Weaver Lecture Series to feature international scientists Orlando Rojas and David Fowler


Established in 1996 through an endowment provided by Earl H. and Sandra H. Weaver, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ Weaver Lecture Series will feature two internationally renowned scientists this spring, March 30 and April 11.

The first lecture of the two-part series offered this year, will be given by Orlando Rojas, Professor of Biobased Colloids and Materials at Aalto University, Finland.

Professor Rojas’ lecture, titled “Nanocelluloses and Multi-phase Systems,” will discuss the Finnish vision of the future bio-economy and the importance of forests as a resource for lignocellulose, the biomass of woody plants, as the ideal precursor for material design.

Professor Orlando J. Rojas

Previous to Rojas current faculty position at Aalto University, Finland, he was Professor in the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Forest Biomaterials of North Carolina State University.

Earlier in his career he was a senior scientist appointed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the Royal Institute of Technology, a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Surface Chemistry, Sweden and research assistant at Auburn University.

Rojas’ work is centered on the utilization of lignocellulosic materials in novel, high performance applications and the interfacial and the adsorption behaviors of surfactants and biopolymers at solid/liquid interfaces.

Among his many honors and awards, Rojas was appointed as Finland Distinguish Professor (2009-2014) and was elected with the distinction of Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2013) for his scientific and professional contributions.

Most recently, Rojas was the recipient of the 2015 Nanotechnology Division Technical Award and IMERYS Prize for outstanding contributions that have advanced the industry’s technology. He received the Fibrenamics Award (University of Minho, Portugal, 2016) in recognition for his scientific work and impact in the field of advanced materials from lignocellulose.

The second lecture of the two-part series offered this year will feature David Fowler, Professor at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Fowler’s talk, “Impacts of Human Activities on the Global Nitrogen Cycle Through the 21st Century,” will discuss the efficacy of the Earth’s ecosystems, atmosphere and oceans to globally cycle increased fixed nitrogen from human activity.

Professor David Fowler

Professor Fowler is an environmental physicist with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology based in Edinburgh. He trained in Environmental Physics at the University of Nottingham, obtaining a PhD in 1976 from research on the dry deposition of sulfur dioxide by micrometeorological methods.

His research focuses on the surface – atmosphere exchange processes of trace gases and particulate matter and has been applied to ozone, acid deposition, the global biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen, emissions of greenhouse gases, atmospheric aerosols and effects of pollutants on vegetation.

Fowler’s work has been widely applied in the development of effects-based pollution control strategies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.

He was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Nottingham in 1991, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1999, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2002. In 2005, he was awarded a CBE or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his research of atmospheric pollution.

The objective of the Weaver Lecture Series is to bring experts in various research areas relevant to forestry and wildlife sciences to the Auburn University campus to enhance the School’s academic programs through public lectures and interaction with faculty and students.

Lectures are open to the public and will take place at the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building at Auburn University. A reception will be held prior to each lecture. For details about the Weaver Lecture Series and to review research abstracts, visit the website: http://wp.auburn.edu/sfws/weaver/.



Help the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences purchase a portable sawmill on Tiger Giving Day, Feb 21



Portable Sawmill Provides New Opportunities

Auburn University will once again host Tiger Giving Day, a 24-hour online giving campaign, on Tuesday, February 21.   On this day, 20 schools and units will advertise a project via their networks in hopes it will be funded in 24 hours via social media.  The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences has chosen to ask for donor support for a portable sawmill that will serve as a hands-on learning laboratory for forestry students. This equipment will cost $12,000 and will satisfy all three of the school’s land-grant missions:


Use of the portable sawmill will teach students about sustainability and environmental factors. Additionally, the students will observe how a professional forester takes down a dead or damaged tree.  By incorporating this machinery into multiple classes, students will also learn and apply the knowledge they have gained regarding wood measurements, growth products, wood quality and how a log can most efficiently be sawed. The portable sawmill will complement the forest harvesting class so that students can better understand textbook principals by gaining hands-on knowledge.



The School’s research program will benefit from the portable sawmill with improvements to production systems and wood utilization, and assessment of properties and processing characteristics which provide scientific data and information required for design and production of high quality wood products made from the timber.


Outreach and Extension

Portable sawmills can be economically beneficial to private landowners who have small volumes of timber which need to be salvaged or harvested.   It provides a less expensive option of forest management relating to thinning timber stands, creating wildlife openings, developing recreation areas and harvesting small areas to improve forest health (eliminating pine beetle).   The end-product from a portable sawmill is quality lumber which can be sold at a profit or used to meet other needs that could supplement or provide an income.



Help us meet our goal! Give to the project and share the campaign online!

To learn more about this year’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Tiger Giving Day project visit https://rise.auburn.edu/project/4697 . Please feel free to share this link with others that you think might be interested in supporting this worthwhile effort. If you have questions, please contact Heather Crozier at 334-844-2791 or vannhea@auburn.edu.




Glenn and Flavin Glover establish Fund for Excellence to support faculty development



Glenn and Flavin Glover, both 1973 graduates, recently created The Faculty Enhancement Endowed Fund for Excellence in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. The fund will be used to advance and enrich individual faculty member’s careers, particularly junior faculty, by supporting  activities such as travel to professional or scientific meetings; summer research; grant support; research, teaching or extension publications and software, as well as equipment; or other needs and activities that will advance the faculty member’s profession.

Glenn Glover has experienced the school from every perspective, as an undergraduate student; graduate student; research associate; and assistant, associate and full professor. In addition to his research and extension appointments, Glover taught forest measurement and wood procurement courses. He also served as biometrician and director of the AU Silvicultural Herbicide Cooperative, retiring in 2006 as professor emeritus.

Flavin Glover worked as an arts and crafts therapist, program director of adult day treatment and director of clinic operations for East Alabama Mental Health Center from 1972 until her retirement in 1998.

“Over my 31-year career, I grew as the school grew and changed,” he said. “In 1994 I volunteered as chairman of the chool’s building committee to, in part, give back to the school for all that it had provided me over many years – two degrees, financial support while in school, and a rewarding career.”

Understanding the struggle that faculty, particularly early in their careers, often has in developing programs, the Glovers were inspired to develop an endowment that would support faculty enhancement.

“Our hope is that our contribution to the school will help faculty members establish and enhance their careers and become better faculty members as they serve the students, the university, and the people of Alabama, ” said Glenn Glover.



SFWS connects with alumni during Alabama Forestry Association annual meeting


SFWS Development Director and Dean hosted nearly 40 alumni & friends for the alumni coffee during the Alabama Forestry Association’s annual meeting held in Gulf Shores, Ala. On Sept. 12. This was a great opportunity for the SFWS to provide updates about undergraduate and graduate enrollments, new faculty and staff hires, approval of Geospatial and Environmental Informatics degree, the status of Sustainable Bioproducts and Packaging degree proposal, and the new budget model implications to the school.











SFWS hosted Auburn Oaks at Samford Park Dedication on Sept. 9


Shown with Dean Alavalapati and Aubie are the generous donors who honored their families through their philanthropic gifts in support of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Shown with Dean Alavalapati and Aubie are the generous donors who honored their families with the naming of the Auburn Oaks at Samford Park.

Representatives from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences gathered with Auburn administration and donors for a dedication ceremony of the Auburn Oaks at Samford Park on Friday, Sept. 9.

The ceremony culminated with the unveiling of the trees named in honor of loved ones by Auburn friends and alumni who named a tree for themselves or someone of their choosing in recognition of a $50,000 philanthropic gift to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Following the dedication, special guests and donors, including Auburn University Provost, Tim Boosinger and his wife Marcia, enjoyed a dinner and reception at the SFWS EBSCO atrium following the dedication.

The Samford Park redevelopment project began in 2013 after it was determined the original Auburn Oaks, poisoned in 2011, would not survive. Phase I of the project included removing contaminated soil, building a new seating area and planting two new oaks at Toomer’s Corner. Phase II began in the summer of 2015 with installation of a 14-foot-wide walkway winding from Samford Hall to Toomer’s Corner.

“Over the past three years Toomer’s Corner and Samford Park have changed tremendously,” said Ben Burmester, design project manager for Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner Phases I and II, “so to see the vision of the park come together today is pretty great.”

The descendent oaks are approximately 15 years old and 15 feet tall. In 2001, Scott Enebak, SFWS faculty member, initiated a program to ensure the Auburn Oaks’ legacy continues. Under his leadership, Forestry Club and Wildlife Society members cultivated acorns from the original trees and raised the descendants.

“I am pleased to see the descendants are returning to Samford Park where their parents stood for over 80 years,” Enebak said. “As they grow, their branches will drape over the walkway creating a beautiful canopy for future generations of the Auburn Family to enjoy.”

The remaining trees are available for naming in recognition of a philanthropic pledge of $50,000, which can be pledged over multiple years. These gifts will be invested as part of a larger endowed fund for excellence, with earnings providing support for emerging opportunities and urgent needs in the school. Following approval of each requested naming by Auburn’s Board of Trustees, an engraved brass plaque on a granite plinth at the base of the tree will display the name or names of those for which the tree is named.

For additional information about this naming opportunity, contact the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Development Office at (334) 844-2791 or sfwsdevelopment@auburn.edu.









Students and donors honored during Scholarship & Fellowship Ceremony held Aug. 31


2016 scholarship and fellowship recipients gather in the Kent Van Cleave pavilion following the ceremony.

2016 scholarship and fellowship recipients gather in the Kent Van Cleave pavilion following the ceremony.

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) recently hosted its 2016 Student Scholarship & Fellowship Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, August 27. One hundred and seventy donors, alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff were present for the annual ceremony to honor the benefactors and students receiving awards totaling $273,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Scholarships awarded for the first time included:

  • Howard B. Harmon Endowed Scholarship presented by Sarah and Grant Rockett on behalf of Jerry & Lynne Schwarzauer.
  • RMS Annual Scholarship presented by Ed and Vicki Sweeten.  Ed Sweeten is the Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Land Sales at Resource Management Service, LLC.   He is also a 1979 graduate in Forest Management from the SFWS.
  • The Natural Resources Annual Scholarship established by Richard W. Hall.  Richard is a 1995 forestry graduate from the SFWS and is a Portfolio Manager with Forest Investment Associates in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Harry V. Dunn Jr. and Erin Dunn Scholarship created in honor of Mr. Dunn, a 1952 forestry graduate, who had a successful career with Gulf States Paper, now known as Westervelt.
  • Ducks Unlimited/Chuck Sharp Annual Fund for Excellence presented by Josh Rudder, the DU State Chair, in the company of 14 representatives of Ducks Unlimited who also attended the ceremony.

Heather Crozier, Development Director for the School, stated, “We are fortunate to have so many generous donors who are willing to support the educational pursuits of our students. Today we gratefully recognize the impact that legacy is having in our School and the lives of these young people.”

For more information about scholarship and fellowship opportunities, visit http://wp.auburn.edu/sfws/students/scholarships-and-financial-aid/sfws-scholarships/.










Woodlands and Wildlife Society member dinner held at Red Clay Brewing Company


From left to right, Robert Burgin, Jerry Schwarzauer, Lynne Schwarzauer, Joe Roberson, Flavin Glover, and Glenn Glover.

The annual Woodlands and Wildlife Society dinner was held on Friday, June 17 at the Red Clay Brewing Co. Even with the downpour that happened right as the event was to begin, the turnout was great. Everyone enjoyed the casual venue as they caught up with friends and heard an update from the dean on news from the SFWS.








SFWS Awards Over $20,000 to Students During Spring Awards Banquet


The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences hosted its annual awards banquet on March 30. Shown from left to right are Gordon Armistead and Chip Woody, who presented the Armistead and Woody Family Military Service Award to Kyle Malone (center).


The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences recently hosted its spring annual awards banquet where nearly 125 guests gathered for the ceremony and dinner to recognize the outstanding achievements of students, faculty and alumni.

Faculty members honored included, Associate Professor Todd Steury, nominated for the Wildlife Society Teacher of the Year; and Associate Professor Becky Barlow, who was nominated to receive the Forestry Club Teacher of the Year and Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Award.

Through the generosity of SFWS alumni and friends, 20 awards were given to students totaling over $20,000. Student award recipients included:


  • President’s Award, Scott McClure
  • The Associate Dean of Research – Forest Science Award, Jordan Heath
  • The Associate Dean of Research – Wildlife Science Award, Shannon Lambert
  • Auburn Forestry and Wildlife Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award in Forestry, Hannah “Grace” Gregson
  • Auburn Forestry and Wildlife Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award in Wildlife, Laura Garland
  • Association of Consulting Foresters Senior Leadership Award, Harold Cooley
  • Alabama Division, Southeast Society of American Foresters Leadership Travel Award, Truett Lawrence
  • Alabama Division, Society of American Foresters Junior Leadership Award, Cody Hartzog
  • Alabama Forest Owners Association Award, John Lancaster and Wilson Lowe
  • William Allen Carey Memorial Award in Forest Pathology, Michael Cody Cumbie
  • Annual Academic Improvement Award, Mallan Sheffield
  • Armistead and Woody Family Military Service Award, Kyle Malone
  • F & W Forestry Services Incorporated Rising Senior Award, Nathan McLendon
  • Weyerhaeuser Forest Economics Award, Hannah “Grace” Gregson
  • The Alabama Wildlife Federation Robert G. Wehle Non-Game Management Annual Award, Duston Duffie
  • The Alabama Wildlife Federation David K. Nelson Game Management Award, Tyler Shirley
  • Alabama Chapter of the Wildlife Society Student Leadership Award, Matthew George
  • Westervelt Rising Senior Award in Wildlife, Shannon Lambert
  • Student Government Association Outstanding Student Award, Laura Garland
  • Forestry Club Outstanding Member, Cody Hartzog
  • Wildlife Society Outstanding Member Award, Matthew George
  • Summer Practicum Endowed Scholarships were presented to: Zachary Slay, Sawyer Mason, Logan Bailey, Andrew Burns, and James Milstead.

Director of Student Services, Dr. Jodie Kenney, echoed the sentiments of SFWS faculty and staff, “Our students are highly deserving of these awards. We are extremely proud of their hard work and commitment to their studies, as well as their leadership preparation for future careers in natural resources, wildlife and forestry.”

Many SFWS donors, alumni and friends attended the awards banquet to personally meet and present their awards to recipients. William R. “Billy” Hooten ’88, who had established the Annual Academic Improvement Award several years ago, attended the banquet for the first time this year.

Members of the Woody and Armistead families observed the presentation of the Armistead & Woody Military Service Annual Award to Kyle Malone. The award, which had recently been increased, was amended to include the Woody family.

Representatives from several donor companies including F & W Forestry Services Inc, Weyehauser and The Westervelt Company, also participated in the program. Organization leaders on hand to distribute awards included, Tim Gothard, executive director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, and Susan P. Dooley, president of the Alabama Forest Owners’ Association.

Donor participation in events such as the SFWS’ scholarship and awards programs is known to be a barometer of confidence in a school’s academic program and the foundation of its continued growth. Heather Crozier, the school’s director of development, stated, “We are grateful for the loyal support that our generous donors have provided to recognize these outstanding students; it speaks volumes about their commitment to student success and the livelihood of forestry and wildlife sciences.”

Presented for the first time during the annual awards banquet, the SFWS 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award was given to Mr. Ronnie Williams ’74 who was nominated by faculty members, Glenn Glover and James Shepard. Family and friends were present to support Williams, including wife, Pat Williams; son, Chris Williams; several grandchildren; and business associates, Jay and Tamara Moore, and Jim and Sharon Respess.

Student awards are distributed annually and selected based on criteria outlined within the established funding agreements. Nominations for outstanding alumni are requested from the SFWS alumni and faculty throughout the year with final selection by the Alumni Awards Committee.

For more information about SFWS awards or to create a new award in the School, contact SFWS Office of Development at sfwsdev@auburn.edu or via phone at 334-844-1983. Awardee portraits and photos from the event are available to download from the SFWS photo album.



Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences celebrates 40 years of diversity

Special guests shown with Dean Janaki Alavalapati (center right) were Kenneth Day '81, Ernest Boyd '76, Dana Little '79, and Phillip Woods of Resource Management Service (RMS).

Special guests shown with Dean Janaki Alavalapati (center right) were Kenneth Day ’81, Ernest Boyd ’76, Dana Little ’79, and Phillip Woods of Resource Management Service (RMS).

Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) celebrated the anniversary of the school’s 40-year history of diversity at an honorary luncheon to commemorate the graduation of its first African American forestry student, Ernest Boyd ‘76, on April 7.

In celebration of the unique milestone among Southeastern universities, Auburn University administration, faculty and staff gathered with guests to honor Boyd and reflect on the cultural history of the school and the importance of cultivating diversity and equal opportunity within the Auburn community.

Among those Auburn University representatives participating in the program, including School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Dean, Janaki Alavalapati; and the school’s Development Director, Heather Crozier; Auburn University Provost Tim Boosinger discussed the results of the university’s climate study on equity, inclusion and diversity and its resulting efforts to identify opportunities to foster diversity and equal opportunity within the campus.

Guest of honor Ernest Boyd spoke of his appreciation for his family and mentor, sharing stories about his formative experiences as an African American forestry student. Though admittedly, his time at Auburn was not without its share of challenges, Boyd’s words reflected an appreciation for the relationships he formed with his classmates and the opportunities he found at Auburn. For Boyd those years made a lasting impact on his life and those he touched who were able to open their hearts and minds, not to the differences; but the ways in which we are the same.

Among the friends and family of Boyd in attendance, were many SFWS African American alumni, including first female African American graduate, Dana Yvette McReynolds Stone ’94, and guests of honor, Dana Little ‘79 and Kenneth Day ‘81.

Day and Little, both forestry graduates, recently spearheaded the school’s first African American Alumni Scholarship Endowment in the SFWS along with 10 others who contributed to the effort. The scholarship was created to encourage enrollment of deserving African Americans or underrepresented groups in forestry who reside in Alabama’s Black Belt counties.

Day discussed the evolution of the endowed scholarship and his hopes to see it one day grow to fully support instate tuition for future students. With the combined support of alumni and friends as the foundation, Day hopes that success of events like the diversity luncheon will further inspire both citizens and sponsors to support the endowment in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Dana Little echoed Day’s sentiments, stating about the event, “I hope that it serves as a springboard that creates a wave of momentum toward energizing collaboration among many partners whose goal is to expand diversity and make Auburn University a leader in its impact on service to the needs of a global community.”

Other companies and individuals have identified Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences as a partner in cultivating diversity among forestry professionals. Former President of Resource Management Service (RMS), Phillip Woods, was present on behalf of Craig Blair, current president, to announce the establishment of the Resource Management Service Annual Scholarship.

RMS had identified increasing diversity in its profession as a priority and thus created the scholarship to support recruitment of underrepresented students wishing to pursue forestry degrees. Woods noted that the company’s founders had instilled a spirit of “giving back” to both the profession and the community and that they would be very pleased that Auburn will be part of the solution.

During his closing remarks, Dean Alavalapati stated, “As a land grant institution, one of the main principles of Auburn University is to assure that higher education is accessible to all.” He then went on to comment that diversity initiatives of this caliber support this goal by creating a more inclusive campus that allows Auburn to attract the best and brightest students, while assuring those students have equal opportunities to reach their potential.

The event was well attended by the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs.  Also in attendance were, Chair of the Auburn University Foundation Board, Thom Gossom ’75; Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Auburn Alumni Association, Gretchen Van Valkenburg ’89;  Associate Vice President for Constituent Development at Auburn University, Angie Stephens. Also attending in support of Kenneth Day was Colonel Jon J. Chytka, Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District.

To learn more about contributing to the endowed scholarship, contact Heather Crozier, SFWS director of development, at (334) 844-2791 or via email at sfwsdev@auburn.edu. To download photos from the event, visit the SFWS photo album.


SFWS Marks 40 Years of Diversity with celebration of its 1st African American Graduate, Ernest Boyd

SFWS to honor its first African American graduate, Ernest Boyd '76.

SFWS to honor its first African American graduate, Ernest Boyd ’76.

On April 7, 2016, the SFWS will host a luncheon honoring its first African American graduate, Ernest Boyd, who graduated in forestry in 1976.

After serving in the army for 18 years, Boyd became an elementary and intermediate school teacher. Since his graduation, Boyd feels race relations have improved. During his time at Auburn University, he remarked during a recent interview, “What my classmates and the instructors learned is that you have to find out where the other person’s values lie.”

“They came to find out that my values were the same as theirs. I wanted a good education and livelihood for me and my family. Once they found out where I was coming from, they looked at me and said what’s the difference? Nothing but the color of our skin, noted Boyd.”

Today Boyd sees parallels with issues of immigration. Just as it had been for blacks and whites in the 20th century, he feels the basis of migrant relations is common ground. “Over a period of time I’ve learned, in order for people to tolerate each other, they have to learn to talk to each other. Open that dialogue and hatred will start to disappear. Just learn to communicate,” he stated.

The collegiate spirit of Auburn University is a unifying force for Boyd. He likes to see and use the phrase “War Eagle” because it breaks the ice with other people. “I can talk to anybody; people open up once you break that ice.”

Heather Crozier, SFWS Director of Development, remarks, “In that spirit of unity and shared experience, the School is proud to celebrate Ernest Boyd, the SFWS’ First African American Graduate.”

At the luncheon the School will also recognize Ken Day ’81 and Dana Little ’79, who spearheaded the African American Alumni Scholarship Endowment in the SFWS with 10 others who contributed to this effort.

According to Janaki Alavalapati, SFWS Dean, “The goal of this scholarship is to foster a campus environment that respects differences and encourages inclusiveness, as well as to increase the recruitment, retention, and representation of minorities and other groups within the School.”

This milestone celebration of the school’s 40-year history of diversity will be held at 11:30 in the conference hall of the SFWS building.

For more information, contact Heather Crozier at 334-844-2791, email sfwsdevelopment@auburn.edu, or visit auburn.edu/sfws.

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