January 27, 2022

Deadlines for Canceling a Class

The deadline for students to cancel a first-block or full-semester spring class is January 31st.

If students are in a class that's too difficult, or over extended with their schedule,canceling allows them to get a partial tuition refund and not have a course appear on
their transcript.

After the cancellation deadline, students still may withdraw from a course, but it will appear on their transcript with a "W," and they'll owe full tuition.  

Please contact the Registrar's office for more information.  Click here for help.

Departmental Scholarships Applications Available

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences wants to give students some money!! To apply for the scholarships please go the EES office and pick up an application from the front desk or the major's room. 

Only members of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are eligible for the scholarships. We are sorry, but members of the Environmental Sciences Program are not eligible. 

Applications are due by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm.
Applications may be either dropped off at the Front Desk or emailed to Dr. Matyjasik (

Office of Sustainability Poster Contest

Are you working on a class project, or an internship that relates to sustainability? Consider entering a poster to the Intermountain Sustainability Summit’s Student Poster Contest now through Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Posters can be based on the following topics:

  • Sustainability Research (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • Green Design (e.g., architectural, landscape, engineering/technology)
  • Sustainability Education and Community Engagement
  • Sustainability in Action (e.g., program, policy, advocacy successes)
  • Sustainability in Creative Arts and Humanities
  • Green Economy

For more information click here:   

Sustainability Research Awards

Every year the Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) recognizes exceptional Sustainability Research Projects that have been completed by students and faculty alike.  The recognition is accompanied by a cash award. 

For consideration, the application form and any supporting documents must be completed/submitted by April 1.  Questions?  Please contact the review committee chair, Dr. Gavin Roberts,, who serves on the Environmental Initiatives Committee.

For more information click here.

Geoscience and Society Lectures


The popular Geoscience and Society lectures are back! Join us every Friday for an amazing line up of speakers presenting on interesting and important topics. 

Dr. Marek Matyjasik, Chair of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department.  He will be presenting on the subject: "Local and Regional Secrets of Groundwater in Northern Utah".

Please join us on Friday, February 4, from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 
Here's a link to the recording!

***Videos of guest lectures will be posted within a week of each seminar on the website.

For more information please go to:

We would like to thank Dr. Carie Frantz for organizing this seminar series. 

Position Available

Job Opening: Office Assistant for Student Involvement & Leadership Office (SIL)
  • Hourly or Work Study Students
  • Flexible Hours Needed Monday-Friday
  • Position available for current semester- PLUS- available through summer and next year
  • Apply through HR at the following link:
For additional questions, contact Heather (801-626-6824) or Suzy (801-626-6958)

Position Available

Utah Geological Survey-Energy and Minerals Program Open Position:
Geological Technician.  Entry level geologist with up-to-date knowledge and skills.  This position will be responsible to assist with ongoing date and preservation work.  
Responsibilities would include:  Inventory and organize geologic core, and cutting boxes.  Produce geologic samples inventory list and and review for accuracy.  Layout, shelve and repackage geologic core and cutting boxes.  Compile, catalogue, and archive historical natural resource  data and reports.  Assist with geologic research projects as needed.

Positon closes:  Februare 7, 2022,  5pm
Requirements:  A Bachelor's degree in Geologic Science or significant  coursework related to degree.
Additional requirements:  Problem-solving skills, innovative thinking, attention to detail, ability to work independently, strong verbal and written skills, committment to teamwork, experience using MS Word, Excel, ArcGis and other common software, abililty to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Katie Summings (  or Michael Vanden Berg ( 

Fullbright Opportunity

Fulbright Program: 
Creates connections in a complex changing world.

This is a U.S. Government Flagship International Exchange Program, and opportunity for U.S. college graduates/graduate students, and young professionals of all backgrounds.
Click here for more information: and

General Presentation Session GPS:
Date:  March 7, 2022
Time:  1:00-2:00 pm
POC:  Dr. Rebekah Cumpsty

**IIE Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassors will present information about the program's history, eligibility, award types, award benefits, and applications components and tips.

Hygiene Drive

Weber Care Pantry is in need of donations of New Hygiene items:
Here's what's needed:  (January 19th- 31st)
Paper towels, toilet paper, mouthwash, chapstick, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, wipes, diapers,
laundry detergent, dishsoap, dryer sheets,cleaning products, combs/brushes,
razors, shaving cream, tampons/pads

Drop off boxes will be located at:

  • Center for Community Engaged Learning, Shepherd Union Room 324
  • The Stewart Library
  • Student Involvement and Leadership, Shepherd Union Room 326
  • Non-Traditional Student Center, Shepherd Union Room 322
  • Money Management, Shepherd Union 214A


Wyoming Dinosaur Center Summer 2022 Internship Program.  This unique internship allows students an opportunity to dig dinosaur bones in several active dinosaur quarries.  You will be trained on the proper techniques of excavation, mapping, and preparation. You will also be working with the public through many digging programs and giving tours.

12-week, 8-week, and 6-week sessions available with flexible scheduing. Research projects are also available.

Have an interest in Dinosaurs
Be at least 21 years old.
Valid drivers license for minimum of 2 years
Weekly Stipend
Housing Provided

For questionnaires and application, please email:
Submit application by February 28th, 2022
May 16th-September 14th

Spring COVID-19 Information:

Information from WSU about Covid updates for the Upcoming Semester:

Campus Protocols
  • Symptomatic testing and vaccination availability varies. Check the testing and safety and the vaccines pages for times, days and locations. Testing locations are also available at the Utah coronavirus website. 
  • All individuals need to assess themselves for symptoms of illness before coming to campus and to stay home if they are symptomatic. Visit the WSU COVID-19 website for more information.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended while on campus.
    • A limited-supply of additional masks will be available during class. Please be respectful and supportive of your fellow Wildcats.
  • Students needing accommodations should contact Disability Services to discuss your specific situation.
  • For the latest information about campus support service availability, please visit the Keeping Connected website.
Virus Mitigation Protocols
  • Weber State strongly encourages all university faculty and staff to be vaccinated. A COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students, except for concurrent enrollment students and students who qualify for an exemption, for the 2022 spring semester. See the vaccines page for times, days and locations and more information.
  • If you test positive for the coronavirus:
  • If you suspect you have contracted COVID-19 by having symptoms:
    • Immediately go home (unless you are already at home) and self-isolate.
    • Make an appointment to get tested.
    • Complete the self-report form.
    • If not recommended to be tested or if your test is negative, you should follow the guidance provided by your healthcare provider before returning to campus.
  • Engage in good general hygiene practices.
The EES Department also strongly encourages that all students wear masks while in the classroom. 

Connect with Us for Advising

It is the start of a sparkling, brand new semester. This is the perfect time to make sure that you are on track to meet your goals for this year and the future!  Please see us to discuss the different majors, class options, and course schedules. If you haven't talked with us in a while, please find you advisor below and email him or her to get an appointment set up to make sure that you are on the right track for your future graduation.

We want to help save you time, effort & money -- come see us!

All New EES Majors: Dr. Marek Matyjasik
All Graduating Seniors (Fall 2021/Spring 2022): Dr. Marek Matyjasik
Geology: Dr. Adolph Yonkee (Geology co-advisor Dr. Liz Balgord is on sabbatical for the 2021 - 2022 year)
Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik 
Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Dave Matty and Dr. Caitlin Tems
Geospatial Minor or Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez and Dr. Ryan Frazier
Environmental Science Program*: Dr. Carie Frantz and Dr. Chris Hoagstrom (Zoology)

*Note: The Environmental Science Program is multidisciplinary degree in the College of Science, and is not a degree within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

Mineral of the Week - Covellite

Covellite is a beautiful mineral that flashes iridescent blues and purples. This is a favorite mineral among collectors, though it is used on occasion as a lapidary stone, though its low hardness makes it easily damaged. To learn more about covellite, please click here.

Photo of the Week:

 Picture of the week: Frost crystals on a wooden fence post, magnified 10x. Photo submitted by Sara Summers.

Thank You for Sharing This Newsletter With Others

Volcan del Fuego photo submitted by Dr. Marek Matyjasik

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