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Meteorology Club members attend National Severe Weather Workshop

Members of the WKU Meteorology Club attended the 2010 National Severe Weather Workshop March 4-6 in Norman, Okla.

This annual workshop is geared toward weather information sharing, with emergency managers, weather enthusiasts, teachers, students, professional meteorologists, broadcasters and vendors of weather data and information all gathering together to present and discuss ideas.

Those attending the workshop included meteorology majors Kyle Berry of Mount Washington; Lee Campbell of Paducah; Dustin Jordan of Seymour, Tenn.; Kyle Mattingly of Owensboro; Sarah McCann of Danville; Kristin Southers of Nicholasville; Evan Webb of Buffalo; Meteorology Club President Jane Marie Wix of Brandenburg; and geography majors Jason Walker of Springfield, Tenn., and Quentin Walker of Dixon.

The WKU meteorology students were engaged in discussions and workshops with some of the leading researchers in their field, and were also able to network with potential employers. Students also had the chance to visit the campus of the University of Oklahoma and the National Weather Center.

All students attended a one-on-one breakfast with National Weather Association representatives, who talked to the students about how to set themselves apart in the field, stressing the importance of getting involved outside of the classroom.

All the students had a wonderful time attending talks, visiting various places and talking with professionals in various meteorological fields, including research, government and media, over the three-day period.

Wix noted that “everyone at the conference was impressed with how well WKU was represented.”

Geography and Geology Department Head Dr. David Keeling said: “We are proud of how well our meteorology students represent the department, Ogden College and WKU at these types of events. The meteorology program will graduate its first cohort of majors this May, and the faculty are excited about the future of these engaged and motivated students. The faculty are indebted to Jane Marie Wix for organizing this workshop trip and for serving as club president and advocate for the meteorology students.”

Contact:  Gregory Goodrich, (270) 745-5986.

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