CNRE Sesquicentennial Celebration
Past, present, and future, it’s the people that make CNRE special
Community and caring drive the College of Natural Resources and Environment and offer inspiration for all Hokies during Virginia Tech’s Sesquicentennial
If you’re looking for a description of the work and the culture that distinguishes the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, you’ll find it in the words of Dean Paul Winistorfer:
It’s all about the people, all the time.
Our journey began more than 100 years ago with the hiring of the first faculty forester. From a department, to a school, to the emergence of a new college at Virginia Tech in 1991-1992, many individuals paid it forward to create what we are today, beginning with School Director John Hosner, who is credited for having the vision of a separate college at Virginia Tech and who rallied the forest industry around this vision. Through the ensuing three decades, the faculty, staff, and students of the college have cemented our place as a national leader.
The hallmark of a CNRE education has always been and continues to be hands-on experience. Our students learn by doing and emerge as career-ready alumni who are putting their passion and knowledge to use every day. They work side-by-side in classrooms, in labs, and in the field with top-notch faculty who are applying their research expertise to some of the worlds’ most wicked challenges.
Today’s students and faculty may look and dress a little differently, but you’ll still find them on campus or in the woods, following John Seiler or Marcella Kelly from tree to tree with a measuring tape on their belt or a camera trap in their hands. You’re also just as likely to find them in a high-tech lab, learning about geographic information systems from Santosh Rijal or crushing cross laminated timber with Dan Hindman.
Wherever you find CNRE, we’ll still be getting our hands dirty and our feet wet. We’ll be solving big problems and striving for a better tomorrow because, and again in the words of Dean Winistorfer, “What we do in this college matters to the future of the planet."
We figured out a long time ago that the work matters—but what matters most is the people.
Creating the academic core and community
We’ve been digging through the archives, old boxes, and digital files to find some historic—and groovy!—photos of CNRE students and faculty back in the day. You can scroll through the small collection below, but if you want to see more, check out our social media platforms every Thursday in October for “Throwback Thursday.”
Leading the way through hands-on learning
Article ItemTrying out potential careers from packaging to conservation , article
Students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment are getting a head start on career success through summer internships.
Article ItemSummer research projects empower wildlife conservation students to make an impact in their field , article
Students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment are making new and helpful discoveries about pinesnakes, green salamanders, and minnows.
Article ItemThe 'championship' of forestry education , article
Three seniors in the Integrated Forest Practicum course spent their final semester creating a forest management plan for the family farm owned by Athletic Director Whit Babcock.
Transforming knowledge and research
Article ItemA new map reconstructs the social landscapes of Southwest Virginia prior to European arrival , article
The map was a collaborative project, bringing together the mapping skills of College of Natural Resources and Environment advanced instructor Stewart Scales with knowledge and input from professors, historians, and members of Virginia tribal communities.
Video ItemSustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech uses a unique approach to biological systems analysis , video
Jennifer Russell, assistant professor of sustainable biomaterials at Virginia Tech, uses a unique approach to biological systems analysis. By looking at a facility as an organism, she compares the material inflows with the material outflows (trash) to determine the health of the facility. In Russell’s examination of the outflows of a Retirement Unlimited, Inc. (RUI) senior living residence, she found not only food waste, but also a lively dialogue about sustainability with its residents and an extended commitment. Russell hopes to build on this foundation of research by obtaining sponsored research grants in order to have broader impacts and improve sustainability at assisted living facilities.
Article ItemFinding paths and breaking down barriers: Stories celebrating women in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment , article
The College of Natural Resources and Environment is celebrating 100 years of women at Virginia Tech by sharing the stories of three women in the college — a student, a professor, and an alumna — who are finding their paths and leading the way for others in their fields.
Exemplifying Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)
Article ItemVirginia Tech alumni fuel a burning desire to fight wildfires , article
Several Virginia Tech alumni from the College of Natural Resources and Environment are dedicating their knowledge and skills to tackling one of the hottest issues in the nation: limiting and managing the often harmful effects of wildfires.
Article ItemSmall gifts lead to big impacts: Unique effort supports learning and spurs classroom innovation , article
Faculty Instructional Grants in the College of Natural Resources and Environment incorporate donor support to provide tools and technologies that enhance hands-on learning experiences across all departments.
Article ItemVisiting executive Brent Keefer offers perspective on economic shifts in natural resources , article
Keefer, a dual-degree alumnus from the College of Natural Resources and Environment, is currently the CEO of American Forest Management, Inc. He is the second visiting executive for the college.