ESF Centennial Celebration

Environmental Leadership for a Second Century

Throughout 2011, SUNY-ESF celebrated its 100th anniversary.

We took a look back to the beginning when, in 1911, 52 students and three faculty members assembled for the first classes conducted by what was then called the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. We revisited the growth of the College's renowned academic programs, the development of its internationally recognized research and service programs, and the successes of its dedicated alumni and students.

"SUNY-ESF and SU: 100 Years of Collaboration"

...A special exhibition from the SU archives.

The centennial celebration’s theme, “Environmental Leadership for a Second Century,” describes the core qualities of ESF and its history, and highlights the important role the College will continue to play in matters involving education and the environment.

A slate of activities took place throughout the year. They were formal and casual, academic and social, on campus and at alumni gatherings around the globe. They included students and alumni and their families, current and former faculty and staff members, neighbors, friends and partners.

A highlight of the festivities took place July 28, when an on-campus birthday celebration was held on the Quad, followed by a semi-formal dinner that evening.

SUNY-ESF Web Video Player. Click a thumbnail below to launch each video.Heritage Restored video

Heritage Restored was produced by the U.S. Forest Service in 1961 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Weeks law of 1911 establishing The National Forests east of the Mississippi. It was originally shot as a 16mm color motion picture without sound and was presented with live narration. Secretary of Agriculture, Orville Freeman, asked for sound to be added to the film so that it could be used to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Department of Agriculture. The script was written by Ed Littlehales, a 1942 graduate of New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources Management. Mr. Littlehales, who was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Atlanta at the time, worked with photographer Dan Todd to shoot the film and also provided the narration.

Centennial Celebration Links

Green Tie Dinners
"Semiformal with a Touch of Green"

Four Locations ...One Big Celebration!

To mark the occasion of the Centennial, four dinners were held simultaneously in New York state and Boston on July 28, 2011:

  • Syracuse Campus
  • New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston
  • Scarsdale Golf Club, Hartsdale, NY
  • Longfellows Inn and Restaurant, Saratoga Springs

Our Boston, Hartsdale and Saratoga Springs events were linked by video with the main celebration on ESF's Syracuse campus.

Special thanks to the sponsors of ESF's Centennial Green Tie Dinners!


centennial storyCentennial History Series
A yearlong retrospective of ESF's history. Read more about ESF's first century.

  • Looking Ahead to a Prosperous Future
  • Friends in High Places
  • Pride During Graduation Evident Through the Years
  • A Tradition Begins
  • Walking on 'M' Street
  • Long Lines, Computer Punchcards Were Hallmarks of Registration
  • On the stump
  • College Honors Men, Women Who Served in Armed Forces
  • Little Shop of Horrors?
  • All The News Thatís Fit To Print
  • Home Away From Home
  • Be Prepared
  • Quad Central to Campus Life
  • Insect-borne Illnesses Studied at ESF
  • College's Fall Barbecue Longstanding Tradition
  • ESF Remembers 9/11
  • 'Derecho' Marks Labor Day 1998
  • Always on the Cutting Edge
  • ESF Featured at the New York State Fair
  • Forest pathology
  • Family Celebrates ESF Legacy
  • Research in High Peaks Led to Protection of Alpine Vegetation
  • Birdís Eye View of Campus Growth
  • Hereís Looking At You
  • The Ranger School Teaches Latest Technology
  • Quality of Worklife Committee Helps Build Campus Community
  • Hackberry Trees Planted on the ESF Quad
  • Would You Like to Ride in My Beautiful Balloon?
  • And Justice For All
  • ESF Students Hold Leadership Positions
  • Summer Camp Provides Practical Experience for Students
  • ESF Remembers
  • Study is a Must
  • SU Lacrosse Has Roots at Forestry College
  • Saegerbund Filled ESF Halls with Song
  • Foresters Have Fun, Too
  • 'Foresters Have Homework, Too'
  • Pack Forest Series: 'Excursion'
  • Pack Forest Series: 'Start of Camp'
  • Summer Camp Broadens Students Horizons
  • To 1920 Ranger School Students: Bring $5 Matriculation Fee
  • College's First Graduates Went Far with Degrees
  • 1942: $400 for Room and Board
  • Memories from an Alumnus: Getting Lost in the Woods
  • College Adds Pulp and Paper Lab
  • Snow Blankets College of Forestry Campus
  • College of Forestry Campus Expands
  • Roosevelt Wild Life Station Becomes Part of College
  • Class Gifts a Longstanding Tradition at the College
  • ESF and the World
  • 1911: ESF Gets Its Start

  • Social

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