October 11, 2013

Welcome to our Newest Majors: ​

​Raquel Robello  - ​AEG, and  ​Kathryn Child -AEG.​W​e are excited to have you join our program! Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can best support you with your goals. (Geol = Geology major, AEG = Applied Environmental Geosciences major, EST = Earth Science Teaching major)

Student Representatives Needed: As part of the design process for the new College of Science building, we are forming a number of small committees or working groups to provide critical input to the architects. Several of these groups will have student representation, and it would great if there were Geoscience students involved. Please consider volunteering to be a member of one of the following subcommittees: Majors Rooms & Study Spaces; Classrooms; or Teaching Labs (think SL 328). Participation in one of these groups would be a meaningful service activity that could be listed on a resume. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Ford ASAP!

Immediate Need for GEO 1030 Tutor:  Are you getting a B+ or higher in GEO 1030?  

 ​Have you recently take​n​ GEO 1030​ (Earthquakes & Volcanoes) ​ and ​earned a B+ or higher?  If so, ​there is a student taking GEO 1030​ this semester​ who is looking for a tutor​ who can begin right away​.  The pay is $9 per hour and is through the  TRIO Program​ in ​Student Support Services.  If you are interested, please contact TRIO at 801-626-7009 or stop by their office located in the

​S​tudent ​S​ervices building, Room 265 (across from Career Services).  You will need to fill out an application and attach a copy of your unofficial transcript (or current grade printout) to confirm your grade in the class.  Let them know you are coming in as the ​"​GEO 1030 tutor they are looking for ​"​ so they can connect you with the student who needs tutoring as soon as possible.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Completion of Discovery Trail:  Weber State's new Discovery Trail is being completed and we need your help to smooth it out and put on the finishing touches.  It will be a fun day filled with shovels, friends, and helping with the newest addition to the Weber State campus! Come for an hour or the whole day, whatever you can spare - anything would be greatly appreciated.  We will be meeting at the Parcourse Trail Head on Skyline Drive above Weber State at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 19th.  Shovels and other tools will be provided by the city, so just show up when you can and we'll put you to work. Donuts and refreshments will be provided (but make sure to bring some extra water!)    If you are not free on October 19th, but would be willing to help on another day, please call 303-319-0695.

Departmental Advising: As the schedule of classes for Spring 2014 will soon be available, you might consider touching base with your departmental advisor to discuss your course selections and overall degree progress. The advisors are listed below:

   Geology: Dr. Jim Wilson or Dr. Adolph Yonkee

   Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik

   Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Rick Ford

   Geospatial Minor/Geomatics Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez

We want to help you during the registration process -- so come see us!

Graduating Seniors: If you are planning to graduate at the end of Spring Semester, or after field camp (May 2014), please make an appointment with Dr. Rick Ford (Dept. Chair) to "sign off" on your CatTracks and complete the Department's exit interview. Please try to see Dr. Ford before classes begin on January 6, 2014.

Geosciences Advisory Council (GAC): A group of Geoscience alumni, and friends of the Department, have recently organized to advise us about geoscience workforce trends, job and internship opportunities, and alumni relations. The GAC held an organizational meeting on September 30 and the members are: Deidre Lombardi Beck; Jessica Castleton; Alison Corey; John Diamond; Cindy Gothberg; Chris Howell; Josh Jones; Jeff Kolmel; Mike Lowe; Stephen McKay; Miranda Menzies; Matt Patterson; Lance Stephens; Sue Thiros; and Cameron Thompson. We look forward to hearing about this group's plans and activities going forward.

Undergraduate Research: The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is offering a mandatory workshop on preparing a successful research proposal. All students planning to submit a grant proposal to OUR must attend an upcoming workshop (Oct 30 or Nov 7) before the proposal can be submitted. More information on the workshop times and locations can be found here.

Send Us Your Photos: We want to feature one of your photos as the Photo of the Week in a future newsletter!  We would especially love photos from activities or events that have happened during this fall semester, or even this last summer - with your fellow classmates and/or majors in them.  You can stop by the department office, and Marianne can quickly download them off your device, or email them  (we've seen up to about 8 fit on a single email).  Thanks!

Photos of  The Week:

Kevin Rafferty and Kari Godrey on Tarantula Mesa in Garfield County, Dr. Eaton's summer work site.  Photo credit; Charles Irvine.

Have a great weekend!

Marianne Bischoff

Admin Spclst,   x 7139

Dr. Jeff Eaton

x 6225

Dr. Rick Ford, 
Chair,  x 6942

Dr. Michael Hernandez

x 8186

Dr. Marek Matyjasik

x 7726

Dr. Jim Wilson

x 6208

Dr. Adolph Yonkee

x 7419

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