Trail Mix, Spring 2013
News from the Dean
Greetings: Welcome to the spring 2013 edition of "Trail Mix," our college internal communications newsletter. Our goal is to keep you informed of college developments.
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- Tom Alberg and Judi Beck donated $3.3 million to the College of Natural Resources.This gift established the University of Idaho’s first fully funded endowed chair, a pair of graduate student fellowships, a separate faculty excellence fund and will pay for costs associated with the construction of a new classroom building at the university’s Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery in Moscow.
- The nursery sales trailer has been removed and ground broken for the Pitkin Nursery Classroom Building.
- Over 200 students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guests attended the annual Tapping the Top Awards Ceremony to honor 32 individuals.CNR recognized retirees Kathy Mallory, Sam Ham, Pam Brunsfeld and Bill McLaughlin; distinguished alumni Senator Honorable Lisel Alamilla, Thor Hanson, Steven Amstrup, Richard Fischer, Keith Owens, Wally Butler, and Marla Schwartz; and 21 outstanding students, faculty and staff.
- A new website is taking root to help forest owners and others comply with Idaho forestry best management practices designed to protect water quality and the environment. UI Extension Forestry and the Idaho Department of Lands developed the website, which outlines and explains best management practices.
- Commencement will take place Saturday, May 11. Sixty-seven students will receive their Bachelor of Science degrees from CNR. In addition, there are ten Master of Natural Resources, fourteen Master of Science, and six Doctor of Philosophy degrees being awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources this fall.
Lynaire Banks leads the effort for organizing spring commencement exercises on behalf of the CNR. Every year, Dean Pregitzer and the college host a brunch for graduating students and their family and friends. Join in the celebration brunch at 9:30 AM in the CNR second floor foyer!
Points of Pride
- University of Idaho Range students, faculty and alumni garnered numerous awards at the annual International Meeting of the Society for Range Management in Oklahoma City in February.
- Jay O’Laughlin, Professor of Forestry and Policy Sciences, testified in March 2013 at a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources oversight hearing on Keeping the Commitment to Rural Communities.He was invited when committee staff members discovered a Policy Analysis Group (PAG) Issue Brief evaluating potential alternatives to the expiring Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. This Act provided payments to rural counties to support schools and roads, based on revenues from national forest timber sales in the 1980s. Jay was asked to discuss some ideas for alternatives to the current situation, including increasing timber sales to cover the historic level of payments, and pilot projects to test the management of national forests under the trust land management model used to manage the federal land grants received at statehood to support public schools. His prepared statement, oral testimony, and replies to questions for the record will appear in the Congressional Record and can also be found on the Policy Analysis Group website.
- Troy Hall was selected as Head of the Department of Conservation Social Sciences. Troy is also the 2013 recipient of U-Idaho’s Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award.
- Anthony Davis was selected as Head of the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, and will take up the post on June 23, 2013. In February 2013 he was named the Tom Alberg and Judith Beck Chair in Natural Resources.
- Armando McDonald was elected a Fellow of International Academy of Wood Science by his peers in recognition of contributions he has made to the field.
- Lisette Waits was interviewed about her role in the Tiger Genome Project.
- Beth Newingham’s research was recently published in the popular magazine, Conservation.
- Fishery Resources professor Ken Cain is a 2013 recipient of the President’s Mid-Career Faculty Award. Cain also presented his SBOE-funded research on Feb. 4 to legislators in Boise.
- Kate Cleary, PhD. candidate (L.Waits), was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship in Environmental Studies to Costa Rica.
- Layla Dunlap, M.S. candidate in Natural Resources, received the first Oxbow fellowship and will be working with Anthony Davis.
- Ali Middleton, CSS Junior, received an ASUI 2012-2013 Student Achievement Award as Outstanding Junior.
- The NSF/IGERT Northern Rockies Team took Third Place in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Presentation category at the UI Innovation Showcase on Tuesday, April 23.The team consisted of doctoral students, Jarod Blades, Kerry Kemp, and Zion Klos; and faculty, Penny Morgan, Troy Hall, Jo Ellen Force, Tim Link, and Phil Higuera. At the invitation of CNR alum, Bill Higgins, [Idaho Forest Group] the team presented to over 170 participants at the Logging Contractors Meeting in Lewiston, also on April 23.
- Jing Dai, Renewable Materials, secured the second place Graduate Disciplinary Research Presentation award at the UI Innovation Showcase on Tuesday, April 23.
- CSS 510 students presented recommendations to BLM (Kenab Office) detailing proposed improvement of their educational and interpretive materials for the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area.One group created a website, another focused on brand-framing and brand-messaging, while a third chose to target the park user using a more traditional interpretative signage approach.
- Paul Gress (senior, Forest Resources) was awarded $1500 by University Housing for living on-campus and completing his degree program in four years
- Genevieve Pugesek (Junior, ECB) was awarded the 2013 Berklund Undergraduate Research Grant for her proposal titled, "A Molecular Genetic Evaluation of the Effect of Black Bear Supplementary Feeding on Caribou Calf predation in Newfoundland".
- Doctoral candidate Colleen Kulesza is the recipient of a Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Award from the University of Idaho Women’s Center. Each year, the Women’s Center gives the award to one U-Idaho student, one faculty or staff member, and one community member who is dedicated to gender equality and works towards change.
- Rhianna Hobhein (Senior, ECB) won the Best Student Presentation award at the March meeting of the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society with her talk titled, “Habitat loss and fragmentation effects upon C. castanea, a short-tailed fruit bat.” Read more Hohbein’s research has been mentored by Kate Cleary, a doctoral student, and Lisette Waits, professor of Fish and Wildlife Sciences in CNR. Her research was supported by the Berklund Undergraduate Research Scholar program and NSF IGERT.
- Katie Marsh is now our Personnel and Development Technician. Please see Katie for any and all of your hiring needs.
- Jamie Anderson has earned her Masters of Public Administration. Congratulations Jamie!
- Lynaire Banks was awarded the ASUI James A. Barnes Award for Excellence in Advising.Lynaire received so many nominations that the committee agreed to an alternate delivery of nomination letters. Glowing nominations came from students, staff and alumni alike.
- Congratulations to our Spring 2013 graduates and our 12 students graduating with honors:
- Rhianna Hohbein, Summa cum laude, ECB
- Rebecca Johnson, Summa cum laude, ECB/Wildlife
- Amy Thorp, Magna cum laude, ECB/Wildlife
- Marshall Myhre, Summa cum laude, Fire Ecology & Management
- Paul Gress, Cum laude, Forest Resources
- Christina Leid, Magna cum laude, Forest Resources
- Brianne Lind, Magna cum laude, Rangeland Ecology & Management
- Justin Olnes, Magna cum laude, Rangeland Ecology & Management
- Julia Workman, Summa cum laude, Rangeland Ecology & Management
- Shaylee Martling, Cum laude, Wildlife Resources
- Erick Ellison, Cum laude, Resource Recreation & Tourism
- Kevin Klocke, Summa cum laude, Resource Recreation & Tourism
- Dan Patten (B.S. Wlf. Mgmt., Range Res. ‘00, M.S. REM ‘09) received a Recognition of Service Award from the Bureau of Land Management for 2012. Patten, a rangeland management specialist for the Shoshone Field Office, Twin Falls District of the Idaho BLM, was recognized for providing crucial support in the evidentiary hearing over interim grazing measures requested by Western Watersheds Project during the remedy phase of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve Resource Management Plan litigation. He was also acknowledged for providing testimony at trial that was cited several times by the 9th District Court Judge in the Memorandum Decision and Order on the remedy phase of the case.
- Dr. Curtis John “Curt” Berklund passed away peacefully in his Greenacres, WA home on April 5, 2013, at the age of 83. Curt and his wife, Adele, played a large role in the lives of many CNR students. Exhibiting a commitment to higher education through research, the Berklund Foundation provided undergraduate and graduate research scholarships annually.
Curt owned and operated sawmills in Cottonwood, Elk City and St. Maries, Idaho before becoming involved as a public servant. Curt was appointed to the Department of the Interior, where eventually he was named the National Director of the Bureau of Land Management where he served under four US Presidents before retiring. His retirement years were spent in Spokane, WA, where he served on the Spokane County Civil Service Commision and enjoyed time with his wife and large family. He is survived by his wife, six children, Marian Chambers (David), David Berklund (Mary), Ruth Geer (Wayne), Dianne Wilson (Clyde), Jon Berklund, and Rebecca Baker (Eric), 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
- There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Emeritus Professor George Belt, Forest Resources. This celebration will be a Pot Luck Picnic at 3 pm on Sunday, May 26th at the Log Inn, Potlatch, Idaho.
- Merle W. Stratton (B.S. Forest Resources) passed away on Dec. 14, 2012 at his home in Chattaroy, Wash., from cancer. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Forestry and spent his summers during college in the smoke jumpers based out of Missoula, Mont. He worked for the Washington Department of Natural Resources for 32 years and retired in 1982. There will be no funeral service; a celebration of his life is in the planning for next spring. Friends who wish may contribute to the Chehalis United Methodist Church or Horizon Hospice of Spokane.