Chapter News
August 2013


In August the chapter held its kick-off officers meeting and discussed topics for meetings from September through December. Katie Garrett, Chapter President contacted the Washington National's Ballpark to finalize the September meeting - to tour the ballpark and hear from the head groundskeeper about how weather impacts the field and ballpark operations. All officers also submitted articles for the fall newsletter which was sent at the beginning of September.---Katie Garrett.


Monthly Meeting: Friday, August 30th, 2013

The first meeting of the year for the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society met on Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 12:30pm in NSSTC 4th floor conference room. The first item on the agenda was introductions for the new chapter officers along with all of the new students who started school in August. The new officers for the Student Chapter of the UAH AMS are President Aaron Kaulfus, Vice President Tony Lyza, Treasurer Sarah Stough, Secretary Danielle Kozlowski, Webmaster Traci Fehnel and Dr. Knupp is the Faculty Advisor. UAHuntsville AMS member dues for the 2013-2014 school year are $10 and are due at the beginning of the next club meeting.

The second item on the agenda was the Treasurer report from Sarah Stough on the chapter's budget and the Rocket City Weather Fest budget. The current balance was $625.25 while the Weather Fest budget is $161.15. Both Sarah and our President Aaron Kaulfus talked about our different bank account options. He also talked about the changes that were being made to our constitution that will be voted on at the September meeting.

Vice President Tony Lyza and Research Assistant Elise Schultz are the co-chairs of the 4th Annual Rocket City Weather Fest (RCWF). Danielle passed around an interest sign-up sheet for volunteers for the event. Weather Fest is scheduled for Saturday February 22nd, 2014 from 10am to 4pm at the Shelby Center on the UAH campus.

Aaron also mentioned the 8th Annual Tennessee Valley Severe Weather Poster Contest we put on for grade school kids. The goal is to come up with some ideas for this year's tagline over the next couple meetings. It was also talked about, that the poster contest will be moved to the spring to coincide with RCWF. The Yankee Candle Fundraiser was another topic of discussion and was decided that we would participate in it again this fall. Emily Foshee will be taking over the Yankee Candle fundraiser.

We are bringing back the snack and soda bar again this year for the students and members of the UAH Atmospheric Science Department. All proceeds will go to the club. Come by Sarah and Danielle’s office to vote on what snacks and soda you would like to see! Also, next Thursday, September 5th, 2013 from 5-7pm there will be an AMS cookout for the new students to meet the rest of the faculty and other students they may have not already met.

The officers spent the last part of the meeting discussing the National AMS meeting in Atlanta from February 2-6 2014. Early registration goes through December 2nd. Reminded the students to make sure they applied for both the departmental travel grant and the AMS student travel grant for help with traveling to AMS. We had approximately 30 members attend the August AMS meeting.---Danielle M. Kozlowski.



The University of Georgia Chapter of the American Meteorological Society held its first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, August 28th in the Geography Building on the University of Georgia campus. Chapter funded pizza and snacks were served first while chapter members mingled and the meeting was called to order by Chapter President Matt Daniel at 5:40PM, with 21 members present.

President Matt Daniel opened by briefing the chapter on new business. First, President Daniel announced the upcoming fundraiser- A Percentage Night at Jason’s Deli that would be held on September 11th. President Daniel also reminded the chapter that the next officers meeting would be held on September 8th and that the officer meetings are now open for all members who wish to attend. Other announcements included a reminder about our new affiliation with WUGA-TV as well as a reminder about the next chapter meeting on September 18th, entitled “Your Future in Meteorology.”

Vice President Dean Pryles then introduced our guest speaker, Keith Stellman, the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Presentation: Keith Stellman presented a captivating presentation about his longtime career with the National Weather Service. He opened his discussion by providing background information about his early life including his time as an undergraduate at The University of Louisiana at Monroe and as a graduate student at Florida State University. Stellman stressed the importance of making connections citing his good relationship with his former high school baseball coach as the reason he became involved in the SCEP program and ultimately the beginning of his career at the National Weather Service. Stellman discussed that his experiences working at several different National Weather Services offices across the country not only diversified his skill set but prepared him for the position he currently holds at the Peachtree City office as Meteorologist-in-Charge. This included his training in GIS that led him to development of the RIDGE radar project. In addition, Stellman explained to the chapter the current implications of the hiring freeze on all NWS offices and how students can still become involved with NWS in the absence of the SCEP program. Keith Stellman also walked the chapter through the basics of Decision Support Services (DSS) and how that relates to The University of Georgia becoming a Storm Ready University. At this point in the presentation, the discussion on Storm Ready was opened to Pete Golden from UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness. Together, they educated the chapter on the necessary steps left to establish UGA as a Storm Ready University including the Storm Spotter class scheduled for October 5th, 2013 at the Miller Student Learning Center.

At 6:45PM the floor was opened for members to ask the guest speaker questions.

President Matt Daniel adjourned the meeting at 7:03PM with a reminder that annual dues will be collected at the next chapter meeting in September.---Molly McCollum.


This meeting was held on August 26th in Room 1313 of the National Weather Center.  The officers welcomed all students back from Summer and introduced the officersDr. Klossel and Dr. Parsons were then introduced and said a few words each.

Daphne Thompson was then introduced and said a few things about tours, Lego league, networking opportunities, the Weather Friends, and National Weather Festival. 


Next, President Addison Alford talked about upcoming opportunities with SCAMS.  Our October speaker will be Dr. Chuck Doswell, and the members voted to have him talk about “Storm Chasing: The Good, The Bad, and the Stupid”.


Then our Outreach Coordinator, Tim Hardin, discussed the opportunities with the Hispanic population, teaching elementary safety, judging at science fairs, and Big Event.


Changes in the constitution were then introduced and voted on.  We reminded members that the incentive program is done on the calendar year and not the school year.  We mentioned the different ways to get incentive points including, but not limited to, Mr. Meteorology, Field Trips, NWA conference, Dr. George Huffman lunch, and Nature’s Fury with Lego league.


Voting to elect new Freshman Representatives was then conducted with Collen Neuman and Jarret Quinn elected.  Diana Goeller was then elected as our grad student representative.


Our next meeting will be September 10 at 6:30 in NWC 1313.---Megan McClellan


August 2013

Freshman Orientation Week

The 2013-2014 school year kicked off during the freshman’s orientation week (August 4-9). Throughout the fifth and sixth of August we were located at the Student Center Building, giving  contact information for our local chapter and explaining to the freshmen the advantages of being a member of the Meteorological Society of Puerto Rico, and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). On the third day of orientation, we were at the Physics Building providing the freshman who entered for a Bachelor in Physics, Geology and Math; a conference about the Meteorology program at the University and additional information about our Chapter. Afterwards, we were relocated to the lobby, in the same building, so we could provide the students with a couple of demonstrations we use thorough the year to explain certain atmospheric events.



 Monthly Meeting/Fundraising

On August 15 we carried out our first monthly meeting in which discussed future activities, introduced the new leaders of our committees, and explained our future plans for the Chapter. Later that night, we had our first activity at the local “Don Frappe” in Añasco, Puerto Rico. On August 26, we started our fundraising events with a Hot Dog sale.


General Assembly

Lastly, on August 29th we celebrated our General Assembly in which we invited the entire campus community who had interest in Meteorology to join us. Our primarily goal was to attract the attention of the freshmen. The assembly ran smoothly. There were at least 15 students who were interested in becoming a member of our Society and completing the Meteorology Program.







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