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Winter 2015

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College News

Timothy D. Sands installed as Virginia Tech president

The formal installation of Timothy D. Sands as Virginia Tech’s 16th president on Oct. 17 was part of a three-day celebration that engaged students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Master Naturalist program grant to enhance training curriculum

The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced awards of nearly $250,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources, including $20,000 for the Virginia Master Naturalist program.

A step back in time

In honor of Virginia Cooperative Extension’s centennial in 2014, we present this brief history of Extension forestry, as drawn from a 1980 publication titled “College of the Fields.”

XMNR’s three-year legacy in China

Since 2012, the college’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) accelerated graduate degree program, based in the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, has sent a cohort of students on a 10-day international residency to Yunnan Province, China, to concentrate on sustainable development in the region.

WEI 2015 product

The Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI), a student-run entrepreneurial venture, is taking orders for its 2015 product — custom wall-mount bottle openers.


Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile – Kathryn Prociv

At The Weather Channel’s Atlanta headquarters, Kathryn Prociv is known for her calm demeanor as a weather producer on the set of the channel’s flagship program, “AMHQ With Sam Champion.”

In Memoriam: James Edward (Jim) Mooney II

Alumnus James E. (Jim) Mooney II, 55, founder, past president, and executive director of the Virginia Loggers Association, died Oct. 27 at his home in Lake Monticello, Virginia. He was a passionate logging industry activist, a former logger, and a community volunteer.

Jamie Roberts moves on

After more than a decade in the college’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Jamie Roberts has moved on to a position as assistant professor of fisheries at Georgia Southern University.

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.

Features

College’s signature program trains future leaders

Twelve students are selected each year to participate in this two-semester course — the nation’s only intensive undergraduate program aimed at honing the leadership skills of future natural resources professionals.

Research field experience takes students to new heights

A new course offered by the geography department took six students to the Cascade Mountains of Washington state last summer and is slated for more trips to rugged mountain locations in the future.


Student Notes

Student meteorology club named outstanding chapter

The Virginia Tech Meteorology Club, was named as the American Meteorological Society’s Outstanding Chapter of the Year for 2013-14.

Meade selected for Phi Beta Kappa

Taylor Meade of Wise, Virginia, a senior geography major, was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society.

Packaging interns tour distribution facilities

Internships at the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design offer students many opportunities for out-of-classroom learning.

Cadets highlight colors at football games

In a continuing partnership between the Virginia Tech football team and the Corps of Cadets, players and cadets are selected to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremonies at each game.

First Cultures Fair a great success!

The college held its first Cultures Fair in November to highlight the range of diversity in our college family — current faculty, staff, and students represent 25 different countries!


Research Spotlight

PINEMAP scientists work toward sustainably managing southern pine plantations

Virginia Tech is one of 11 southeastern land-grant universities that conduct research, education, and outreach as part of the Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP),

Surviving eastern hemlocks have a story to tell

Will the majestic eastern hemlock be wiped out by an invasive cousin of the aphid?

Social interactions among bats could contribute to resilience

Doctoral students Alexander Silvis and Andrew Kniowski applied graphic and spatial approaches to findings from Ohio State field studies suggesting that the endangered Indiana bat may be able to use social connections to survive a certain amount of roost destruction.

Incentives slowing deforestation in Amazon

An international team of scientists reviewed published research about policy interventions and commodity market effects, and determined that positive incentives for farmers, counties, and states can be as effective for the preservation of Brazilian Amazon forests as public policies that enforce penalties.

Failed Olympic bids moved Toronto toward becoming a model city

Toronto lost its bid to host the Olympics Games five times during the past half century, yet the bidding process produced legacies for the city as well as lessons for other cities.

Grant aids compostable plastic bag development

Our summer 2014 issue included a story on Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Glasser’s work with the start-up firm cycleWood Solutions Inc. to produce plastic bags that degrade within six months when composted.


Position Search

Professor and
Department Chair

The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is seeking a visionary and energetic individual to serve as professor and department chair. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position available July 1, 2017.

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