January 7, 2022

Happy New Year, 2022!!

Coming up next week, January 10th, is the beginning of the Spring Semester. 
This is a good time to meet with your academic advisors, or faculty advisors.

Please see the bottom of this newsletter to see who your advisor is.

Important Upcoming Dates

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

  • Jan. 8: Saturday hours (Saturday hours before the spring semester).
  • Jan. 10: First day of spring semester
  • Jan. 13: Promoting Student Success Series featuring Tia Brown McNair
  • Jan 17: Marin Luther King Day.  There will be no classes that day.

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. 

Please join us on Friday, Jan. 14 from 12:30 - 1:20 pm for our very own Dr. Carie Frantz, as she presents 'Water: Future of the Intermountain West'.  

Location: Tracy Hall Science Center Room 217

For more information please go to:

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

Non-Traditional Child-Care


Do you need child care for the upcoming semester? The WSU Ogden Non-Traditional Center is open to students, faculty and staff for spring 2022.

Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WSU students can use the center as long as enrolled in classes for part of the time from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Child care is open to ages 2-9 years old.

$3.50 per hour, per child.

We are also open Saturday, Jan. 8!

We are proud to be open the Saturday before the semester begins to help students who may not be able to get to campus during the week have an opportunity to get all the things done that they need to get done at the beginning of school.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 8
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free parking!

Check back for a list of services and programs available that day.

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. 


Applications are now available for the Hulet Round River Scholarship.  The scholarship provides support for a WSU student to participate in one of Round River Conservation Studies' summer or semester-long courses.  Participants earn 9 academic credits for summer programs and 15 academic credits for semester-long programs.

More information about Round River and courses available at:

Qualified applicants who are not awarded the Hulet Scholarship may still qualify for scholarship directly from Round River.

Applications are available from Megan Nelson  Questions about the program should be directed to John Mull in the Department of Zoology.

Application deadline is Friday, January 7th, by 5:00 p.m.

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 - Opal

Opal is best known for its bright, flashy colors, but not all opals are as flashy as precious opal is. Opal is also technically not a mineral, but a mineraloid. Opal does not have a crystal structure, but is composed of stacked spheres of silica. To learn more about this mineraloid, please click here.

Photo of the Week:

Ice on the Salmon River, Idaho. Photo by Sara Summers.

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Have a great weekend!

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences faculty & staff

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