Kathryn Prociv (’11 B.A., ’12 M.S. geography) received this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award – Graduate Degree in recognition of her early career accomplishments.

Prociv, a weather producer for The Weather Channel in Atlanta, helps to produce the daily morning show AMHQ with Sam Champion, using her background in geographic information systems, cartography, and weather graphics to tell the story of the day’s weather. Hired full-time after only four months freelancing for the channel, she is responsible for AMHQ’s behind-the-scenes operations. Despite a fast-paced, often hectic work environment, Prociv loves her job. “Our main mission is to save lives,” she explained. “Giving people the information they need to stay safe and live their lives is the best part.”

In addition to her work with The Weather Channel, Prociv has remained an integral part of the Virginia Tech community, using her position to promote the meteorology program whenever possible, and even inviting meteorologist Jim Cantore to visit “The Cube,” a black box theater in Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center where students and researchers can walk through a virtual storm.

Most recently, Prociv took vacation days to help her mentor, meteorology instructor David Carroll, lead a team of Hokie Storm Chasers. “I asked all the students to send their pictures so I can put them out there on The Weather Channel,” she said. “I’m doing everything possible to get the meteorology program on the map and to get everyone’s hard work recognized. The fact I earned this award for outreach means that I’m giving back to the department that’s done so much for me.”