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Fall 2015

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Table of Contents: Fall 2015

College News

College ranked No. 1 by USA Today!

USA Today College recently ranked Virginia Tech as the nation’s best for studying natural resources and conservation.

College opens new student advising center

The new model for recruiting and advising students, which utilizes the knowledge and skills of professional advisers and career counselors, is one that more and more American colleges are following.

‘Chubby’ makes his parade debut

Blacksburg’s Fourth of July parade welcomed a new entrant this year — a 10-foot-long bluehead chub dubbed “Chubby.”

Advances in microscopy benefit research

Researchers have explored and established a video microscopy technique that digitally acquires and stitches up to 50 microscopic images into a single large-scale image of a wood and adhesive bondline.

Geography department partners on new weather model

A new player in weather simulation and forecasting is about to take the stage, as meteorology faculty and students in the Department of Geography work with Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Computing group.

Global sustainability center forms external advisory group

The college’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the National Capital Region has formed the 2050 Council — a 14-member external advisory group comprised of business, nonprofit, and public sector executives.

Alumni Corner

Tim Morris: Protecting the nation against imported dangers

Tim Morris doesn’t carry a gun, but every day he’s on the front line defending the United States against outside threats.

Don Fraser: A passion for adventure and service

Ten years ago while still a student, Don Fraser started working for the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program as a technician and boat operator. In 2010, he was promoted to watercraft operations manager, providing logistical support for college research.

Alum authors ‘Bird Brains’

In “Bird Brains: Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends,” Budd Titlow takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from his viewpoint.

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.


New Research Aviary

Facility enhances opportunities for novel research, hands-on student learning, and crosscutting collaborations.

Bob Abraham: a life of technology to showcase ecology

It was the 1940s: Paris fell to the Germans, nylons were invented, big bands swung on the Zenith, and a young Bob Abraham discovered birds.

Student Notes

Geography students earn USGIF scholarships

Geography majors Travis Stevens-White of Laramie, Wyoming, and Matthew Vaughan of Louisville, Kentucky, each received a $5,000 scholarship from the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Recent grad served as VT Rescue Squad chief

Forestry major Stephen Bennett was one of the thousands who graduated from Virginia Tech in May. Like everyone else, he worked hard to earn his degree. Unlike everyone else, Bennett saves lives in his free time.

Flevarakis selected as student research ambassador

Alexandra Flevarakis of Fairfax, Virginia, a junior majoring in wildlife conservation, is among a new set of student ambassadors selected by Virginia Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Research for the 2015-16 academic year.

Aksha raises funds for Nepal earthquake relief

Sanam Aksha, president Virginia Tech’s Nepalese Student Association, led a fundraising drive that raised $5,000 for relief efforts.

Meng earns American Chemical Society award

In drug-delivery research, finding a pharmaceutically active molecule is only half the battle: the drug must also be able to safely reach its target. Xiangtao Meng has developed a new technique to make that easier.

Student starts grief support group

Connie Henshaw established a Virginia Tech student chapter of Actively Moving Forward, a national organization dedicated to offering student-led support to those suffering the loss or illness of a loved one.

Faculty Briefs

McMullin to lead American Fisheries Society

Associate Professor Steve McMullin has been elected second vice president of the American Fisheries Society, the first step in a path that will lead to his serving as president in 2017-18.

Alumni Awards for Excellence

Two college faculty members were recognized with 2015 excellence awards presented by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

Worrell earns regional SAF award

Bill Worrell, Extension agent for Virginia’s Southwest District, received the Appalachian Society of American Foresters’ Volunteer Service Award.

Gagnon receives Virginia agribusiness award

Jennifer Gagnon received the 2015 Land-Grant University Award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council at the Virginia Forestry Summit in April.

Promotions and tenure

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has granted several college faculty promotions and approvals for tenure.

McGee receives award for GeoTEd work

Professor John McGee received the 2015 Distinguished Geospatial Education Partner Award from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence.

Development Happenings

Founder of America’s best natural resources program honored with the John F. Hosner Legacy Fund

How did John Hosner establish the foundation that today puts college at the top and commands a worldwide reputation of excellence?

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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