Jeffrey Hutchins, graduating forestry student in the Department of Natural Resources Conservation, was selected to lead NRC students to the stage to receive their medallions and recognition during the College of Natural Science graduation ceremony. Student Marshalls from each department were invited to make brief remarks, and Jeffrey’s were the following:

“The department of Natural Resources Conservation develops leaders in fisheries, wildlife and forest ecology, environmental science, natural resource studies and green building technology. As we move forward into a world fraught with over-consumption, the challenges we face seem overwhelming. I remind you, though, of Aldo Leopold’s words: ‘In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve, but to strive.’ We have a responsibility as stewards of environment to ensure the wise, sustainable use of our natural resources. We have the tools; we have the dedication; we will forever strive to lead and promote this global initiative for conservation.”