Social Events



Sunday Evening


Icebreaker at the Little America Hotel & Resort

This will be held simultaneously with the opening of the Exhibition Hall.


Monday, September 16, 2019


Cheyenne Depot Museum Dinner

Beer Tasting at the Accomplice Beer Company, a self-pour brewery offering a unique selection of regional craft beers. Tasting will be followed by dinner next door at the Cheyenne Train Depot Museum. Tasting from 6:00 – 6:30 pm and dinner from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. This will also include the AAPG RMS awards ceremony.

Grand Ballroom C, Little America Hotel and Resort

Monday, September 16, 2019 – 11:30 AM—1:00 PM


Talk: Grey Areas: Interactive Application of Business Ethics in the Geoscience Profession

Speaker: Mr. John Jordan, President-Elect for DPA-AAPG

Most large oil companies require their employees to have yearly ethics training which is often broad and dry. Texas State licensees are also required to have one hour of ethics training every year; this talk will fulfill that requirement. Although I do not have a degree in philosophy or jurisprudence, I have been an international explorationist for 35 years and therefore I am aware of many situations where individual or business ethics were tested. I have been giving ethics lectures in the Houston area for several years. Three years ago, I gave a lecture introducing the theory of philosophical ethics and explored the difference between moral compass and ethics and how this relates to business ethics. Two years ago we reviewed this model and then applied it to our industry with LIVE feedback from the audience via polling technology. This year I plan to have a very brief review of the Business Ethics Model, a review of the AAPG ethics/code of conduct and focus heavily on examples where your business ethics are tested. I need to hear from YOU to make this experience more meaningful! Please submit ethics examples you have encountered in your career to me at ([email protected]) to be considered for use in the lecture. Examples will be anonymous, and the situation will be modified, but the issue will be the same as submitted. Using the examples, the audience will provide immediate digital feedback while we discuss Business Ethics focusing on making sound, consistent and ethical decisions. Come and join this entertaining and spirited discussion about the "grey areas" and make sure to bring a phone that is capable of texting. AAPG will provide all participants with an Education certificate.


Grand Ballroom C, Little America Hotel and Resort

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – 11:30 AM—1:00 PM


Talk: Owning the Center of the Earth

Speaker: Tara K. Righetti

Once considered axiomatic principles of mineral law, the dominance of the mineral estate and the rule of capture have been progressively diminished by statutory enactments and changes in the common law. This talk describes the legal developments related to subsurface trespass, pore space damages, mineral owner accommodation, well permitting, and trans boundary hydraulic fracturing. It identifies local standards and law and discusses implications for Rockies region mineral developers.


Teton Room, Little America Hotel and Resort

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – 6:00 PM—7:00 PM


President’s Reception

This event is by invite only and is hosted by AAPG Rocky Mountain Section.

Accomplice Beer Company

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – 6:00 PM


Geologists vs The World Trivia Night

Test your trivia knowledge at Accomplice Beer Company and taste the AAPG RMS 2019 specially brewed beer "Chugwater Red". Put together your own team of 6 trivia gurus or join a team once you arrive, but be ready to prove that Geologists are the smartest people alive.

More information coming soon on other fun and exciting social events.