The Lyndon State College Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association (LSC-AMS & NWA) was founded in 1971 at Belknap College. The club then moved to its new home in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont when Belknap College closed and the Meteorology department moved to Lyndon. Centered around the nationally acclaimed atmospheric science program at Lyndon State, our club not only promotes education in science, but also demonstrates strong ties to the college community and surrounding towns near LSC.
The isolation of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont has not held back the capabilities of our chapter. The LSC-AMS & NWA is one of the largest and most active clubs on the Lyndon State College campus each year. With around 70 members out of a 1400 member college community, 5% of the LSC community is a member of this student chapter, with a much higher percentage of participating in various events our chapter sponsors on and off campus.
Year-round, the LSC-AMS & NWA is constantly organizing fundraisers that promote the participation from other students and community members as well as special events for its members.
Our club kicks off the year by hosting the annual Fall BBQ where our entire club comes together for some fun times and food. This serves as a great opportunity for new members to interact with, and meet the members of the club. Freshman and Sophomore students are often challenged with deciding which direction they want to pursue in our ever growing field. Every fall we do a sector search trip which aims to give participating students a prospective of different career paths such as Graduate School, Broadcast Meteorology, Private Industry, and the National Weather Service. Additionally, the club hosts an internship night where upperclassman present their internship experiences in an effort to broaden the horizons of those that aren't sure where they fit within our field. Winter in the northern New England starts early, and the contest for the first measurable inch of snow on the college campus challenges the forecasting skills of students and faculty alike on campus. Other events and fundraisers that our club sponsors during the fall semester include car washes, local mountain hikes, a flag football tournament, as well as a talent show.
In the heart of a brutal winter complete with subzero temperatures and frequent snowfalls, the club continues its events and fundraisers. After a month off our club comes back together for the start of the spring semester. A group of our club members travel at the beginning of the semester to represent themselves and our club at the AMS Annual Meeting. In 2011, twelve of our club members traveled to Seattle, Washington to be a part of this. In years past our club has held the annual Winter Ball, the only semi-formal dance on campus. This coming spring our club will be going out with the old, and in with the new by hosting PULSE, an upbeat mix of music, prizes, and fun for all of the LSC community to enjoy. This leads up to our cornerstone event, the Annual Northeastern Storm Conference (NESC).
The NESC is the largest student-run and student sponsored conference in the nation. The NESC promotes the sharing of knowledge, research, and other aspects affecting the evolving meteorology community in a professional conference format. Much of the fundraising done earlier in the year goes towards reducing the costs for students that plan to attend the conference. It is one of the main intents of the LSC-AMS & NWA to ensure that the next generation of the atmospheric scientists has the chance to experience a professional conference.
Towards the end of the academic year, the LSC-AMS & NWA co-sponsors a regional Science Fair for Northeast Kingdom elementary and middle school students with Sigma Zeta. This event promotes science education in the schools of the surrounding communities. Students perform experiments and projects in all fields of science and display their efforts and knowledge to the general public. The day also has presentations in physics, chemistry, and meteorology by the LSC community that reinforces the applications of sciences in our everyday lives.
To wrap up each year the club's active members take part in inducting a new executive board for the following year. The passing of the torch from the old board to the new board occurs at our annual Spring BBQ where club members come together for the last time of the academic year.
The LSC-AMS & NWA has shown great promise and success in its previous years and always strives to make each year better than the last. For this strive and dedication, the club has received the Student Chapter of the Year Award from the National AMS three times (1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2004-2005). Our chapter also received the National Weather Service Certificate of Recognition in 2000 for "outstanding contributions in promoting exchange of atmospheric and hydrological knowledge throughout the Northeast United States."