September 1, 2022

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to the Fall Semester!  We are so happy to have you on campus again.

Welcome to our Newest Majors:
Here are our new majors:
Ashley Montgomery-GEO, Tiffany Snider-GIS, Emily Garff-GIS, Jared Anderson-GIS, Idena Muhlestein-GIS, Cassie Simpson-GIS, Brandi Maher-GEO, Alesha Rivera-GEO, Allison Brown-GEO, Ethan Hoo-GEO, Cole Winward-GEO, Joshua Davidson-GEO, Julian Rogers-GEO, Alivia Schilling-GEO, Leila Watts-GEO, Pamela Conriquez-GEO, Isaiah Lopez-Corbett-GEO, Rosemary Yahne-GEO, Madison Goalen-GEO, Selena Nielsen-GEO, Leah Davis-AEG, Ryan Brown-AEG

No Classes on Monday

There will be no classes held on Monday, due to the Labor Day Holiday.

EES Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting for all EES Majors: Please join us Tuesday, September 12, from 1:30-2:30pm.
Come together with other Earth and Environmental Science students, faculty and staff to learn about all the great things happening in our department community. Faculty will discuss undergraduate research opportunities, course offerings, and advising. Geology Club, AEG and SGE student officers will have information about club membership and activities. New majors are especially encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 

Moyle Family Honored by College of Science

Dr. Richard W. Moyle Structural Geology Lab

In recognition of a very generous gift to the EES Student Scholarship Fund, the Structural Geology Laboratory (TY 104) is named in honor of Richard W. Moyle who was a geoscience professor specialized in invertebrate paleontology. Belva, his wife, is a retired school teacher.  Belva Moyle and their son Wayne visited our department for a small celebration and toured Tracy Hall earlier this week. Mrs. Moyle also celebrated this week her 90th birthday. Congratulations Mrs. Moyle and Thank you for your generosity!

Geo Clubs:

Come join our EES clubs!!  We have something for everyone.
We are thrilled that you are part of our Earth and Environmental Sciences family.  Now that you are here, come join the fun.  We have three great clubs:  The Geology Club, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Club, and Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists.  Stay tuned for some fun activities in the future. 

Here's our officers for 2022-2023:
Geology Club:
President: Rory Keefer
Vice President:  Judy Smith
Secretary:  Kara Olsen

SGE (Sigma Gamma Epsilon):
President: Logan Knight
Vice-President: Vacant
Secretary:  Judy Smith

AEG (Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists):
President:  Aybree Huffacker
Vice-President:  Rory Keefer
Secretary:  Logan Knight

EES Majors Room Clean-up

Anyone that uses the EES Majors Room, 
There will be  tiding up and clean-up day
When:  Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Time:  11 am

Promoting Student Success Series:

The Promoting Student Success Series encourages campus-wide converstations about promoting and advancing the culture of student success.  This lecture series has been designed to inform about the development of a vision for the role of WSU educators in promoting student success.

Each academic year, WSU educators hear from nationally renowed speakers regarding student success efforts in various contexts.  Our goal is to identify strategies to better coordinate WSU efforts around student success and better define the roles of educators in promoting student success.

Student Session- 
September 14, 2022
12;30-1:30 pm- Student Union Ballrooms

Presenter:  Darryl Ballamy, International Speaker, Author, Husband and Father, owner of  "Fearless Inside"  which has inspired thousands of students to act beyond their worries, fears, and anxiety.
For more information on this presenter please click here:  

Advisement from Dr. Brian Pilcher

This Edition’s Success Tip:
"Few students were taught how to study—even after 12 years of schooling! Effective study begins with a solid routine, and the basis of that is repetitive review with strategic timing. Actively engage in class and take notes; then, review those notes within 3 to 24 hours, get clarification where needed, and review those notes several times along the way so you aren’t cramming for an exam. By reviewing and getting clarification within 24 hours, you’ll better understand the next lecture and remember it much better. By reviewing it more times, you’ll develop long-term memory and do better on exams. Of course, there’s a lot of refinement we could work out together in an appointment to arrive at a routine that fits you and your schedule.
For more support: email Brian Pilcher, zoology instructor and learning strategist. Even better: schedule an appointment (no need for an email). I hope to see you soon! Just do it! Like, now".

Registration fo the 2022 Basin and Range Earthquake Summit (BRES)

We are pleased to announce registration to the 2022 Basin and Range Earthquake Summit (BRES) in Salt Lake City, Utah, is open.  The BRES '22 will be held Monday, October 17, 2022 to Thursday,October 20, 2022, at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Building, (1594 West North Temple, SLC).  This will be a hybrid in-person and remote meeting.

The purpose of the BRES is to bring together stateholders in the earthquake science, policy, and emergency management communtites to present and discuss the latest seismic-hazard research in the Basin and Range Province, evaluate the implication of that research for earthquake-hazard reduction and public policy, and to make progress to further reduce risk from earthquakes in the Basin and Range Province.  The Seismic Hazard Summits held in 1997, 2005 and 2015.

Click here to sign up and for more information.

Mt Ogden Hike

Join the 100 Year Mt. Ogden Hike Anniversary celebration.
Click below for more information and the join the fun.

Campus Shuttle

The OGX Campus Shuttle began on-campus operations on Monday, August 29. Individuals can ride the shuttle for free (even without a free UTA Ed Pass). Parking is free in the Dee Events Center parking lot. More information on the Ogden Campus shuttle and our shuttle services between the Ogden and Davis campuses can be found on our shuttle website

Stressed out?  Overwhelmed?

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed?  If so, go to the Counseling website and check ou the TAO program.  TAO offers online help with stress, anxiety and depression.   Click here for more information.
If you need more immediate help, call these 24 hour Crisis Lines:  

  • Crisis Text Line: 741741
  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 - Connects you 24/7/360 with local help based on the area code of your phone.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Online Chat)
  • SAFE UT: 1-800-273-8255 | App (Google Play | Apple Store)
    Licensed mental health counselors are waiting - only a phone call or text away.
  • Suicide Stop - An International Help Center of suicide hotlines and crisis chats for every country.

Updates to WSU COVID

As we gear up to start the fall semester, COVID is still present in our community. Follow CDC guidance and continue to stay home (and encourage your students to stay home) when sick. While we do not yet know of any monkeypox cases on our campuses, there are vaccines available in our community now. Please consult CDC guidance on symptoms and guidance related to monkeypox. Information on vaccine availability can be found on the Davis and Weber-Morgan Health Department websites.

We will also host our faculty and staff flu shot clinic this year on September 22 and 23. This will be a drive-through event at the Dee Events Center. Keep an eye on the Announcements for additional information.

Connect with Us for Advising

Welcome to the new 2022-2023 academic year!  Prepare for this year by meeting with your advisor! Come meet with us to make sure that you are on track to meet your goals for this year and the future!  We can also 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:  Dr. Marek Matyjasik
Geology: Dr. Adolph Yonkee and Dr. Elizabeth Balgord
Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik 
Earth Science Teaching:  Dr. Caitlin Tems
Geospatial Minor or Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez and Dr. Ryan Frazier
Environmental Science Program*: Dr. Carie Frantz (she is on sabbatical for Fall 2022), 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 -Meteorite

This week, in honor of the meteorite that fell in Utah in August, we are featuring meteorites. A meteorite is a naturally occurring piece of rock from space that falls through Earth's atmosphere and lands on the surface. There are several different types of meteorites, but the large majority of them are believed to originate from the asteroid belt. The meteorite that fell on Aug 6 is believed to be an ordinary chondrite. To learn more about meteorites, please click here

Photo of the Week:

The picture of the week:  Sunset over Desert Valley, Nevada. Image submitted by Sara Summers

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