• Department of Geosciences alum gather in Reno at Hidden Valley Country Club.

    In May 2017, geosciences alum Dr. Roger Steininger ('64) and his wife LuAnne hosted a WMU alumni social gathering in Reno at Hidden Valley Country Club.

  • A large crowd gathers to celebrate the department's anniversary.

    Proud alumni from all across the United States traveled back to Kalamazoo to help celebrate the department's fiftieth anniversary.

  • Museum founder and a former student stand next to a coelacanth exhibit

    Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz and former student, Dr. Julie Stein, stand with the coelacanth exhibit they prepared for the museum together in the 1970s. Dr. Stein is now the executive director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle.

  • A group photo featuring several alumni members

    Jerry Aiken, Roger Steininger, Marilyn Schmaltz, Lloyd Schmaltz, Caroline Bohlander, John Yellich and Tom Kamin take advantage of this rare photo opportunity while attending the department's Fiftieth Anniversary Gala.

Congratulations to Western Michigan University alumni and best wishes from the entire faculty and staff in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Our alumni are the leading proof of the quality education we offer through our degree programs. As you venture forth into your chosen field, please remember to check back in with us and let us know how you are, where you are and what you're up to. We love to hear from our alumni and proudly showcase recent graduates on our website (Alumni Spotlight and Alumni Achievement Award Recipients) and in the annual newsletter. To this end, please take a few minutes to fill out the alumni information update form.

Alumni Events - Fall homecoming

Please check back later for the Fall 2024 date of Homecoming Weekend. Our general schedule is:

  • Advisory Council meeting, 8:00 am-noon, MGRRE
  • Lunch (RSVP required), noon, MGRRE
  • Distinguished Alumni presentation, 3:00-4:00 pm, 1118 Rood Hall
  • Alumni and Friends Gathering, 7:00-10:00 pm
    Light refreshments and cash bar
    Families welcome
    Fundraising to support department initiatives 


ALUMNI EVENTS - spring geoboree

We also welcome alumni to join us for our annual Spring Geoboree, April 12, 2024

  • Advisory Council meeting, 8:00 am-noon, MGRRE
  • Lunch (RSVP required), noon, MGRRE
  • Student research poster sessions, 1:30-3:30 pm, Rood Hall
  • Career fair, 1:30-3:30 pm, Rood Hall (please contact Tom Howe if your company is interested in participating)
  • Student Award Ceremony, 4:00-5:00 pm, Rood Hall
  • Dinner in the Dinosaur Park


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