Monthly Archives: April 2015

ESF Online: Take ESF with You Wherever You Go!

ESF Online enables you to Take ESF with You Wherever You Go. Thanks to a 2008 grant fromSS the Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation that supported the ESF in the High School Distance Learning Initiative, along with a NASA Global Climate Change Online grant and, more recently, funding from the US Department of Labor, ESF has developed a strong presence in the world of online education. Coupled with a robust selection of short-term field experience courses, our online offerings have been concentrated in our Summer Semester. Explore ESF’s online and other Summer courses!

Learn more and to register.

So who is “Chris”?

Who’s Chris? Last month’s post generated some enjoyable emails and inquiries about “Chris” who has graciously served as the personification of ESF’s Summer Semester. Chris Rothery, an ESF Outreach undergraduate student assistant hails from Long Beach, California. He is an Environmental Studies major with an environmental policy, planning and law concentration.

Along with his academic pursuits, Chris is active with Quidditch. In fact, he will be academic year 2015-16 president of the Syracuse University/ESF Quidditch club team! Chris is also active with Model United Nations. This summer, Chris, an Eagle ScChris Earth Dayout, will be an advisor to Boy Scouts of America crew no. 134, a venturing program for young adults. In addition, he will resume his role as a Civil War reenactor.

As you can see, we are privileged to have Chris with us. We look forward to having Chris back next academic year and to his creative and technical contributions.

Please note: Syracuse University and other visiting students interested in taking an ESF Summer Semester course, MySlice (the online registration portal used during the academic year) is not available during summer semester. Instead, to register for a 2015 ESF Summer course please contact Maura Stefl at / 315.470.6811 or Barbara Newman at / 315.470.6817. Thank you.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

Graduate Student Appointments Announcement!

I am very pleased to let you know that Eugene Law has been appointed the 2015-16 ESF Outreach Graduate Assistant.  Eugene is an M.S. student in the graduate program in environmental science (Dr. Stewart Diemont, Major Professor). Among his many accomplishments, Eugene earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in recognition of excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community service. Eugene has served as president of the ESF Undergraduate Student Association, as the undergraduate representative to the ESF Board of Trustees, ESF representative to the Syracuse University Student Association and as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity.

I am also honored to let you know that the following graduate students were selected to serve as Teaching Fellows for the 2015 Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. Thank you for all of your ongoing support and active participation. 

  • Scott Bergey, Ph.D. student, Chemistry (Dr. Arthur Stipanovic, Major Professor) and president of the ESF Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Whitney Lash-Marshall, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Studies
  • Fernanda Oliveira, Ph.D. student, Paper and Bioprocess Engineering (Dr. Klaus Doelle, Major Professor)
  • Emily Stephan, Ph.D. student, Environmental Resources Engineering (Dr. Theodore Endreny, Major Professor)
  • Sara Velardi, Ph.D. student, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Dr. Theresa Selfa, Major Professor)
  • Jay W. Wason, III, Ph.D. student, Environmental and Forest Biology, (Dr. Martin Dovciak, Major Professor)

The Graduate AssistGACAttendees2014editedant Colloquium introduces new graduate teaching assistants (and research assistants and fellowship recipients who elect to participate) to

  • the culture and expectations of ESF;
  • instructional skills necessary to work effectively as a GA;
  • people and units who provide leadership and support to the GA’s role; and
  • professional skills and resources that will endure beyond your ESF graduate assistant experience.

The Colloquium will be held Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Moon Library.  Complete Colloquium information is available on the web at


Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

Biotechnology Sympoisum Speakers Include Dr. Eva Cramer

Spring Cramer_000has arrived and the 7th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium is fast approaching!  Plan now to join us May 12 – 13, 2015 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for plenary presentations, technical sessions and tours of Brookhaven facilities, including the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and National Synchrotron Light Source II

Featured speakers include Dr. Eva Cramer. Dr. Cramer is Distinguished Service Professor of Cell Biology and Vice President for Biotechnology and Scientific Affairs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is also President of the Downstate Technology Center, Inc. as well as President of BioBAT, Inc.

To learn more and to register!

TEC Tuesday at SUNY-ESF

SUNY ESF hosted a TEC Tuesday meeting and site visit recently in its Gateway Center.  Many thanks to Fil Larosa, ESF’s Plant Utilities Engineer, for his in-depth portrayal of the Gateway Center’s combined heat and power system.  AMTEC Phil2

TEC Tuesday is a part of  the Advanced Manufacturing in Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC)  project, a collaborative initiative designed to strengthen the cluster of Central New York manufacturers of systems that heat and cool buildings, refrigerate produce, control manufacturing processes, and enable a variety of other applications. To drive regional cluster growth, AM-TEC  supports the following:

  • Innovation and commercialization acceleration
  • Export acceleration
  • Advanced manufacturing training opportunities
  • Research and development collaborations with area universities and faculty
  • Workforce development and training
  • Entrepreneurial assistance and support
  • Networking opportunities

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach