Fall 2011

From the Dean's Perspective

      • Dean's Perspective
      • From the Dean's Perspective

        Forests and forestry are strategic tools for a growing world population that needs fresh water, clean air, biodiversity, and renewable materials.

College News

      • Henderson Sycamore
      • Giving Rebirth to the Henderson Sycamore

        Many mourned when the ancient sycamore on Henderson lawn at Virginia Tech had to be cut down last year. The exact age of the tree is unknown, but it had been on campus since Virginia Tech’s establishment in 1872.

Student Notes

      • Rejzer and White
      • Bass Fishing Team Returns to Nationals

        Jody White, a fisheries science major and president of the Virginia Tech Bass Fishing Team, and partner Carson Rejzer, a building construction major, placed 11th at the 2011 FlW College Fishing national Championship held last spring.

      • Joe Davis
      • Davis NCAA All-American

        Joe Davis of Sarasota, Fla., a senior majoring in conservation and recreation management, earned his first All-American honor.

      • Brandon Fair
      • Fair Places Second in Writing Contest

        Brandon Fair, a sophomore fisheries science major from Mount Sidney, Va., earned second place in the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc., Collegiate undergraduate Writing Contest.

      • Jeff Feldhaus
      • Feldhaus a Leader in Flag Football Officiating

        Virginia Tech intramural sports graduate assistant Jeff Feldhaus, who is working towards a master’s degree in forestry, was chosen for the second consecutive year to officiate the American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Flag Football Tournament last winter.

      • Candice Lueberring
      • First Doctorate in Geography Department

        Candice Luebbering became the first student to complete a doctorate in the history of the Virginia Tech geography department, earning her degree in geospatial and environmental analysis in May 2011.

      • Scott McDonald
      • Student Creates Unique Furniture Design

        Senior Scott McDonald created an elliptical coffee table dubbed “Magnus.” It can be rotated to form a rosette shape using magnets embedded under the table’s laminate surface.

      • Alex Garretson
      • Wildlife Major Leads 'The Fantasticks'

        Alex Garretson, a wildlife science major from Rockville, Md., held a lead role in the Department of Theatre and Cinema’s spring production of “The Fantasticks.”

Faculty Briefs

      • Kevin Edgar
      • Edgar Develops New Methods for Cellulose Synthesis

        Biomaterials Professor Kevin Edgar was awarded an $800,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to fund research on developing new methods for cellulose synthesis.

      • Tom Fox
      • Fox Awarded Fulbright to Chile

        Forestry Professor Tom Fox spent the fall 2010 semester working on a research project that compared carbon dynamics and carbon sequestration in tree plantations and native forests in Chile.

      • Jason Holliday
      • Holliday Earns NSF Early Career Grant

        Jason Holliday, assistant professor of forest genetics and biotechnology, is using a $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation to gain insight into how tree populations adapt at the genomic scale as a result of climate change.

      • Michael Mortimer
      • Mortimer Studies Controversial Legislation

        A new study published in the Journal of Forestry has found that the U.S. Forest Service paid $6.1 million in legal fees to groups that have successfully sued it from 1999 to 2005.

      • Promotion and Tenure
      • Promotions and Tenure

        The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has granted several college faculty promotions and approvals for tenure.

Alumni Corner

      • Alumni Authors' Book Covers
      • Alumni Authors

        The latest books by two of the college's alumni, Lisa Norris and Neil F. Payne, are now available.

      • Alumni form lumber company
      • Hokies United

        Alumni purchased an existing sawmill on a site that has housed a lumber company since the early 20th century, with hopes to ramp up production.

      • 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.