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1 GSO Newsletter Spring 2010 This newsletter highlights some of the contributions our members have provided to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife over the last semester. FW Spring Graduates GSO Symposium Spring Picnic New Officers of Available positions Please join me in welcoming the new Executive board: President: Emily Johnston Treasurer: Tammy Otto Vice President: Brian Langseth Secretary: Jody Simoes There are a few vacated positions that we are looking to fill. If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact the listed person or a member of the E-board. COGS representative: Marisa Safety Officer: Emily Curriculum Committee: Sherry Graduate Committee: Brian Graduate Employees Union Rep: Ralph Fundraising Committee: Heidi Alumni Committee: Emily Social Media Coordinator: Emily Graduate Advisory Committee: Andrea This year’s spring picnic was a big hit. Along with good food, friends and weather, there was an invigorating game of volleyball to display the many talents of the FW department. The total cost for the picnic was under $400 and about $200 was raised in the raffle. Thanks to the picnic committee for making it happen. This year’s symposium was another great success. Twenty-four graduate students presented talks and posters to approximately 147 participants. Congratulations are due to this year’s winners (from left to right): Robert Montgomery (completed research), Kim Peters (proposed research), and Isis Kuczaj (poster). Thanks to all the judges, presenters and organizers for another great year! Spotlight This spring, the GSO spotlight committee worked hard to publish another wonderful volume of Spotlight. This magazine is a great tool through which our department can showcase our diverse research and outreach activities and stay connected to the Michigan community. Congratulations to this year’s FW spring graduates! Masters: Doctorate Robyn Bailey Sarah Hamer Ivan Orlic Nicholas Reo Ralph Tingley III Matthew Wesener

2 GSO Newsletter Spring 2010 Seminar SeriesUndergraduate Activities Member Awards Thanks to the hard work of the Outreach Committee, about 350 community members were able to view The End of the Line. This educational documentary highlights the impact that overfishing has had on our oceans. The Outreach Committee organized three well-attended showings of this film, on a department, campus-wide and community level. Community Outreach THANK We’d like to THANK the following seminar speakers for enriching the department with their diversity of topics. Lori Sargent (MDNR, Wildlife), Cheryl Pell (MSU) and Bret Muter (MSU), Bill Bowerman (USFW, Clemson University), Kara Stevens (MSU), Terence Marsh (MSU) and Kim Scribner (MSU), Asli Aslan Yilmaz (MSU), Steven Cooke (Carleton Univ. Canada), Meredith Gore (MSU), Jen Owen (MSU), Janice Siegford (MSU), Doug Bruggeman (MSU Visiting Prof.), Graham Hickling (Univ. Tennessee), Pete Butchko (USDA) If anyone has speaker suggestions for the fall semester, please contact one of the seminar committee members: Marc Verhougstraete Shikha Singh or Ralph Tingley III We have worked this past year to strengthen the ties between the GSO and the undergraduate FW club. We have worked together on events like the Red Cedar River clean-up, Meet-a-Grad video series, and the FW undergraduate club vs. FW grads soccer game pictured above. We are lucky to have such a dedicated and active group of undergrads to learn from and interact with. You can check out what they have been up to at their new and improved website: Thanks also to Dr. Sarah Hamer for running another mist-netting morning at Rose Lake and introducing more undergrads, grads and community members to the beauty and the science of mist-netting. This spring we had the second annual Graduate Student Honors Recognition Social. This event, organized by Sharon Reasoner, highlighted the remarkable achievements of some of our graduate students. Attached is a digital copy of the Awards Ceremony program. Take a look and congratulate some of our spectacular students. Accounting Balance at start of Spring semester: $ Current balance: $ Travel Grant Awardees This spring, the GSO awarded a travel grant to Kara Stevens, to offset her expenses to attend the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Congratulations Kara!

3 GSO Newsletter Spring 2010 As always, a BIG THANKS to the dues paying members of Dusty Arsnoe Stacie Auvenshine Robyn Bailey Aaron Berger Cory Brant Laura Claus Arthur Cooper Katie Droscha Yen Duong Diana Dziekan Carly Eakin Emi Fergus Sarah Hamer Tiffanie Hamilton Shauna Hanisch Jan-Michael Hessenauer Corrine Higley Michelle Jacques Andrea Jaeger-Miehls Emily Johnston Christopher Jordan Jessica Kahler Isis Kuczaj Brian Langseth J.P. Lawrence Daniel Linden Abigail Lynch Eric MacMillan Sherry Martin Kevin McDonnell Trevor Meckley Rebecca Mercader (Berngartt) Kyle Molton Robert Montgomery Bret Muter Jared Myers Emily Norton Clint Otto Tammy Otto Kim Peters Marisa Rinkus Ben Schmitt Jody Simoes Shikha Singh Kiira Siitari Kara Stevens Ralph Tingley Jeff White Marty Williams Heidi Ziegenmeyer Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe


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