Emerging Leaders Application Deadline Extended

As a follow up to the February 13th post, “Rep. Katko Announces Initiative to Boost Small Business Growth”, the SBA has announced that the Nationwide deadline for applications for Emerging Leaders 2017 has been extended to March 24th. Attached for your information and follow up are

Please share this information about this exciting and valuable program.

Chuck Spuches

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 www.sba.gov/ny/syracuse.

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 / outreach@esf.edu. Please note: early registration ends February 15th.

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

Save The Date! Dale L. Travis lecture


A New Year. New Opportunities.

esf-picAlways good to hear from ESF alumns! Here’s an opportunity Brain Kelder (ESF Masters 2008) shared with me recently.  Brian is the Restoration Program Manager at the Ipswich River Watershed Association (Massachusetts).  He has an opportunity for a paid Environmental Education internship this summer.  Please encourage students, alumni and others to read about the position and to contact Brian by email.

Spring semester – and the New Year are well underway.  We have a full calendar of educational outreach opportunities for K-12 students and teachers, college/university students, professionals, and lifelong learners. I believe you’ll find the ESF Outreach web page and the Outreach Blog to be helpful guides to opportunities for you and others.

I welcome a call  (315.470.6810) or email (cspuches@esf.edu) with your thoughts and questions.

Dr. Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach

Graduation is the Best!


President’s Medal recipients, David Doublet and Jennifer Hayes, talk with Dr. Quentin Wheeler, after the 2016 December graduation.

There  are many things that we love about living and working in a College environment. One of them is  most certainly graduation. We had the most inspiring December graduation, held in Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel, last Friday, December 9, 2016.

Our congratulations to student speaker, Gillian Giem, a sustainable energy management major; President’s Medal recipients,  David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, a photographic team for National Geographic; Graduate of Distinction Awards recipients,  Dr. Richard A. Birdsey ’76, Robyn A. Niver ’97 and Theresa L. Evans ’09; and to all of our 156 recent bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree recipients.

Read more about the 2016 December graduation here.

Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach

A Personal Reflection on David Krathwohl

One might safely conclude that all eduo7894846krathwohl_20161029-jpgxcators (and everyone involved in education) are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Mention of the taxonomy at a recent ESF Governance meeting, along with the Chicago Cubs winning the Series for the first time in 108 years, have caused me to reflect about the passing of one of my teachers, Chicago native and University of Chicago alumn, Dr. David Krathwohl.

Dave has been, in effect, the silent partner in one of the most pervasive tools in education.  Dave was a co-author of Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Cognitive Domain, senior author of Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Affective Domain, and co-editor with Lorin Anderson of A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.”

I was grateful for the opportunity to take courses with Dave, and honored for Dave to be one of my three dissertation committee members.  My colleagues and I appreciated his accomplishments and contributions and we were inspired by his  his passion, kindness and encouragement.

Nick Smith, who co-authored with David, How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal, reminisced with me recently about David’s lifelong devotion to students, colleagues, and scholarship.

Thanks, Nick –  and thanks, Dave – you are a valued teacher and mentor.

Chuck Spuches

Dr. Krathwohl’s obituary is available here.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative

SBA2.jpgWe at ESF have been honored, six years running, to be a partner and to host the graduation program for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.  My congratulations to the SBA Syracuse District Office team led by our friend and colleague, B.J. Paprocki, to instructor, John Liddy, and to all of this year’s graduates!

Emerging Leaders is an intensive seven-month, executive entrepreneurship education series now available in 51 cities and communities across the United States.

Emerging Leaders seeks to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in America’s cities.  Developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Emerging Leaders offers qualified business owners powerful benefits including innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking.

We all look forward to the 2017 class and program.

Chuck Spuches