Issues Forum: "Offshore Safety" with Charlie Williams
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Orientation Theater, College Station
Oil rigs pose a number of potential safety challenges. Their sheer size, number of moving parts and the complicated work they do create enough hazards, but add to that the potentially harsh weather conditions, the distance from shore, the pressures found below the surface and the unpredictable human element, and you have a dangerous cocktail of tremendous proportions. All of these factors need to be mitigated as much as possible, and plans created to prepare for the dangers that can happen at any moment: equipment failure, accidents, medical emergencies, and even hurricanes. Safety is paramount, and the consequences of failure are dire.
The Center for Offshore Safety is designed to help companies prepare for such emergencies by promoting the highest level of safety for offshore drilling. Through its use of independent third-party audits, it seeks to enhance and continuously improve industry's safety and environmental performance, gain and sustain public confidence in the oil and gas industry, increase public awareness of the industry's performance, stimulate cooperation within the industry and provide a platform for collaboration between the industry, government and other stakeholders.
Charlie Williams has been the Executive Director of the Center for Offshore Safety since 2012. He previously spent 40 years at Shell, where his work included the development of high pressure, high temperature wells and specialized drilling and completion equipment for extreme environments. He has served on the Joint Industry Task Force on Subsea Containment, the Operating Committee of the Marine Well Containment Project, the Executive Board of the Marine Well Containment Company and the Department of Interior's Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee.
Following Mr. William's talk, we will have a reception in the rotunda. The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Register online at bushlibrary.eventbrite.com or for more information call (979) 691-4014 or email to email@example.com.
Tracy Paine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 979-691-4014
The Rise of the Rest: Embracing a Newer World Order
MSC Bethancourt Ballroom
In response to domestic and international discussion concerning the United States status as a superpower, Rise of the Rest will explore the emergence of developing nations both as key economic players and how this has allowed for their rise within international politics.
Delta Gamma to present $100,000 check for Lectureship in Values and Ethics
The Delta Gamma Chapter House in College Station
College Station, TX- Delta Gamma Foundation will present a $100,000 check to the Texas A&M Foundation to establish the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics at Texas A&M University. The event is scheduled for Monday May 3, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Delta Gamma Chapter House in College Station.
The Delta Gamma Foundation is contributing $50,000 from the Foundation funds to match the $50,000 that has been raised by the local Delta Gamma chapter. The $100,000 gift establishes the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics at Texas A&M University. This endowment will provide funds in perpetuity to host speakers in an event that will be open to the public. Some of the speakers who have been invited to speak at past Delta Gamma lectureships across the country are Queen Noor, Barbara Bush, Madeline Albright, Maya Angelou, President Gerald Ford, Colin Powell and Jeff Probst just to name a few.
Delta Gamma Lectureships in Values and Ethics were established in 1992 when Dr. Paul Martin and his wife, Dotty, Eta Chapter of Delta Gamma at Akron University, contributed three $50,000 grants to the Foundation in recognition of their 50th wedding anniversary. The Martins committed to providing additional funds for a total of fourteen lectureships. There are currently thirteen lectureships across the country and the lectureship at Texas A&M University will be the fourteenth and final one from their gift.
For more information on this event or contributing to the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, please contact Cindy Brown Munson in the Student Affairs Development Office at (979) 458-1689.