The Northwest Indiana Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association received the National Weather Association Local Chapter of the Year award.
On October 21, members of the University of Valparaiso Chapter accepted the award at the 40th Annual National Weather Association Conference in Oklahoma City.
“It seemed like the right time and the right place and we had the right tools and it all came together and we won,” said Elyse Smith, vice president of the Northwest Indiana AMS / NWA chapter. .
The Chapter of the Year award is presented to one of nearly 50 chapters across the country for demonstrating excellence in public outreach, career development and extracurricular events.
“These awards recognize the work of forecasters and broadcasters who provide critical weather forecasts and warnings, researchers who improve forecasting tools and processes, and volunteers who promote weather safety,” said Elizabeth Page, President of the National Weather Association, in a press release.
The executive members of the NWI Section say much of the credit for this award goes to the electronic board staff of years past who have worked to bring the organization to where it is now.
“[The award] shows how the organization has been passed down from year to year, ”said Raelene Campbell, president of the AMS / NWA Northwest Indiana Chapter. “We’re still so close to winning these awards, but we’re not. It’s amazing that we have been able to be strong in recent years.
AMS also received an award for the 2014-2015 school year as an honorable mention for the AMS chapter of the year.
Formed in 1996, the NWI Chapter of AMS / NWA has been dedicated to helping students at the University of Valparaiso and the surrounding community promote excellence in operational meteorology, as well as providing work experience for those who are interested in the field.
“Across the department, meteorology majors are really excited about the organization,” said Kyle Brown, senior at Valpo. “The fact that we have always fought for (the award) makes members curious to help improve the organization. “
This participation which has grown over the years has enabled AMS / NWA to participate in several events each year which have helped them to create a professional environment for the members involved.
Since 2002, the section has organized the Student Conference on Great Lakes Meteorology every spring. The annual event, held on the University of Valparaiso campus, welcomes meteorological professionals from across the country and students from regional universities.
“It’s a small conference, but it’s a good time to interact with other meteorological professionals,” Campbell said.
Section members also participated in the Meteorology Field Day, where section members teach different aspects of operational and broadcast meteorology to children in the region, as well as philanthropic events such as Relay For Life. .
AMS and NWA are two national organizations that meteorologists can get involved with. AMS and NWA provide professional tools for students to further their studies in meteorology as well as for graduates seeking employment in the field.
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