Winter 2012

From the Dean's Perspective

      • Leadership Institute 2012 DC Trip
      • From the Dean's Perspective

        2012 started off with a dash of four days of travel in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with our Leadership Institute students.

College News

Student Notes

      • Residential College Students and Faculty
      • New Residential College Experience

        Nine students from the college are participating in the inaugural Honors Residential College (HRC), a new type of living environment where students can engage with peers, faculty, staff, and community members within a residence hall.

      • Weather Dan
      • Fans Rally to Thank 'Weather Dan'

        Geography and meteorology student Dan Goff, the chief meteorologist at Virginia Tech’s WUVT-FM radio station, has quite a fan following.

      • Fisheries students earn NOAA scholarships
      • Undergraduates Earn National Scholarships

        Fisheries science majors Andrew Shamaskin of Midlothian, Va., and Brendan Runde of Mechanicsville, Md., each received an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Faculty Briefs

      • Adam and Nathan Downing
      • Downing Honored for 'Generation Next'

        Extension Agent Adam Downing, Michael LaChance of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Michael Santucci of the Virginia Department of Forestry recently earned national acclaim for their work to help preserve family forests.

      • Eric Hallerman on Capitol Hill
      • Hallerman Promotes Genetic Engineering Awareness

        Eric Hallerman discusses the use of genetically modified animals in food production, a hotly debated issue, in a commentary recently published by the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology, a nongovernment organization that informs elected officials and the public on emerging issues in agriculture.

      • Bruce Hull Engaged Scholar
      • Hull Honored as Engaged Scholar

        Professor Bruce Hull was named the Engaged Scholar for July by the university’s Outreach Council for his involvement in projects aimed at promoting sustainable land use and his role as advisor to a number of organizations.

      • Bob Smith Forestry Research Council
      • Smith Selected for Forestry Research Council

        Bob Smith, associate dean of engagement, has been appointed by the secretary of agriculture to the Forestry Research Advisory Council, representing the interest area of forestry schools and state agricultural experiment stations.

      • David L. Trauger
      • Trauger Receives Science Teaching Award

        Professor Emeritus David L. Trauger received the Washington Academy of Sciences Leo Schubert Award for teaching science in college. Founded in 1898, the academy has been honoring distinguished scientists who work in the greater Washington, D.C., area since 1940.

Alumni Corner

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      • Alumni Profile: Shawn Hash

        It didn’t take Shawn Hash long to figure out how to turn his love of the outdoors into a career path. Shortly after graduating, he and his brother opened Tangent Outfitters.

      • Wade and McKee
      • Hokie Oaks

        Charlie Wade (’07 B.S. and ’10 M.S. in forestry) and Scott McKee (’09 B.S. and ’11 M.S. in forestry) started Collegiate Nurseries in 2009, offering a way for students, fans, and alumni to take a piece of campus home with them.

      • 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.