Monthly Archives: February 2013


Student Experiences: SUNY-ESF Summer Session


Former SUNY-ESF Summer Session students describe their experiences with taking courses during the Summer Session (music credit to Kevin MacLeod,

ESF Online Courses

This year SUNY-ESF will offer a record 14 online Summer Session courses, twice the number of online courses that ran during the 2012 Summer Session! With the further expansion of ESF Online, there is greater freedom for students to take classes around the corner or around the world. ESF students who leave the Syracuse area for the summer, you now have an even greater opportunity to Take ESF Home with You allowing you to Simplify your Summer while earning college credits from home. With the enlargement of ESF Online, ESF’s ability to live up to its motto ‘Improve Your World’ expands by making ESF courses accessible to individuals, regardless of their geographic location!


ESF Online courses currently being offered during the 2013 SUNY-ESF Summer Session.

Courses offered online are diverse and serve a wide range of student interests and needs. Online course options include general education requirements such as American History, College Algebra and Precalculus, Research Writing and Humanities, and others. Anyone who is interested in learning more about large-scale environmental issues and how they relate to the development of human societies would certainly enjoy The Global Environment and Evolution of Human Society. Additionally, more specialized courses are also offered including Wetlands Restoration Techniques and three courses in advanced manufacturing relating to polymer coatings and radiation curing.

There’s a lot to love about Summer Session! Check out the complete course listing at


Emerging Leaders Initiative 2013 Press Conference Kickoff

              On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Bernard J. Paprocki will be holding a press conference announcing the 2013 Emerging Leaders (formerly e200) Initiative. The Emerging Leaders program was instituted in 2008 and since then has trained over 1,300 small business owners in underserved communities in 27 cities throughout the United States. Through this program, small business owners receive over of 100 hours of instruction that provide them with tools for success in their business endeavors. SUNY-ESF is proud to partner with the SBA for the Emerging Leaders program for the third year in a row.


The 2012 Emerging Leaders graduating class.

“Emerging Leaders has a proven track record of helping small businesses in underserved communities. Graduates of the program have increased their revenue, created jobs and helped drive local economic growth in their communities,” remarked SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

Wetland Restoration Courses

This summer at SUNY-ESF, renowned wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist Tom Biebighauser will be teaching a 3-credit online Wetland Restoration Techniques course and a 1-credit Wetlands Restoration Practicum field course. EFB 496/696 Wetland Restoration Techniques will focus on the importance of wetlands, factors affecting restoration, low cost and effective construction techniques for wetland restoration, and examinations of the effects of wetland restoration on habitat and environmental health. EFB 496/696 Wetland Restoration Practicum is a 2 day field course that will allow students to collaborate with their instructor and the U.S. Forest Service on an actual wetland restoration in the finger lakes region near Hector, NY.


Tom Biebighauser working in the field.

Tom Biebighauser has restored more than 1,400 wetlands across North America and aided more than 90 teachers in building wetlands as outdoor classrooms. In addition to his work as a wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Tom has authored the books A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds, Wetland Drainage, Restoration and Repair, and Wetland Restoration and Construction – A Technical Guide and has developed and taught a Wetland Design course at the University of Louisville (Kentucky).

For more information about Tom’s courses or other SUNY-ESF Summer Session courses, visit