Perry Hall, Cook Campus
If you are interested in weather, science communication, and/or video production, this community is for you! This program offers you the opportunity to live and work with a group of students to produce daily weather forecasts and longer science journalism shows for the university’s own television network. You will also have use of an in-hall professional television studio!  Ideal for students pursuing Meteorology, Communications, Journalism and Information Technology students. Note: There are multiple opportunities for involvement in this LLC if you are student who does not want to be on air! Learn more about Perry Hall on the Cook Campus.

Programs in the past have included the following:

  • Produce content for RU-tv
  • Gain experience in front of a green screen (should you desire to be in front of the camera)
  • Learn how to write, produce, and edit television packages
  • Access to unique and relevant field trip opportunities
  • Learn how to use a state-of-the-art broadcast meteorology visualization package
  • Hear guest lectures from professional broadcast meteorologists
  • Hone your public speaking skills
  • Study social media’s impact on weather forecasting
  • Discuss meteorology’s influence on culture and vice versa
  • Develop a better understanding of meteorology on an international scale.

All students affiliated with SAS, SEBS, RBS, and MGSA.

Mandatory Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  This will provide first-years and incoming transfers the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance.

Students are required to participate in a 1.5 credit course, focusing on media messages and scientific aspects of weather reporting, for both fall and spring semesters during their first year of residence on the floor. Note: For Meteorology students only you will be co-enrolled in the 3-credit Elements of Meteorology course.

Fall:

  • Weather Climate TV I (1.5 credits)
  • Introduction to Meteorology (3 credits)

Spring: 

  • Weather Climate TV II (1.5 credits)

Sample Syllabus from the Weather, Climate and Television I course.  PLEASE NOTE: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant.

Application Process

Incoming first-years and transfers:  

  1. Register the RU-tv WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway.
  2. Complete a living-learning community application here by the Priority Deadline of June 11, 2018. Although this date has passed, our office is still accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the community is filled or we reach our hard deadline of July 2nd, 2018.

Current students:
THE APPLICATION IS CLOSED FOR CONTINUING RUTGERS STUDENTS FOR 2018-2019.

To answer general questions about this community, please contact:

Ariel Leget

Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives

E-mail: rulc@echo.rutgers.edu   Phone: 848-932-4371 or Tasha Coleman at t.coleman@ur.rutgers.edu

For more information about the Rutgers Meteorology Program, visit their website or contact:

Prof. Steve Decker, Rutgers Meteorology Program

E-mail: decker@envsci.rutgers.edu