The college’s Conservation Management Institute (CMI) and Project Manager Verl Emrick received the “Patriotic Employer” award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. Project Assistant Matt Fields, a Reservist, nominated CMI and Emrick for the award for assisting him during his deployment and re-entry into civilian life. “I just wanted to thank CMI and Verl for supporting me and my family while I was deployed,” Fields said.