QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

March 11, 2021

Message from the Dean

Swans Bear River Refuge

Signs of spring surround us this March as we look back on a unique year in the history of the Quinney College. A year ago this month, we rapidly shifted all courses to distance learning modes. Our usual hands-on style gave way to Zoom and phone calls and learning through web portals. Students, faculty and staff were more resilient than anyone expected and now we look forward to our experiential learning activities. We can see the future where a handshake, a shared cup of coffee, and student group projects again become reality.

This spring we reflect on the loss of esteemed emeritus faculty John Neuhold, Martyn Caldwell, and Nat Frazer, and we recently learned of the passing of Fred Wagner. Fred served many years as a faculty member in wildlife ecology, was director of the Ecology Center and associate dean in the College for almost a decade. His seminal work on the Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Sagebrush Sea changed our understanding of the ecology of our western landscapes. Many of us are grateful to have known Fred well. We celebrate his life and his many contributions to our science.

With spring comes renewal. We will hold a graduation ceremony May 6 to honor the students who have accomplished much during this most difficult time. Although only the graduates themselves will be in attendance, family, friends, faculty, and staff will be able to show their support as they have always done by watching live on AggieCast. This group of students especially deserve our congratulations on a job well done. Reflection, resilience, and renewal are this year’s words to live by, and will be a lasting part of each graduate’s path forward. Check out the recent news stories of our faculty and staff through the links below.

Best regards,