September 9, 2022

Welcome Back to Week 2 of the Fall Semester!

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

Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates who graduated on August 19, 2022, from the Earth & Environmental Sciences:
Roxolana Athalye- Geology, BS
Stormie Elmer-Geology, BS
Austin Jensen-CP Geospatial Analysis

EES Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting for all EES Majors: Please join us Tuesday, September 12, from 1:30-2:30pm, Room TY102.
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!

Opportunity For Students Interested in Grad School

Here is an opportunity for students to preview graduate school  "Fall Preview",
at the Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan.
On Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022.  This event is geared to students who will enhance and or/promote diversity and inclusion in "our" program and more broadly in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

There is still time to apply for the extended deadline:  Monday, September 12, 2022.  
Click here for more information.

Lab Manager Position available

Position available working for:
Universal Engineering Sciences:
Lab Manager Position.
It can be an intern position or a long term position
Please reach out to Trae Boman for more information.

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

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

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:  

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.

Mt Ogden Hike

Join the 100 Year Mt. Ogden Hike Anniversary celebration.
September 24, 2022, 8:00 am.
Click below for more information and the join the fun.

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.


HACU National Internship Program Information Session

Career Services is hosting an information session for Hispanic/Latino students to learn about remote and onsite internship opportunities in the federal government and corporate sector.  WSU's Hispanic Senator, Rachel Asencio, will be there to meet students and provide snacks.  All students are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 21, 2-3 PM 
Career Services, Student Services Center, Room 230

Please see the attached digital flier, and share with your students.

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 -Dioptase

Dioptase is a deep green mineral, known for its well formed crystals. This is a prized mineral for many collectors. To learn more about Dioptase, please click here.


Photo of the Week:

A glacier carved valley near Bald Mountain in the high Uintas. Picture by Kristi Rasmussen.

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