Geo/Met Alumni

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Alumni News
If you have news you wish to share send it to the web site editor, Mike.Longan@valpo.edu and he will post it here. Be sure to include your name, major, and your graduation year.

Patricia Beyer, Ph.D. (Formerly Patricia Ernest), Geography, 1990
I graduated in 1990 with a degree in English and Geography, got a MS in Geography in 1992 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then a PhD in Geography in 1997 from Arizona State University. (I specialized in periglacial and fluvial geomorphology.) I’m now an associate professor in the Department of Geography & Geosciences at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I’ve been since 1999, teaching water-related geography and geosciences courses, and other physical/environmental geography courses. I get back to the Valpo area about twice a year to see my parents, who now live on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

Kirk Melhuish, 1984
I just celebrated my 20th Aniversary as Chief Meteorologist on-air at #1 rated News/Talk 750 WSB Radio in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2005 I become one of the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologists in the country under the new AMS program, and the first in the state of Georgia. This summer I had a chance to see all the great new facilites on campus and enjoyed my tour.

Ted Schultz, Geography, 2006
I am a GIS/IT Specialist for R.C. Goodwin and Associates, Inc., a Cultural Resources Management (CRM) firm based out of Frederick, MD. I am currently leading GIS operations in underwater archeology, but I also work on a wide variety of other projects. I have been involved in mapping historic buildings in Delaware, managing prehistoric archeological sites in Ohio, and 3D magnetic relief mapping in the Gulf of Mexico, to name a few. I am also the in-house IT specialist for the office.

Ashley Brooks, Meteorology, 2005
In May 2007 I graduated from Purdue University with a Master of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Currently I am a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

Brian Moritz, Geography, 2006
I am an entry level GIS Tech in a Remote Sensing Lab for Sanborn down in Fort Worth, Texas.

Josh Olson,Geography, 2004
I graduated from the University of Colorado-Denver in May '06 with a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning. I am currently working for Douglas County's Community Development Department as an Urban Planner. I bascially review an assortment of land use applications and work to further the goals and objectives of the comprehensive plan.

Erik D. Kabela, Meteorology, 2004
I graduated from Iowa State University in May '06 with a Master of Science in Agricultural Meteorology. I am currently working for Washington Savannah River Company at the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina, which is a Department of Energy facility. I help to provide forecasts to the entire site twice per day, write site climatology reports for various documents, and perform
some research on the site.

Useful Links

Valpo Met Forum
A group of Meteorology Alumni have set up an online forum for Valpo Meteorology Alumni to talk about the weather, catch up with each other, and help with job searches.

Photos from the Kallay-Christopher Hall Dedication

Graduation Photos

  • Spring 2003
  • Fall 2003
  • Spring 2004
  • Fall 2004
  • Spring 2006
  • Fall 2006
  • Spring 2009