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jane-williamson-sqJane has attended prior ARCO Alumni reunions and while she is now living in Montana, she is often traveling and she would like to reconnect with Jeff Harris, Mark Weber, Jean Weingarten, and Jerry and Al Schueller.

Jane Williamson retired from State of Alaska DNR, Department of Oil and Gas in September 2012 and moved to Montana as her first grandchild Sonia was arriving. She has been spending late spring through early fall in the Flathead Lake Polson area and fall to early winter in Bozeman.

She also travelled to Adelaide, Australia for 3 months to visit her oldest son Nathan, his wife Julie, and their children Sonia (3 years old) and Raleigh (1 year old). Nathan is pursuing a PhD in Materials Engineering at University South Australia after completing his BS and MS in Chemical Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman. Jane’s youngest son Lige is in New York City pursuing his passion in music, singing and playing his own compositions on guitar, particularly slide resonator.

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After thirty-two years at ARCO, retirement gave Patrick Shannon the freedom to pursue the writing career that had been put on hold during his working life. That new chapter has resulted in four published books.

patrick sHis first, Viva Cisco, is a trilogy of humorous tales for Middle Readers, and it received a Mom's Choice award. His second book, Letters From Wheatfield, describes the eccentricities of life in a tiny Montana town - much like the one in which he now resides - and it won a Readers' Favorite medal and an award from Reader Views. Continuing in the Humor Genre, Viva Laughter also won a medal and an award in the same international competitions. His latest book is a change of pace - a historical novella about the first French settlement in Louisiana. In addition, his book, Tame the Wild Land, just won the Tyler Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction Book of the Year in the 2015 Reader Views competition.

Pat, who began with the Richfield Oil Corporation in 1953, is now 83 years of age and enjoying life in Conrad, Montana. He invites any of his old friends who are still around to email him at 

headerarmentroutMark Armentrout passed away on Tuesday, April 14. His memorial service will be on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00pm at the Heard Museum in McKinney, Texas.

ARCO alumni has lost another individual who was devoted at work, home and in the community.

Mark was President and CEO of Texas Technology Partners, with 30 years experience in electricity, information technology,oil and gas, renewables and banking.

Mark spent 24 years with Atlantic Richfield Company. In his last position with ARCO, Mark managed information technology services for exploration and production, responsible for staffs in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Read Mark's obituary here.

contek logo originalContek is committed to providing the most up-to-date and technologically advanced training tools such as their BullEx Bullseye system used to enhance fire safety training. This system not only allows all students to receive the proper hands-on fire training, but it also allows them to conduct this training in any location, any time of year, with fast set-up and zero mess on the location.
Contek is currently scheduling the following classes which can be presented at the company location or at their Plano training facility:

- PEC Safeland/SafeGulf Basic
- PEC Safeland Core
- PEC Intro To Pipeline
- H2S
- Fire Awareness With Hands On Usage
- Medic First Aid, CPR, AED
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- OSHA 10
- OSHA 30
- PSM Full Day Seminar

oilandgas newsOther courses that are coming shortly include:
- Confined Space - Entrant, Attendant, Supervisor
- Trenching Competent Person
- Many Basic Awareness Courses

Contek also offers monthly management services for these specific requirements and for your safety program as a whole. Contek stays current on regulatory requirements and industry trends and constantly renews and revises the training materials so the training content is always current. Contek can also develop, customize and tailor training programs and materials for companies. Jim Johnstone or Mike Spangler can be contacted for inquiries and you can visit the Contek website here.