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ESF Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)


  • Alchemists Society Tuesdays (biweekly starting 9/20/16) at 5:00pm in Moon 110
    The Alchemists Chemistry Club gives students the chance to have fun with all aspects of chemistry, from conducting projects to visiting trade shows.
  • Alpha Xi Sigma Honor Society (AXS) Mondays (biweekly starting 9/12/16) at 5:00pm in Baker 146
    Established in 1914, AXS emphasizes academic excellence and community involvement. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed at least one semester at ESF with a 3.175 GPA. As a member, students must maintain the 3.175 GPA and complete at least 20 hours of community service both on and off the ESF campus each semester.
  • The American Fisheries Society Tuesdays (biweekly starting 9/20/16) at 4:30pm in Illick 5
    The American fisheries Society is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of aquatic resources, and to facilitating the information exchange between students, professionals, and the public regarding our knowledge of aquatic resources.
  • The Baobab SocietyTuesdays at 6:30pm in Baker 145
    Established in 1991, this active group unites environmentally-conscious students of historically underrepresented ethnic groups. Promotes a culturally conscious community by providing education and support for its members and facilitates interaction with the greater Syracuse community.
  • Biomimicry Club Thursdays (biweekly starting 9/15/16) at 2:00pm in Baker 146
    The Biomimicry Club revolves around the concepts that call for employing the brilliant designs and functions found in the natural world and applying these to humans' problems. Club members have the chance to become and inspired and informed through guest speakers, workshops, discussions, projects, and research. The Biomimicry Club aims to familiarize members with basic practices and principles of biomimicry, so they can become biomimetic pundits themselves.
  • Bob Marshall Club Tuesdays (biweekly starting 9/13/16) at 6:30pm in Baker 148
    The Bob Marshall Club is the outing club for ESF. Named after Adirondack educator and preservationist, Bob Marshall, the club focuses on backpacking in the Adirondack Park, as well as participating in hiking and other outdoor recreation trips elsewhere. The club also hosts workshops that educates students about various outdoor recreation skills.
  • Ducks Unlimited Wednesdays (biweekly starting 9/21/16) at 6:00pm in Illick 5
    Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
    DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.
  • Empire Forester (Yearbook)
    The basic goals of this organization are to collaborate with members of the student body in order to produce a publication (yearbook) which will reflect a year's worth of events and memories of the ESF community. email empireforester@esf.edu
  • Engineering for a Sustainable Society (ESS) Mondays at 6:30pm in Moon 19
    This organization is devoted to implementing low-tech, high-impact, engineering projects as a means of improving the quality of life and environment all over the world.
  • Engineers without Borders (EWB)Mondays at 6:30pm in Moon 19
    Engineers without Borders (EWB) is a student university chapter of the national organization, EWB-USA. This organization is devoted to implementing low-tech, high-impact, engineering projects as a means of improving the quality of life and environment all over the world.
  • Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) Club Wednesdays at 5:30pm in Marshall 111 (biweekly starting 10/12/16)
    This club familiarizes members with current developments and events in the field of environmental resource engineering. There is an emphasis on professional development and enhancing student-student and student-faculty relationships among those in the ERE curriculum.
  • Environmental Studies Student Organization (ESSO) Mondays at 2:30pm in Moon 19
    The purpose of the Environmental Studies Student Organization is to create a common place for Environmental Studies students to discuss environmental issues, as well as our department and major’s progress and successes, and to participate in volunteer community service. We bring the members of our major closer together through various events, hands on experiences, and community outreach. Our objective is to give all Environmental Studies students a chance to voice their opinions about the major, environmental issues, to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience base, and to facilitate networking connections with the professional realm, namely faculty and staff and neighboring communities.
  • ESF FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship) Wednesdays (biweekly starting 9/21/16) at 6:30pm in Moon 19
    The primary objective of ESF F.O.R.C.E.S. is to promote stewardship projects and volunteerism in New York State Parks. These projects may include improvements to recreational facilities and historic sites, trail rehabilitation, protection and restoration of natural resources, and environmental education and outreach to the community. By providing meaningful volunteer opportunities to ESF students, F.O.R.C.E.S. allows students to be a steward of their local communities, work with New York State Park employees, and gain experience in a wide range of activities.
  • Forestry Club Tuesdays (biweekly starting 9/13/16) at 5:00pm in Baker 159
    The Forestry Club's mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; establish professional excellence; and to use the conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems.
  • Graduate Student Association Tuesdays (biweekly starting 9/13/16) at 2:00pm in Marshall B19
    GSA acts as the representative body of graduate students of SUNY-ESF. Its mission is to serve as an advocate for student sentiment and needs by advising and cooperating with the Administration and Faculty on all administrative, curricular, and instructional affairs that pertain to, or are concern of, the graduate students of the College.
  • Green Campus Initiative (GCI) Tuesdays at 5:30pm in Moon 19
    The Green Campus Initiative is SUNY-ESF’s campus activist group that aims to revolutionize the school to “practice what we teach!”
  • Green Construction GroupTuesdays (biweekly starting 9/20/16) at 11:00am in Baker 145
    The Green Construction Group tries to promote sustainability in both construction and buildings. In order accomplish these goals we bring in guest speakers, host  field trips, professional meetings, club projects, and other relevant activities.
  • Guy A. Baldassarre Birding Club Tuesdays (biweekly starting 9/20/16) at 11:00am in Baker 146
    To advance campus-wide knowledge and interest in Ornithology beyond the classroom, predominately through birding trips throughout central New York.
  • Herpetology Club - Fridays at 4:30pm in Baker 145 (biweekly starting 10/716)
    ESF Herpetology Club is for both people who are experienced with reptiles and amphibians and those who are new to the topics of herpetology. The goals of the club include promoting the interest and conservation of herpetofauna, educating students and the community, providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience, and networking with professionals in the field. In order to do this, the club plans to host speakers, go on trips, assist in research, and hold social events on campus.
  • INTERP Club Mondays at 5:00pm in Illick 8
    The INTERP Club is designed to offer its members new skills and opportunities in interpretation of a wide range of scientific topics. INTERP and its club members will host various events including outdoor interpretive walks, arts and crafts, movie nights, as well as other projects both around campus and in the surrounding community.
  • KnotholeThursdays at 6:30pm in Baker 141
    Published since 1938, this free publication is a source off campus news, calendar events, interviews, editorials, opinion articles, political cartoons, artwork, poetry, club announcements, and much more. The mission of The Knothole is to provide its readers with writings that are both stimulating and contemporary: to inform its students of clubs, events, and off-campus happenings, to challenge a world driven by progress to uncover the truth about current environmental policies and innovations, and to express such ideas, ingeniously and collectively. Created simply by Stumpies, for Stumpies, The Knothole is a volunteer collective of passionate students. A print copy of the publication is available in the lobby of each ESF academic building, Moon Library, every month during the academic year. The Knothole office is located in 12D Bray Hall. Submissions are always encouraged. Email esfknothole@gmail.com to see your name in print!
  • LAND/Scape Club Tuesdays at 5:00pm in Marshall 103
    The LAND/Scape Club is an organization connected with the Department of Landscape Architecture. The club sponsors the Festival of Places and various guest lectures.
  • Music SocietyMondays (biweekly starting 9/20/16) at 5:00pm in Nifkin Lounge
    The ESF Music Society, simply put, is an assemblage of hobbyist musicians with a common interest: performing and practicing music. This student organization exists as an avenue meant to band together scattered ESF and SU musicians and give them the opportunity to play and learn together, as well as put on FREE monthly performances for the student body.
  • Nautilus Society TBA
    The purposes of The Nautilus Society include: creating an institution for people with interest in aquatic sciences; sharing ideas and becoming informed.; participating in community service around local watersheds; highlighting research, internships, and fellowship opportunities; and, introducing members to professional societies.
  • NYWEA (New York Water Environment Association) Wednesdays (biweekly starting 9/21/16) at 5:30pm in Marshall 111
    The mission of the New York Water Environment Association Student Chapter is to engage students in the water resources profession. The student chapter participates in service activities, professional meetings, seminars, and conferences to enhance professional development within the field of water resources management. Members with engineering, sciences, planning, management, and legal interests who have a passion for creating an environmentally sound future are welcome.
  • PBE Club Wednesdays (biweekly starting 9/14/16) at 4:30pm in Walters 210
    From the Latin word for "paper", this organization attracts students interested in paper science and related industries. Membership includes two national affiliations.
  • Plant Propagation Club — Wednesdays (biweekly starting 9/21/16) at 6:45pm in the Old Greenhouses
    The Plant Propagation Club is for those students interested in learning and applying various plant propagation techniques, multiplying plants and selling them at our fundraisers, and participating in fun group activities like terrarium-building and aseptic tissue culture workshops." No previous experience is necessary. Opportunities for independent research may be considered.
  • Pre-Vet Club Mondays (biweekly starting 9/12/16) at 5:30pm in Moon 110
    The Pre-Vet Club is an organization to fulfill the needs of pre-veterinary students and other students interested in veterinary medicine or animal related activities in general. A component of the club meetings address the skills required to succeed and become a part of the growing field of veterinary medicine, as well as events in order to gain real world experience in the community. Volunteer opportunities, workshops, tours of various facilities and guest speakers will enhance any students' experience with animals and the various career avenues that are available through veterinary medicine.
  • Roots and Pursuits ClubFridays at 4:30pm on the Quad or in Marshall
    Roots and Pursuits club is dedicated to connecting with nature through ancestral living skills and ancient pathways of awareness. We practice and teach skills such as fire by friction, braintanning animal hides, wild edible and medicinal plants, shelter, tracking, flintknapping, trapping, cooking, bowmaking, and much more!
  • Sew Knotty Thursdays at 11am in Illick 16
    Sew Knotty is focuses on providing students and staff a safe space where they can come to practice and teach their craft. At our weekly we meetings, club member can learn from each other as well as share materials, knowledge, ideas and even occasionally baked goods. It is our goal of Sew Knotty to share the knowledge of basic crafting with the community through service and public workshops.
  • Society for Conservation Biology, CNY Chapter (SCB-CNY) Mondays (biweekly starting 9/19/16) at 5:30 in Marshall 110
    The Society for Conservation Biology, Central New York Chapter, strives to carry out the mission statement of our international society: to advance the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity. We do this by volunteering our time in wildlife rehabilitation areas, zoos, and parks both in Syracuse and around the world.
  • Society for Ecological Restoration Student Association at SUNY-ESF (SER-ESF) — TBA
    The basic goals of SER-ESF are to connect ESF with the regional and worldwide aspects of the Society for Ecological Restoration; and to serve as an interdisciplinary hub at SUNY ESF opening doors for students to be involved in ecosystem restoration as a field of study and as a practical service to communities near and afar.
  • Student Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC) Mondays at 5:30pm in Baker 145
    The purpose of SEEC is to increase environmental awareness through on- and off-campus education. The goal of environmental awareness is to understand the effects of our individual and collective actions on the global environment.
  • Sustainable Energy Club (SEC) — TBA
    The purpose of the Sustainable Energy Club is to provide students with an extracurricular outlet to engage in sustainable energy activities outside of the classroom, promote the importance of sustainable energy on campus, and improve the relationship between students and faculty interested in sustainable energy.
  • Trout Bums Thursdays (biweekly starting 9/22/16) at 6:30pm in Baker 145
    The Trout Bums’ activities focus on helping to protect and preserve freshwater systems through education and service and bringing together experienced and beginning anglers. Every semester Trout Bums engages in multiple community service projects and hosts a fishing trip to a fishery such as the Salmon River.
  • Undergraduate Student Association (USA)Wednesdays at 6:30pm in Moon 110
    Also known as Student Council, this is the umbrella organization for all student groups on campus and primary sponsor of student social activities and programs. Founded in 1919, the USA serves as the representative voice and student government for the undergraduate student body. USA's purpose is to unite those who wish to promote the social, academic, cultural and professional interests of the student body. If you are an undergrad who paid the activity fee, you are already a member...come to the meetings!
  • The Wildlife Society Mondays (biweekly starting 9/12/16) at 6:30pm in Baker 159
    The Wildlife Society is an international organization committed to managing, conserving, and studying wildlife populations and habitats.  The TWS chapter here at SUNY-ESF is made up of enthusiastic students who are committed to just that.  Our goal is to set up opportunities to gain professional wildlife experience, which betters our members chance of getting a job.  By volunteering on various projects and networking with professionals, we all gain insight of the wildlife field.

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ESF Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs at ESF are informal groups that meet for a common purpose and are able to schedule room space. These groups are not funded by USA but are still an important aspect of student engagement at ESF.

  • Barony of Haranshire Amtgard (Live Action Role Play- LARPing) - Meets once a week on the ESF Quad and Saturdays at Thornden Park from 3-5pm in Amphitheater
    LARPing is a live action role play utilizing foam equipment, homemade outfits, and acting. Each members pays dues of $5 per academic year for full membership. Contact Becca McIntyre at blmcinty@syr.edu for more information.
  • Mighty Redwoods - Meetings TBD
    The Mighty Redwoods is for non-traditional students at ESF to join together to form study groups, network, and socialize. Contact Heather Finley at hfinley@syr.edu for more information.
  • Stumpies Making Strides- Meetings TBD
    Stumpies Making Strides is the SUNY-ESF team for the Syracuse Making Stride Against Breast Cancer walk benefiting the American Cancer Society. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends of ESF are welcome to join and/or donate to the team through our team page:http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY16EA?team_id=2055780&pg=team&fr_id=77391&_ga=1.138195696.1952635376.1475521205. The team hosts fundraising events such as the Pink Lemonade Stand and Pink the Court Volleyball Tournament while spreading awareness on campus through a Wall of Hope. If you have questions about Stumpies Making Strides, please email Madison Cullen at mlcullen@syr.edu.
  • ESF Women's Caucus
    The ESF Women's Caucus raises consciousness about "women's issues", works for change to improve the climate for women at ESF, fosters community, and serves as a respectful forum for diverse ideas. Since the first meeting in 1994, our goals have been to increase the number of women students and faculty at ESF, find ways for women to better communicate and coordiante or sponsor activities that benefit them, and improve services for all ESF families. Contact Heather Engelman at engelman@esf.edu for more information.

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Syracuse University Clubs ESF Students Often Join

  • Alpha Phi Omega (APO) (SU Campus)
    A national co-ed service fraternity dedicated to developing leadership, promoting friendship, and providing service to humanity. Membership is open to all enrolled students at SU/SUNY ESF, and those especially interested in campus and community service are encouraged to join.
  • Habitat for Humanity Wednesdays at 7pm (SU Campus)
    The SU-ESF Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Syracuse community and, ultimately, the world. We work on construction projects locally each weekend. To find out more, check out our site!
  • NYPIRG Fridays at 3:00pm at 732 South Crouse Ave
    The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform organization. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group established to effect policy reforms while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates.
  • Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (SARO)

    Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (SARO), founded in 2003, is a student group at Syracuse University dedicated to public education and activism concerning animal rights. Our group is a grassroots organization that strives to protect and improve the lives of non-human animals. Some categories of animal rights we focus on include animals in entertainment, companion animals, animals in the food industry, animal experimentation, and animals in clothing. We welcome individuals to participate from SU, SUNY-ESF, and the public.

  • Syracuse University Outing Club (SUOC) Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Heroy Geology Building
    The Syracuse University Outing Club founded in 1935, gives students at both SU and ESF an opportunity to experience both low and high impact outdoor experiences.  SUOC's activities include caving, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, white water, cross-country and more.

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