Senior Spotlight May 2021 – Jack Maney

Senior Spotlight May 2021 – Jack Maney

This year we are continuing our tradition of Senior Spotlights! For everyone, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years, but we want to highlight our amazing seniors for preserving through these difficult times.

Meet Jack Maney! He’s from Yukon, Oklahoma (Go Millers!). When he was younger, Jack used to be scared of severe weather.

“I have a pretty standard story for a meteorologist.,” he said. “I was terrified of thunderstorms as a kid, and over time, that fear turned into interest. That interest crystallized into passion on May 10th, 2010 when a major tornado outbreak affected central Oklahoma, and I knew from then on that I wanted to study weather.”

So he drove down I-35 and landed in Norman! During his time at OU, Jack was a shift leader for OWL and a member of SCAN (SCAN was called SCAMS when he first joined). Mostly though, Jack spent most of his extracurricular energy on OU Nightly.

To him, the toughest part of college was learning how to be responsible.

“I coasted through high school, so when I made the jump to the college workload, I fell flat on my face,” Jack said. “It took me a couple of semesters to beef up my study habits, and in the meantime, calculus kicked my butt up and down the block. Passion got me through the meteorology courses just fine, but the math regimen it took to get there was easily the worst part for me.”

But college is not all difficult times!

“The best part about college for me was the people,” he said. “I got to meet so many great, interesting people in my time here at OU. I’ve met lifelong friends through this program and had my horizons broadened in ways I never expected going in. I’ll always be thankful to know the amazing people I know from this school!”

After graduation in May, Jack will be heading off to Lubbock, Texas to join the KLBK weather team as their new morning/midday meteorologist. This will be his first time not living in the OKC metro area.

Congratulations, Jack! The School of Meteorology is excited to see all you do in the future!