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1990s

John Groninger (1991g) and Charles Ruffner (1995g and 1999g) are both currently faculty members in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. See the news release about time they spent in Afghanistan. Groninger writes, “Charles and I both credit Penn State’s outstanding forestry program for giving us a leg up in our preparation to tackle the unfamiliar in Afghanistan …. While I can go on and on about the particulars of how I have benefitted from all of my forest resources instructors and courses, Charles and I both look back especially favorably on Larry McCormick’s forest soils class as putting us both on a trajectory toward doing this type of work.” (Paste SIU artilce here)

Keith Christenson, 1996 – 3390 Paramaribo Pl., Dulles, VA 20189; tropicalbats@hotmail.com.  “After living in the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Zambia, I currently live in the small South American country of Suriname. I write a bi-weekly column on Suriname wildlife for the U.S. embassy community here, am actually employed by the Department of State as a Security Escort (a position that allows me to take weeks off for my field work), and sometime toward the end of 2010 will be moving from 6 degrees N latitude to 60 degrees N latitude (Oslo Norway), which will be no small change.”

John Morgan, 1996 – 1398 Herndon Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342;  John.Morgan@ky.gov.  "Sept. 2009: I've landed in Kentucky working for KY Fish and Wildlife. Doing a dream job spending most of my time working on the impossible - restoring northern bobwhite."

Beth (Verhanovitz) Clark, 1999 – 104 Centennial Drive, Richlandtown, PA 18955. “Oct. 2009:  I had my second child, Sydney Helen Clark, on July 20, 2009. She joins big brother Noah Rori Clark.  I am currently on maternity leave from my position as Environmental Education Specialist at Nockamixon State Park.”