Monthly Archives: February 2017

NYS DEC Summer Internships for SUNY ESF Students

nygov-logoRead a complete outline of NYS DEC Summer 2016 Internship requirements and opportunities here.

Rep. Katko Announces Initiative to Boost Small Business Growth

jksba17I’m proud that ESF has been able to be supportive of our Small Business Administration’s (SBA)  Emerging Leaders training program.

SBA District Director Bernard J. Paprocki and U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-25) hosted a press conference on Monday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. to announce the details of a free business training program for Syracuse small businesses.

Since its start in 2008, the SBA Emerging Leaders program that has helped more than 3,000 small business owners in 51 cities across the country grow their businesses with support, resources and skills to succeed. With the 2016 class, 95 Central New York entrepreneurs have completed the program since it launched in Syracuse.

The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

The press conference was held at Café Kubal, Creekwalk Commons Cafe. Café Kubal is a local coffee roasting company with six cafés and an office and roasting space that brings the experience and integrity of great service and quality coffee to downtown and the greater Syracuse area. Company founder and CEO Matt Godard has continually grown the company’s number of locations and employees since graduating from the Emerging Leaders program in 2014. Local recruitment for the 2017 Emerging Leaders class started at today’s press conference.

WHO:            Bernard J. Paprocki, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration

                        U.S. Rep. John Katko, NY-25

                        Matt Godard, founder and CEO, Café Kubal

WHEN:          Monday, February 13, 2017    10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

WHERE:       Café Kubal, Creekwalk Commons Café, 324 W. Water St., Syracuse, NY

Information on how interested small business owners can apply and eligibility criteria can be found at

Dr. Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach

ESF Junior Honored as ‘Unsung Hero’

01-26-shewaPlease join us in congratulating Shewa Shwani who received the 2017 Unsung Hero Award at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration January 29, 2017 held in the Carrier Dome. Shewa is an ESF Junior majoring in biotechnology — and an ESF Outreach Student Assistant!   Shewa earned this award because of the combination of her work in the community and her work to spread awareness about different cultures.

In addition to her schoolwork, Shewa’s  service has included volunteering at the Food Recovery Network (FRN) and the Duck Race to End Racism at the Syracuse Inner Harbor, serving as vice president of the Muslim Student Association at Syracuse University, and organizing the inaugural 3k Run for Literacy to raise awareness about literacy needs among the refugee community.

Shewa works on–campus in both the Student Diversity and Inclusion Office, and the ESF Outreach Office.

Read more.

Jeff Speck: NYS Green Building Conference Keynote Speaker!


As a proud sponsor and conference partner, the SyracuseCoE recently announced that TED Talk Speaker, Jeff Speck, will be a a keynote speaker at the 15th Annual NYS Green Building Conference!

March 30th & March 31st | Marriott Syracuse Downtown


JEFF SPECK (AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA, Principal, Speck & Associates LLC) is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.

With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, tha tthe Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.”  His latest book, Walkable City, that the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work”, was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-15.


Join us as a sponsor, register to participate, or contact us with questions at 315.470.6817 / Please note: early registration ends February 15th.

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