Monthly Archives: October 2016

Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board 50th Anniversary Meeting


David Bottar, Executive Director, CNY RPDB.

I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting (Friday, October 28, 2016) at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel (please see related post about the full restored Hotel Syracuse).  Congratulations to Executive Director, David V. Bottar, and all of the CNY RPDB team!  Learn more at  CNY RPDB

Chuck Spuches




Go green and sustainable: Join us in March at Hotel Syracuse!


The magnificent, fully restored Hotel Syracuse, now the Marriott Syracuse – Downtown!

The New York State Green Building Conference (NYS GBC) has become the premier green building conference in the Northeast!  Thanks go to everyone involved and especially to our dedicated and progressive advisory council members who work on the conference year-round and who have fostered a collaborative and visionary spirit for over fifteen years. Last year’s conference attracted participants representing 8 states and 31 counties across New York State. Conference participants represented many roles from many industries including architecture, engineering, construction, consulting, deconstruction, landscape architecture, government, higher education, K-12 education, economic development, community planning and more.  .

Please learn more about how you can participate and/or sponsor this year’s conference at the program web site

I’d like to give a shout-out to one of our newer advisory council members, Nicole Schuster. Nicole is an architect in private practice (AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC) and president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) CNY Chapter.  We in Syracuse and Central New York all have a stake in the results of the ongoing Interstate 81 Viaduct Project.  Nicole’s recent Op-ed is one of the most succinct and inspiring perspectives on this ongoing dialogue: Architects: We need big ideas, not a bigger Interstate 81.  Thank you, Nicole, for your vision and your leadership.

Please join us in March 30-31, 2017 at the historic Hotel Syracuse, now the Marriott Syracuse – Downtown!

Chuck Spuches

9th Annual NYS Biotechnology Symposium

Planning is well under way for the 9th Annual NYS Biotechnology Symposium to be held May 18-19, 2017 on the ESF campus. 


Symposium advisory council members, Dr. Tom Amidon (SUNY ESF), Mr Scott MacFarlane (SUNY Upstate Medical University), and Dr. Lee Newman (SUNY ESF). The Council includes leaders from  ESF, Upstate, Cornell University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Syracuse University, NYSERDA – and other organizations!

 Learn more about planning, participating and sponsoring at the program web site.  I also invite you to learn more about Upstate Medical University’s new hub center for industry-university collaborations and precision medicine laboratory at the CNY Biotech Accelerator.

You may also follow this link to a recent article about the new $5.4 million Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center, or Upstate MIND!

Make plans now to join us!

Chuck Spuches

ESF Open Academy Seminar

Please join us for a seminar series intended to serve our campus commitment to establish an ESF Open Academy and Teaching & Learning Collaboratory.

 Register now (for planning and preparation purposes):

Dr. Don Harter, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (College Hour), Thursday, October 27, 2016

Outreach Training Room, Gateway Center (240)

Dr. Harter will dialogue with us about Syracuse University’s experience with 2U, an organization that “partners with top-tier universities to create online degree programs that are equal to — or better than — traditional programs, with fully integrated student and faculty experiences.”  Don is Associate Dean for Masters Programs and Associate Professor of MIS at the Whitman School.  He holds a degree from Michigan State University in mathematics and statistics, an MBA from Ohio  University, and a Ph.D. in management information systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

This and additional seminars will focus on online enabled education best practices,  instructional models, course development processes, and related program/administrative dimensions.

Thank you!

Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach

Our intention…


The purpose of this and additional seminars is to have our faculty and campus community benefit from others who have demonstrated expertise and success in online-enabled learning environments, and in related faculty and program support.  By engaging these individuals and organizations, we will create a shared understanding of the nature of online-enabled education, and we will further  generate faculty- , student- and stakeholder-driven policy and operating principles for an Open Academy and a Teaching Collaboratory that advance ESF’s online-enabled education goals.

Our seminar series and related efforts will explore the many dimensions of online-enabled education such as faculty development, best instructional practices, priority setting, intellectual property, universal design for accessibility, access to learning resources, assessment, and more.


To support ESF’s online-enabled education efforts, we were successful in a competitive SUNY granting process and have received a SUNY Expanded Investment and Performance Fund grant.  The executive summary is available here.

Here are two related blog posts…

Save the Date…

Dr. Scott Turner, Chair, President’s Advisory Group: Needs and Opportunities for Online Content, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Friday, November 4, 2016

Thank you for registering for the Thursday, October 27, 2016 seminar with Dr. Don Harter!