Summer 2014

From the Dean's Perspective

College News

Student Notes

      • Alex Garreston
      • Garretson shines in 'Spring Awakening'

        Alex Garretson of Rockville, Md., a senior double majoring in wildlife science and theatre arts, starred in the School of Performing Arts’ spring production of “Spring Awakening.”

      • Corinne Diggins
      • Grad student works to preserve endangered flying squirrels

        Realizing that the tiny northern flying squirrel depends upon red spruce trees, scientists from government agencies and nonprofit organizations have been protecting and restoring landscapes that support the once-plentiful tree and releasing suppressed trees as well as planting seedlings in the central Appalachian Mountains.

      • New School theater
      • Serving community and the arts

        As a service-learning project, students in Professor Robert Bush’s Senior Seminar in Forest Products Marketing and Management built an outdoor “theater” for the Blacksburg New School.

Staff Member Spotlight

      • Kathie Hollandsworth
      • Hollandsworth's lifetime of music

        Cheatham Hall’s favorite musician, Kathie Hollandsworth, support technician for the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and her band recently helped kick off the Crooked Road Festival celebrating mountain music in a sold-out performance at the Moss Arts Center’s new 1,260-seat auditorium.

Faculty Briefs

      • Geza Ifju Headshot
      • In memoriam: Geza Ifju

        Professor Emeritus Geza Ifju, 83, passed away at his Blacksburg home on May 15 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Beth, their seven children, and nine grandchildren.

      • Donald W. Linzey
      • Linzey honored with Jefferson Medal

        In a fitting tribute to a lifetime of dedication to the natural world, wildlife conservation instructor Donald W. Linzey has been awarded the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education.

      • Promotions and tenure

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

Research Spotlight

Alumni Corner

      • Linda Casey
      • Alumni Profile: Linda Casey

        Linda Casey (’74 B.S. forestry) knew building a career in her preferred field wouldn’t be easy. “I was the only female forestry major in my class when I started,” she said. “I didn’t know of any women in the profession at the time.”

      • John Wilburn
      • In Memoriam: John Wilburn

        John D. Wilburn (’06 B.S. and ’12 M.S. forestry) of Grants Pass, Oregon, died in a kayaking accident in California on March 9 at the age of 30.

      • 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.