End-of-Year Officer Meeting

April 29, 2019

We voted on a new constitution. The changes were:

– How to amend the constitution

– Changing our year-end funds to contribute to an AMS scholarship fund

– Presidential election requirements

– Appointments to new positions

– Special circumstances for meetings 

– Advisor changing process

– Removing the clause to read the constitution when amendments are made

– Unanimous votes needed during advisor or constitution changes

– Parliamentary authority


Finalized election results:

Treasurer: Max Ungar won 17-7

Junior Representative: Amanda Novak won 9 – 4

Sophomore Representative: Katie Gant won 3 – 1 – 1 – 1

All other positions were uncontested. 

The remainder of the funds from 2018-2019 will be used on outreach. 9 in favor, 3 abstained. The bank account will be handed from current treasurer Aspen Endriss to Max Ungar and Tyler Stanfield. Elizabeth Leslie will give us an exact quote on the funds she needs to upgrade the weather friends’ costumes. We are waiting on the Student Government Association to reimburse us from last week’s meeting. Currently we have about $60 in the money bag and $187.59 in the bank account. 

Looking ahead toward next year, our officer meetings will stay on Tuesdays.  Nash Rhodes will post a May-the-fourth message and election results on social media within the next couple of weeks. Emily McCutchan will work with Tyler Stanfield, Tyler Pardun, and the soon-to-be-appointed webmaster on upgrading the website over the summer. The position of Webmaster/Historian will hopefully be filled by the end of the semester. 

Parting thoughts for next fall:

– T-Shirts will need to be reordered or redesigned

– AMS Poster Theme. Hopefully a skeleton will be put together for the fall meeting

– Advisor: Dr. Kloesel is a very busy individual, so we are looking into recruiting a new faculty sponsor who is capable of better supporting our organization. 

– Contact list: we have compiled a contact list to be sent to the Dean’s office and School of Meteorology to facilitate more direct communication.

It’s been a good semester on the board, have a great summer!

April General Meeting

April 23, 2019

We opened the meeting with Fuzzy’s Tacos and speeches by the officer candidates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Once the speeches were done, our guest speaker, Dr. Ben Schenkel, presented on his research in tornadoes inside of tropical systems, as well as some open questions in the area of tropical meteorology such as “Why do we see multiple tropical cyclones in a basin at once?” He then described the tornadoes observed with Hurricane Harvey (2017), the difficulties of differentiating between tropical storm wind and tornado damage, and the confusion surrounding tropical cyclone tornado warnings. (e.g. If the lower floors of your house are flooded, where should you go if a tornado is coming?)

In the main body of his talk, Dr. Schenkel discussed his work in the location of tornadoes in tropical cyclones and their frequency. Tornadoes are most common in tropical cyclones with strong environmental shear and tend to appear on the Eastern and downshear sides of the tropical cyclone. 

At the conclusion of Dr. Schenkel’s talk, we held elections, and the officer team was determined to be:

President: Tyler Stanfield (uncontested)

Vice President: Emily McCutchan (uncontested)

Secretary: Jenna Warner (uncontested)

Treasurer: Max Ungar (v. Aspen Endriss)

Publicist: Tyler Pardun (uncontested)

Senior Representative: Connor Pearson (uncontested)

Junior Representative: Amanda Novak (vs. Connor Bruce)

Sophomore Representative: Katie Gant (vs. Bruce Pollock, Danya Meadows, Mikayla Smith)

The 2 freshman representatives, graduate representative, and webmaster/historian will be decided in August.

Thank you all for the great school year, and we will see you in the fall!

April Officers’ Meeting

April 2, 2019

Big Event is next Saturday, we have 22 people have signed up with the group. If we have extra people who want to come, they are allowed help but will not get a t-shirt or food. Jordan will be told tonight where the group is going.

On Friday, April 12 (the day before Big Event) is the AGS Experience, a student organization fair to allow admitted but undecided students to interact with various groups related to the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. We will be there running a table from 10:35 to 11:20 am. Elizabeth will be there representing the Weather Friends in costume, and Jordan and possibly Tyler and Connor will be present to answer questions. We may set up our AMS flag and poster as well as have merchandise for sale.

Our next meeting will be on April 24th at 7 pm. We originally invited Dr. Cameron Homeyer to present on his research, but he was unavailable, so Dr. Ben Shenkel of CIMMS will be presenting. We will be providing Fuzzy’s tacos, and hope to have a flyer ready to post on the NWC television screens as well as social media soon. Elections for board members will also be held at this meeting.

Our social event this month will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30 pm in the astronomy building on main campus where we will be collaborating with the astronomy club to have a star party, weather permitting.

We also reviewed the election process, which is as follows. Only dues paying members are permitted to vote.  The president must be nominated and on the current board. We are looking into running an online poll to make voting more secure. Members of each respective graduating class will vote for their representative based on graduating class (e.g. students currently in the introduction to meteorology sequence will vote for junior representative, students who plan to enter into the introduction to meteorology sequence in the fall will vote for sophomore representative). Freshman and graduate representatives will be decided in the August meeting of the next academic year. President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer nominees should be active members on the board. Speeches are required to be given by all nominees, and nominees cannot handle the ballots. Senior board members Jordan and Sam will be counting the votes. If you are interested in running for a position, respond to messages sent out by Jordan or do your nominations at the meeting. Email is preferred. When Dr. Schenkel begins speaking at the April meeting, nominations will be closed. Nash will announce this.

All board members will sign an updated version of our constitution to officially make the changes. Specifically, we will designate that all leftover funds from the academic year be used toward updating weather friends’ costumes and cards and/or creating an additional scholarship fund to be used to travel to professional conferences.

We will have a transitional officer meeting on Tuesday, April 30th at 6 pm including both new and old board members. We will also have an ice cream social/movie night during dead week.

February Officer’s Meeting

5 February 2019

Dr. Reed Timmer is officially set for next Tuesday’s general meeting. He’ll be driving down from Wichita that afternoon to come to Norman. As long as we tag him on socials he will retweet/share. We have $500 per money order from OU SGA, which if we don’t spend all on pizza will be put back into our account. $999.54 cents in the bank currently, $380 in the cash bag (made about $300 at Groundhog Day excluding cash). We should get enough drinks to carry us through the semester with the remainder of the money we don’t spend on pizza. The Sooner Legends bill is $800 roughly, meaning we’ll basically break even/ be slightly under since we didn’t meet our body count quota. We’ll make money when we take in dues this semester/what we charge for the Reed Timmer meeting. Everything from here on out will be shear profit for us. We are sticking with $7 for single person admission for this one meeting to go to the meeting and eat the pizza/drink soda.You have to pay to go to the meeting regardless of if you eat or not. It will be $15 for the semester. For 2 slices for about 70 people about 20 pizzas and 3 slices 29 pizzas, for 2 slices for 100 people about 27 pizzas and 3 slices 40 pizzas. Salad is also added to the food list for those with gluten or dairy allergies. We’ll be ordering 5 cheese, 5 pepperoni, 5 sausage, 5 veggie (no meat supreme) pizzas will be ordered. Tyler and Aspen will be going to Sam’s Club to buy a large salad and soda packs. Nash will record the meeting and putting it on SCAN youtube. We will have two entryways to 1313 set up as different types of payment (year long member line, and general admission/new member line) with signs to direct people where to go. Max will cover merchandise before the meeting too (at a third table in back of 1313). We will be using tickets to make sure people paid, Sam and Katie will man the pizza tickets ahead of the food table. Aspen will be buying more card readers (squares) to make this entire thing go smoothly, also since our square is broken currently. Nash also needs to send out an RSVP type thing so we know if we under ordered the pizza. Be sure to advertise that the doors close at 7pm for non-OU students. Drivers license required/form of ID for non students as well. Jordan will be talking to security to make this easier for the front desk. Emily will be stationed near the security desk to make sure people go where they need to go. 6:30pm is the food time, 7pm is when Reed’s speech will begin. Nash will push out the flyer tonight, and every day from here on out. An email will be sent to the whole school, as well as advertised on the SoM screens. Officers be there around 6pm to set up. No February social event, but we’ll have a prep workshop at the end of February for the career fair. Food and drinks won’t be provided. March meeting we are trying to get a NASA guy, updates to come. March’s social event could apply the general meeting before or after spring break, on March 29th. Voting: take off the clause in the constitution to donate additional funds at end of year to a charity. Two have abstained, and ten are for, with zero against, the vote passes.

New Semester Announcement

Our organization’s year began with the student chapter poster presentation at The American Meteorological Society’s 99th annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is the world’s largest yearly gathering for the weather, water, and climate community. This year, our poster featured a Star Wars theme and outlined the various achievements and activities OU SCAN has been involved with this year.

Our first social event of the year kicks off with our chapter’s annual Groundhogs Day Party on January 31st! Details will be announced soon!

January Officer Meeting

January 15, 2018

Groundhog Day is coming up! The meeting is Thursday January 31st at 7pm at either Sooner Legends or the Brewhouse. A cost break down will be completed by the board at the end of this week to decide venue and food options. Typically there will be wristbands broken down between members that are of drinking age and members that are not, both split into different prices available for purchase at the door. It is also important to note that anyone with alcohol will be monitored carefully and urged to enjoy themselves at moderation. DJ and Karaoke is being planned as well.         

Our first general meeting of the semester is expected to be Reed Timmer! It is scheduled for February 12th at 7pm with food being served starting at 6:30pm. Any nonmember who wants to come for only this meeting can pay $7 at the door for general admission, or $15 for the rest of the semester. Pizza Hut and drinks will be provided with your pay stub. There will be two different tables for these different entry options so watch the signs when you arrive.

The career fair is March 1st where we will be hosting a resume workshop prior to the fair.

Lastly, March’s general meeting (March 12th) is going to be an astronomy/space weather themed meeting. Jordan will talk to one of his NASA connections to find speakers for this topic.

All officer meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month as usual. April our last general meeting of the semester will be April 9th. The last meeting topic would be possibly tropical meteorology.

A social event will be scheduled for the end of February as well, possibly a star gazing night on the observation deck, or a bon fire.

November General Meeting – Winter Weather Workshop

November 13, 2018

By Publicist Nash Rhodes

OU SCAN’s Winter Weather Workshop was a resounding success! Lead by Dr. Steven Cavallo, the meeting gave valuable insight into the various hurdles winter forecasting has offer. You can review the lecture slides from Dr. Cavallo here: http://arctic.som.ou.edu/scavallo/pres/cavallo_ouscan_nov2018.pdf

 Our chapter will meet once again this semester to take the edge off exam preparations with a Christmas movie watch party. With food, drinks, and Christmas cheer being provided for free, we hope to see you all there!

October Social Event – Glow Bowling

October 28, 2018

By Publicist Nash Rhodes

OU SCAN’s Glow Bowling event was a resounding success! Friday night featured an incredible turnout, great competition, and laughs all around. This was our organization’s second social event following the Oklahoma vs Iowa State football watch party in September. November brings a new round of meetings and events so be sure to click our Events tab above to stay up to date!


October General Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2018

Rich Murnan, Charles Kuster, and Terry Schuur gave us their expertise on radar and the work that goes behind it. Each came from different areas of radar meteorology, which brought many different takes on the topic discussed. They discussed phased array radars, the difficulty with long scan times, projects they’ve worked on, dual polarization data quality, NEXRAD radars versus broadcast media radars, and successes. Rich’s closing statements highlighted the importance of sticking with our hard classes and applying for NWS internships, as the experience after college will place us ahead of the rest. Also, Rich emphasized to apply for the Hollings Scholarships from NOAA. With his closing remarks, Terry encouraged us to take classes in other disciplines at OU because meteorology is a very cross-disciplinary field, and having expertise in other areas will greatly assist with research. Terry also advised that we get involved in research and student organizations, as well as learn how to program. Charles suggests that we all get to know as many people in the National Weather Center as possible, as other people’s perspectives help to strengthen our research and inspire new projects. This concludes our October general meeting.


OU SCAN Becomes NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™

July 19, 2018

OU SCAN is proud to announce that we’ve been accepted as an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™.

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, OU SCAN is committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

As an Ambassador, OU SCAN will serve as change agents and leaders within its organization. We will inspire others to be better informed and prepared, thus helping to minimize, mitigate, or avoid the impacts of natural disasters. WRN Ambassadors can encourage these changes in their organization in a number of ways, including:

  • Setting an example by becoming “weather-ready” yourself (e.g., making employee preparedness a priority and having a disaster plan);
  • Promoting Weather-Ready Nation key messages in outreach activities; and
  • Providing incentives to constituents and stakeholders to become more resilient.

In return, NOAA will support OU SCAN’s efforts and provide resources in support of the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative. Read more about the initiative here: “https://www.weather.gov/wrn/

OU SCAN would like to thank Treasurer Aspen Endriss for her work in making this initiative become a reality for OU SCAN.

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), used with permission.

Archived Meeting Minutes

Here you can find an archive of all the OU SCAN meeting minutes from prior years.

2017-2018 OU SCAN Meeting Minutes