• 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 competitive 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

We are excited to welcome you back to campus on October 14 & 15 for 2022 Homecoming Weekend. Please join us on Friday, October 14:

  • Advisory Council meeting, 8:00 am-noon at MGRRE
  • Lunch (RSVP required), noon at MGRRE
  • Distinguished alumni presentation, 2-3 pm in Rood 1118
  • Alumni and Friends Gathering, 7-10 pm at Revel & Roll West
    Bowling, light refreshments, and cash bar.
    Families welcome.
    Fundraising to support the Dr. Richard Passero Endowment and to send our students back to the field! 


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