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GSC Forestry Technology Students Again Awarded Scholarships to Annual Urban and Community Forestry Meeting

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2013

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

Chad Ingram and Jonathan Rhodes

Chad Ingram and Jonathan Rhodes

Glenville, WV-Two more Glenville State College Land Resources students have attended the annual Mid- Atlantic Chapter-International Society of Arboriculture (MAC-ISA) meeting thanks to scholarships. Natural Resource Management Forest Technology majors Jonathan Rhodes and Chad Ingram had the honor of representing Glenville State College at the event. July 2013 graduate Johnny King was awarded the same scholarship in the Fall 2012.

“I had a great time at the MAC-ISA meeting. I learned about pruning, climbing, and treating trees in many different ways. The highlight of the meeting for me was learning how to climb trees using innovative techniques that are safe and create minimal damage to tree stems. It was just interesting to see the difference in the traditional method of climbing trees in comparison with the new technique,” said Rhodes.

“It was a good learning experience with great networking opportunities,” said Ingram about his experience at the MAC-ISA meeting.

The annual Urban and Community Forestry meeting was held October 14th and 15th, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The scholarships covered registration fees, hotel, all educational sessions, trade show, and food. Each student chose their mentor based on career interests. The funds for the scholarships this year came from the annual scholarship auction and the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant Program.

“We are fortunate to have Jonathan and Chad represent the GSC Department of Land Resources at this meeting. This is the second year that our students were recognized and awarded scholarships by this organization to be part of their annual meeting. I hope that we can continue to send more students to this conference in the future which allow them to network with other urban foresters and scientists in the region,” said GSC Associated Professor of Forestry Dr. Rico Gazal.

Rhodes is the son of Jimmy Rhodes and Carol Hudson of Ravenswood (Jackson County), West Virginia. He is also minoring in Environmental Science. Rhodes is uncertain about his plans after graduation, but furthering his education or obtaining real work experience in the forestry industry would be ideal. Ingram is the son of Floyd and Cindy Ingram of Moundsville (Marshall County), West Virginia. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in his field of study.

For more information about the Urban and Community meeting or the GSC Land Resource Department and its Forestry program contact Dr. Rico Gazal at or (304) 462-6372.

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