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Nov 28, 2022

New CNR Program Aims to Grow Tomorrow’s Leaders

The new James Buzzard Leadership Development Program, which is expected to launch in the spring of 2023, is a year-long program targeting upper-level undergraduates who are within three semesters of graduation. The program was established through a gift to the College of Natural Resources by the late James “Jim” Buzzard, a 1976 pulp and paper technology alumnus, and will provide students with cumulative leadership experiences such as the CNR Student Ambassadors, Shelton Leadership, Sustainability Steward or similar programs. 

The NC state flag and the Memorial Belltower

Nov 14, 2022

CNR Names New Assistant Dean for College Advancement

Jennifer Piercy has been selected as the College of Natural Resources’ new assistant dean for college advancement and president of the NC State Natural Resources Foundation. The CNR alumnus brings 10 years of board management, fundraising, alumni relations, communications, leadership and management experience to this position and was instrumental in closing several major gifts to the college during the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign. 

Fikret Isik

Oct 31, 2022

Forestry Professor Fikret Isik Named Fulbright Scholar

Fikret Isik, a professor of forestry and environmental resources and the co-director of the Tree Improvement Program at NC State, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. Beginning in February 2023, Isik will spend nearly a year conducting research on and teaching courses about quantitative genetics and its applications to plant and animal breeding at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus. 

Isaac Drown infographic

Oct 25, 2022

Park Scholar Isaac Drown Talks About His Journey to NC State

Isaac Drown, a freshman studying parks, recreation and tourism management in the College of Natural Resources, is one of 42 NC State students to be named to the 27th class of Park Scholars. We recently spoke with Drown about his journey to the College of Natural Resources and the impact he hopes to make through his work in the Park Scholars program. 

a photo of Wolf Plaza by Becky Kirkland

Oct 11, 2022

Paper Science Alumnus Establishes Scholarship to Honor Mother

Ed Melton, Pulp and Paper Science and Technology class of 1977, has long wanted to find a way to thank his mother for working so hard to ensure that he got an education. So, Melton and his wife, Judy, have endowed the Frances Melton Scholarship for students majoring in paper science and engineering. 

Wolf Plaza

Aug 22, 2022

New Karla A. Henderson Distinguished Professor Named

The College of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Corey Johnson has been selected as the new Karla A. Henderson Distinguished Professor, the first funded distinguished professorship in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. 

Cross laminated timber blocks. Photo by Oregon Department of Forestry, Flickr Creative Commons.

Aug 8, 2022

5 Benefits of Building With Cross-Laminated Timber

Steve Kelley, the Reuben B. Robertson Professor in the College of Natural Resources’ Department of Forest Biomaterials, recently partnered with the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory to examine the financial and environmental benefits — and costs — of using cross-laminated timber in tall wood buildings. 

Students looking at a potted plant

Aug 1, 2022

NC State Project Promotes STEM Education at Dillard Drive Elementary

NC State professor Bethany Cutts recently led her students from the NR 203: Humans and Environment course in mentoring more than 100 second graders in learning about pollination, plants and ecosystems, and garden planting and maintenance. Funded through a grant from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that was made possible by annual donors to the College of Natural Resources and from challenges won by the college on Day of Giving, the project aimed to provide Cutts’ students with an opportunity to interact with and mentor a diverse community partner and to provide opportunities for elementary students who do not typically have access to STEM programs. 

Students around a table

Jul 25, 2022

New CNR Program Aims to Grow Tomorrow’s Leaders

The College of Natural Resources’ new James Buzzard Leadership Development Program is expected to launch in the spring of 2023. The year-long program was established through a gift by the late James “Jim” Buzzard, a 1976 pulp and paper technology alumnus, and targets upper-level undergraduates who are within three semesters of graduation with cumulative leadership experiences such as the CNR Student Ambassadors, Shelton Leadership, Sustainability Steward or similar programs. 

Erin Seekamp

Jul 11, 2022

Erin Seekamp Named Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability

Dr. Erin Seekamp, a professor of parks, recreation and tourism management and an extension tourism specialist in the College of Natural Resources, has been appointed Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability, as well as director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative. The appointment is effective August 16.