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GSC Receives Second Grant from Weyerhaeuser

For Immediate Release: November 8, 2012

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV – The Glenville State College Land Resource Department has been awarded a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Company for a second year in a row.  The $2,185 grant has been used to purchase advanced forestry tools in tree measurement to enhance the GSC Forest Technology program.

“Providing hands-on training with up-to-date technology is essential to graduate students with the skills and knowledge needed in managing our natural resources sustainably.  We appreciate Weyerhaeuser’s commitment to helping the Land Resources Department offer the best possible education for our students,” said GSC Land Resources Department Chair Dr. Milan C. Vavrek.

GSC Land Resource Department students Johnny King (L) and Ethan Epling (R) use the newly purchased laser hypsometers to estimate the height of trees. These instruments are two of the six units that were purchased through a grant received from the Weyerhaeuser Company.

“This award demonstrates Weyerhaeuser’s unwavering support to the GSC Forest Technology program. This grant allows us to purchase laser hypsometers to enhance the knowledge and skills of forestry students in timber inventory operation. We would like to express our gratitude for the support of the Giving Fund Advisory Committee of Weyerhaeuser in West Virginia particularly its facility in Heaters, West Virginia. We hope to continue to partner with Weyerhaeuser in the years to come,” said GSC Associate Professor of Forestry Dr. Rico Gazal.

Vavrek says the local Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund advisory committee members including James ‘Jimmy’ Jenkins were instrumental in securing the grant. GSC Land Resources faculty, staff, and students are appreciative of Jenkins and his support of the donation. Jenkins is a Raw Materials Specialist at Weyerhaeuser’s Braxton County location and is a member of the GSC Forest Technology Program Advisory Committee.

Students enrolled in the Glenville State College Land Resources program may choose from concentrations in applied science, business management, criminal justice, environmental science, forest technology, landman technology, and land surveying technology. For more information about the grant and the program, contact Vavrek at Milan.Vavrek@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6375.

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