President's Report

Annual Meeting and Banquet Draws Alumni to Campus, Thorud and Friberg Honored at Evening Event

2001 Alumni Camp at Pack Forest

Dean and Staff Host SAF Alumni Reception in Washington DC

CFR Alumni Attend Western Forestry Conference Breakfast

Forest Club's Christmas Tree Sales a Success

Arbor Day Fair 2001 Needs You!


Classes of 1950 and 1960 Gather for Reunions

Raking in the Savings

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President's Report
Colleen Ponto, '81

Happy New Year to all you CFR alumni and your families. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Congratulations to the Husky football team for your win at the Rose Bowl!

On January 1st, I began my two-year term as President of the College of Forest Resources Alumni Association. Many thanks to Gene Chase for his enthusiastic leadership and participation on the UWAA leadership council during the last two years.

During my term, my primary goal will be to increase the participation of alumni at College events, especially our Arbor Day Fair and annual banquet in the fall. I would love to see 200 alumni, including recent graduates, involved in these two worthy events. Our board will be working hard over the next two months looking at ways to increase alumni involvement.

Speaking of the Arbor Day Fair, our fair is coming soon (see page 10). The design of the fair is well underway and 800 invitation letters have been sent out to neighboring elementary schools. We expect 2,200 children to attend the fair. The Arbor Day Fair is a unique event in which CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni all work together to put on a wonderful event. I see the fair as a gift to our community. Children have the opportunity to visit the College and to learn about the work we all do-The TREEmendous Forest Story. If you haven't volunteered to help at the fair yet, you are missing out, for it is truly something special. Please volunteer your time and help us once again produce an award winning fair (see the volunteer form later in this newsletter).

I look forward to working with you over the next two years, and getting to know many new CFR alumni.

Colleen Ponto, '81

Alumna Colleen Ponto at the July 2000 Pack Forest Alumni Camp. Left to right: daughter Kailie, son Evan, Colleen and Dean Kristiina Vogt.

Calendar of Events

Arbor Day Fair

June 8
CFR Graduation

July 20-22
Pack Forest Alumni Camp



Annual Meeting and Banquet Draws Alumni to Campus
Thorud and Friberg Honored at Evening Event

November 3, 2000, marked the day for the annual CFRAA meeting and banquet. The day commenced with the membership meeting, where, in addition to the review of status reports, officers and trustees were elected.

During the meeting, President-Elect Colleen Ponto, '81, emphasized the need for assistance at the 2001 Arbor Day Fair (April 25-27) at CFR. This year's event will be similar in size to last year's, with about 700 grade school students visiting campus each day. It will run from 9:30 a.m. until event featured two new initiatives, the Rural Technology Initiative and the Precision Forestry Cooperative. Both represent cutting-edge initiatives in the management and utilization of wood products in the ever-changing world of forestry.

The evening banquet, attended by approximately 65 alums, began with a long and lively social hour as alumni reacquainted with each other. Dinner was followed by the traditional awards ceremony where Tom Friberg, '70, '76, was named Honored Alumnus and CFR Dean Emeritus David Thorud was named Honorary Alumnus.

Past President Gene Chase, '67, congratulates Tom Friberg, '70, '76, as the CFRAA's 2000 Honored Alumnus. Friberg's name will be included on a plaque along with 52 past honored alumni.

Emeritus Dean David Thorud with Dean Kristiina Vogt at the Annual Banquet.


Friberg has participated actively on the Alumni Board for many years. He became Treasurer of the CFRAA several years ago and became responsible for fundraising for the Arbor Day Fair. His efforts have been instrumental in making the fair financially self-sufficient, and in achieving the goal of increasing the size of the CFRAA scholarship endowment.

Thorud served as CFR dean from 1981 through June 2000. His leadership was valued at the University level as well, leading to three separate appointments: 1984-85 - Director, UW Office of Government Relations; 1994-96 - Acting UW Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and 1999-00 - Acting Vice President for University Relations.

The evening's featured speaker was Dr. Terry Bergeson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, who represents the Common School Trust on the Board of Natural Resources.

CFR alumni and their families are invited to a weekend of outdoor fun at the upcoming 2001
Pack Forest Alumni Camp

The second annual Alumni Camp is back by popular demand! Located near Eatonville, WA, beneath beautiful Mt. Rainier, the Pack Forest Camp provides outdoor educational adventures for all ages. A complete description of the 2001 Pack Forest Alumni Camp and a registration form will be mailed to CFR alumni in February. For more information contact Andy Gary, Development Coordinator, at

Save the dates: July 20, 21, and 22, 2001

Hiking, s'mores, arts and crafts, wildlife, music, games, campfires, family fun, scavanger hunts and more...


Dean and Staff Host SAF Alumni Reception in Washington DC

Dean Kristiina Vogt and CFR staff hosted an alumni reception on November 17, 2000 at the National Society of American Foresters Convention in Washington, DC. About 40 guests attended. A special feature was the attendance by 12 CFR graduate and undergraduate student members of the SAF student chapter, whose travel was funded by the College and the UW Graduate School. This annual reception is part of the regular SAF program for schools and colleges around the U.S. Dean Vogt provided an overview of her vision for the College. (See related article, Student Reports)

CFR Alumni Attend Western Forestry Conference Breakfast

Stan Humann ('60) attended the annual alumni breakfast at the Western Forestry Conference, in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Stan reported that five CFR alumni were present at a table shared with the University of Montana, where a good discussion of needs in curriculum ensued.

Forest Club's Christmas Tree Sale a Success

The annual Forest Club tree sale at the College was, as always, a popular event with alumni and friends of the College.

On December 9, 2000, 80 balsam and noble fir trees were cut early in the morning by Forest Club members and delivered to alumni and friends of the College that same afternoon. Approximately $1,800 in profit was raised by the Forest Club and will be used to help needy families.

Arbor Day Fair 2001 Needs You!

Volunteer on April 25 through 27, 2001

The 2001 Arbor Day Fair is right around the corner. This has been a wildly successful event, bringing over 2,000 kindergarten through 3rd grade students to the College each year. In 1999, the Fair received the National Arbor Day Foundation's 1999 Celebration Award. It is CFR alumni involvement, enthusiasm, and support that make the fair so special.

Volunteer Tasks

Alumni are needed to staff the various learning stations that let children participate in the many aspects of forestry and related sciences. Demonstrations and hands-on activities include papermaking, recreation, wildlife, forest soils, forest products, and forestry careers.

Not only is the fair a positive educational experience, it is an opportunity to get reacquainted with fellow alumni whom you may not have seen in some time!

Ellen McKinley, Arbor Day Fair Coordinator, at the 2000 Arbor Day Fair, enjoying her daugher Davin's fascination with Smokey Bear (photo by Duane Emmons).

Volunteer Times

Fair volunteers are needed each day on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No experience is necessary-we will train you! Morning coffee and pastries will be available to all volunteers.

The CFRAA would very much appreciate any support you can provide, and especially wants to thank those who have been so generous with their time volunteering at the four previous Arbor Day Fairs.

Download an Arbor Day Fair Volunteer Form

Classes of '50 and '60 Gather for Reunions

Alumni from CFR's classes of 1950 and 1960 gathered on October 21, 2000 at the Faculty Club, as part of UW's homecoming celebration. Twelve alumni and their spouses were welcomed by Dean Kristiina Vogt and Linda Kaye, the College's Director of Development and Public Relations. The guests reminisced about college experiences at the pre-game reunion luncheon. Reunion guests included: (left photo, l. to r.): Ben Bryant, emeritus faculty, Robert Barnum, '60, and Stan Humann, '60. (right photo, l. to r.): Ken Martinson, '50, Bunny Martinson, Patrick, '50, and Jean Cummins, '51 (A&S), of Kent, WA, and Elizabeth and Keith McGonagill, '50, of Baker City, OR.

Raking in the Savings

For a lot of folks, the approach of cold weather begins with a lot of raking - all those beautiful, terrible leaves! Wouldn't it be nice if at least one of your winter activities involved raking in some tax savings and other financial benefits? Wouldn't it be even nicer if these personal benefits contributed to a 'pile' of future support for the College of Forest Resources.

A charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity provide you with:

and they will ensure your personal legacy in support of the College of Forest Resources.

If you'd like to learn more about these life-income gift options, expert staff will help you. Call Linda Kaye at (206) 543-9505 or e-mail

CFRAA Officers (2001-2002):
President: Colleen Ponto, '81
First Vice President: Dale Cole, '55
Second Vice President: Rich Weiss, '92
Treasurer: Tom Friberg, '70, '76
Past President: Gene Chase, '67
Decade Elected (2001-2004) Carry-over (2001-2002)
1950-59 Jack Blanchard, '56 Jack Krystad, '53
1960-69 Ben Harrison, '66 Robert Alverts, '66
1970-79 Ann Forest Burns, '71
1980-89 Dan Hanson, '80 Dave Briggs, '80
1990-99 Todd Score '91 J. Cameron Crump, '97


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Washington Forester — Special Note About this Publication

Combining the CFR Quarterly with the Washington Forester for the past few months has proved successful and will continue. However, because of budget limitations, only dues-paying CFR alumni, including life members, will receive all four issues each year. All CFR alumni will receive the winter and summer issues, with dues-paying members additionally receiving the fall and spring issues. And don’t forget!—current and past issues of the CFR Quarterly are available for viewing on the Web at To continue receiving all four issues so you don’t miss out on upcoming CFR alumni events, fill out the form below and return it with your annual dues.

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Editor Andy Gary
(206) 685-6606

UWAA Liaison Joel Domingo
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