Spring 2012

From the Dean's Perspective

College News

      • CMI carbon offset project
      • CMI Instrumental in Completing Carbon Offset Project

        The college’s Conservation Management Institute (CMI) provided technical expertise for the world’s first avoided planned deforestation project to receive certification under the requirements of the international Verified Carbon Standard.

      • Sustainable Biomaterials Logo
      • Department Changes Name

        The college’s wood science and forest products department has changed its name to the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials.

Student Notes

      • Matt Hillman
      • Graduate Student Saves Drowning Victim

        Matt Hillman of Southborough, Mass., a wildlife science master’s student who was conducting research on Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C., last May, became a local hero when he saved the life of a woman drowning in a rip tide.

      • Erika Hajnal Swimming
      • Hajnal's Last Dip in the Pool for H2Okies

        Senior wildlife science major Erika Hajnal of Budapest, Hungary, closed out her career on the H2Okies swimming team with strong performances in this year’s ACC and NCAA championships.

      • Nate Slemp
      • Slemp Heads VT Snow

        Nate Slemp, a wood science and forest products major, is president of VT Snow, a student-run ski and snowboard club now in its third year.

Faculty Briefs

      • In Memoriam: Dennis Stauffer

        Dennis Stauffer — son of Professor Dean Stauffer, associate dean of academic programs, and his wife, Bennie — died in an automobile accident in Asheville, N.C., on Jan. 18, 2012.

      • Plover Research Captures Monograph Award

        Nationally known wildlife researcher Jim Fraser and his research team leaders Lawrence Houghton and Jonathan Cohen received the 2011 Wildlife Society Publication Award in the monograph category.

      • Social Media Steers Hollywood Stars to Tech

        Geography instructor John Boyer, already known for his Plaid Avenger alter ego and his unorthodox teaching methods, has embraced social media in a way unmatched on the Blacksburg campus.

Research Spotlight

International Crossings

Alumni Corner

      • 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.