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October 2013

News from Around the College

Message from the Dean

New Center for Managing WUI Wildfire Risk

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship is launching a new center dedicated to creating the next generation of wildfire management solutions. 

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Richard Aster Joins CSU as Head of Department of Geosciences

American geophysicist Richard Aster will begin his new role as head of the Department of Geosciences on Jan. 1. Aster comes to CSU from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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Jill Baron Named ESA President

Senior research ecologist and Warner College alumna, Jill Baron, was elected president of the Ecological Society of America. Baron will lead ESA's vision and goals and will help create pathways to social-ecological change.

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Master of Tourism Management Forms Industry Advisory Board

The MTM Industry Advisory Board comprises tourism leaders from across the country who are giving insights to align curriculum with industry needs and enhancing career opportunities for graduates.

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Remembering Dr. Bob Behnke

Robert "Bob" Behnke was a professor emeritus and the world expert on North American trout and salmon. He passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2013. He was, and will always be, an integral part of the CSU fisheries community.

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Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado

The emerald ash borer has been detected in Colorado and poses a serious threat to Colorado's urban forests. Fifteen percent to 20 percent of the trees in these forests are ash trees. Colorado State Forest Service is asking for your help.

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Derby Raises Funds for Fisheries Science and Victims of Flood

More than 100 anglers and volunteers hit the water for the CSU American Fisheries Society Fall Fishing Derby. The student club donated a portion of the event proceeds to flood relief. 

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GSA 125th Meeting and Expo and CSU Alumni Reception in Denver

Faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Geosciences will present at the Geological Society of America annual meeting and expo. The department is also hosting an alumni reception at the event.

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Alumni Reception and Awards at SAF National Convention

Warner College alumnus and CSFS forester, Bob Sturtevant, will be presented with a national award at the SAF National Convention this week. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship is also hosting an alumni reception on Oct. 24, during the conference.

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Robbie Gries 2013 Distinguished Alumna

Robbie Gries ('66, geology) was awarded for her outstanding achievements and service to her profession and CSU at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards. She was the first woman to graduate from CSU with a B.S. in geology.

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CNHP Awarded Climate Change Adaptation Project

Through a new project, CNHP will be developing a set of actionable and prioritized social-ecological adaptation strategies for vulnerable ecosystems and species based on best available science.

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Larval Fish Laboratory Celebrates 35 Years

The LFL has grown to be a research cornerstone at CSU and in the fisheries field as a whole. The lab worked on 26 projects in 2013 alone, and is dedicated to fish ecology and conservation through its unique research.

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CFRI Grows with New Grants and Employees

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute garnered nearly $824,000 in grants and agreements between June and September 2013 to continue its mission of providing localized solutions and resources to achieve forest restoration and wildfire mitigation goals.

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Support the College - Make A Gift to Warner

Your contributions support inspired education, innovative research, and collaborative outreach that is making a global impact on today's toughest environmental challenges.

Joyce Berry

Dear Warner College Alumni, Friends, Faculty, and Staff,

The College had the pleasure of celebrating our 2013 scholarship recipients and donors on Oct. 17, and it was one of the largest scholarship banquets I can remember. It was inspiring to feel the sense of community in a room full of students, working toward their dreams and meeting those who have generously chosen to help make those dreams possible.

Because of this generosity, we were able to award nearly 170 private scholarships, fellowships, and awards totaling $329,000 this year! Scholarship support is a top philanthropic priority in our College, as this next generation will lead the way in solving critical natural resource issues here in Colorado and across the globe.

One of our scholarship recipients is Marina Rodriguez - a sophomore in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, and the first member of her family who will graduate from college. After being forced to take a semester off due to financial difficulties, Marina credits scholarships, such as the Harbison Pingree Park Scholarship, with giving her the support needed to get her education and research back on track to graduation in 2015.

She is vice president of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences club, an active member of the CSU chapter of The Wildlife Society, and a shining example of our passionate students who have a bright future in natural resources.

We also celebrated many new scholarships, including the Lee and Hillary MacDonald Graduate Scholarship in Watershed Science. Dr. Lee MacDonald is a professor emeritus of land-use hydrology, and the scholarship was established in honor of his retirement and passion for student excellence.

Through the generosity of his former students, friends, and other donors, this fund was fully endowed at $25,000 in just one year, and its first scholarship was awarded in 2013.

Whether it is at a scholarship dinner, a football game, an alumni reception, or an impromptu tour of campus - the College encourages all of our alumni and friends to stay in touch however you can. Your pride for Warner College is invaluable, and we are proud to have you as a member of our College family.

Best wishes as always,


Dean Joyce Berry

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