April 22, 2022

Happy Earth Day!

The First Earth Day began in 1970 as an environmental movement.

Today we are celebrating our 52nd Earth Day.  
To learn more about this special day click here.  

See how Weber State celebrates Earth day.  Click here.

The Ogden Nature Center has a full schedule for Saturday, April 23, 11 am to 4 pm 
Check it out.  Its's $4 admissions for all ages/ Free for 2 and under.  Lots of fun activities for all age groups.

EES Spring Picnic and Awards

We are happy to annouce our
Spring Picnic and Awards event!
Lunch will be provided.  (Vegan options will be available.)  Department awards will be announced.

Location:  Mt Ogden Pavilion
Date:  Saturday, April 23, 2022
Time:  Noon to 2 pm
Please RSVP to:  Your name and number that will be participating to, or 801-626-7139 as we will need to know how many people to plan for.  Please show up even if  you do not RSVP. 
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER WE WILL MOVE OUR GROUP TO TRACY HALL ATTRIUM OR ROOM 102.  We will post a notice at the pavilion if we move.  

College of Science Commencement Ceremony

Spring 2022 Commencement will be held at 8 am, April 29th, at the Dee Event Center. Each graduate attending the ceremony will receive a pewter medallion with the presidential seal in honor of their achievement.

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient:  Fred Lampropoulos, CEO of Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

College of Science Convocation:
10-11:30 am, April 29.  Val A. Browning Center, Austad Auditorium
Graduating students need to arrive at 9:45 am.

Graduate Luncheon

11 am to 2 pm, April 29
Shepherd Union Building Atrium

Each graduate received three complimentary tickets to the luncheon (one for the graduate, two for the guests) at Grad Finale, which was held April 12.  If you were unable to pick up your complimentary tickets during these dates, you may get them at the Union Building Information Desk from April 13-26.  Additional lunch tickets may be purchased for $11 each.  You must show your lunch ticket in order to be admitted to the luncheon.

This will be our last Newsletter until Fall

We wish you a happy summer semester.  Whether you are going to school during the summer or you take a break.  Here's some great ideas for the summer:

Summer Break Ideas for College Students (from the article "50 ways for College Students to Maximize Summer Break")
  • Learn a new skill to add to your resume. Expand your skill set beyond your major.
  • Indulge in hobbies or try a new one. ...
  • Get an internship. ...
  • Create an internship. ...
  • Work a summer job. ...
  • Volunteer for a great cause. ...
  • Study abroad. ...
  • Plan a budget for the upcoming school year.
For more information click here:

Final Exams next week

Next week is finals and in a way to make set you up for success, here's some tips to help you on your way.
6 Tips to Help You Prepare for Final Exams:
  1. Start preparing for final exams right away. ...
  2. Don't just study hard, study smart. ...
  3. Meet with your professors or tutors if you have questions. ...
  4. Find a good place to focus on your school work. ...
  5. Don't rely on all-night study sessions right before the test.
Click here for more information to help with prepping for final exams.
Here are some tips to help you stay calm during exams.
  1. Prepare for your exams well in advance. ...
  2. Put the exam in perspective. ...
  3. Get a good night's sleep beforehand. ...
  4. Eat sensibly before the exam. ...
  5. Stop studying about an hour before the exam. ...
  6. Know the time and place of the exam. ...
  7. Develop positive self-talk.
More items...

Position Available

Job Title:  Water Quality Technicians
Recruitment #31778
Hiring Official:  Benjamin Brown
Location :  195 N. 1950 W Salt Lake City, Utah
Salary:  $15.00-$17.00 hourly
Open date:  April 12, 2022
Close date:  April 26, 2022

To be considered for thsi position, please apply online
at and search for the job posting by with job title or agency.

Please forward this email to anyone you feel might be a good fit.

GEO 4890

We are offering GEO 4890 (Cooperative Work Experience), to be taught by Dr. Rick Ford for both the Summer and Fall Semesters.  This is a continuation of GEO 2890.  It is open to all students.  We have both a 1 and 2 credit class.  Please email for more information.

Summer Student Internship Opportunity

Utah Geological Survey Hazards program is offering volunteer internships for Weber students summer or fall semesters for 1 or 2 credit hours.

If interested email or Dr. Ford at and indicate which semester you want to volunteer.

Internships are performed remotely from the comfort of your computer and are good introductions to geotechnical geologist jobs.

Weber Cares Needs Supplies

Has need of Hygiene items, fresh foods, and shelf items
For more information click this link or contact or  801-626-7737 for more information.  

In Support of Ogden Refugees

Support Ogden refugees with school supplies, household and personal hygiene items.  

Drop-off donations until April 28:
Center for Multi-cultural Excellence (SC 150)
WSU Housing and Residential Life (University Village Community Education Center).
See what items are needed.

Volunteers are needed to help box items April 28 from 2-4:30 pm in SC 155.  Refreshments will be provided.

COVID Changes to Testing on Campus

The Department of Public Safety has a limited number of take-home testing kits available to members of the campus community who are symptomatic or who have been identified through contract tracing as having high exposure.  Test kits can be picked up from the Public Safety building Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm until supplies run out.

It is imperative you take your temperature and self monitor prior to coming to campus for classes. If you have a fever or other COVID-19 symptons, stay home.

Geo Clubs:

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 2021-2022:
Geology Club:
President: Rory Keefer
Vice President:  Judy Smith
Secretary:  Kara Olsen
Treasurer:  Cole Stern

SGE (Sigma Gamma Epsilon):
President:  Nicholas Bentley
Vice-President: Riggs Murdock
Secretary:  Judy Smith
Treasurer: Aybree Huffaker

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

Connect with Us for Advising

The end of the school year is coming quickly! Prepare for next year by meeting with your advisor! Come and meet with us 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 (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 -Wulfenite

Wulfenite is a brightly colored mineral that tends to form square, tabular minerals. Wulfenite is often found in bright shades of yellow, red, and orange. This mineral is a favorite among mineral collectors. To learn more about this mineral, please click here.

Photo of the Week:

The picture of the week:  A tree against a sandstone cliff in the San Rafael Swell.  Image by Sara Summers.

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