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August 14, 2012

Chief Meteorologist Jarod Floyd to speak at ULM Convocation

University of Louisiana at Monroe atmospheric sciences alum Jarod Floyd (B.S. ’06) will speak at the 2012 Convocation, ULM's official celebration of the new academic year.

ULM faculty, staff, and students will meet at the ULM Bell Tower at 4:40 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, and march across the campus bridge to Fant-Ewing Coliseum for the event.

While a student at ULM, Floyd was part of the ULM HELPS (Hurricane Evaluation at Land Project for Science) group in 2005, which contributed to field studies for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

He also served as the vice-president for the ULM chapter of the American Meteorological Society during the 2005-2006 academic year. 

“I was so flattered and surprised that my alma mater asked me to speak at Convocation,” said Floyd.

“For me, this means my career is on the right path and that my university appreciates my contribution to this community.  This is such an honor for me and after all that ULM has done for me, it gives me an opportunity to give a little piece back.”

Floyd began working for ULM’s KEDM Public Radio in Aug. 2005, winning three Associated Press awards for best weathercast. While at KEDM, Floyd provided daily forecasts and detailed insight during severe weather, winter weather, and Hurricanes Rita (2005) and Gustav (2008).

“Jarod was an outstanding student at ULM, not just academically but through his involvement on campus,” said Dr. Eric Pani, Vice President for Academic Affairs at ULM.

“While he was still taking classes, he took the initiative to get practical experience that complemented his studies and started doing radio work for KEDM. We are proud of what Jarod has achieved and look forward to him addressing our freshman class.”

In June 2006, Floyd was hired as the weekend meteorologist at West Monroe’s KTVE/KARD. Two weeks later, Floyd became the station’s morning meteorologist.

While working at KTVE/KARD, Floyd continued his academic career at ULM taking 6 hours in the summer of 2006.  During the fall 2006 semester, Floyd pursued 18 credit hours while continuing to work the morning show at KTVE/KARD.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at ULM.  I made so many great friends, developed professional connections, and learned everything I needed to know about my craft to get started in this business.  ULM offered me an affordable education that was close to my home state of Arkansas, but also gave me a great student to instructor ratio that allowed me to work with my professors on a more personal level.  I didn't just feel like a number.

"My professors genuinely cared about my education and my development outside of the classroom.  Whether it was Dr. Eric Pani, Dr. Lynn LeBlanc, or any of the other professors in the geosciences department, I felt like 'somebody.'  That made me work even harder to do something with my education.”

In April 2008, Floyd was promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist at KTVE/KARD. For his coverage of Hurricane Gustav in 2006, Floyd was awarded a 2008 Louisiana Associated Press 3rd Place award for Breaking Weather.

“The most rewarding part of my career is my interaction with our viewers,” continued Floyd

“It truly is a kinship like no other.  People will stop me and ask how my kids are doing, and thank me for my coverage of a specific event.  They make me feel like I'm a part of their family.  That's a very special feeling.”

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