Sky is the limit for Meramec’s weather club

Posted on 20 November 2013 by admin

Meramec’s Sky Club hosts Tim Marshall, meteorologist and civil engineer

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The Sky Club will be hosting Tim Marshall to give a lecture on Nov. 26, 2013. Tim Marshall is a meteorologist and civil engineer. Marshall will be discussing a variety of things that include: the storms that went through Illinois in mid-November, programs that he has been a part of, how to determine the weather forecast, storm safety and details to determine the strength of storms. Marshall has appeared on a various television stations such as Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, National Geographic, PBS and has appeared twice on the television program “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Sky Club president Arielle Byington and faculty adviser Joe Schneider, who is also a meteorology professor, are not setting expectations but are hoping to have a good turnout for this lecture. Byington and Schneider explained how the targeted audience is anyone who might not have as much knowledge about what to do when severe storms occur but wants to know more. It would also include anyone from kids and adults who find storms fascinating.

“I don’t want to set expectations for [Tim Marshall’s lecture]. We’ve done the best we can by advertised as much as possible, reach target audiences that could be coming to this event,” Byington said. “We’ve tried to talk about it and make people aware of it.”

Byington and Schneider have sent advertisements to other schools such as St. Louis University (SLU) and Washington University so the other schools in attendance can not only see a lecture but also see how good of a school St. Louis Community College is when it comes to excelling in academics.

“It’s more than just having [Marshall] lecture to us. It’s about showing the public the good things we can do here at Meramec. It shows what kind of people we bring to Meramec, what kind of education is going on here,” Schneider said. “It shows we aren’t some community college. We’re actually doing a lot of things that are really good and help students prepare to go onto four-year universities.”

The lecture is free and open to everyone to attend. The lecture will be held in the STLCC-Meramec campus theatre. Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Along with the lecture, there is a toy drive for children 16 and under. Donations will be given to the Salvation Army Toy Town and donations must be new and unwrapped.


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