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Summer 2017

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Table of Contents: Summer 2017

From the Dean's Perspective

As you read and think about how the college is growing, please know that we are very much tuned into the environment in which we work and how we serve our students and each other. Strategic growth is a key component of the college’s future in the complex world of higher education.

College News

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners with college to target students for future conservation careers

The two partners signed a memorandum of understanding that will help connect Virginia Tech students with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs and career development opportunities.

Crawford named chair of the Department of Geography

Crawford looks forward to continuing his research in sustainability and human-environment interactions at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech hosts Southern Silvicultural Research Conference

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation hosted the 19th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, which brought together 180 scientists and professionals from the Southeastern U.S.

PINEMAP project earns partnership award

The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation project (PINEMAP) was recently recognized with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award.

Faculty Briefs

Schwarz named director of Seafood AREC

Michael Schwarz, a leader in aquaculture production, is director of the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton.

New position unites social science with bird conservation

Ashley Gramza has joined Virginia Tech to serve as the national bird conservation social science coordinator.

Murphys recognized for conservation efforts

Professor Brian Murphy and his wife, Martha, received the A. Willis Robertson Citizen Conservation Award from the Virginia Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Castello awarded Pew marine conservation fellowship

Assistant Professor Leandro Castello will use the fellowship to determine the best way to generate catch-rate data for tropical fish.

Edgar and Dong receive American Chemical Society awards

Sustainability Institute Director Angie De Soto was named “Favorite Faculty” by one of her students.

De Soto named ‘Favorite Faculty’

Sustainability Institute Director Angie De Soto was named “Favorite Faculty” by one of her students.


Islands in the sky

The Virginia and the Carolina subspecies of the northern flying squirrel have a symbiotic relationship with red spruce, found at higher elevations in the Southeast.

New Zealand is an ideal venue for studying sustainability

Over winter break, 26 students and two faculty members embarked on a three-week study abroad course called Sustaining the Natural Environment and Human Societies in New Zealand.

Student Notes

Livingston designs a better future

Lamont “Gucci” Livingston received the Division of Student Affairs Aspire! Award, for a student who is preparing for a life of courageous leadership.

Students speak to Ut Prosim Society

Students Tyneshia Griffin and Lindsay Wentzel represented the college at this year’s Ut Prosim Society Celebration.

Fitzpatrick studies endangered plant species for Fralin Fellowship

Wildlife conservation major Jessica Fitzpatrick studied a federally endangered plant species, Michaux’s sumac, with a team from the Conservation Management Institute.

Mixing some “green” with game day orange and maroon

Sustainable biomaterials major Bridget Acland conceived an idea to institute a recycling program for home football games while interning for the Office of Sustainability.

Staff Member Spotlight

‘Mission RareQuest’ earns film festival award

Priya Jaishanker’s film “Mission RareQuest” was named a runner-up at the 2017 RVA Environmental Film Festival.

Awards and Honors

The college honored some of its most accomplished students, prominent alumni, respected faculty, and cherished friends at this year’s Annual Awards Recognition Celebration. View the complete list of 2016-17 awards and recipients. Among the many honors presented are those highlighted here.

Outstanding graduates

Congratulations to our outstanding graduates: Allison Moser, senior; Kayla Davis, master’s; Anne Hilborn, doctorate.

Outstanding recent alumnus

Alexander Miller (’06, ’09) received this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in recognition of his early career accomplishments.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: A Farrell family affair

Alums Jill and Rob Farrell are happy that their two sons are following their footsteps at Virginia Tech.

Domenech appointed Assistant Secretary of the Interior

Domenech will serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Insular Affairs, which coordinates federal policy for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Bumann’s art selected to represent American Heritage Prize

George Bumann’s (’02) bison sculpture served as the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize given by the American Prairie Reserve.

In memoriam: Belinda Stone Carroll (’85)

Belinda Carroll held several positions in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she earned a master’s in agricultural and extension education.

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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