Announcing the ESF Open Academy and Teaching & Learning Collaboratory

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has been awarded a SUNY Extended Improvement Performance Fund grant that will, in part, help us to establish an innovative integrated organizational framework that will extend our distinct mission-based leadership within and on behalf of SUNY.

  • The ESF Open Academy will be a vehicle for providing online-enabled undergraduate and graduate courses, certificates, and degree programs, and will expand to include informal learning experiences to ESF, SUNY, and other college/university students, to high school students, and to professionals and lifelong learners throughout New York State and beyond.
  • The ESF Teaching and Learning Collaboratory will provide faculty professional development support for online-enabled education, and a venue for peer-to-peer collaboration.

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As part of this institutional commitment, the Open SUNY Institutional Readiness self-assessment process began in January 2016.

Related information: Chancellor announces funding in State of the University Address

Open SUNY Faculty Development Opportunity: Registration for the Summer 2016 Quality by Design (QbD) online faculty development course is OPEN! Registration is free for all SUNY faculty and staff. The course runs June 6 to July 3, 2016. For information and to register.

For further information and with questions contact Chuck Spuches, cspuches@esf.edu, 315.470.6810.

 

From the green screen to the green scene: Congratulations Dave Eichorn!

20231257-largeAs many of you who are friends and collaborators know, Dave Eichorn, renowned as a local media celebrity and beloved meteorologist (an extraordinary accomplishment in a region accustomed to getting 9 feet of snow, including  unpredictable Lake Effect snow  each winter!), has long occupied a treasured place in our ESF community.  Dave was, for example, the keynote speaker for the Environmental Challenge for over a decade.  I’ll always remember fondly the day he announced to  500 Syracuse City middle school students that he was going to return to school to complete his degree – and they cheered wildly.  I don’t know who derived more inspiration from that exchange, Dave, the students, or the others of us in the auditorium…

When we embarked on a NASA Global Climate Change Education project (2009-11), SUNY Sustainability: A Climate Change Solution Curriculum, Dave worked with us AND completed his masters degree.  This YouTube video gives you a hint of the focus of our project and of Dave’s good work.

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Syracuse.com recently paid tribute to Dave in a piece titled,

After 37 years, Syracuse weatherman Dave Eichorn gives his last on-air forecast

This title says it all…

Join me in congratulating Dave for his extraordinary love of weather, of the relationship between climate and weather (what Dave calls, environmental meteorology),  for his ability to communicate his passion,  and for  inspiring each and every one  of us.

As reported, Dave intends to pursue a Ph.D. here at SUNY-ESF. He  will continue as an adjunct professor at ESF and we very much look forward to further collaboration with our friend and colleague.

All our best,

Chuck Spuches

 

Robin Kimmerer: We owe our children the right to livable future

I commend to you an essay written by our colleague, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D.,  a plant ecologist and Distinguished Teaching PrRobinKofessor here at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Dr. Kimmerer offers an instructive and inspiring perspective on the young people in Oregon who are pursuing a historic  legal case against the federal government for “failing to adequately address accelerating climate change that jeopardizes their Constitutional rights to life, liberty, property and security.” Continue reading

Moonlighting Update

Please accept this final reminder to join President Wheeler and distinguished guests for part or all of tomorrow evening’s program. Please also share the registration links below and this Syracuse.com stories about Moonlighting:

Barefoot College founder to speak in Syracuse on Earth Day

Stunning images of the birds of Onondaga Lake on exhibit

Thank you!

Chuck Spuches

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Thanks to Laura Crandall, Scott Blair, the Outreach and Communications Office’s teams, our incomparable ESF students; and our OLCC, Audubon New York and Honeywell friends.

Onondaga Lake: An Important Stop for Birds on an Impressive Journey Photo Exhibit

Presented by the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps in partnership with Audubon New York and Honeywell.

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, April 22nd / Gateway Conference Center, SUNY-ESF Campus

 …then stay in the same location for

Ethics and Earth Day:

Finding Environmental Justice in a Complex World

Join us in dialogue with our guests, distinguished scholars and activists, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, Meagan Fallone, and Samuel Gorovitz

7:00 PM, Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day)

Gateway Center on the SUNY-ESF Campus (directly across from the Carrier Dome)

  Admission is free. To help us plan…

Register Here!

Please share this registration link with your friends, students, and neighbors.

Onondaga Lake Photo Exhibit

I am extremely proud to let you know about another very special Earth Day event…

In addition to our 7:00 PM, Friday, April 22nd Moonlighting program (please see below to register for this free admission program), ESF will proudly host the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps (OLCC) photo exhibit, Onondaga Lake: An Important Stop for Birds on an Impressive Journey.  This exhibit represents OLCC’s partnership with Audubon New York and Honeywell.  Photographs showcase stunning images of migratory birds and waterfowl along the Onondaga Lake shoreline.  Onondaga Lake is a priority Audubon Important Bird Area and a vital stop for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway.

Friends and colleagues from our Central New York community, along with ESF students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for light refreshments, to view the photos, and to meet some of the photographers responsible for this magnificent work.

 Onondaga Lake: An Important Stop for Birds on an Impressive Journey

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, April 22nd / Gateway Conference Center, SUNY-ESF Campus

…then stay in the same location for

Ethics and Earth Day: Finding Environmental Justice in a Complex World

Join us for an environmental justice dialogue with our guests, distinguished scholars and activists, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, Meagan Fallone, and Samuel Gorovitz.

7:00 PM, Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day)

Gateway Center on the SUNY-ESF Campus (directly across from the Carrier Dome)

 Admission is free. To help us plan and to receive an ESF Campus parking pass,

Register Here!

Please share this registration link with your friends, students, and neighbors.

Silda Wall Spitzer to Moderate Panel on Resilience at 2016 Green Building Conference

The 2016 New York State Green Building Conference is less than a week away! We are looking forward to hosting the conference for the 14th year, providing an opportunity for students, professionals, and academics involved with the science and practice of green building to share their knowledge and experiences through keynote addresses, technical sessions, and panel discussions.

A panel on resilieSpitzernce moderated by Silda Wall Spitzer (pictured at left), Director and Principal at NewWorld Capital Group has recently been added to the conference schedule. Before NewWorld, Ms. Wall Spitzer was a Managing Director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors and served as the First Lady of New York State. As First Lady she worked to promote green buildings and alternative energy and is currently Vice Chair of the Urban Green Council, the New York City Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The panel will also feature Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council; Marge Anderson, Executive Vice President, Seventhwave and immediate Past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors; Dr. Ed Bogucz, Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence; Josh Stack, Ecological Builder, Northeast Natural Homes, Inc.; and Dr. Quentin Wheeler, President of SUNY ESF.

For more information about the conference visit the NYGBC website, or register now!

SUNY Upstate Wins 2015 UHC Sustainability Award

Our neighbors and colleagues at SUNY Upstate Medical University were recently honored as recipients of the 2015 Sustainability Award from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), one of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations representing academic medical centers. This award recognizes the SUNY Upstate community’s commitment to and progress towards achieving sustainability goals on their campus.

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We applaud Upstate’s success in their sustainability initiatives and look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future. Read more about the UHC Sustainability Award here.

If you are interested in pursuing sustainability at your company or institution, join us for the New York State Green Building Conference April 14-15, 2016 to learn about sustainable practices through exciting keynote addresses, informative technical sessions, and interactive discussion panels. Register now!

Announcing Outreach Graduate Assistant and Colloquium Teaching Fellows

At this time of the year I am always reminded of the excellence of ESF’s graduate students as we go through the process of filling student positions  for the upcoming academic year.

I am very pleased to announce that Daniel Collins has been selected to be the 2016-17 ESF Outreach Graduate Assistant. Dan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology (Dr. Lee Newman, major professor). The Graduate Assistant is an integral part of the Outreach office, working closely with me and the rest of the Outreach team to support all of the Outreach programs and initiatives of the College.

At the same time, I would like to thank and congratulate our outgoing Graduate Assistant, Eugene Law (Dr. Stewart Diemont, major professor), who will be graduating with an M.S. in Ecosystem Restoration in May and moving on to Cornell University where he has been awarded a fellowship to support his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Soil and Crop Sciences.

I am also honored to let you know that the following graduate students were selected to serve as Teaching Fellows for the 24th Annual Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning, to be held August 24th and 25th, 2016.

  • Sarita Bassil, Ph.D. student, Forest and Natural Resources Management (Dr. Ralph Nyland, major professor)
  • Scott Bergey, Ph.D. student, Chemistry (Dr. Arthur Stipanovic, major professor)
  • Casey Chamberlain, M.S. student, Environmental Studies (Dr. Elizabeth Vidon, major professor)
  • Adam Fix, Ph.D. student, Environmental Studies (Dr. Jack Manno, major professor)
  • Emily Stephan, Ph.D. student, Environmental Resources Engineering (Dr. Theodore Endreny, major professor)
  • Sara Velardi, Ph.D. student, Environmental Science (Dr. Theresa Selfa, major professor)

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Pictured above is the cohort that attended the 2015 Graduate Assistant Colloquium. The Colloquium introduces new graduate teaching assistants to the culture and expectations of ESF, instructional skills necessary to work effectively as a teaching assistant, the people and units who provide leadership and support to the teaching assistant’s role at the College, and professional skills and resources that will endure beyond a student’s graduate assistant experience.

Chuck Spuches, Assistant to the President

Volunteer Judges Needed for 15th Environmental Challenge

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Onondaga Lake Photo Exhibit

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps (OLCC) hosted a reception Wednesday, March 30th to launch their photo exhibit, Onondaga Lake: An Important Stop for Birds on an Impressive Journey.  TChishis exhibit represents OLCC’s partnership with Audubon New York and Honeywell.  The exhibit showcases stunning images of migratory birds and waterfowls along the Onondaga Lake shoreline.  Onondaga Lake is a priority Audubon Important Bird Area and a vital stop for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway.  Visit the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center soon, and look for additional opportunities to experience this wonderful photo exhibit: montezuma@audubon.org or call 315.365.3588.

Chris Lajewski, Center Director, Montezuma Audubon Center, is pictured here along with  several photographs that are a part of the exhibit.

Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach