Stephen F. Austin chapter named Student Chapter of the Year

By David Frey

The Stephen F. Austin State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society received the 2020 Student Chapter of the Year Award. Credit: Courtesy the Stephen F. Austin State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

The Stephen F. Austin State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society received the 2020 Student Chapter of the Year Award.

Its 61 members “collectively displayed a strong commitment to advancing the mission of TWS and enhancing educational and professional experiences of their members,” the awards committee concluded.

The group was praised for its efforts to advance the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, participating in the inaugural Smithsonian eMammal project and its focus on diversity and inclusion.

Based at the university in Nacogdoches, Texas, the chapter participated in 19 volunteer events, hosted eight professional speakers, attended conferences, contributed to four conservation organization functions, employed diverse communication channels for members and stakeholders, participated in five conservation projects in addition to the eMammal project and engaged with multiple policy activities.

“The SFASU Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society strives to provide its members with meaningful experiences that will prepare them for their future careers in wildlife conservation and management,” chapter President Jake Hill wrote in his nomination letter. “The chapter’s motto is ‘Producing Professionals Trained for the Field of Wildlife Management and Conservation.’”

Click here for a complete list of 2020 TWS award winners. For more about this year’s virtual conference, click here.

David Frey is managing editor at The Wildlife Society. Contact him at dfrey@wildlife.org with any questions or comments about his article. Read more of David's articles here.

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