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Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus
Roger C. Steininger (Ph.D., 1986) collected his first mineral specimen at the age of 12 somewhere in Detroit, Mich., and knew that a lifelong passion would develop. Dr. Steininger has been involved in metallic mineral exploration and development for almost 50 years, starting at the Climax molybdenum mine near Leadville, Colo. He has been involved in numerous mineral deposit discoveries, including the Pipeline gold deposit in Nevada, which contained in excess of 20 million ounces of gold. Recently, he was a founding partner of NuLegacy Gold Corp., which is a publicly traded company that has discovered the Iceberg gold deposit in central Nevada.


Warner Alumni Pioneers for Women in Natural Resources
Sisters Mary McAfee Sealing (B.S., 75’, M.S., 77’) and Gina McAfee (B.S., 77’) fell in love with nature early in life thanks to numerous outdoor experiences with their family. Their parents valued education greatly, and made it clear to the girls that they would attend college. When it came time to set a course of study the choice was clear; study the environment they’d enjoyed on the camping trips and hikes they’d taken so often. So they both decided to study natural resources at Colorado State University.

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Warner College Alum featured in National Geographic's wildland firefighter portrait special
Kyle Heller, a Warner College alum from the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department, is one of the Salt Lake Unified Authority fire crew featured in National Geographic's wildland firefighter portrait special. Scroll down in the article to find Kyle's portrait.
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Warner College Alumni selected for Distinguished Alumni Awards
Alums Ying Lee and Joyce Barry were among those selected for the 2015 Colorado State University Distinguished Alumni awards. Lee received the award for Distinguished International Alumni and Barry is the Warner College Honor Alumna for 2015.
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R.S. Knaub Science Award Encourages Sustainability Innovations
Sophomore conservation biology major Molly Warner is the 2015 recipient of the Richard S. Knaub Science Award. Warner is an ideal candidate for the award, which is focused on promoting innovations in science related to sustainability, due to her passion for sustaining biodiversity while accounting for human development and well-being.  
In her brief college career Warner has participated in a variety of jobs related to conservation biology including field research in the Piceance Basin on wildlife and plant communities, volunteer work in the Liba Pejchar lab categorizing mammals from wildlife camera traps, and as an intern with The Nature Conservancy at their Phantom Canyon Preserve.
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Fort Collins Hilton Continues Support to Warner College

The Warner College is grateful to have the continued support of the Fort Collins Hilton. 


New endowment enhances partnership between CSU and The Nature Conservancy
A new partnership between Colorado State University and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will provide paid opportunities for CSU students working at the Phantom Canyon Preserve each summer, starting in 2015.

This program offers undergraduate students in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources meaningful and relevant hands-on work experience, supplementing their classroom learning of natural resource and land stewardship topics. Read More...

Alumni Reunion Sept. 5-7, 2014!
College-wide alumni reunion Sept. 5-7, 2014 at CSU's beautiful Pingree Park Mountain Campus. All alumni, faculty, and friends are welcome for a weekend full of relaxation and natural resource camaraderie in the mountains. More Event Information
Distinguished Alumni Awards
Each year, the Colorado State University Alumni Association honors distinguished alumni and friends for their service to their communities, their professions, and the University.
2013 Warner College Honor Alumna
Robbie Rice Gries
'66 B.S. Geology
Now living in Lakewood, Colorado

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2012 Warner College Honor Alumnus
Anthony F. Gasbarro
'62 B.S. Outdoor Recreation / Forestry
Now living in Fairbanks, Alaska

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2012 Charles A. Lory Public Service Award
Chalres Grimwood, Ph.D.
'69 B.S. Outdoor Recreation
Now living in Salina, Kansas
Video profile on Charles' nomination and award.

Six Alumni Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Congratulations to our alumni who just joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife as District Wildlife Managers! 
• Brandon Dye B.S. Natural Resource Management 2011
• Tim Kroening B.S. Wildlife Biology 2011
• Jordan Likes B.S. Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology 2012
• Brian Marsh B.S. Wildlife Biology 2007
• Cody Purcell B.S. Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology 2013
• Andrew Taylor B.S. Natural Resource Management 2011


Bureau of Reclamation Names David Raff Science Advisor

Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor named David Raff, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, as Reclamation’s Science Advisor. In this position, he will serve as Scientific Integrity Officer – ensuring that the agency follows the Department of the Interior’s Scientific and Scholarly Integrity Policy while overseeing Reclamation’s Research and Development Office.Raff earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 2002, a Master of Science in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from Colorado State University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in 1997.  Read more . . .

Scholarship to Honor Wildlife Professor Jim Bailey

CSU wildlife biology alumni Eric Rominger and Layne Adams have created a scholarship to honor professor James Bailey, and the first $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources in the 2014-2015 academic year. Rominger and Adams’ goal is to raise enough contributions to endow the scholarship in Bailey’s name at a minimum of $25,000 to guarantee the scholarship will sustain in perpetuity. Read more . . . 

Bob Sturtevant Receives SAF Award

In September 2013, The Society of American Foresters (SAF) awarded Robert Sturtevant with  the John A. Beale Memorial Award - one of nine national awards that the Society is giving this year. The John A. Beale Memorial Award recognizes outstanding efforts over a sustained period of time by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to SAF.

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Alumna Awarded at 23rd International Conference on Bear Research and Management

Recent Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology alumna, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, won the award for the best student presentation at the 23rd International Conference on Bear Research and Management held September 2013 in Provo, UT. In her talk titled “Challenging Current Paradigms of Urban Bear Management: Lessons Learned from Aspen, Colorado,” Baruch-Mordo presented a portion of her Ph.D. research aimed at understanding urban black bear ecology.
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Watershed Alumnus Awarded by Colorado Water Trust

Congratulations to Kevin McBride (BS '79 MS '96 Watershed Science) has been awarded the 2013 David Getches Flowing Waters Award by the Colorado Water Trust for his contributions to Colorado's rivers and streams. CWT presents this award "in honor of David Getches' inspirational, collaborative and innovative spirit and determination in restoring and protecting healthy Colorado streamflows."  McBride is District Manager for Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District. 

Alumnus Scot Shuler is New Dillon District Ranger
Fisheries biologist and former hunting guide Scot Shuler is the new Dillon, MT District Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service.

Shuler is a graduate of  CSU's Warner College and earned his master's in stream fish ecology. He joined the Forest Service in 1991, and is looking forward to continuing to build relationships between the Ranger District, local community and many key interest groups who care about the management of their public lands.

“Scot earned his M.S. degree in Fisheries Biology in my lab, and Barry Nehring of Colorado Parks and Wildlife was his main research advisor.  Scot was one of the hardest working graduate students that I mentored, and proved the old adage that success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” ~ Kurt Fausch, Professor, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology