Winter 2013

From the Dean's Perspective

      • From the Dean's Perspective

        The new year began with a weeklong trip with our Leadership Institute students and codirectors Steve McMullin and Brian Bond to Richmond and Washington, D.C.

Global Sustainability

College News

      • Katelin Shugart-Schmidt
      • Commencement Speaker

        Katelin Shugart-Schmidt ('12 M.S. in fisheries and wildlife sciences) was selected to give the student address at the December commencement.

      • First year Students on the Right Path
      • First Year Experience Program Sets Students on the Right Path

        As the university places a greater emphasis on preparing freshmen for the rigors of college life, several college faculty members have risen to the challenge by developing a first year experience program to help students get acquainted with the demands of college classes.

      • Peggy A. Quarterman Headshot
      • Peggy Quarterman Retires

        During her career, Peggy reached out with an extraordinary kindness and thoughtfulness that touched the lives of everyone she encountered.

      • Virginia Tech Hosts First TEDx Event

        Faculty, students, and alumni came together to share their ideas at the first TEDxVirginiaTech event in November, featuring 21 speakers who shared ideas, insights, and inspiration centered around the theme “knowing.”

      • WEI 2013 Products
      • WEI Unveils 2013 Products

        The Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI), a student-run entrepreneurial venture that uses a concept-to-marketing business approach, is taking orders for this year’s products.

      • WDBJ WeaterFest
      • WeatherFest

        Meteorology students and program faculty spoke to over 3,000 visitors at the WDBJ WeatherFest in Roanoke last October and participated in the Open House at the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office in November.

Faculty Briefs

      • Kirwan Crown Award
      • Kirwan Receives Crown Award

        Kirwan dedicated many years to researching trees in Virginia as part of the state’s Big Tree Program, which prompted him to co-author the widely acclaimed “Remarkable Trees of Virginia” book.

      • Eric Wiseman tying a knot
      • Wiseman Named 2012 Early Career Scientist

        Assistant Professor Eric Wiseman is the recipient of the 2012 Early Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture, which boasts over 20,000 members worldwide.

Engagement and Outreach

Research Spotlight

Alumni Corner

      • Bettina Ring
      • Alumni Profile: Bettina Ring

        Bettina Ring joined the American Forest Foundation as senior vice president of family forests, bringing over 25 years of experience to the job.

      • Loegering Millionaire TV Show
      • Not Quite a Millionaire!

        Associate Professor John Loegering, University of Minnesota–Crookston faculty member, gained notoriety as a contestant on a “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” episode.

      • 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.