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Winter 2012

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Table of Contents: Winter 2012

From the Dean's Perspective

2012 started off with a dash of four days of travel in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with our Leadership Institute students.

College News

Sustainability Week 2011

The college was once again well represented during Sustainability Week activities on campus.

New License Plate Supports Community Trees

Virginians can now show their support for community trees by purchasing a new “Virginia Loves Trees” specialty license plate.

Zink-Sharp and Copenheaver Lead Wood Anatomy Workshop

Professor Audrey Zink-Sharp and Associate Professor Carolyn Copenheaver served as group leaders for the Wood Anatomy for Dendrochronologists workshop held during the 21st annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, Va.

In Memoriam: Marianne Stern

The college mourns the recent passing of Marianne Stern, wife of longtime college faculty member E. George Stern, who passed away in 2001.

CNRE Inaugural Career Fair

The college welcomed 14 organizations to its inaugural Career Fair in November.

Packaging Facility Hosts Cabinet Members, College Reps

College Development Director Bob Mollenhauer and Professor Robert Bush were invited to join members of Gov. McDonnell’s cabinet on a visit to a packaging facility in Staunton.

College Celebrates International Year of Forests

In observance of the United Nations’ International year of Forests — a celebration of people’s actions to sustainably manage the world’s forests — the college hosted a public screening of “Green Fire.”

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Shawn Hash

It didn’t take Shawn Hash long to figure out how to turn his love of the outdoors into a career path. Shortly after graduating, he and his brother opened Tangent Outfitters.

Hokie Oaks

Charlie Wade (’07 B.S. and ’10 M.S. in forestry) and Scott McKee (’09 B.S. and ’11 M.S. in forestry) started Collegiate Nurseries in 2009, offering a way for students, fans, and alumni to take a piece of campus home with them.

Groeschl Named Idaho State Forester

David Groeschl has been named state forester by Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz.

In Memoriam: John T. Harrington

John T. Harrington (’87 M.S. in forestry) of Rociada, N.M., passed away on June 6, 2011, at the age of 49.


New Meteorology Major Generates a Storm of Interest

Student interest has been swirling like a cyclone when the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia approved the new bachelor of science degree program offering the first meteorology degree in the state.

Mist Nets, Dart Guns, and Camera Traps

On a humid, summer morning, students gear up for a day of field work, ready to put their newly honed skills to the test. But this is far from a typical day in the woods.

Student Notes

Undergraduates Earn National Scholarships

Fisheries science majors Andrew Shamaskin of Midlothian, Va., and Brendan Runde of Mechanicsville, Md., each received an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

DeHart Joins Cast of ‘Aqua Kids’

Clark DeHart, a wildlife science major from Blacksburg, joined the cast of “Aqua Kids” for the show’s seventh season.

Fans Rally to Thank ‘Weather Dan’

Geography and meteorology student Dan Goff, the chief meteorologist at Virginia Tech’s WUVT-FM radio station, has quite a fan following.

New Residential College Experience

Nine students from the college are participating in the inaugural Honors Residential College (HRC), a new type of living environment where students can engage with peers, faculty, staff, and community members within a residence hall.

Faculty Briefs

Hull Honored as Engaged Scholar

Professor Bruce Hull was named the Engaged Scholar for July by the university’s Outreach Council for his involvement in projects aimed at promoting sustainable land use and his role as advisor to a number of organizations.

Alavalapati Named U.S. State Department Program Senior Fellow

Janaki Alavalapati was named a 2011 Senior Fellow in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas program. The program addresses issues such as clean energy, sustainable landscapes, and climate-change adaptations.

New Director of Center for Unit Load Design

Laszlo Horvath, who joined the faculty in 2010 as an assistant professor of practice, has been named director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Unit Load Design.

Trauger Receives Science Teaching Award

Professor Emeritus David L. Trauger received the Washington Academy of Sciences Leo Schubert Award for teaching science in college. Founded in 1898, the academy has been honoring distinguished scientists who work in the greater Washington, D.C., area since 1940.

Smith Selected for Forestry Research Council

Bob Smith, associate dean of engagement, has been appointed by the secretary of agriculture to the Forestry Research Advisory Council, representing the interest area of forestry schools and state agricultural experiment stations.

Hallerman Promotes Genetic Engineering Awareness

Eric Hallerman discusses the use of genetically modified animals in food production, a hotly debated issue, in a commentary recently published by the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology, a nongovernment organization that informs elected officials and the public on emerging issues in agriculture.

Downing Honored for ‘Generation Next’

Extension Agent Adam Downing, Michael LaChance of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Michael Santucci of the Virginia Department of Forestry recently earned national acclaim for their work to help preserve family forests.

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

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