Mississippi State University’s student chapter of the Forest Products Society was recognized by the international organization as one of the top three groups in the nation.
The Forest Products Society is an international non-profit educational association founded to provide a common forum for all segments of the industry.
Though small in size, with a membership of 20, the student chapter ranked in the top three, competing against 18 chapters in the U.S. and two in Canada.
The group was honored for their service to the university and community, and enrichment through programs offered with industry leaders.
During the 2009-10 school year, the chapter participated in projects including the Wood Magic Science Fair and the College of Forest Resource’s Natural Resources Summer Camp.
Members also attended and presented at professional meetings including the American Wood Protection Association, Forest Products Society International Convention, Mississippi Water Resources Conference, and the International Research Group on Wood Protection.
Recognized this summer at the society’s annual meeting in Madison, Wisc., the university chapter received the honor alongside Colorado State and Oregon State.
Assistant extension professor David Jones serves as the chapter advisor.
Officers in the club for 2009-10, listed by hometown, are:
Fordice, Ark.—Benny Green, chapter president
Greenville—Joe Hill, chapter vice president
Russellville, Ala.—Todd Johnson, chapter secretary
Texarkana, Texas.—Eric McConnell, chapter treasurer