CORVALLIS, Ore. - The College of Forestry at Oregon State University recently honored top faculty, students and alumni, presenting a series of achievement awards.

The Aufderheide Award for Excellence in Teaching was made to Marvin R. Pyles, Knudson Professor of Forestry in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.

The Xi Sigma Pi/Julie Kliewer Outstanding Mentor Award went to Jo Tynon, assistant professor of recreation and tourism in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

The College of Forestry also awarded nearly $500,000 in fellowships and scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year, and four seniors received the college's traditional awards. They include:

  • Paul and Neva Dunn Outstanding Senior Award, to Rachel Heath, majoring in recreation resource management.
  • The Harold "Hal" Bowerman Leadership Award, to Andrew Merschel, an honors college student majoring in natural resources, and Casey Davis, majoring in forest management.
  • The Kelly Axe Award, to Luke Durkee, majoring in forest engineering with a business and entrepreneurship minor.

Three alumni received the Outstanding Alumnus Award, which acknowledges College of Forestry graduates who have made outstanding contributions in various natural resource fields or programs of the college. They included:

  • Barry Goldfarb, who received his doctorate in 1990, and is now head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, and director of the Center for Advanced Forestry Systems supported by the National Science Foundation.
  • John Mann, who received a master of forestry degree in 1979, was general manager of coastal operations for International Forest Products Limited, vice president for timberland operations at Timberwest Forest Products, and vice president of the Western Division of the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada.
  • Erik Wilson, a 1995 graduate, who is converting superintendent for Georgia Pacific's Wauna paper mill in Clatskanie, serves as chair of the Willamette Valley section of the Forest Products Society, and is strong supporter of the College of Forestry and OSU.


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