Fall 2015 has been an exciting semester for the College of Natural Resources. As the year comes to a close, we reflect back on all that our students and faculty have accomplished.
Take a look at some of the highlights of this semester:
- Two PGA Golf Management students, Anthony and Nicholas Capra, won the Golf Channel’s “Altered Course” television show competition. This fast-paced series featured two-person teams who competed on extraordinary hole layouts exceeding 700 yards, while racing against time.
- 6 foreign exchange students from Finland joined the Paper Science & Engineering program for the semester. Earlier this year, our students visited Finland for a ten-day immersive study abroad program.
- Our faculty researched a better way for bikers and drivers to share the road.
- Professor Jonathan Casper teamed up with Wolfpack Athletics, the University Sustainability Office, Campus Enterprises, University Dining, Wolfpack Sports Properties, and Waste Reduction and Recycling to bring Carter-Finley to zero-waste during football season.
- College of Natural Resources students won 1st place in NC State’s Shack-a-Thon competition, raising $14,569 for Habitat for Humanity. This year, the shack was built from bamboo that was harvested from our own G.W. Hill Forest. Students throughout the college spent more than 130 hours planning, harvesting, and prepping wood before building even began.
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management students Jordan Hall, Bradford Paddock, Melissa Betancur and Yolanda Munoz were finalists in the Quiz Bowl at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) conference. This is the second year in a row that our students placed.
- Students Dillon Dunn and Zack Davis won the Cradle of Forestry Dendrology event at the 20th Annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen Meet. After tying with Western Carolina University, Dillon was able to persevere in a tie-breaker by correctly identifying and spelling the scientific name and family for the yellowwood. This afforded the Forestry Club the chance to take home, for the second year in a row, the coveted Dendrology trophy provided by the International Dendrology Society.
- The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Ethnic Minority Society selected Professor Kathy Hamilton Gore as this year’s recipient of the Ernest T. Attwell Award.
- Dr. Edwin Lindsay won The Academy of Leisure Sciences Innovation in Teaching Award for his work on the gamification module used in the class, Introduction to Sports Management.
- Dr. Roland Kays in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources discovered a new hybrid species, the coywolf.
- Dr. Aaron Hipp spoke at the Wireless Health 15 conference about his research on crowdsourced data and sustainable transportation.
- The NC State Timbersports Club hosted the 84th annual Rolleo Competition at Schenck Memorial Forest in Raleigh, NC. Competitors participated in a variety of forestry skill events.
- Kat Selm, a Natural Resources graduate student, placed third in the Office of International Affairs’ Think & Do in Two: Global Storytelling Competition.
- Dr. Sunkyu Park in Forest Biomaterials was named as one of NC State’s 2015-16 University Faculty Scholars. Chancellor Randy Woodson awarded these scholars with $10,000 in donated funds for each of the next five years to support their academic endeavors .
- Forest Management student Thomas Harris was awarded the 2015 Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarship for Academic Achievement.
- Sports Management student Yolanda Munoz received the spring 2016 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.