Investing in Success

Mike Kilgore

This spring, we are seeing our investments “bloom;” from seniors securing full-time jobs to seeing increased enrollment. In 2008, the Department created a recruitment and communications position to help grow student enrollment. Because our alumni and friends generously invested in our department, making this recruitment position available, enrollment in our undergraduate programs has been growing. Enrollment this spring in the Forest and Natural Resource Management (FNRM) major is up 30% over last spring. There are now 77 students in FNRM. We have plans to continue growing student enrollment that include welcoming, recruiting, and graduating students from under-represented areas.

In March, President Kaler and the University’s Board of Regents chose to meet at the Cloquet Forestry Center for a tour and to learn about the Center’s programs. We enjoyed discussing opportunities to grow FNRM student enrollment with the President and Regents. We pointed out that while we can accommodate more students on the St. Paul campus, lodging facilities at Cloquet are nearly full during our August field session. We are currently in the planning stage for key upgrades to the Cloquet Forestry Center and Hubachek Wilderness Research Center that, if funded, would allow for additional housing space at both locations.

We appreciate your choice to invest in the Department of Forest Resources through your readership and continued support.

-Mike Kilgore, Professor and Interim Department Head