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Show your Hokie pride by giving back

Lending a hand is just part of being a Hokie, and there are many ways that you can support the efforts of the college, your department, and current students. Each option is unique and helps makes a difference — just like you! Please note that many events and activities are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s easy and it’s the first step to getting and staying engaged. We want to stay in touch and let you know what’s happening in the college and your department, so please keep your contact information up to date.

Connect with alumni and employers, learn about upcoming events, and build your professional network.

Virginia Tech and CNRE host an array of events throughout the year so alumni can connect with friends, network for career success, cheer on the Hokies, and visit the campus that will always be home. Here are just a few to watch for:

CNRE Welcome Back Bash — This annual event welcomes students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends back to campus in the fall.

Homecoming Tailgate — Meet us at the CNRE table on the Holtzman Alumni Center lawn to visit with fellow alumni and friends, faculty, and students.

Networking events — Hokies hit the road every academic year to bring events to you. Events often focus on a particular career field or provide opportunities for women to connect.

CNRE New Alumni Launch Party — Each spring we welcome our graduating seniors into the Alumni Association and host another great opportunity to visit with alumni, faculty, and graduating seniors.    

We believe in Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and giving other Hokies a leg up, and there’s no better way to bring the two together than by helping a new graduate prepare for and land that first job — or giving a boost to a more seasoned professional. Plus, you can also make your own organization stronger by bringing in new talent.

Want to hire a Hokie?

Take part in the annual CNRE Career Fair. More than 40 employers and 400 students participate in the daylong event, and there is also a networking reception the evening before the fair and on-campus interviews the day after.

Register and advertise open positions on Handshake. This web-based application connects employers to Virginia Tech students and is a fantastic tool to help you recruit from among the very best.    

Have you met John Freeborn? He is CNRE’s director of employer relations and he’s on a mission to connect students with their future employers. Opportunities include campus visits, as well as the new intensive immersive experience, where a small group of students spend one to two days at a business or nonprofit to learn about everything from the future of the industry to the culture of the organization.

If you have questions or are interested, email John Freeborn, director of employer relations.

CNRE’s director of recruitment travels the eastern seaboard to recruit high school and transfer students for all of our degree programs, but he’s only one person and could use your help. If you like talking with prospective students and parents about your college experience and career, you’ve got this! We also need people with connections to high school science teachers and advisors.

If you have questions or are interested, email John Gray Wiliams, director of recruitment.

Virginia Tech has more than 250,000 living alumni — what a pool of career experts! Many students need a mentor or just someone they can bounce ideas off on an informal basis, so the university offers Hokie Mentorship Connect as a way to tap into this knowledge. You can sign up to be a mentor, participate in flash mentorship sessions, or post on a career-specific message board.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment prepares graduates who have the knowledge and skills to make a difference and the passion to want to. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise with current students, check out the options below.

The college’s Leadership Institute allows a select group of students to focus on what makes them tick as leaders  and learn from those who have already risen to the top. The group visits Richmond and Washington, D.C., each year during winter break, so consider hosting these students at your workplace or look for other ways to get involved with the program.

A variety of speaking opportunities pop up throughout the year and can range from championing diversity and inclusion efforts to highlighting a particular research area. If you have a specific area of expertise and would be able to come to campus, let us know.

If you have questions or are interested, email CNRE Alumni.

Do you know someone who has graduated from CNRE within the last 10 years who has made a difference by standing out in their profession and/or in engaging with other alumni and the college? Consider submitting a nomination for this annual award. You can also nominate yourself!

You can make a difference today by giving to the CNRE Annual Fund in order to support experiential learning, scholarships, and research. All of these efforts make an incredible impact on our students’ lives.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for alumni and friends

CNRE Scholarship and Awards Banquet

Spring 2021

This annual event is CNRE’s night to shine and recognize the achievements of students, faculty, and alumni over the past year (by invitation only).

Three students with shovels dump dirt into a freshly dug hole for a young tree supported by wooden stakes.

CNRE New Alumni Launch Party

Spring 2021

All graduating undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to the Launch Party for food, music, and prizes! The event is free but registration is required.

Reunion Weekend 2021

Summer 2021

Calling all Hokies! Make plans to come to campus next summer. There will be dinners on the Drillfield, behind-the-scenes campus tours, happy hours, time to connect with friends, and more.

CNRE at Homecoming Tailgate

Fall 2021

Celebrate with us before Virginia Tech takes the field for Homecoming in Lane Stadium. If you are a graduate of or friend of CNRE, please join us for food and fun at the college’s Homecoming tailgate!

CNRE Career Fair

Fall 2021

If your company or organization has current or upcoming openings for full-time or part-time positions or internships, connect with students and alumni at the annual career fair. There will also be a networking reception on September 18 at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

Missed a webinar? You can still watch the video!

CNRE provides a variety of informative webinars each semester on topics ranging from working for the National Park Service to navigating job search tools. Most are recorded so you can watch any time.


Recent Alumni Award

Shannon McCabe (’10 B.S., ’12 M.S.), winner of the 2020 Recent Alumni Award, knows how important forming connections with people is to managing and maintaining our natural resources. The executive director of the Association of Consulting Foresters serves in leadership positions in several professional organizations and has made a concerted effort to stay engaged with the college, including serving on the advisory board for the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.

A young woman standing in a pine forest.

Stay connected with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association

Virginia Tech has more than 250,000 living alumni in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. That’s a lot of Hokies, so there are a lot of ways to stay engaged:

Jump-start your career

If you’re actively seeking a new position or getting ready in case an opportunity presents itself, Alumni Career Resources can help.