Winter 2011

From the Dean's Perspective

      • From the Dean's Perspective

        The pace quickens as we work on a structural and content overhaul of most of our college’s undergraduate degree platform and prepare the college and our students for the future.

College News

Student Notes

      • Jung Ki Hong
      • Hong Selected as Doctoral Scholar

        Chosen as one of nine Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Doctoral Scholars, representing five colleges and nine departments.

      • Erika Hajnal's banner
      • Larger Than Life

        Erika Hajnal, a junior wildlife sciences major from Budapest, Hungary, was among several Hokie athletes selected to appear on large banners.

      • Mike St. Germain
      • Wings Across the Americas Award

        A graduate student in fisheries and wildlife sciences was recognized for his contribution to the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and U.S. Forest Service Bat Blitz partnership.

Faculty Briefs

      • Susan Day and Julia Bartens
      • Day Named Early Career Scientist

        Assistant Professor Susan D. Day received the 2010 Early Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture, a professional society with over 22,000 members worldwide that serves the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.

      • Laszlo Horvath and Young Teck Kim
      • New Packaging Science Faculty

        The Department of Wood Science and Forest Products recently welcomed two new faculty members as assistant professors of practice with emphasis on undergraduate education and research in packaging science.

      • Rich Oderwald
      • Oderwald Retires as Professor Emeritus

        The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors honored Richard Oderwald, professor of forest biometrics and associate dean of academic programs, with the title of “professor emeritus” following his retirement last summer.

      • Alavalapati and Trincado
      • Professor and Graduate Student Given IUFRO Honors

        Professor Janaki Alavalapati, head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and former graduate student Guillermo Trincado were honored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) at its World Congress last summer.

      • Audrey Zink-Sharp with student
      • Zink-Sharp Now an SWST Fellow

        Professor Audrey Zink-Sharp has been elected a Fellow of the Society for Wood Science and Technology (SWST), an international organization dedicated to advancing the profession of wood science.

Development Happenings

      • Whitehurst with students
      • WEI Advances Program With Donation From Brooks Whitehurst

        Whitehurst visited WEI last summer and recognized it as an important learning environment to develop leadership skills among students as well as an ideal place to “test drive” new technology innovations from a business perspective.

Big Tree

      • Big tree
      • Big Tree

        Virginia is once again well represented in the National Register of Big Trees, published every two years by American Forests.

Alumni Corner

      • Alumni News — Winter 2011

        Updates on Keith Ashley (‘75 B.S. in biology and ‘79 M.S. in fisheries and wildlife sciences), Neil A. Clark (‘94 B.S. in forestry and wildlife, ‘98 M.S. in forestry), Gerald Foltz (‘70 B.S. in forestry), and Steven Quagliata (‘08 B.A. in geography).

      • Greg Meade
      • Alumni Profile: Greg Meade

        As Greg Meade, manager of the Conservation Forestry Program for The nature Conservancy in Abingdon, Va., has garnered accolades and established an outstanding career and reputation in forestry, he has maintained close ties to his alma mater.

      • 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.