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Forestry Grads Find Job Satisfaction in Great Outdoors


Forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling is joined by alumni – three who returned to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Friday and two who joined the Penn College faculty after graduation. From left are Paul M Reier, Class of 1977; Samuel J. Raisch, 2010; Damen R. Wheeland, 2000; Ringling; and 2001 graduates Eric C. Easton, forestry instructor; and Erich R. Doebler, forest technology laboratory assistant.
Forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling is joined by alumni – three who returned to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Friday and two who joined the Penn College faculty after graduation. From left are Paul M Reier, Class of 1977; Samuel J. Raisch, 2010; Damen R. Wheeland, 2000; Ringling; and 2001 graduates Eric C. Easton, forestry instructor; and Erich R. Doebler, forest technology laboratory assistant.

Alumni of the forest technology major returned to the classroom Friday to talk with Penn College students about postgraduate employment, the rewards and expectations of working in the field, and how their hands-on education gave them a leg up in the job market. Alumni Relations arranged the visit and forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling facilitated the discussion with Samuel J. Raisch, a 2010 graduate now working as technician in the Tiadaghton State Forest; Damen R. Wheeland, co-owner of Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc. in Liberty, who earned an associate degree in forest technology (2000) and a bachelor’s in technology management (2002); and Paul M. Reier, who turned a 1977 Williamsport Area Community College diploma into a 34-year career with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

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