Summer 2012

College News

      • Fellowship
      • Fellowships Offer Diverse Opportunities for Graduate Students

        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

      • Doug and Jeanne Domenech
      • Alumni Award of Achievement

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

      • Brooks Whitehurst
      • Friend of the College

        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.

      • Outstanding Graduates

        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.

      • Outstanding Recent Alumni

        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

      • Carson Rejzer and Wyatt Blevins
      • Bass Fishing Teams Place in National and Regional Competitions

        Wyatt Blevins, a fisheries science major, and Carson Rejzer, a building construction major, earned fifth place in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship. In addition, two Virginia Tech teams placed in the Carhartt College Bass East Super Regional.

      • Meteorology Club
      • Meteorology Club Promotes Major

        The Virginia Tech Meteorology Club has recently become a chapter of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.

      • Claudia Wultsch and Bruiser
      • National Geographic Highlights Scat Studies

        Wildlife science graduate student Claudia Wultsch and her scat detector dog Bruiser have once again garnered international attention by being featured on the National Geographic website.

      • Jarrett Wansley
      • Wansley Selected for STEP Program

        Senior wildlife science major Jarrett Wansley of Richmond, Va., was selected for a competitive STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) position with the Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture, housed in the college’s Conservation Management Institute (CMI).

      • Danielle Williams
      • Williams Named Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist

        Danielle Williams of Falls Church, Va., who received an executive master of natural resources degree in May, has been named a finalist for a Presidential Management Fellowship, a highly competitive two-year post-graduate fellowship with a federal agency.

Faculty Briefs

      • Daniel Hindman
      • Hindman New Editor of Wood Design Focus

        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.

      • Promotions and Tenure
      • Promotions and Tenure

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

      • Michael Schwarz
      • Schwarz Honorary Ambassador for Jeju

        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.

      • Marc Stern
      • Stern Selected as Clemson Scholar

        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

      • 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.

      • George Bumann
      • Alumni Profile: George Bumann

        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.

      • McMullin, Jones, and Cross
      • Jones Received Cross-Alumni Leadership Award

        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.

      • John Seiler
      • Seiler Goes West

        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.

      • Tom Speaks
      • Speaks Named National Forest Supervisor

        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.

      • Engraving
      • University Honors Hukill With Pylon Dedication

        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.

      • 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.