Gilbert "Gil" Simmons '99
BA, Communication & Theatre Arts
New Haven's WTNH Storm Team 8 meteorologist Gil Simmons grew up in hardy New England and chased storms as a kid.
Simmons has worked at the television station for nearly 11 years delivering the morning and noon editions of the weather. Before attending Western in the 1990s as a communication and theatre arts major, the Killingly native spent six years in the Marine Corps. Simmons said the practical knowledge and hands-on experience offered in the university's meteorology courses he took helped to secure his dream job.
"We have to have reasoning. A meteorologist should be like a lawyer proving a case. I should be able to point to why I make a decision," said Simmons, who has hired at least a dozen interns from Western over the years because they are confident, knowledgeable and prepared for the weather business.
WCSU's Bachelor of Science in Meteorology program is the only such program in the state and one of only a few in the Northeast. With a foundation of courses in mathematics, computer science, physics, astronomy and earth science, combined with meteorology, the program prepares students for television and radio weathercasting, operational forecasting, or for teaching or research in the atmospheric sciences.