Highlights of 2006-2007

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Leadership this year was provided by Chair Lise Comartin, Vice Chair Brandon Vickery, Secretary Kayla Pascal, Treasurer Artem Treyger, Councilor/Listserv Manager, Nate Anderson, Memorial Grove Chair Samuel Urffer, webmaster Heather Engelman, and advisor Dr. René H. Germain.

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Forestry Faculty Mixer (March 1, 2007) 

Faculty, staff, students met and mingled over pizza, drinks, and baked goods.  The new t-shirt went on sale, too.

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   NYSAF Annual Winter Meeting, Liverpool, NY (Jan. 31-Feb 2, 2007)

In addition to attending sessions on "Sustaining New York's Wild, Rural and Community Forests" members presented their research in either the poster session or graduate student presentations session, staffed the registration table, sold raffle tickets, asked questions during Forestry 101, and joined professional members at chapter meetings/small group discussions devoted to educational, research and policy needs. 

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Thanksgiving Potluck Supper (November 20, 2006) 

Lise and company welcomed all to their home for this annual social event.

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Professional Society Mixer (November 15, 2006)

Because of the long-term benefits of membership in professional societies CSTEP/Office of Multicultural Affairs has organized a Mixer to introduce students to professional organizations represented on campus, and five lucky students left with complementary student membership to the the society that represents their field of study.  We are very pleased that at least one of these will be redeemed for SAF membership. Represented organizations included:  Society of American Foresters, American Fisheries Society, Tappi, American Water Resources Association, Engineers without Borders, The Wildlife Society, and Society for Conservation Biology.   Lise Comartin told prospective members about the experience individuals can gain by participation in our specific chapter, while Heather Engelman talked about general benefits of membership, notably networking opportunities and access to information.

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Urban Tree Planting with Cornell Cooperative Extension (Nov. 12, 2006)

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Student Conservation Association Information Session (Nov. 4, 2006)

The SCA has many summer jobs and internships that SAF members may be interested in; see SCA website for more info (www.sca.org).  In addition, there are 4 ESF/SCA Incentive Awards, 2 available to assist ESF students to help them further develop their interest in environmental ed, rec, and 2 to current ESF students that will help introduce them to environmental ed, rec, or other SCA associated activities.  See Tom Slocum for application materials.

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   SAF National Convention, Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 25-29)

Keynote address was from 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai.  Maintaining that Peace on Earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment, Dr. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, which initially worked with women's groups to plant trees, during her tenure with the National Council of Women of Kenya.  She has moved on professionally, but continues to work for the environment, and for the people who rely upon it.  

Lise Comartin accepted the website award on behalf of the chapter.  Photos of our PLT workshop might have been included in the year-in-review slide show. Back to Top

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Freshman Field Trip/Memorial Grove Maintenance (Sept 12, 2006)

Students visited a number of site around the forest, including the Memorial Grove, as part of FOR 132 (Kuehn, Nowak, and Dawson). SAF members demonstrated the use of an assortment of tools, as well as provided guidance on their use.  Students inventoried and flagged seedlings, as well as assisted in weeding around them. Back to Top

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Guest Speaker:  Steve Harris (Sept 12, 2006)

Steve Harris, Community Forestry Educator, Cornell Cooperative County, joined us to discuss the role of CCE in the community, and tree planting opportunities within the City of Syracuse.  Back to Top

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  Website earns third place (July 19, 2006)

"On behalf of the Society of American Foresters, I am very happy to inform you that the SUNY/ESF SAF Student Chapter won THIRD PLACE in the SAF Student Chapter Website competition for the 2005-2006 academic year... the contest was extremely close (as was the SAF Outstanding Student Chapter competition)!  ...  Your SAF Student Chapter did a terrific job on your website... extremely informative and well-written.

"Congratulations on an outstanding job!  Your Student Chapter is very impressive!  With leaders like these students, the profession and the SAF are in excellent hands!  Best regards, Carol" Back to Top

Received from Carol J. McKernon, Member Services Manager, Society of American Foresters 

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Most of our members have graduated, leaving many opportunities for new students to gain leadership experience.  Contact Dr. Germain to discuss which role is right for you. 


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