September General Meeting
September 12th, 2017
Rick Smith, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) from NWS Norman, was this month’s guest speaker and talked to us about the struggles and triumphs of communicating weather to the public.
Daily, when there isn’t severe weather, he has many different roles such as a customer service rep, social media manager, consultant, forecaster, adviser, etc. He does not actually coordinate warnings, and prefers to be called a service coordinating meteorologist. He works with the integrated warning team, providing communication, relationships, and coordination between the NWS, EM/Public Safety, and the media. It is to these relationships that he attributes the success of the coordination. He is also responsible for outreach and education efforts to prepare people and raise public awareness.
What is the best part about the job? He has had the honor of meeting former president Barack Obama and the band Linkin Park, and has been a guest on WxGeeks, WeatherBrains, and The Today Show. Other highlights are when the warning systems work and he can help communicate the lifesaving information during severe weather events. Ultimately, this is the reason he is doing this job.
What is the bad part of the job? The loss of lives, loss of property, and emotional damage that comes from the severe weather events. Other low points of the job are when they do everything they can to get the word out, and try to get people to be safe, but lives are still lost.
Advice from Rick Smith:
· Do something that makes you distinguishable
· Look for experience opportunities
· Think beyond meteorology – there is more you can do outside of meteorology which will help you with your career.
· Be flexible and open-minded with jobs
· Service above self. Meteorology is a service, it’s not about you.
Thursday, September 14th @ 6:30 p.m. in NWC 5600: Ariel Cohen will give us his parting words before he assumes his new position as the SOO at NWS Topeka.
Tuesday, September 19th, @ 6:30 p.m. in NWC 1350: SoM Student Affairs Committee Undergraduate Town Hall.
Friday, September 29th, from 7-9 pm @ Elevation Trampoline Park in Moore: First Social Event!
Don’t forget to sign up to volunteer at the National Weather Festival!
September Officer Meeting
Tuesday, September 25th, 2017
Check out our social media for updates on the upcoming research fair, general meeting, undergraduate town hall, and the first social event.
Join us at our first general meeting on September 12th for pizza and a special presentation by Rick Smith, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for National Weather Service Norman. Be sure to bring your own questions for him as well!
Don’t forget to check in when you arrive at the next meeting. If you attend every meeting you will be entered into a raffle for a prize at the end of the semester.
A special meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30 pm with Ariel Cohen from the SPC. Ariel Cohen is leaving the SPC to become the new SOO (Science and Operations Officer) Meteorologist in Topeka. Please join us to hear his parting words.
Information for a hurricane fundraiser will be sent out soon. Feel free to send us your ideas as well to help with the hurricane relief.
More fundraising opportunities will be at the National Weather Festival. Some ideas that are being discussed are selling T-shirts, having a bake sale, or doing a 50-50 raffle.
August General Meeting
August 29th, 2017
The first general meeting of the semester was hosted by the Oklahoma Weather Lab and OU SCAN. The semester dues were collected for SCAN, making members eligible to vote in the elections for the freshman representatives, graduate representative, and vice president.
President Tabitha Kloss began the meeting by introducing the board members of the organization and explaining what the organization is. Attendance is encouraged at meetings, and in order to encourage attendance, we will be holding a raffle at the end of the semester. Anyone who has attended all the general meetings will be entered into the raffle. The prize will be getting back a semester’s worth of dues! ($15)
The new website was revealed to the freshman! Publicist Jordan Overton showed them the different tabs so they could see where to find information about the different aspects of the organization.
Outreach Coordinator Erik Green explained who the Weather Friends are. In case you’re wondering, they are weather superheroes who give severe weather safety presentations at local elementary schools and attend severe weather awareness events in the community.
Oklahoma Weather Lab President Sean Ernst talked about OWL, the forecasting club. He explained the forecasting shifts and the monthly forecasting workshops. He also announced that the first meeting will be on Thursday, Sept 21st, where students will learn about tropical meteorology.
The development team for OWL, presented as well and invited students to come to their informational meetings to learn about HOOT, the programming side of OWL. No previous programming experience is needed; they will be teaching the basics.
Elections were held following announcements. Ty Dickinson was elected VP, Greg Jennrich was elected as Graduate Representative, and the two freshman representatives are Connor Bruce and Jacob Genuise.
SCAN September General Meeting with Rick Smith – Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 6:30 p.m.
SoM Student Affairs Committee Undergraduate Town Hall- Tuesday, Sept. 19th at 6:30 p.m. NWC 1350
National Weather Festival- Saturday, Oct. 21st. Need volunteers from 9 a.m.- 12p.m., or 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Return form to Tabitha or NWC Library (4300) by Sept. 29th.
School of Meteorology Welcome Back BBQ
August 23, 2017
REMINDER: The School of Meteorology Welcome Back BBQ is tomorrow, Thursday, August 24th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the National Weather Center. Make sure you come on out because local businesses donated tons of prizes that you can try and win! We’ll be playing a bunch of games, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities. The prizes are in the forms of gift cards, gift certificates, and merchandise items from the following locations:
– Pepe Delgados
– The Apothem
– Balfour of Norman
– Victoria’s Pasta Shop
– New York Pizza & Pasta
– Baked Bear
– Second Wind Coffee House
– Bigfoot Creative
– The Diner
– Sooner Dairy Lunch
– Sooner Theater
Thank you so much to all these businesses for their contributions. And to all the new freshmen, incoming transfer students, returning students, and faculty/staff – may the odds be ever in your favor tomorrow!
August Officer Meeting
August 22, 2017
At tonight’s Officer Meeting, we started off by nominating a new Outreach Coordinator, Erik Green, and Webmaster, Tyler Stanfield. We then discussed the School of Meteorology Welcome Back BBQ, which will be in the NWC atrium from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24th. SCAN is in charge of providing drinks for the BBQ, as well as collecting prizes to give away. Tabitha, Ryan, Erik, and Leah went to local businesses on Main Street on Friday afternoon, and then Tabitha and Erik went to local businesses on Campus Corner on Monday afternoon (not until after the solar eclipse, of course!). There are plenty of prizes for people to win! At the meeting, we came up with a list of “minute-to-win” games for people to play to make winning the prizes all the more exciting. Finally, we discussed the Joint OWL/SCAN General Meeting, which will be held next week in NWC 1313 on Tuesday, August 29th, at 6:30 p.m. At that meeting, we will discuss general information about both OWL and SCAN, elect a Vice President and two Freshmen Representatives for SCAN, and finish up by watching Into the Storm whilst enjoying some popcorn, candy, and soda (free to anyone who attends). We hope to see everyone there!
July 6, 2017
If you ever miss a meeting, this is your resource! After each meeting, a brief overview of what was discussed by both the speaker and the officers will be posted here. Announcements will also be posted here throughout the semester.
June 29, 2017
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