Monthly Archives: May 2016

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.


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,, 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.

A Meteorologist on Climate Change 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