Geology & ENSP-EGR Advising appointments - Spring 2020

Ladies and Gents:

Welcome to Merck's advising schedule web page. Advising season for Spring 2020 is about to start. Because of the disruptions to campus activities cause by our response to the COVID-19 virus responses, we will make some modifications to our standard practices in order to assure smooth access to academic advising during our prolonged Spring Break and period of on-line course delivery. Because I will be locked up in my home office during Spring Break, there is no impediment to scheduling advising appointments right away, provided they are in normal business hours. The procedure:


Spring advising will begin in earnest on Monday, March 16. My hours currently open for scheduling appointments are indicated in the diagrams below. To schedule an appointment:

  • Pick three appropriate times (half-hour blocks). These should be during business hours. GEOL and ENSP-EGR majors should be able to view "GEOL/ENSP-EGR Advising" in Google Calendar to see which slots are already taken.
  • Rank them in order of preference
  • Send me an e-mail with your ranked list.
  • Indicate your preference for telephone or Video meeting formats.
  • Be sure to allow me at least 24 hours to respond. I.e, don't send me a message suggesting a meeting the following day. (Being old-school, I don't typically allow e-mail to follow me around when I leave work.)
  • As a courtesy to others, please give people with registration dates in the near future first shot at the early dates. SO, please don't ask for an advising appointment more than two weeks ahead of your registration date.

I'll respond by sending you a confirming google calendar invitation. Don't assume you have an appointment until you get my e-mail confirmation.



  • While campus is closed, all appointments will be remote, by telephone (301-405-4379) or video (still working out details). Note: I have your advising folders at my house.
  • When campus reopens, all appointments will be in the Geology Building room 1119 unless otherwise indicated.
  • We need to be absolutely clear about your graduation plan. All Geology and ENSP-EGR majors are, therefore, instructed to review the10 appropriate curriculum sheet. For most of you, this will be the curriculum sheet that we developed in previous advising sessions. Bring your copy of our curriculum sheet to our meeting for my file.
  • Be mindful of CMNS' degree completion benchmarks:
    • Geology benchmark 1: Two 3-4 credit major courses including CHEM131/132 or CHEM135/136, and three 3 credit GenEd/CORE courses must be completed before 30 credits from declaration of the geology major. If you were officially listed Geology major, or an ENSP-EGR specialization starting in Spring of 2014, I will be auditing your compliance with this benchmark at the end of this semester.
    • Geology benchmark 2: Four 3-4 credit major courses at the 300-400 level, MATH140, and MATH141 must be completed before 60 credits from declaration of the geology major.

    If the requirements of your specific program demand that you deviate from these, we will have to document reasons.