The 2011-2012 academic year was a year of change, a year of new beginnings and a year of victories for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources (CNR). This was the first year in operation of the new Waste Education Center and the first year that a new sculpture graced our presence in the Daniel O. Trainier Natural Resources Building (TNR). Not to mention, the success of UWSP timbersports and the retirement of several faculty and staff including two discipline coordinators and the Associate Dean of the CNR.
The $4.55 million Waste Education Center provides students with hands-on experience at a scaled-down wastewater treatment plant. The building features a classroom, lab, composting facility and the campus recycling center as well as the most comfortable chairs on campus.
Late last September a new addition to the recently renovated TNR West Lobby was unveiled. The 1,300 pound, 400 piece ceramic wall mural was crafted by junior art major Jennifer Lila during the summer of 2011.
UWSP timbersports have taken their second championship in a row at the Midwestern Foresters Conclave held at Treehaven Field Station April 13-14. Additionally, UWSP representative Ben Hansen competed in the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series U.S. and Collegiate Championships and won all four events. Hansen now advances to the national championship at the Great Smokey Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 1-3 June.
Retiring faculty and staff include: Jan Harms, Associate Professor of Forestry and forestry discipline coordinator, Robert Newby of the Center for Land Use Education, Dan Sivek, Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (HDNR) and HDNR discipline coordinator, Dennis Yockers, Professor of HDNR, Richard Stephens, Inorganic Lab Manager for the Water and Environmental Analysis Laboratory, John Houghton, Professor of Forestry and Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Mike Schuster, Facilities Manager for the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.