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!
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 young alumni or women to connect.
CNRE Graduation Celebration — 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?
Participate in a CNRE career fair if you are seeking to hire a curent student or recent graduate for a full- or part-time position or an internship.
Register and advertise open positions on Handshake. This web-based application connects employers to Virginia tech students and alumni 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, webinars, and internships, as well as the Day in the Life program, 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 east coast to recruit high school and transfer students for all of our degree programs, but he 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.
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 Washington, D.C., and select cities in Virginia 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 or participate in a Zoom session, 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 in engaging with other alumni and the college? Consider submitting a nomination for this annual award. You can also nominate yourself!
If you have questions or would like to nominate someone, email CNRE Alumni.
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.
Questions about getting involved? Connect with Tara!
If you want to learn more about how you can impact and be a part of the great work that is happening in CNRE, get in touch with Tara Nepper, director of alumni relations. Tara can help you get connected with the right people in the college or the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. We hope you will take part in ongoing activities or share an idea for a new initiative that suits your talents and interests!
Contact Tara Nepper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540‑231‑5484.
Missed a webinar? You can still watch the video!
CNRE hosts a variety of informative webinars each semester. Many feature faculty members discussing their research, while others offer career preparation tools for students. Watch any of our past webinars at your convenience.
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Conservation in a polarized society: How do we bring people together for the common good, with Marc Stern
April 21, 2022
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - The race to save Appalachia’s giant salamander: the eastern hellbender, with William Hopkins
March 17, 2022
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Citizen science in natural resources: How volunteers are making a difference, with Michelle Prysby
February 17, 2022
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Generation NEXT: Conserve your land and legacy, with Jennifer Gagnon, Karl Didier, and Adam Downing
November 18, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Designing a Sustainable World from Nature's Building Blocks, with Kevin Edgar
October 21, 2021
- Noontime Knowledge with Dean Paul Winistorfer and Brent Keefer, CEO of American Forest Management, Inc.
October 13, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Coastal flooding: Should we stay or should we go, with Anamaria Bukvic
September 16, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - This is Home: Exploring the Trees of Virginia Tech, with Jamie King
May 20, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Who Feeds Birds and Why, with Ashley Dayer
April 15, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Getting Your Deck Ready for Spring BBQs, with Joe Loferski
March 18, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Burning Ring of Fire, with Adam Coates
February 18, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Changing Alpine Landscapes, with Lynn Resler
January 21, 2021
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Importance of Connection: At Home and Across the Globe, with Tim Baird
December 17, 2020
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Rethink Your Holiday Shopping, with Jennifer Russell
November 19, 2020
- Tech on Tap - Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Package Delivery During COVID, with Laszlo Horvath
November 18, 2020
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Things Are Getting a Little Batty, with Mark Ford
October 15, 2020
- Third Thursday Lunch & Learn - Virginia’s Trees and Forests: Eating, Drinking, and Gossip, with John Seiler
September 17, 2020
- Embracing the Big Data Revolution for Shark Conservation, with Francesco Ferretti
August 14, 2020
- Why Conservation Needs Social Science: Understanding the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
May 5, 2020
- Being Competitive in Today’s Job Market: An Evening with a Recruiter
April 28, 2020
- USAJOBS: Navigation and Tips
April 23, 2020
- Exploring the National Park Service: Careers and Internships
April 21, 2020
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: