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In other news:

  • February 2019. Photos from the Tour of the River Campus and Cane Land Distilling are now posted to our Photo Gallery page

  • Photos from the Spring 2018 meeting of the RNR/FWF Alumni Association are now available on the Gallery page.

  • The retirement of Dr. Jim L. Chambers after 40 years of teaching, research, and service to the School of Renewable Natural Resources was celebrated with a dinner recepiton and gathering on 7 April 2016. Photos from the event are located on our Photo Gallery page.

  • Go to our "Alumni Updates" page to see what your fellow Alums are up to lately.

LSU 2019 Hall of Distinction:
Alumnus of the Year Named

H. Dale Hall, 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year BATON ROUGE – H. Dale Hall, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Inc., was named the 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year, and Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, is LSU Young Alumna of the Year.

They will be inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction on Friday, April 5, 2019, along with Gregory M. Bowser, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Baton Rouge; retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy, former commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command and a member of the NASA Advisory Council, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and architect A. Hays Town, founding owner of Town Construction, Baton Rouge.

“The LSU Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and the university through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities and their loyalty to their alma mater,” said Cliff Vannoy, association president and CEO. “These individuals have excelled in all of these areas and exemplify the essence of a true Tiger.”

Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., joined Ducks Unlimited in 2010 after 31 years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which he served as director from 2005-09. He serves on the boards of numerous conservation organizations and has received many honors recognizing his achievements, the most recent being his induction into the LSU School of Renewable Resources Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year in Spring 2018. Hall earned a master’s degree in fisheries management from LSU in 1979. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Cumberland College in Kentucky.

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Alumni News: Checking In -

Dr. Bob Blackmon, PhD '69
RNR Director 2000-2005

Bob Blackmon with two of his paintingsDuring 2017, I continued to make progress on my second career – art. As some of you know I am an oil painter, painting mostly Baroque-style still life. I began painting in 1973 but took a 25-year leave of absence, because of career and family. Since my retirement in 2005, I have been able to paint a lot, though never as much as I would like to.

Last year I had two very successful solo shows (three are planned for 2018) and exhibited my work in several group shows. I also continue to be represented by the Ardmore Gallery in County Waterford, Ireland. Having an invited presence there for some time now has been very rewarding and an honor for me. I am also active in the eastern New York arts community, with membership in five art organizations and serving as co-founder, officer, and board member in one of those groups.

Annual Ring and
Forestry Symposia Digitized

Editions of the Annual Ring (1938-1980) and the LSU Forestry Symposia (1952-1985; 1996) have been digitized, and are available as PDFs.

Earlier this year we had the historic School yearbooks, The Annual Ring, and the LSU Forest Symposium series digitized. There are many great pictures in the yearbooks, but most do not identify who’s in the picture. We would like to encourage each of you to browse the yearbooks and let Dr. Rutherford know when you recognize someone. Over time, we would like to add names to the photos.

The historic symposia was published from 1952 until 1985 and again in 1996 cover diverse forestry-related topic from well-known forest professionals of their day.

To access copies of The Annual Ring go to The Annual Ring.
To access copies of the LSU Foresty Symposium go to LSU Forestry Symposium

RNR Alum Named Fellow of SAF

Brian Chandler

(09/06/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Brian Chandler, the LSU AgCenter area forestry agent for southeast Louisiana and RNR Alumnus (MS Forestry - 1978), has been named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

Fellow awards recognize Society of American Foresters members who have provided several years of leadership and service to the industry at the local, state and national levels. New fellows are recognized at local and state society meetings as well as at the society’s national convention.

Chandler is one of 23 fellows selected this year. Based at the AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station in Clinton, Chandler coordinates a number of forestry industry meetings and lends his expertise to many, including landowners, various organizations and 4-H youth.

“Brian is so deserving of this award,” said Regina Bracy, director of the LSU AgCenter Southeast Region. “To be recognized by the society of forestry professionals is a testament to the excellence of Brian’s programming, his service to the forestry industry and the respect the forestry professionals have for Brian.” [writer: Olivia McClure, omcclure@agcenter.lsu.edu, LSU AgCenter]

Alumnus Pens Trilogy on Aviation Safety

Dr. John Shewmaker (MS ’89), Doctor of Osteopathy, has written a trilogy on Aviation Safety. The first two books are available on Amazon with a third book soon to be published. Book one: "Flying under the Weather". Book two: "Murder in a 172". Book three: "Head in the Sand, Death in the Clouds". These books expose flaws in the NTSB investigation process, the nature of aviation accidents, and how to avoid common mistakes during medical examinations by pilots.

RNR Alumnus Recognized for Coastal Prairie Conservation

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Christopher Reid, BSF 1997, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries botanist and his work in coastal prairie conservation has been recognized by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation as an important contribution to Louisiana conservation. Chris has been selected to receive the 2015 Professional Conservationist of the Year Award for the 52nd Governor’s State Conservation Awards program, which took place on April 2nd in Baton Rouge.

Read the details about Chris' work with Louisiana Prairie Conservation: LDWF Botanist Chris Reid’s Work to Save Louisiana’s Remaining Coastal Prairie Recognized by Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Congratulations, Chris!

LSU College of Agriculture honors alumni, students, faculty

The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association honored alumni, students and faculty at a ceremony April 8, 2016. Left to right are Luke Laborde, alumni association president; Barbara Hughes Favre, daughter of Jeff Hughes, outstanding alumnus; Bradley Sartain, recipient of the Ray and Dorothy Young Endowed Assistantship in Louisiana Row Crop Integrated Pest Management; Colorado Robertson, outstanding young alumnus; Georgianna Tuuri, the Ann Armstrong Peltier Professorship in Dietetics; Jim Simon, outstanding alumnus; Ariel Bergeron, recipient of the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageur Award; Phil Elzer, Meraux Foundation Supreme Champion Livestock Professorship; Morgan Richard, recipient of the Gerald and Norma Dill College of Agriculture Alumni Association Outstanding Senior award; and Bill Richardson, dean of the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU vice president for agriculture.

(04/13/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture recognized outstanding alumni, students and professors at an award ceremony on April 8 at LSU’s Club at Union Square.

The alumni honored were Jeff Hughes, of Bogalusa, and Jim Simon, of New Iberia, who both received the outstanding alumni award, and Colorado Robertson, of Baton Rouge, who received the early career outstanding alumni award.

Hughes, a 1949 graduate with a degree in forestry, worked as a forest professional for Gaylord Container and its successors for 51 years before retiring in 1986. Hughes’s involvement in forestry continued as he began his second career as a consultant to Weyerhaeuser.

“Mr. Hughes has been instrumental in helping develop forestry legislation, environmental and land use policies and strengthening working relationships between foresters and wildlife managers,” said Luke Laborde (RNR Faculty and Alumnus), president of the college alumni association.

Memoirs Recall the History of the
Fisheries and Aquaculture Program

Dr. James Avault came to the (then called) School of Forestry and Wildlife Mangagemnent in 1966. One of his first interests was to document and report on the ealry history of the fisheries and aquaculture progams of the School.

"This current publication elaborates on those two reports. What follows is an effort to cover certain events that led to the advancement of the fisheries and aquaculture program in the school. A partial list of events includes: addition of new faculty and courses, name changes of the school, initiation of a B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, funding and grants, formation of the Aquaculture Research Station, development of ponds and other facilities, activities with international aquaculture societies, and fisheries and aquaculture research. There are other events, too. No attempt is made to cover them in chronological order because so many of them overlap."

History of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program of the LSU AgCenter, With Focus on the School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Memoirs of Professor James W. Avault Jr. Professor Emeritus, School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, is now available as a publication of the LSU AgCenter.

The document was edited and final format created by personnel in the Department of Agricultural Communications, with John Wozinak taking a lead role. It is AgCenter Publication number MISC-164, and is available for download as a PDF from the AgCenter Publications catalog: History of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program.

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