeting

  • Professional conference center to host YBRA meetings, third party conferences, and alleviate crowded teaching conditions with capacity for two new study halls.
  •  Russ Dutcher Dormitory will be a new student dorm to honor Russ Dutcher and his legacy at YBRA. The new building will sleep 12 students and allow re-conversion of Wadsworth back into a study hall. 

Schematic drawing of the conference center as a one story building. Draft by Susan Euker. 

 

  •   Reinhart Lounge is an addition (already underway) to the Fanshawe Lodge in the back of the kitchen and a tribute to Jeanette Reinhart who has faithfully served in the kitchen for over 40 years.  It will be a lounge, bathroom, and shower for YBRA staff to enjoy.

These projects still require much more funding and planning, which we need your help to accomplish!

Dr. Fifarek and Greg Creasy stake out where the Reinhart lounge will reside coming Spring 2017. 

Dr. Fifarek and Greg Creasy stake out where the Reinhart lounge will reside coming Spring 2017. 

YBRA Third Annual Industry Day 

This year was our biggest turnout for industry day with around 40 attendees. We gathered in the lodge to hear industry professionals in the geo-science realm give presentations about their research and current work to help bridge the gap between industry and academia.

Geologist Riley Brinkerhoff with SM Energy in Billings, MT presenting his research with the Montana Geological Society. He explains how Bear Creek will inevitably run into Rock Creek and capture it's flow near Red Lodge, MT. 

Geologist Riley Brinkerhoff with SM Energy in Billings, MT presenting his research with the Montana Geological Society. He explains how Bear Creek will inevitably run into Rock Creek and capture it's flow near Red Lodge, MT. 

The presenters included geo-scientists from SM Energy in Billings, Shell Oil Co., The Bighorn Basin Dinosaur Project, USGS, and CGG Oil & Energy. The afternoon ended with a networking cocktail reception on the back porch as the sun dipped below the Beartooth Mountains.

Tyler Krutzfeldt and wife Pamela talk with George Buzan of CGG during the Industry Day reception. 

Tyler Krutzfeldt and wife Pamela talk with George Buzan of CGG during the Industry Day reception. 

 80th Anniversary Open House

Our doors were opened to anybody and everybody who wanted to come see the camp and what we are all about.

Local Red Lodge children enjoying life on a mountain at the 80th anniversary open house.

Local Red Lodge children enjoying life on a mountain at the 80th anniversary open house.

To think we have been in Red Lodge for 80 years and some locals still don't know who we are! It was great to fire up the grill and connect with friends and neighbors to share the YBRA story. Over 60 people showed up over the course of the afternoon to see our charmingly rustic campus. Dr. Phil Robertson gave two camp tours to give new comers an idea of what we do. 

What an exiting time to be at YBRA! Here's to another 80 years of serving geo-science education and the Greater Red Lodge area! 

Dr. Phil Robertson giving the YBRA campus tour and how it has grown over the years.

Dr. Phil Robertson giving the YBRA campus tour and how it has grown over the years.