CORVALLIS, Ore. - Leaders in government, scientific research, conservation and industry were recently honored at the Oregon State University College of Forestry annual “Fernhopper” awards ceremony, which also marked the end of the college’s centennial year.
Seven distinguished alumni received the Outstanding Alumnus Award, which acknowledges College of Forestry graduates from across the natural resources spectrum who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and/or programs of the college. Recipients include:
Two individuals who have made a significant contribution to forestry and natural resources in Oregon or the college, but who are not alumni, were recognized as “Honorary Fernhoppers”: Matt Hill, legislative assistant to Sen. Gordon Smith; and Alan Preston, vice president of research for Viance, a joint venture between Rhom and Haas and Chemical Specialties, Inc.
Hill has helped maintain special grant funding for the Center for Wood Utilization research and has helped secure initial federal support for the Watersheds Research Cooperative. Preston spearheaded a project to develop new wood preservatives, laying the groundwork for a global shift away from chromium- and arsenic-based wood preservatives and toward more environmentally friendly products.
The Aufderheide Award for Excellence in Teaching went to John Bailey, an associate professor of forest resources; the Julie Kliewer Outstanding Mentor Award went to Clay Torset, head adviser in Student Services.
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