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Summer 2012

College News

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    Fellowships Offer Diverse Opportunities for Graduate Students , article

    The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation recently received two National Needs Fellowship grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; each grant funds four fellowships. The fellowships are designed to increase the number of underrepresented groups — particularly minorities, women, and first-generation college students — with higher degrees in agriculture and natural resources.

Awards and Honors

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    Alumni Award of Achievement , article

    Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech (’78 B.S. in forestry and wildlife) received the Alumni Award of Achievement.

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    Friend of the College , article

    Brooks M. Whitehurst (’51 B.S. in chemical engineering) was honored as the 2011-12 Friend of the College. He has been generous in his financial and personal support of the Wood Enterprise Institute.

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    Outstanding Graduates , article

    Cari Lynn Squibb (Graduating Senior), Beth Stein (Master's Student), and Baojuan Zheng (Ph.D. Student) were honored for their exceptional work as natural resources students.

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    Outstanding Recent Alumni , article

    Erica Santana (’05 B.S. in wildlife science) of Opelika, Ala., received this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumna Award – Undergraduate Degree. Guillermo Trincado (‘06 Ph.D. in forest biometrics) received this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award – Graduate Degree.

Student Notes

Faculty Briefs

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    Hindman New Editor of Wood Design Focus , article

    Associate Professor Daniel Hindman of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials was recently named the editor of Wood Design Focus, a journal produced by the Forest Products Society that features articles on various aspects of wood engineering.

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    Promotions and Tenure , article

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

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    Schwarz Honorary Ambassador for Jeju , article

    Michael Schwarz, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, was recently presented with a letter of entrustment from the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province of South Korea, naming him an honorary ambassador for the island.

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    Stern Selected as Clemson Scholar , article

    Associate Professor Marc Stern of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation was selected as Scholar of the Clemson University Institute for Parks, one of the largest concentrations of park researchers in any U.S. academic institution.

Alumni Corner

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    Additional alumni news , article

    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.

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    Alumni Profile: George Bumann , article

    George Bumann (’02 M.S. in wildlife science) has made a name for himself with his stunning wildlife artwork. Since earning his degree, he has become a professional sculptor, working out of his studio in Gardiner, Mont., at the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

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    Jones Received Cross-Alumni Leadership Award , article

    Edwin Jones (‘79 B.S. and ‘83 Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife sciences), director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, received the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation’s Gerald H. Cross Alumni Leadership Award.

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    Seiler Goes West , article

    Members of both the Seattle and Portland, Ore., chapters of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association were treated to “An Evening With Alumni Distinguished Professor John Seiler” in June.

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    Speaks Named National Forest Supervisor , article

    Tom Speaks (’79 B.S. in forestry and wildlife) was selected as the new forest supervisor of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, headquartered in Roanoke.

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    University Honors Hukill With Pylon Dedication , article

    The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets honored U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Maurice Hukill (’81 B.S. in forestry and wildlife) by engraving his name into one of the pylons at the War Memorial on campus. Hukill was one of 241 American servicemen killed in the terrorist bombing attack on the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 23, 1983.

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    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.