James Gibbs Named SUNY Distinguished Professor

11.22.gibbsWe are celebrating one of the academic world’s substantive achievements, Dr. James Gibbs, a professor in our Department of Environmental and Forest Biology and director of ESF’s Roosevelt Wild Life Station, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor.

SUNY Chancellor, Kristina Johnson, describes James’ recognition this way: “Those honored with the distinguished ranking are truly the best of SUNY’s best, and they are to be commended for passing knowledge on to and mentoring the next generation of faculty and students in a manner that is as innovating as it is engaging.”

James, who holds a doctorate in forestry and environmental studies from Yale University,  is internationally known for his research in the Galapagos,  and  for his work with snow leopards in Siberia.

Read the entire ESF announcement here.

Congratulations Dan Collins!

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William Bryant, Syracuse VA SCI/Rehabilitation program manager, pictured left, presents Dr. Lee Newman and Daniel Collins with a certificate of appreciation for their therapeutic horticulture program at the VA.

Please join me in celebrating our GA, Dan Collins, for the public recognition his doctoral research received recently.  This ESF announcement, based on a recent Syracuse VA Medical Center  press release, describes Dan and Dr. Lee Newman’s therapeutic horticulture program being conducted in partnership with the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dan is not only a scholar but also a productive professional who continues to make substantial contributions to the ESF Open Academy’s strategic initiatives.  Thank you, Dan!

Read Nature and Health Come Together at Syracuse VA Medical Center here.

 

ESF Online Education… The whole world and more!

OA Gilr on Rock original webESF is reaffirming our commitment to serve learners on-campus, throughout New York State, and beyond through a selective portfolio of online courses and programs.

Thanks to a concerted effort of people on-campus and at SUNY System Administration, ESF has earned full approval to offer online education programs.  As a result, I’m proud to invite you to consider for yourself and recommend to others two fully online advanced certificates:

Environmental Leadership. To be equipped with the skills and recognized as an agent of sustainable change, register today for one of three certificate courses or apply for the full certificate.

Radiation Curing Chemistry. The evolution of energy curing technologies is changing advanced and sustainability materials manufacturing, and entire industries.  Register today for one of two certificate courses or apply for the full certificate, created in partnership with RadTech International, North America.

The online learning format is flexible and accommodates work, travel, and other commitments. This allows you and your organization to advance in these innovative and rapidly growing fields in a convenient and cost-effective way.

Whether you are starting a new career, advancing in your current role, or simply want to better understand these rapidly developing fields, these advanced certificates will help position you and your organization to lead the way.  Advanced Certificates are a perfect educational solution to complement onboarding of new employees and the professional development of current staff.

Our commitment to relevant quality education programs is represented by processes that began over a year ago that have entailed

  • Engaging in a SUNY-facilitated institutional readiness and program planning self-study and consultation processes;
  • Meeting all SUNY, New York State Education Department, Middle States Commission on Higher Education regulations and requirements; and
  • Joining the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

To learn more, visit us on the web or contact us today

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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Take ESF With You Wherever You Go Summer Semester 2018

girlongrassAs academic advising for Spring 2018 begins next week, please encourage your students, colleagues, family, and friends to consider an ESF course this Summer.

Choices will include on-campus, field, studio, and lab courses, and of course online courses that make it possible to Take ESF With You Wherever You Go.

Planning and preparation for ESF’s Summer Semester 2018 are well underway. The Summer Semester web site will be updated regularly.

On behalf of Barbara Newman, Coordinator of Summer Semester, and everyone working to make 2018 a positive and successful experience for all of our summer students, I welcome and will appreciate your thoughts and questions.

Thank you.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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Thank You for Your Support.

ESF Stock PhotoTo all of our longstanding and newer colleagues who received multiple e-news or an email improperly formatted earlier this fall, my apologies.  As we transition to the ESF Open Academy from ESF Outreach, efforts to blend and update databases and procedures did not, in some cases, follow long-established protocol.  I believe we have made progress and that you will have a more familiar and positive experience going forward.

I appreciate your patience, your thoughtful and supportive feedback, and your ongoing interest and support of ESF and our educational outreach programs.  Thank you!

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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Landscape Architect Receives 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

LAKate Orff is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow.  One of twenty-four of this year’s fellowship recipients, from a variety of disciplines, they’ll be better known for having received a MacArthur “Genius Grant”.  Her work focuses on “designing adaptive and resilient urban habitats and encouraging residents to be active stewards of the ecological systems underlying our built environment.”

Kate received a B.A. (1993) from the University of Virginia and an M.L.A. (1997) from Harvard University, and is author of Toward an Urban Ecology (2016) and co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (2011). She is the founder of SCAPE and is an associate professor and director of the Urban Design Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.

As founding principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design studio, Orff’s work ranges from large-scale coastal infrastructure initiatives to the design of city parks, as well as book-length publications, museum exhibitions, and self-guided podcast tours that invite city dwellers to explore the natural histories of their regions.

Dr. Doug Johnston, Chair of ESF’s Landscape Architecture program, is hosting John Donnelly, Technical Principal of SCAPE at 5:15 PM, Thursday, October 12, 2017 in 409 Marshall Hall (on the ESF campus).

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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A Spirit of Collaboration: OLCC & ESF

AOLCC Pic2s a member of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps (OLCC) Advisory Board, I had the privilege to witness a true spirit of collaboration when Dr. Tony Eallonardo and Amelia Hoffman worked together to combine an OLCC-sponsored Onondaga Creek Cleanup with an ESF Saturday of Service (as part first year student orientation).

Tony, an ESF alum (B.S. in 2002, M.S. in 2006, and Ph.D. in 2010), is a Scientist at O’Brien & Gere where he focuses on Plant Ecology and Ecosystem Restoration. Tony’s also an OLCC Advisory Board member.

Amelia coordinates ESF’s Academic Success Center where she helps students achieve their academic goals through large and small group tutoring, academic coaching, workshops, and success planning.

Thanks to each of you for your inspiring leadership and for all you do for ESF students and our community.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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Half-Earth: A Dialogue

halfearthJoin ESF President, Quentin Wheeler, and colleagues for his next Moonlighting dialogue on E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth Project as presented in his newest book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.
Gateway Center

Register for the Event

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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Introducing the ESF Open Academy

OA Blog BannerAs the sun shines brightly on our campus this morning, I’d like to introduce you to the ESF Open Academy.

You may have heard that we have renamed ESF Outreach.  ESF’s educational outreach office is now the ESF Open Academy. This new name represents an academic unit that encompasses the College’s pre-collegiate, professional, and public education programs, as well as a renewed commitment to online education.

In the near term, you may get the impression that we are all about online education. A lot of our attention will indeed focus on this College priority. Nevertheless, you and our learners will continue to have opportunity to learn about and participate in all of the well-established programs that have earned ESF state-wide and national recognition.

As we work to expand ESF’s reach and impact, I ask for your active support and involvement. Your thoughts and questions are always welcome and will be appreciated – thank you!

Although our new web site is still being developed, please learn more about ESF’s Open Academy and our Teaching and Learning Collaboratory here.

We look forward to working with you.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

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eCybermission Program Fosters STEM Learning and Leadership at All Levels

This video (a preview version) recaps a SUNY ESF and Syracuse City School District collaboration in the eCybermission program, a virtual science fair that engaged students in deep STEM learning by asking them to identify and propose a solution to a problem in their own community.  We were proud to be invited to participate in this SUNY-led effort, in collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences, and supported, in part, by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Your thoughts and questions on this video and this project are welcome.

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