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It’s been a beautiful Spring in Blacksburg…

March 9, 2012 – The redbud, dogwoods, and cherries are all out, and the daffodils have all but past. It’s been warm and the students have been enjoying some nice sunny weather interspersed with some light showers and the occasional thunderstorm moving through the mountains. But the students have also been working hard and doing some amazing things both in and outside of classes.
In this issue of the Sustainable Biomaterials Newsletter you will learn more about some of our great students, and what they think of the department and their educational options. Our enrollments continue to increase due to the dedicated work of the faculty, and our students, in getting out the word about the value of the degree and the diversity of what we do in the field. You can see and hear even more about what our students have to say in video clips at:
Look inside this issue of the newsletter and you will also see more about the Wood Based Composite Center, some of our faculty-lead Spring break “Study Abroad” opportunities in Ireland and Costa Rica for our students, a student Jamboree for our Packaging Systems and Design students (where our students took First Place in one of the events), a great showing by the Department at the national meetings of the American Chemical Society, news from our Alumni about distinguished honors, visiting Scientists from Guadalajara, Mexico, and news of some excellent up-coming meetings in the Unit Load and Sustainable Business areas coordinated by our Faculty.
Graduation will be coming up before we know it, and another outstanding crop of graduates move on as Alumni to make their futures in the world. We thank all of the Businesses and Industry members that have come to campus in recent months with offers of career positions and internships for our students. One of these visits from Once again, we have more jobs than we have graduates, but that just points out the value of our graduates in the working world. The Department will continue to produce the highest quality educated student in the field and we are very proud of that reputation.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you, and if you have alumni news that would be valuable to have in the newsletter, we always welcome contributions. Thank you.

Barry Goodell
Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials



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