RU-tv WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community

Perry Hall - Cook Campus

If you are interested in weather, science communication, and/or video production, this community is for you! This program offers you the opportunity to live and work with a group of students to produce daily weather forecasts and longer science journalism shows for the university’s own television network. You will also have use of an in-hall professional television studio!  Ideal for students pursuing Meteorology, Communications, Journalism and Information Technology students.  Note:  There are multiple opportunities for involvement in this LLC if you are student who does not want to be on air!

Programs in the past have included the following:

  • Produce content for RU-tv
  • Gain experience in front of a green screen (should you desire to be in front of the camera)
  • Learn how to write, produce, and edit television packages
  • Access to unique and relevant field trip opportunities 
  • Learn how to use a state-of-the-art broadcast meteorology visualization package
  • Hear guest lectures from professional broadcast meteorologists
  • Hone your public speaking skills
  • Study social media's impact on weather forecasting
  • Discuss meteorology's influence on culture and vice versa
  • Develop a better understanding of meteorology on an international scale.


All students affiliated with SAS, SEBS, RBS, and MGSA.     

Mandatory Early Move-In and Special Orientation

Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program on Friday, August 31, 2018.  This will provide first-years and incoming transfers the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance.

Participation Requirements

Students are required to participate in a 1.5 credit course, focusing on media messages and scientific aspects of weather reporting, for both fall and spring semesters during their first year of residence on the floor.  Note: For Meteorology students only you will be co-enrolled in the 3-credit Elements of Meteorology course.


  • Weather Climate TV I (1.5 credits)
  • Introduction to Meteorology (3 credits)


  • Weather Climate TV II (1.5 credits)    

Sample Syllabus from the Weather, Climate and Television I course.  PLEASE NOTE: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant. 

Application Process

  1. Register the RU-tv WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway.
  2. Complete a living-learning community application here by the Priority Deadline of June 11, 2018.



To answer general questions about this community, please contact:
Tasha Coleman at t.coleman
Ariel Leget, Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities at rulc@echo.rutgers.edu

For more information about the Rutgers Meteorology Program, visit their website or contact:
Prof. Steve Decker, Rutgers Meteorology Program
E-mail: decker@envsci.rutgers.edu

What Students Are Saying

The most beneficial aspect of being in the LLC is the opportunity to make direct connections with professionals in the field of meteorology and take on your own responsibilities for the forecasts.

– Kevin Gaynor