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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!

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?

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, 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 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 Gabi!

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 Gabi Mountain, director of alumni relations. Gabi can help you get connected with the right people in the college or the Virginia Tech Alumni Association to take part in ongoing activities, or brainstorm about something brand new that suits your talents and interests!

Contact Gabi Mountain at gabimountain@vt.edu or 540‑231‑5484.

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Upcoming Events

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.

Recent Alumni Award

Candice Luebbering (’07 M.S., ’11 Ph.D.), recipient of the CNRE 2021 Recent Alumni Award, took her passion for geography to the American Association of Geographers and later the GIS Certification Institute. A self-labeled “map nerd” with strengths in outreach, research, and geospatial technology, she loves promoting and sharing geography and GIS with all audiences. She notes that Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, the college, and the geography department have all played a big role in her personal and professional development. In return, she has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council, as a Women in STEM panelist, and on a CNRE Career Panel.

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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.