President's Message

Greetings fellow SFR Alumni,

I hope that you are all having a good summer and have the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends. 

With everything that’s been going on in the School of Forest Resources during the past year, we were unable to produce a winter edition of the alumni newsletter.  Details regarding the changes that have taken place are explained in this issue.  Rest assured that the SFR Alumni Group is alive and well.

On November 6, I had the pleasure of attending the Penn State Alumni Association’s Annual Volunteer awards presentation and recognition dinner with Tom and Jeanne Yorke and Chuck and Carol Strauss.  We were there on behalf of the SFR Alumni Group to accept the Fellowship and Networking Award for our 2007 SFR Centennial Celebration.  It was quite an honor to receive this award and I again thank Tom Yorke for submitting the nomination.

The SFR Alumni and Friends Banquet was held on the evening of April 23 and was preceded by a wonderful day of activities.  Following refreshments and a tour of the Forest Resources Building in the morning, we enjoyed informational presentations given by faculty, staff, and students, which gave everyone a good look at what is going on at the School from the various perspectives.  After lunch and informal interaction with the faculty, students, and staff, Kim Steiner led a tour of The Arboretum at Penn State.  Kim filled us in on a lot of the history of the Arboretum—how it was designed and put together—as well as on what will be occurring in the future.  The next time you visit Penn State, make it a point to take a look at the Arboretum.  It is a beautiful location that overlooks the Forest Resources Building, and is a nice quiet place to relax and enjoy the view of Ag Hill.

The evening banquet provided an opportunity to visit and reminisce with old friends.  A memorial tribute was given to Rex Melton who passed away on March 13, 2010.  Many of us had Professor Melton for classes or knew him, and the stories that were told gave a true picture of the quality individual he was. 

Congratulations to the very deserving Outstanding Alumni honored at the banquet:  David Gustafson, Joseph Barnard, Robert Kintigh, Malcom Stehman, and Thomas Yorke.  The accomplishments and contributions that these individuals have made to our profession and society as a whole are a reflection of the quality people who come out of our School.

As we look forward to the year ahead, please consider getting reconnected and contributing to the future of the School of Forest Resources.  There are various ways to become involved.   Become ACTIVE alumni!

Marc D. Lewis ’78
P.O. Box A
Hillsgrove, PA 18619-0901
(570) 924-3507