May 8, 2002 - Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC) Student Broadcasters Receive Award

The Northwest Broadcast News Association recently awarded the Eric Sevareid Award to the University of North Dakota's Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC) located at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. RWIC received the Award of Merit in the Weather Student Market category for "Prairie Weather Update", a 70-second weather segment that airs on Prairie Public Television Monday through Friday at 4:59 and 10:29 pm. The student broadcasters responsible for this award are Adam Caskey, Kelly Franson and Ryan Vipond. "These student are commended for their dedication and hard work in making this program successful," stated Leon Osborne, Director of the Regional Weather Information Center.

Adam is a senior from Edina, Minnesota majoring in Atmospheric Sciences with plans to graduate in December pursuing a job in broadcast meteorology. Kelly Franson is a senior from Buhl, Idaho pursing degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Communications. Kelly will graduate in December with plans to pursue a career in broadcast meteorology. Ryan Vipond is a senior majoring in Atmospheric Sciences from Alexandria, MN and will graduate this May and is pursuing a career in broadcast meteorology.

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) is a service and membership organization chartered in 1949. Its members are broadcast news professionals and students in the six-state upper Midwest region, including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. NBNA's aim is to serve and improve the broadcast industry through educational and professional programs.

The Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC) is a weather education and research center focusing on issues of climate, transportation, agriculture, and aviation. The Center also supports initiatives in television and radio broadcast weather nowcasting and forecasting. State-of-the-art computer technology is designed to provide a modern approach to weather processing, analysis and dissemination, allowing RWIC to gather, store and analyze data for numerous projects designed to improve everyday life in the Northern Great Plains. A primary goal of RWIC is to provide students pursuing degrees in Atmospheric Sciences with an opportunity to participate in both operational and research aspects of contemporary meteorology. The different aspects of RWIC include Advanced Transportation Weather Information System (ATWIS), USDA's North Dakota Agricultural Statistic Service, Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems, and Broadcasting.

University of North Dakota / School of Aerospace Sciences / Atmospheric Science Department

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