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Winter 2017

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Table of Contents: Winter 2017

From the Dean's Perspective

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. I hope you will join us for our celebration on campus in the fall. We will commemorate not only the formation of the college but also our long history at Virginia Tech and the evolution of our program over time.

College News

Women’s conference was a rousing success!

The college welcomed nearly 200 students, alumni, faculty, staff, working professionals, and invited guests to the Inn at Virginia Tech for the Women in Natural Resources: Leading, Mentoring, and Connecting conference.

Dean’s Advisory Council established

The college is pleased to announce the creation of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Members include professionals, donors, and stakeholders who represent a wide spectrum of practices.

New alumni director named

The college welcomed Corrine Woods as its director of alumni relations in January.

Assistant Dean Thomas Olson retires

Thomas Olson, the college’s assistant dean of finance, human resources, and research since 2000, retired in December after 28 years at Virginia Tech.

Candice Albert named director of administration and finance

A consummate planner, Thomas Olson always had an eye toward the college’s future and worked closely with Candice Albert over the past five years to ensure a seamless transition when he retired.

Effort continues to preserve Stadium Woods

Work continues on protecting and preserving 11.5 acres of old-growth forest on the Virginia Tech campus commonly known as Stadium Woods.

Internship with multicultural program shapes student’s career plan

Carolyn Copenheaver partnered with Keita Shumaker to provide a worthy student with a unique opportunity.

Mussels released into Tennessee’s Powell River

The Powell River, located in northeastern Tennessee, became home to 750 new mussels last fall thanks to a restoration effort funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority

WEI 2017 product

The Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI), a student-run entrepreneurial venture, has knocked it out of the park with its 2017 product — a VT-shaped tabletop wine rack.

Faculty Briefs

Schoenholtz leads National Institutes for Water Resources

Across the nation, awareness of water as a critical, increasingly limited resource is seeping into public consciousness. With an eye toward the future of water, Professor Stephen Schoenholtz has been named president of the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Orth garners multiple honors

Donald J. Orth, the Thomas H. Jones Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, has recently been honored with multiple awards for his teaching.

Wiseman receives arboricultural award

Associate Professor Eric Wiseman received the 2016 Alex L. Shigo Award for Arboricultural Education from the International Society of Arboriculture.


Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours 40th anniversary

Combining education, networking, sightseeing, good food, and an opportunity to experience local communities, the field tours offer an incredible outdoor classroom on sustainable forestry management.

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas project relies on volunteers to update data

Many people recognize the most common bird species in Virginia, but there is still much that scientists don’t know about these species.

Student Notes

Meteorology student lands impressive mountaintop internship

While many people spend their summers in the sun and sand, Tim Greene of Princeton, Massachusetts was more than happy to spend his summer in conditions of snow, ice, and winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Moser studies rare cottontail for ACC Fellowship

Senior wildlife conservation major Allison Moser of Ashburn, Virginia, spent the summer in the mountains of Roan, North Carolina, studying the Appalachian cottontail, a rare rabbit species, under an ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowship.

Wentzel studies black bears with the Fralin SURF program

Lindsay Wentzel, a junior double majoring in wildlife conservation and fish conservation, worked with a team that studied black bears for evidence of pseudopregnancy.

One for the record books!

Senior Hae Kim and master’s student Jason Emmel are not only fishing buddies and fellow fish conservation students; they have traded the Virginia record for the largest carp captured using bow and arrow.

Cadets receive colors at Bristol

Two students from the college were among the three cadets selected to receive the flags before the Battle at Bristol.

New classroom building is state-of-the-art

Sarah Karpanty’s Principles of Fisheries and Wildlife Management and Conservation course meets in Virginia Tech’s new classroom building, a state-of-the-art facility that includes 15 classrooms and four labs designed for interdisciplinary use by students and faculty across the university

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Sean Wetterberg — Working in a winter wonderland

When Sean Wetterberg graduated from Virginia Tech, he never imagined that he could combine his passions for skiing and forestry into a career with the U.S. Forest Service.

Donor Profile: Bob Garst — Generous commitment in the name of service

When asked why he has chosen to give annually to the college since 1974, Bob Garst’s answer is simple: “It’s the right thing to do.” For Garst, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) isn’t just a motto; it’s a lifestyle.

Bristow generates POWER at NASA

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in geography in 2011, Tyler Bristow has put his studies to the test, working to improve the technology available to the global renewable energy community.

Alum is a master ‘green thumb’

Suzie Leslie was featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Virginia Gardener magazine for her efforts to create a biologically balanced landscape.

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.

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.

Celebrate with Us

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