Centralia College’s most decorated professor, Pat Pringle, will be the featured speaker Monday, Sept. 25, at the Olympic Club’s History Pub Night.
Doors will open at the Old Club Theater at 6 p.m. Pringle will speak at 7 p.m. His lecture is free and open to all ages.
Pringle will be presenting Buried and Submerged Forests of the Pacific Northwest, an engaging and fascinating look into ancient earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions.
Pringle is a Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Centralia College. He retired this year after 12 years of teaching at CC. Before teaching, he was a research geologist for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Geological Survey (1990-2005) and for the US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory (1982-90).
Pringle studies volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows using radiocarbon and tree-ring analysis to establish the history of past geologic events.
He is widely published. His work includes the definitive guidebook to the geology of Mount Rainier National Park, Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity. Pringle’s book details the geologic history of the mountain and all of its associated features, including the lahar patterns, glaciers, lava domes and flows, caves, lakes, and more.
In 2016, he won the Washington State Association of College Trustees Faculty Member Award of the Year Award and The Evergreen State College Teacher Excellence Award. He won Centralia College’s Exceptional Faculty Award in 2009.
The monthly Olympic Club’s History Pub Night lecture series is sponsored by Centralia College and the Timberland Regional Library.