Rare mineral collection donated to TWU

Langley, British Columbia—What do ash from Mount St. Helens, black diamonds, Tiger’s Eye and ancient fish fossils have in common? They are part of a valuable rock and mineral collection that was dedicated to Trinity Western University’s science department in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tuesday, October 24. The display showcase combines two private collections: those of Victor Hollister, a retired geologist and resident of Mission, B.C., and Richard Walters, a resident of Abbotsford, B.C.

During his years as a geologist, Mr. Hollister traveled around the world and collected more than 200 mineral samples. They are now displayed in a lighted glass and mirror display case in Trinity Western’s science centre where they will serve as instructional tools.

Mr. Walters, a retired TWU zoology and geology professor, also contributed rock samples from his personal collection. “Every rock and mineral sample has a story and a memory,” says Walters. “It’s impossible to choose a favourite, but this sample of Slickenslide, a polished fault surface, may be one of the most rare.”

“The science faculty are grateful to Mr. Hollister and Mr. Walters for this excellent contribution to TWU's science department,” says Jack Van Dyke, dean of the faculty of natural and applied sciences. “This is a beautiful display of exquisite, hand-picked samples from years of individual rock and mineral collecting in travels throughout North and South America. Already many students have noticed this display, and we expect it will inspire future geologists and environmental studies majors.”

This is not the first time the Hollister’s have made a gift to TWU. They have also funded several scholarships including a work fund which provides funding for a TWU student to work in an organization or business in Mission “Students are our country’s future,” says Mr. Hollister. “I want to do everything I can to help students afford a quality university education.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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