Hometown: Middlebury, Conn.
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Meteorology
Internships: Broadcast meteorology internship at WTNH-8 this summer
Activities: Meteorology Club president for two years, lead mentor for WCSU's BRIDGE Program (teaching middle schoolers meteorology and weather broadcasting), local manager for WCSU in a national forecasting competition called WxChallenge, and have given campus tours to prospective students and their families. Off-campus: part-time job at Patty's Pantry in Southbury.
Honors and Awards: Dean's List every semester, 3.74 GPA, recipient of the Dr. Mel Goldstein Scholarship
A general studies student at Naugatuck Valley Community College from 2009 to 2011, Frank Gaetano decided to come to Western "because it was close to home and had my desired major."
Gaetano says deciding what to study once at Western was easy. "I was lucky enough to know that I wanted a career in meteorology since I was a young boy, so the decision to make it my major was an easy one."
As a new student, Gaetano found out that not only is Western's faculty supportive, but recent meteorology graduates Chris Stiles and Kelley Bradley also became his mentors.
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Gaetano says, "It was when I found out that I was the recipient of the Dr. Mel Goldstein Scholarship, because he was an idol of mine growing up and it is an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as him. He will always be a legend."
After graduation, Gaetano plans to land a job as a broadcast meteorologist. "Really," he says, "any job in meteorology will be satisfactory, as it is my passion."
Gaetano's advice to new students entering WCSU is: “First, go to class; and second, keep an open mind and an open heart. Time flies by and you want to make the most of your college experience."