WSU's 143rd Commencement, Friday, April 25, 2014.

April 25, 2014

Welcome to our Newest Major: ​Carmen Longo - Geol. We are excited to have you join our department! 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)

Last Newsletter of the Academic Year: Today's newsletter is the last for the 2013-2104 academic year. We hope you have enjoyed them; please let us know if you have any suggestions for future issues. We will continue to update the department website with any internship, job, and/or research opportunities that come to our attention over the summer. Look for our next newsletter in August, to coincide with the start of Fall Semester 2014.

Geology Field Camp Begins Monday: The department will have 11 geology majors participating in summer field camp this summer (GEO 4510), the largest class is quite some time. We offer our field camp course every 2 years and run the camp in cooperation with the Department of Geology at Utah State University. This year's students should meet Dr. Yonkee at 9 am on Monday, April 28, in SL 320, and  be prepared for a Brunton compass review.  We wish everyone involved in this year's camp safe travels and a rewarding educational experience.

Field camp Students to Attend GSA Meeting: As part of this year's field camp, students and faculty will travel to Bozeman, MT, to participate in this year's Rocky Mountain Section meeting of the Geological Society of America (May 19-21). Geology major Kari Godfrey will present a poster based her stratigraphic research in the Henry Mountains and Kaiparowits basins; Dr. Adolph Yonkee, and colleagues, will present a refined model of the tectonic evolution of the Sevier and Laramide orogenic belts.

Congratulations to This Year's Graduates! The Department graduated 10 students this year, counting the students who will graduate after field camp. They all worked very hard to earn their degrees and we look forward to hearing from them as their careers develop.  Please promise to keep in touch with your alma mater:

Chelsey Combe (AEG), Shalane Crosland (Geology), Chase Dickinson (Geology), Kari Godfrey (Geology), Rhett Howell (Geology), Matt Laird (AEG), Josh Poulsen (AEG). Chad Price (Geology), Joe Schlichter (AEG), and Julie Taylor (Geology).

​Geoscience Students, Alum & Professor to Lead Several Sciences Hikes:  ​

Weber Pathways is a non-profit organization in Weber County, Utah, dedicated to trails and pathways for walkers, runners, hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and other non-motorized trail users. ​This summer season, there will again be several of our own geoscience students and alum organizing and running a few hikes.  The schedule for the summer hikes will come out in this May and can be found at  ​and ​Please feel welcome to email or with your questions and/or to get involved.

Departmental Advising:  ​If you ​didn't come in for advising ​during this last semester, and/or you have some questions regarding your plan for fall classes, you ​can still touch base with your  departmental advisor via email​ over the summer​. The advisors are listed below:

   Geology: Dr. Jeff Eaton

   Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik

   Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Rick Ford

   Geospatial Minor/Geomatics Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez

Website of the Week:   Earthquake Hazards Program;   Once at this site, click on the blue square with "Earthquakes" printed in the center to view a listing of worldwide, 2.5+ earthquakes over the last 24 hours.  (Recommended by Dr. Michael Hernandez)

Photo of the Week: 


December and  August Graduates (left to right): Josh Poulsen; Joe Schlichter; Chelsey Combe; Matt Laird; Julie Taylor; Rhett Howell; Chad Price; Chase Dickinson; Shalane Crosland; and Kari Godfrey.

Have an excellent summer!

Marianne Bischoff

Admin Specialist, 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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