Investing in Our Students: Class of 2017

Say hello to our 2017 spring and summer graduates now because they will not be here for much longer. These seniors offer reflections on their time at the U and their plans for jobs and life beyond the St. Paul campus.

Natalie Hamilton

Natalie Hamilton

Track: Urban & Community Forestry
Favorite memory: Working in the Urban Forestry Outreach, Research, and Extension lab with Chad Giblin and others.
After graduation, she hopes to continue her involvement at the U of M Landscape Arboretum, work she started during an undergraduate internship.

Chad Lanoux

Chad Lanoux 

Track: Park & Protected Area Management
Favorite memory: Yellowstone field course. 
After graduation, he will return to the US Marine Corps to become a pilot.  

Dane Bacher

Dane Bacher 

Track: Urban & Community Forestry
Favorite memory: Restarting the Tree Ascension Group with my Cloquet "family" and climbing trees with them.
He hopes to use what he learned in FNRM to make a meaningful impact in the filed of private tree care and arboriculture.

Nicholas Schreiber

Nicholas Schreiber 

Track: Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation
Favorite memory: Finding the second largest tamarack in MN and largest red mulberry (pictured) in MN.
His goal is to work in public or private forestry in MN.

Nathan Paul

Nathan Paul

Track: Forest Ecosystem Managment & Conservation
Favorite memory: Friendships and memories formed in the Forestry Club.
He hopes to work in forest and ecosystem restoration or as a consulting forester.

Melissa Lenius

Melissa Lenius

Track: Urban & Community Forestry
Favorite memory: Everything about Cloquet, silly study sessions, and the wonderful friends and memories made through Forestry Club.
She plans to stay involved in the FNRM community through events and volunteerism.

Michael Bahe

Michael Bahe

Track: Park & Protected Area Management
Favorite memory: The small campus feel around Green Hall and the supportive students, faculty, and staff. 
He plans to continue at the U in a graduate program.

Jonathan Haakenson

Jonathan Haakenson

Track: Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation
Favorite memory: The friendships formed with other FNRM students.
He plans to continue improving his stewardship of the land, find a job, and volunteer in fire work.

Karen Beck

Karen Beck

Track: Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation
Favorite memory: Singing songs with friends around the bonfire at the August Cloquet field session. 
She hopes to find work at her local county park and spend time in the woods with her daughter.

Seniors not pictured: Ka Zoua Xiong, Joseph Junek, Jacob Corty, Shaun Lynch, Jay Zlonis