Activities and Organizations
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences students at the School of Mines formed the SD Mines Weather Association in the spring of 2011. The purpose of this organization is to encourage increased knowledge of and interest in atmospheric science and meteorological phenomenon among its members. The organization is committed to community involvement through outreach and education programs aimed at individuals of all ages. Further, the organization is aimed at unifying students with interests in the atmospheric and earth sciences through group activities.
The newly-elected president is Cody Moldan. Other officers are Jorel Torres, Vice President; Jacey Wipf, Secretary; and Connor Nelson, Treasurer. Staff advisors are Darren Clabo and Pam Cox.
The Weather Club has been very active in both on- and off-campus events. They have coordinated with the National Weather Service, the Black Hills Local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the South Dakota Climate Office, and the Brad Derby Agency - Farmers Insurance, to present various storm safety sessions to the public. The club has participated each year in the M-Week homecoming parade and the Parade of Trees contest, winning awards on several occasions. They also have given presentations to several area schools on weather science and safety. The group has also joined the "Adopt-a-Highway" program, selecting a stretch of Nemo Road to clean up. This outstanding group, although not large in numbers, has brought in hundreds of dollars in various charity events, such as the Circle K Food Drive and the Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Their "can do" attitude and willingness to help whenever needed, plus their creativity, make them a great asset to the SD Mines community.
The group has plans for more activities, and you may visit their website by using the following link: SD Mines Association Club or on Facebook. Membership is free and is open to students and members of the public alike. With questions, contact Cody Moldan at:
Most all of our students are members of the BHAMS group, the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Members of this group are from the National Weather Service, SD Mines, and local radio and TV stations. Visit their blogspot at