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About our Affiliated Program Group, MAPS

In 1999, The Department of Meteorology organized an alumni society, the first such "affiliated program group" in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). The group, called MAPS (for Meteorology Alumni of Penn State), was officially approved by GEMS (the EMS alumni society, to which MAPS must report), and a steering committee for MAPS was established to help organize the group.

The goal of MAPS is to build a sense of community among meteorology alumni and current students, and to strengthen the contacts and collaboration between alumni and the department.

MAPS has undertaken a number of activities to achieve these goals. Each January, MAPS organizes a Penn State Meteorology Alumni reception at the Annual AMS meeting. In June 2002, MAPS organized an Alumni Reunion Weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Campus Weather Service. Approximately 150 Meteorology alumni, students, and faculty/staff attended the weekend-long event. The MAPS Meteogram, a newsletter published by MAPS keeps Meteorology alumni up-to-date on department news and events. MAPS also plans to tap into its members to give department seminars and perhaps to return to Penn State to talk to students about their careers.

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Alumnus Ted Staskiewicz (MS '85) passes away Nov 11, 2013
Endowment established for weather analysis and forecasting A graduate of meteorology and his wife recently pledged $250,000 to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology to support faculty contributions to teaching, research and public service. Nov 08, 2013
Alumnus Daniel Keyser receives AMS Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award Professor Daniel Keyser ('75, '77, '81 Penn State Meteorology) is the 2014 recipient of the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award from the American Meteorological Society Oct 02, 2013
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Sunny forecast: Meteorology scholar, Hailey Mitchell, predicts bright future And while her study abroad experiences have taken her around the globe, from Switzerland to South Africa, jet-setting isn't Hailey's favorite memory from her time at Penn State. "The memories that I have at 2 a.m. in the weather station, joking around with my colleagues – those have been the best times," Hailey said. Apr 04, 2013
Brunes commit $50K to Penn State Meteorology University Park, Pa. -- William Brune, distinguished professor of meteorology and his wife, Mary Jane, recently committed $50,000 to establish the Brune Fund for Weather and Climate Risk Forecasting and Communication Jan 31, 2013

For Alumni Relations in the Department of Meteorology, please contact:

Lynn K. Persing

Lynn Persing
501A Walker Building