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 ( 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

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!


ESF Hosts NYS Education’s Smart Scholars Regional Meeting

ESF proudly hosted the recent New York State Education Department’s Smart Scholars Early College High School Western-Central Regional Meeting

Organized and hosted by Evelyn Maclutsky, Smart Scholars ECHS Program, NYSED, along with Lynanne DeTore, Vice Principal at Nottingham High School (Syracuse City School District), and Dr. Valerie Luzadis, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President at SUNY ESF.

Along with Evelyn Maclutsky, Jill Lansing, Assistant Vice Chancellor of SUNY, and teams from Buffalo NYSED2.jpgCity School District,  Buffalo State College, Erie Community College, Niagara Falls City School District, Niagara University,  Rochester City School District, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher College, Syracuse City School District, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Onondaga Community College gathered to share program highlights, best practices, and next steps in this incredibly important and successful initiative.

As part of the program, Dr. Tom Amidon, Professor of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at ESF discussed biofuels and biotechnology, and Fil Larosa, Plant Utilities Engineer at ESF, provided a tour and discussion of the Gateway Center’s innovative combined heat and power system.

All of us at ESF are proud of our partnership with the Syracuse City School District and of all our Smart Scholars colleagues.  Thanks and congratulations to everyone involved and to Katherina Searing and the ESF Outreach staff for their leadership and support!

Dr. Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach