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Warner College Newsletter

September 2014

News from Around the College

Message from the Dean

2014 Alumni Reunion Photos

180 alumni from all majors and from across the country came together for the College reunion, Sept. 5-7, at CSU's Mountain Campus at Pingree Park. The historic celebration was filled with stories, friendship, and natural resources tradition.

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Moore Named Distinguished Teaching Scholar

John Moore, head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, was recognized with one of the University's highest honors for faculty at the Celebrate! CSU event. College faculty and staff also received awards at the event.

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100,000 African Elephants Killed 

New research led by Professor George Wittemyer has gained international media attention for providing the first verifiable estimate of elephant-poaching death tolls on a continentwide scale. The study finds poaching is driving an African elephant annual population decline of three percent.

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Master of Natural Resource Stewardship New Online Degree

Warner College has launched an online degree option for its popular master's degree in natural resource stewardship. The 30-credit degree is designed to advance students' careers.

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Training 'Smart' Nanoparticles to Trace Oil and Chemicals

Geosciences Professor William Sanford is working on a novel partnership to study how nanoparticles move underground - knowledge that could aid oil recovery and tracking of fracking chemicals.

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Alumni Biked to World Cup  

Natural resource recreation and tourism graduates Isaac Manobla and Heinrich Flaig pedaled from San Diego to Brazil this summer to raise awareness for low-impact living. The pair made international headlines and adopted a pet chicken named Cisse along the way.

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CSU Ranked No. 1 in Sustainability

CSU achieved the highest score ever reported to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Reporting System, a nationwide survey that measures sustainability efforts nationwide at universities and colleges.

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Summer Soil Institute 

Twenty-four students from different backgrounds and from around the world got to dig deep with CSU scientists during the fifth annual Summer Soil Institute hosted by the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

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CSFS Grant to Promote
Wood-Energy Projects

USDA has awarded Colorado State Forest Service with a three-year $250,000 grant to support the development of wood-energy projects in Colorado to help reduce woody biomass and address forest health and wildfire issues. 

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Robin Reid Receives Malone International Leadership Award

Robin Reid, director of CSU's Center for Collaborative Conservation, was awarded the 2014 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. 

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Welcome to Warner - 2014 New Hires

A warm welcome to the many new and talented people who have joined Warner College of Natural Resources in recent months.

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CSU to Co-Lead U.S. Future Earth

Colorado was chosen as headquarters for the U.S. hub of Future Earth - an ambitious 10-year research initiative to address global environmental change solutions. CSU and CU will manage the U.S. hub jointly with CSU Professor Dennis Ojima serving as director.

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Blue-Footed Boobies' Survival at Risk

Blue-footed boobies are on the decline in the Galapagos. A new study co-authored by CSU seabird ecologist and Professor Kate Huyvaert shows populations of the iconic birds have fallen more than 50 percent in 20 years.

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Pine Beetle Impact on Water 

Researchers at CSU and Colorado School of Mines are collaborating on a five-year, $3 million study focused on potential water resource changes resulting from the mountain pine beetle epidemic that has altered forest ecosystems. 

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

It has been just over three months since I started my position as dean of Warner College of Natural Resources. During that time, I have met with many outstanding faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends and partners who have worked to make our College the best in the nation.

Hands-on, experiential learning is a hallmark of our program, and summer is peak season for Warner College experiential learning, field research, and outreach. Students and faculty were engaged in participatory education around the world, and it is this immersive learning style that characterizes our students' education and our graduates' career success.

A highlight of summer was the 2014 alumni reunion, held Sept. 5-7, 2014, at CSU's Mountain Campus at Pingree Park. The reunion was a historic celebration coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Mountain Campus, and it brought together 180 alumni from across the country for a weekend of celebration and natural resources tradition. These alumni shared heartwarming stories about how their time in field-based learning at CSU changed their lives and set the stage for their professional journeys.

On the final day of the reunion, we welcomed a group of first-year students who came to spend the day at the Mountain Campus. As our alumni celebration came to a close, the incredible legacy of the College was brought to life in a day bookended by conversations with an alumnus who graduated 72 years ago and with new students who are ready and eager to pick up the baton and carry us toward the next 100 years. I wondered, 72 years from now, which of these young students might come back for a similar reunion.

I look forward to sharing news and stories from the College with you throughout the year in this newsletter and invite you to connect with the College, whether it is online or on campus.

Wishing everyone a great start to fall, and Go Rams!


Dean John P. Hayes

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