Alumni: Seeking Volunteers and Making Connections

We encourage and appreciate active alumni!

Here are some of the many ways that alumni can be involved with the School of Forest Resources.

  • SFR on Facebook

  • SFR Advocates

  • SFR Class Representatives

  • SFR Annual Career Fair

  • SFR Alumni Group Board of Directors

  • Be a guest speaker at SFR student club meetings

  • Interact with students at other School and College events such as the spring picnic, graduation brunch, and more.

The SFR Alumni Group was awarded a $400 grant from the College of Ag Sciences Alumni Society (CAAS) Competitive Grant Program.  The money will be used to support the following initiatives—some of which are new and some of which are ongoing.

SFR on Facebook  

We are venturing into the social media world!  We have created both a School of Forest Resources Facebook “page” and a Facebook “group.”  To find us, log in or create a Facebook account at  It’s free.  In the search box, type “School of Forest Resources, Penn State.”

Facebook LogoFacebook offers a way for us to stay in touch with each other—for free—and strengthen our connection with alumni who are spread out in all 50 states and in countries throughout the world.  We also envision this as a means by which our current students can more easily connect with alumni, particularly regarding career paths and employment opportunities.

Give it a try and visit us on Facebook.  We’ll eventually sort out whether we want to keep both the “group” and the “page” or just the “page.”  We welcome your feedback!

SFR Advocates

We are currently recruiting alumni to serve as “SFR Advocates” at Penn State’s 19 campus locations.  SFR Advocates will be a resource for our College’s “AG advisers” at the Commonwealth campuses and will meet with students to talk about career experiences.  This increased level of alumni activity will strengthen both our School’s and our College’s presence at the campuses and be a valuable resource for current and prospective students.  The CAAS grant will allow us to provide our SFR Advocates with a “business card.”

SFR Class Representatives

Leading up to our SFR Centennial Celebration in 2007, we established a network of class representatives.  It is time to renew and expand that network.  Class representatives keep their classmates connected and informed about SFR events and opportunities (usually via e-mail).

SFR Annual Career Fair

The annual career fair provides an opportunity for employers to make direct contact with our students.  We encourage exhibitors from all fields related to natural resources.  Even if you don’t have an immediate job opening, you can establish a talent pool to draw from in the future.  This past spring, for the first time, we also had an “Alumni Corner” at the fair that gave our current students the opportunity to meet and learn from our alumni.

SFR Alumni Group Board of Directors

As always, we are looking for candidates who are interested in serving on our alumni board.  Our at-large members are elected to a three-year term.  We hold annual elections to fill vacancies created by members who are rotating off the board.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents, please contact Ellen Manno by phone (814-863-0362), e-mail (, or letter (114 Forest Resources Bldg., University Park, PA 16802).  You can also note your interests on the Response Form.