I’ve known about this for quite some time, but kept it mum, because as Joe wrote in an email exchange today, “Yes, I was nervous that I would get protesters if it was widely made known.” Below is the photo of Joe getting recognition for his years of service to the meteorological community.
Here is the announcement:
2014 Commencement, LYNDON -A Vermont State College
Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s award-winning Vermont
Edition, will deliver the graduation address at LSC’s 103rd commencement
ceremonies. The event will begin at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18, under the tent on the soccer field.
Former LSC meteorology faculty member Joseph D’Aleo will be awarded
an honorary doctoral degree for his accomplishments as an educator
and a pioneer in the field of broadcast meteorology.
While at LSC, D’Aleo helped establish an Air Force ROTC program, a campus
weather service, a co-op internship program, and the Northeast
Storm Conference. D’Aleo and John Coleman turned Coleman’s vision
for a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week television station dedicated to forecasting
the weather into The Weather Channel.
Sincere congratulations Joe. It is well deserved, and long overdue.
One thing we can be certain of is that unlike NCDC Director Tom Karl, he won’t use an honorary degree to puff up his stature.