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

Lynn K. Persing

Lynn Persing
501A Walker Building