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Spring 2015

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Table of Contents: Spring 2015

College News

The Cube opens doors for discovery

To Benjamin Knapp, a rendering of an EF5 tornado in 3-D and surround sound in the Moss Arts Center’s immersive Cube is exciting.

Global Change Center confronts environmental problems

The college is a vital partner in the university’s new Global Change Center, based in the Fralin Life Science Institute.

Reynolds Homestead’s new greenhouse enhances research

With major research in the pipeline, the Forest Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech’s Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia, has upgraded its research capabilities.

Panamanian course introduces students to global issues

Over winter break, Associate Professor John McGee led 13 students on a first-ever 12-day study abroad trip through Panama, where they learned about indigenous cultures, conservation issues, the impact of climate change, and more.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile – Aaron Parlier

When Parlier left the Army in 2008, he wanted to combine his strong interests in the outdoors, rock climbing, and the environment into a career.

College alumni share common bond at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Three of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s state field offices are now led by college alumni.

Renneckar appointed Canada Research Chair

His research program focuses on creating advanced materials through cutting-edge science that will catalyze a green economy.

Additional alumni news

We love hearing about all the great things going on with our alumni — awards, promotions, retirements, etc. Regrettably, we don’t have enough space in the newsmagazine to print them all. You can now catch up with former classmates and fellow Hokies online.

Engagement and Outreach

Birds and windows: a deadly dilemma

The study has identified the worst of the corporate center’s buildings and narrowed it to specific sides of those buildings to target for treatment.

Graduate student developing Stadium Woods stewardship plan

Old-growth forests such as Virginia Tech’s 11.5-acre Stadium Woods are extremely rare, says master’s student Rodney Walters, who is developing a stewardship plan.


Re-creating a tornado in 3-D provides a more effective way to study storms

When meteorologist Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel stepped into the middle of an EF5 tornado re-created in 3-D in a four-story immersive installation at Virginia Tech, his perspective was that of someone 7,000 feet tall.

Jeff Marion leads efforts to minimize visitor impacts on recreational areas

With “Leave No Trace” as his mantra, Jeff Marion is having a major influence on recreation areas and the management of natural resources for recreational use in a sustainable manner.

Student Notes

Students design award packaging

Stephanie Smith and Tyler Matusevich designed and produced a packaging system attractive enough to serve as a presentation box but sturdy enough to withstand the hazards of shipping.

Student initiates quality deer management branch

Representing a wide range of majors, members share in their dedication to promoting sustainable, healthy deer populations and high-quality wildlife habitat.

Green building class benefits high schools, Habitat for Humanity

This school year, high school students at the Giles County Technology Center worked to create a house for Habitat for Humanity in their shop.

College well represented in common book essay contest

Two juniors in the college were among the 23 winners.

Packaging students paddle to first place

Thirteen packaging students traveled to the 30th annual Packaging Jamboree, held this year at Clemson University.

Faculty Briefs

In memoriam: Otis F. Hall

Professor Emeritus Otis F. Hall, who served as head of the Department of Forestry and Wood Products from 1974 to 1984 and taught in the college until his retirement in 1991, passed away on Jan. 23 at the age of 93.

Frimpong named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow

The scholar program supports 100 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born individuals living in the United States or Canada and working in higher education.

Fox appointed Garland Gray Professor

This professorship was established in 1985 by the late state Senator Elmon Gray in memory of his father, who also served in the Senate of Virginia.

Faculty collaborate on book

Written for a broad audience, “Peak Oil, Economic Growth, and Wildlife Conservation” is the only book known to combine the three topics into a single narrative

Klopfer elected to Commission on Research

Scott Klopfer, director of the Conservation Management Institute, has been elected to represent research faculty on the Virginia Tech Commission on Research.

Development Happenings

Kathryn Fabrycky Memorial Scholarship established

Wolter Fabrycky, who remembers his late daughter Kathryn as an advocate for those she saw as less fortunate as well as a lover of nature, recently endowed a scholarship in the college in her memory.

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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