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In January 2003, Emeritus Professors Bruce Parker and Ernie Stout established a club of biology emeriti to help build relationships between the Department's former biology students (our alumni). The OWLS (Older Wiser Learned Scientists) meet about once a month, usually over lunch, during which Brenda Winkel (Biological Sciences Department Head) or other Virginia Tech faculty discuss recent developments and new directions proposed or planned. The OWLS' membership will be increasing as more Biological Sciences faculty retire.

The OWLS have continuously met several times per semester to keep active with the university’s programs, and sustain the strong sense of community that characterizes our department.  The pictures below shows a group of OWLS at a lunch meeting in November 2017.

L to R: Jay Stipes (HORT), Charles Rutherford, Tom Jenssen, Jack Webster, Carol Burger (SOC), Allen Heath, Anne McNabb, Dick Burian (PHIL/STS), Bruce Parker, Bill Claus, Steve Scheckler, Duncan Porter, Klaus Elgert, Bob Benoit