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Outstanding Alumni Awards

The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding alumni and to foster closer relationships between the award recipients and students, faculty, staff, and other alumni. All alumni of the former School of Forest Resources and the current Department of Ecosystem Science and Management are eligible. This includes graduates of all associate, baccalaureate, master's, and Ph.D. programs. Awards may be made posthumously. The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is designated for alumni who have graduated within the previous 10 years. Nominations are due September 30.

For information about the awards:
Outstanding Alumni Award (PDF)
Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
(PDF)

Nomination forms:
Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form (PDF)
Online Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form

The first recipients of the School of Forest Resources Outstanding Alumni Awards were honored in 2001, and the first recipient of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award was honored in 2003. The recipients of these awards to date (and the degrees they earned from Penn State's School of Forest Resources) are listed below. Click on each for a photo and biosketch.

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2017 Outstanding Alumni

B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2012

A.S. Wildlife Technology, 1972; M.S. Wildlife Management, 1977

B.S. Forest Science, 1975; M.S. Wildlife Management, 1979

M.S. Wildlife Management, 1971

M.S. Wildlife Management, 1976

2016 Outstanding Alumni

B.S. Forest Products, 1982

B.S. Forestry, 1958

2015 Outstanding Alumni

Samantha J. Pedder, Paul R. Blankenhorn, Stephen C. Grado, Richard W. Guldin, Peter W. "Pete" Prutzman

B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2011

Ph.D. Forest Resources, 1972

B.S. Forest Science, 1979; M.S. Forest Resources and Operations Research, 1984; Ph.D. Forest Resources, 1992

B.S. Forest Science, 1970

B.S. Forest Science, 1977

2014 Outstanding Alumni

Robert L. Berg, Warren E. Frayer, Roy A. Siefert, Richard A. Werner

B.S. Forest Science, 1976

B.S., Forestry, 1961

B.S., Forest Science, 1976

B.S., Forestry, 1958

2013 Outstanding Alumni

Charles J. Barden, James M. Guldin, Steven W. Koehn, Robert D. Rorabaugh

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

Ph.D., Forest Resources, 1989

B.S., Forest Science, 1975

B.S., Forest Science, 1983

B.S., Forest Science, 1972

2012 Outstanding Alumni

Carson G. Engelskirger, Stephen E. Fairweather, Thomas K. Fidler, Earl W. Hower, Steven F. Resh

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

B.S. Forest Science, 1974; Ph.D. Forest Resources 1982

B.S. Forest Science, 1972; and M.S. Forest Resources, 1974

A.S. Forest Technology, 1976

B.S. Forest Science, 1974

2011 Outstanding Alumni

Jamie Dahl, William R. Donley, James C. Finley, Paul W. Shogren, Michael W. Tome

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2010 Outstanding Alumni

Joseph E. Barnard, Malcolm H. Stehman, David J. Gustafson, Robert G. "Bob" Kintigh, Thomas. H. Yorke

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2009 Outstanding Alumni

John C. Davies, Glenn P. Haney, Ralph E. Heilig, Keith D. Horn

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2008 Outstanding Alumni

Henry D. Gerhold, George R. Kemp, Nelson S. Loftus, Charles H. Strauss, Lowell T. Underhill

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

Award guidelines specify that up to four Outstanding Alumni may be selected annually, but the SFR Alumni Group board of directors unanimously approved an exception to allow a fifth Outstanding Alumni award to be presented to Dr. Charles Strauss who in 2007 announced his plans to retire once a new director was hired.

B.S. Forestry 1952; Master of Forestry, 1954

B.S. Forestry, 1953 - posthumous award

B.S. Forestry, 1958; M.S. Forestry, 1962

2007 Outstanding Alumni

John A. "Jack" Byerly, Bruce M. Edwards, Marc D. Lewis, Harry E. Murphy

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2006 Outstanding Alumni

Keith A. Atherholt, Alex W. Kirnak, Robert C. McColly, Darrel L. Williams

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2005 Outstanding Alumni

Robert H. Bommer, Philip J. Craul, John T. Steimer, Richard G. Wallace, and Outstanding Recent Alumnus James J. Zaczek

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2004 Outstanding Alumni

James R. Grace, James C. Nelson, Walter R. "Dick" Rossman, Alden "Denny" Townsend

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2003 Outstanding Alumni

Joseph E. Ibberson, Gregory M. Schrum, Mark R. Webb and Outstanding Recent Alumnus Thomas L. Serfass

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2002 Outstanding Alumni

Edward F. Kocjancic, Robert H. Rumpf, David L. Spencer

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.

2001 Outstanding Alumni

William C. Bramble, Eugene Decker, Pamela J. Edwards, John C. Good

Degrees listed include only those earned at Penn State's School of Forest Resources.