September 16, 2022

EES Town Hall Meeting

We just held our EES Town Hall on Monday.
Students were able to meet all of the Faculty and Staff from our Earth and Environmental Science department.
The Club officers, from our three clubs, got up and introduced themselves.(See "Meet our Club Members" in this newsletter).
From them we learned about all the fun activities that they have planned for this upcoming year. (See "Upcoming Club Events" in this newsletter). Come join the fun!!
Updated since Monday:  Our students will be taking a trip to Kennecott Mine.  Tentative plans are 22 October.  Watch our newsletter for more information and how to sign up.

Geo Clubs:

Upcoming Club Events


Departmental T-Shirt Design Contest

Fall 2022 Lecture Series

Fall 2022 COS Lecture Series:
"Jobs You Didn't Know You Wanted"
and pizza.

When:  Fridays
Dates:  September 23rd, October 28th & November 11th
Times:  12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Where:  TY234

Green Badge Program

The Green Badge program incentivizes students, faculty, and staff to make their lives more sustainable and increase their knowledge of 8 different aspects of sustainability by earning monthly badges. Each month focuses on a different aspect of sustainability and participants earn badges by completing actions related to that theme. Available actions include a variety of options such as attending virtual and in-person events, reading/watching educational material, making changes at home, volunteering, and more.  Learn how to start earning badges today by clicking here.

WSU Food Drive

CCEL Weber Cares Pantry Food Drive is teaming up with Student Services. If you have questions contact Jordan Wheeler at
Location:  Stewart Library, 2nd floor right by the info desk.


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.  The Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines are available.  They are available for anyone over the age of 6 months.  Call 801-399-7250 to make an appointment.

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 -Pyrite

Pyrite is a pale yellow mineral that has fooled many into thinking they have struck it rich. Pyrite is a common mineral and can be found all around the world in many different environments. Pyrite is a favorite among collectors for its lovely color and amazing geometric forms. To learn more about this mineral, please click here. 

Photo of the Week:

EES alumni at a recent UGS trench review, Taylorsville fault in the Salt Lake Valley. Left to right: Morgan Stewart (GSH Geotechnical); Liz Williams (Utah Geological Survey); Rick Ford (Professor Emeritus): Austin Jensen (Utah Geological Survey); Kristi Rasmussen (Utah Geological Survey). Image Courtesy of Dr. Rick Ford. 

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