Our students have been helping us with departmental recruiting efforts this fall. Our most effective method of attracting
students to our program is to have current students visit with potential students. We have a student ambassador
program in the college where students volunteer to work with faculty in these types of efforts. We recently had
advisors from the Virginia Community College system visit the college and each department presented their programs
to help these individuals better understand the great opportunities in CNRE.
On September 6, Virginia Tech’s Packaging student club joined the 2013 Gobblerfest to promote student activities and the VT-packaging program. With strong financial support from the SBIO department, Catherine Jucha, who was hired as a student worker under the guidance of Dr. Young Kim and Dr. Laszlo Horvath and is currently considering a transfer to the packaging program from another college, primarily organized this event along with 10 other active VT-Packaging student club members.
Jeremy Withers, a BS/MS student at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, and assistant professor Henry Quesada traveled in October 15 to the Reynolds Homestead in Critz, VA to demonstrate the Deparment’s biomass power plant at the 37th Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours.
Turman Lumber Company again supported the teaching efforts in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials by allowing student to tour and by supplying lumber for a class project. The tour and lumber were used in SBIO 3436 Wood Products Manufacturing. Truman Bolt, manager of the Turman facility in Radford, graciously allowed students to tour the Radford sawmill for one laboratory period. The students took measurements of lumber thickness and machine operating effectiveness which were then used to evaluate the mill’s performance. Truman also supplied the lumber used in the class drying lab, where the students were responsible for drying 800 board feet of 5/4 yellow poplar in a steam heated dry kiln. Thanks to Truman Bolt and all the folks at Turman Lumber for their support of our undergraduate teaching efforts. These efforts help students to engage in taking concepts taught in class and applying them to real production situations.
Students Benefit from Industry and Trade Association Support
Students in Dr. Bush’s Principles of Packaging course (SBIO 2104) during fall semester 2013 are benefiting from support provided by companies and trade associations. Carded Graphics of Stanton, Virginia donated a generous amount of paperboard to use for the course project. The American Forest and Paper Association provided copies of the Paperboard Packaging Council book, Ideas and Innovation: A handbook for designers, converters, and buyers of paperboard packaging. The Glass Packaging Institute, the Can Manufacturers Institute, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation arranged speakers for the course. Mr. Larry Wolfe, Sr. Project Director with the Stephen Gould Corporation spoke with the class about the packaging design process. Mr. Wolfe used as examples the packaging systems his team developed for McCormick and Company,Inc. (Recipe Inspirations) and Sears, Roebuck & Company (Craftsman tool packaging). The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials thanks each of
these organizations and individuals for supporting student learning.