Student Spotlight

A Champion for Sustainable Agricultural Practices
April 20, 2015 — Jeremy Orr

When Josh Nease set out in search of a master’s degree, he was looking for more than just your run-of-the-mill formal education provided by most universities. As the manager of Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC), a nearly 400-acre farm in Catawba, Virginia, that researches sustainable farming practices, he sought a graduate school that offered both personal and professional growth. One that challenged his perceptions and broadened his understanding of natural resource management principles, especially at the global level. (more…) Read More
Mandy Chesnutt
A Different Facet of “On-the-Ground”
March 23, 2015 — CLiGS

“Working on what you care about makes work so much more interesting and fulfilling,” says Mandy Chesnutt, an alumna of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort. “I go home every night knowing I contributed to something bigger.” (more…) Read More
Growing Connections and Getting Results
February 15, 2015 — CLiGS

Prior to the Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR), Maggie Striz Calnin was working for a consulting firm coordinating programs for the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities Coalition to help in its mission of reducing the nation’s dependence on petroleum through local projects. Now? (more…) Read More
Chris Cook Switches Direction – New Position as Sustainability Director
January 27, 2015 — CLiGS

In the years leading up to his enrollment in a masters program, Chris Cook was looking for something new; a change that would provide ways for him to make an impact on his future and his community. This led him to pursue the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program in 2012, where he learned “that being a change agent would probably mean doing something different and potentially risky.” (more…) Read More
TJ Franklin, XMNR
TJ Franklin – Preparing for Transition to Civilian Life
January 20, 2015 — CLiGS

Although not retiring his military apparel just yet, Thomas (TJ) Franklin, current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, is already thinking of how best to prep for the transition to civilian life. “The Navy is all I know, and I hope to get into the sustainability field when I retire. I’ve never had to job hunt so the things the program emphasizes will better assist me in that transition,” says TJ. The program is also helping him build friendships… Read More