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10th Annual NYS Biotechnology Symposium

Biotech 3The 10th Annual NYS NYS Biotechnology Symposium is May 17th & 18th here in Syracuse, on the ESF Campus. Along with concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and opportunities to interact with exhibitors, this year’s keynote Speakers include Dr. Judith Albers (VanArsdale Chair in Entrepreneurship, SUNY Geneseo), Dr. Avery August (HHMI Professor and Associate Vice Provost, Cornell University), and Dr. Elizabeth Henaff (Assistant Professor, New York University). Registration and sponsorship details are available here

Join me in recognizing ESF graduate students

dsc_5992I am very pleased to let you know that

Dan Collins will continue as the ESF Open Academy Graduate Assistant for the 2018-19 academic year (his third!).  Dan is a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Forest Biology (Dr. Lee Newman, Major Professor).

The following graduate students were selected to serve as Teaching Fellows for the 26th Annual College-wide Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. Thanks to our entire graduate student community and to our faculty mentors for your longstanding support and active involvement. 

  • Dominique Derminio, Ph.D. student, Chemistry (Dr. Greg Boyer, Major Professor)
  • Xue Dong, Ph.D. student, Environmental & Forest Biology (Drs. Melissa Fierke and ElizabethFolta, Major Professors)
  • Katie Fee, M.S. student, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Dr. Sharon Moran, Major Professor)
  • Kyungsun Lee, Ph.D. student, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Dr. David Sonnenfeld, Major Professor)
  • Justine Weber, Ph.D. student, Environmental & Forest Biology (Dr. Don Leopold, Major Professor)

Please join me in recognizing and appreciating these graduate students. Thank you. Sincerely,

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

ESF Online Education: The whole world and more…

OA Gilr on Rock original webPlease share with colleagues the following opportunities to work here at ESF as part of our transformative online education initiative.  Two positons have been announced:

For more information about each of these positions visit  ESF Human Resources.

Learn more about ESF’s online education initiative here: ESF Online Education Plan excerpt

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy






SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program Helps Syracuse Grow



From left to right: Rep. John Katko, Jesse Daino, Adam Williams, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, SBA district Director Bernard Paprocki.

This is the eighth year of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program. The program provides 40 hours of intensive classroom instruction to executives and owners of small, poised-for-growth companies. Participants learn, among other things, how to accelerate their companies’ growth, obtain financing, diversify their markets and expand their networking.  Here’s a link to the WRVO segment.  Entrepreneurs from throughout Central New York can learn more here and apply to participate at






Register Now for an Online Advanced Certificate



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Register for a fully online graduate certificate in Radiation Curing Chemistry. This program works within your busy schedule in order to help you seek employment or advancement in sustainable advanced manufacturing jobs and careers. Registration is now open for Summer 2018 courses!

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy


Catch Up and Get Ahead! ESF Summer 2018


Registration for ESF’s Summer Semester 2018 courses has begun! Our 45 courses include 20 online and 15 field-experience courses. Use your summer to get back on track to graduate, or to even get ahead of your schedule. For course offerings, registration information, and more, visit the ESF Summer Semester webpage or contact Barbara Newman at 315-470-4898.

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

16th Annual NYS Green Building Conference

2018NYSGBC_OMalleyJoin us April 5th & 6th in Syracuse for the 16th Annual NYS Green Building Conference. Keynote speakers include Martin O’Malley (Former Governor of Maryland), Chief Oren Lyons (Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation and Recipient of the United Nations International Earth Day Award), George Bandy, Jr. (Vice President for Sustainability from the Mohawk Group), Michael Green (TED Speaker and Architect at Michael Green Architecture), and John Mardaljevic (Professor, Loughborough University [UK]). Visit the conference website and register now!

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy


James Gibbs Named SUNY Distinguished Professor

11.22.gibbsWe are celebrating one of the academic world’s substantive achievements, Dr. James Gibbs, a professor in our Department of Environmental and Forest Biology and director of ESF’s Roosevelt Wild Life Station, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor.

SUNY Chancellor, Kristina Johnson, describes James’ recognition this way: “Those honored with the distinguished ranking are truly the best of SUNY’s best, and they are to be commended for passing knowledge on to and mentoring the next generation of faculty and students in a manner that is as innovating as it is engaging.”

James, who holds a doctorate in forestry and environmental studies from Yale University,  is internationally known for his research in the Galapagos,  and  for his work with snow leopards in Siberia.

Read the entire ESF announcement here.

Congratulations Dan Collins!

William Bryant, Syracuse VA SCI/Rehabilitation program manager, pictured left, presents Dr. Lee Newman and Daniel Collins with a certificate of appreciation for their therapeutic horticulture program at the VA.

Please join me in celebrating our GA, Dan Collins, for the public recognition his doctoral research received recently.  This ESF announcement, based on a recent Syracuse VA Medical Center  press release, describes Dan and Dr. Lee Newman’s therapeutic horticulture program being conducted in partnership with the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dan is not only a scholar but also a productive professional who continues to make substantial contributions to the ESF Open Academy’s strategic initiatives.  Thank you, Dan!

Read Nature and Health Come Together at Syracuse VA Medical Center here.


ESF Online Education… The whole world and more!

OA Gilr on Rock original webESF is reaffirming our commitment to serve learners on-campus, throughout New York State, and beyond through a selective portfolio of online courses and programs.

Thanks to a concerted effort of people on-campus and at SUNY System Administration, ESF has earned full approval to offer online education programs.  As a result, I’m proud to invite you to consider for yourself and recommend to others two fully online advanced certificates:

Environmental Leadership. To be equipped with the skills and recognized as an agent of sustainable change, register today for one of three certificate courses or apply for the full certificate.

Radiation Curing Chemistry. The evolution of energy curing technologies is changing advanced and sustainability materials manufacturing, and entire industries.  Register today for one of two certificate courses or apply for the full certificate, created in partnership with RadTech International, North America.

The online learning format is flexible and accommodates work, travel, and other commitments. This allows you and your organization to advance in these innovative and rapidly growing fields in a convenient and cost-effective way.

Whether you are starting a new career, advancing in your current role, or simply want to better understand these rapidly developing fields, these advanced certificates will help position you and your organization to lead the way.  Advanced Certificates are a perfect educational solution to complement onboarding of new employees and the professional development of current staff.

Our commitment to relevant quality education programs is represented by processes that began over a year ago that have entailed

  • Engaging in a SUNY-facilitated institutional readiness and program planning self-study and consultation processes;
  • Meeting all SUNY, New York State Education Department, Middle States Commission on Higher Education regulations and requirements; and
  • Joining the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

To learn more, visit us on the web or contact us today

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy


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