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ESF Goes Virtual

While we have not been able to host in-person events over the past year, we have been working hard to keep you connected to the College and each other. While virtual events may not have the impact that a face-to-face engagement may have, we have found that these opportunities have allowed us to connect with many alumni who may not be typically able to join us for regional and local events. So while we look forward to being able to gather in-person again in the coming year, we certainly see the value of continuing to support our virtual connections long into the future. Be sure to check back often for updates to our virtual events schedule! If you have any ideas for future events or presentations, we'd love to hear them - send us an email at alumni@esf.edu.

Upcoming Events

April

Stay tuned for virtual Earth Week 2021!

7th at 1:00 p.m. Professionals in Sustainability: Hannah Sanger, Science & Environmental Administrator, City of Pocatello, ID
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Hannah is the City of Pocatello’s Environmental Administrator - and serves as the urbanized area’s stormwater permit manager. Since 2008 Hannah has been intimately involved with developing and implementing programs to comply with the stormwater permit and address other environmental interests of the City, including planning and managing stormwater, beautification and riparian restoration activities within Pocatello. Since 2015 she has been spearheading development and implementation of the Portneuf River Vision. Hannah holds an MS in Resource Policy & Behavior and an MA in Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Neuroscience from Colgate University.


8th at 7:00 p.m. ESF Friends of Oakwood Virtual Lecture Series: So Oakwood is Landmarked - What Does That Mean?
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Oakwood Cemetery is listed in the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places and is a Local Protected Site under the City of Syracuse Landmark Preservation Ordinance. John Auwaerter and Rachel Leibowitz will talk about the programs and regulations-the "carrots and sticks"-that come with these designations.


14th at 5:00 p.m. ESF Department of Landscape Architecture Spring Speaker Series: "Empathy and Civic Spaces: Landscape for Inclusion" with David Rubin (Principal & Founding Partner, Land Collective)
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19th at 1:00 p.m. on ESFTV
NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management: Conversion Options for Non-Recyclable Fibrous (Paper) Materials with Dr. Bandaru Ramarao (ESF Department of Chemical Engineering Interim Chair and Professor, and Director of the Empire State Paper Research Institute); hosted by Kate Walker (Director, NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management)


22nd: Take Your Kids to Work Day
Save the date and make plans to participate in our fun and educational programming!


24th at 5:00 p.m.
Learn about the world of craft brewing with alumni from three different NYS breweries. Our experts will tell us a little about their journeys from ESF to brewing beer, and will lead us through a "virtual tasting." *Featuring: Kevin Cain '05 (Lithology Brewing Co.), Isaac Pruch '18 (Buried Acorn Brewing Co.), Jeff Ten Eyck '77/ Kurt McDonald '04 (Summerhill Brewing)
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*Tasting portion of program 21 and over only.


26th at 1:00 p.m. on ESFTV
NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management: Converting Brewer's Waste into Biodegradable Plastic with Christopher Thomas '14 (PhD Candidate; Department of Chemical Engineering); hosted by Kate Walker (Director, NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management).


May

6th at 7:00 p.m. ESF Friends of Oakwood Virtual Lecture Series: What are the Guidelines for Preserving a Historic Cemetery Landscape?
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What are the best practices for managing change in the Oakwood landscape so that its historic character is conserved for future generations? John Auwaerter will discuss how the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties provide a sound approach to preserving Oakwood Cemetery.

In case you missed it!

ESF's Restoration Science Center: An Overview from (3/31)
The Restoration Science Center at SUNY ESF is a transdisciplinary and cross-departmental effort to restore degraded ecosystems and human relationships with the land. As a global center for restoration science, our students and scientists will work side-by-side and with research partners, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, industry and private landowners. Hear brief project overviews from RSC faculty, including: The Fish Habitat Conservation Strategy: Restoration of Critical Reproductive Functions for Sustainable Ecosystems and Recreational Fisheries (John Farrell); Re-establishment of Eastern Hellbenders (James Gibbs); Restoration of rare inland salt marshes (Don Leopold); Wetlands/Waterfowl research program (Mike Schummer); Conservation on private lands (Sam Quinn); and Urban food forest project (Stew Diemont).
View segment here



Comprehensive Community Outreach and Engagement Initiatives for the NYS Center for SMM from (3/22)
ESF's New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management will launch a first-of-its-kind statewide recycling website this Earth Day as part of the Recycle Right NY campaign. Hear more about this initiative from Jesse Kerns '17 (Program Coordinator, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions), Matt Marko (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation), and will be hosted by Kate Walker (Director, NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management). Our panelists will address residential recycling confusion and contamination across the State. Attendees will learn about the value of everyday materials, why it is important to recycle correctly, and how this new website will help residents across New York to "Know Before you Throw!"
View segment here



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ESF Friends of Oakwood Virtual Lecture Series: The Past and Future of Cemeteries: (3/18)
ESF's New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management will launch a first-of-its-kind statewide recycling website this Earth Day as part of the Recycle Right NY campaign. Hear more about this initiative from Jesse Kerns '17 (Program Coordinator, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions), Matt Marko (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation), and will be hosted by Kate Walker (Director, NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management). Our panelists will address residential recycling confusion and contamination across the State. Attendees will learn about the value of everyday materials, why it is important to recycle correctly, and how this new website will help residents across New York to "Know Before you Throw!"
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Adirondack Research Consortium/Paul Smith's College presents from (3/16)
Learn about the Center for Sustainable Materials Management at ESF as part of the Alumni Office's ESF Connected virtual lecture series. Mark Lichtenstein '85, ESF executive operating officer, chief of staff and chief sustainability officer, and Kate Walker, director, New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management, will give a general overview of the center and discuss its goals, which aim at making New York state a driving force of the future by galvanizing and leading all sectors to apply the principles of sustainable materials management, propelling the state to become the least-resource consumptive and most circular in the country.
View segment here



ESF Women in STEM Fields Panel Discussion (from 3/11)
In recognition and celebration of Women's History Month, the ESF Alumni Association proudly hosted a panel on ESF Women in STEM Fields. Click on the link below to hear some of our female alumni discuss their unique experiences while pursuing their careers. Alumni panelists included: Aislinn Brackman '13 (Paper Engineering; Change Agent/Continuous Improvement Specialist at von Drehle Corporation); Olivia Liu '15 (Landscape Architecture; Assistant Landscape Architect at New York City Parks); Hilary Niver-Johnson '11 (Environmental Science; Proprietor at Sustainable Viticulture Systems) and Emily Thiel '14 (Environmental Communications; Education and Outreach Coordinator at WNY Prism)

Watch panel here.



Gillian Giem, Program Manager, U.S. Green Building Council of Western MI
Gillian Giem is the Program Manager for the USGBC of West Michigan, where she manages keystone programs with $150k+ total budget including Michigan Battle of the Buildings, Grand Rapids 2030 District, and the bilingual Energy Assistance Program. She graduated SUNY-ESF in December 2016 with a B.S. in Sustainable Energy Management and minor in Economics. Before holding her role at the USGBC of West Michigan, she was a researcher for the National Green Highways Mission for the National Highway Authority of India. Gillian is passionate about carbon neutral/carbon positive economies, sustainable cities, and climate change solutions which are prosperous and equitable. During Gillian's presentation, you'll learn about the impact of her sustainability programs in the built environment arena in Michigan. She'll reflect on her journey since graduating from SUNY-ESF and how her program prepared her for the industry challenges she faces today.

View recording here.



Restoring the Giant Tortoises of Galapagos: An Evening with James Gibbs (Hosted by Don Leopold)
Join us for the compelling story of the history and current efforts to restore these magnificent imperiled creatures. Internationally-recognized ESF Professor, Dr. James Gibbs, reveals what's next after decades of research on giant tortoise conservation, including the discovery of the thought-to-be-extinct Pinta Island Tortoises last year. Pre-registration is required.

View recording here.

*Please note, this recording is the property of SUNY ESF and rebroadcasting without written consent is illegal.



Hear from ESF's 5th president, Joanie Mahoney, on her plans for the future of the College (from 2/25)
View recording here.



ESF Connected Faculty Presentation featuring Dr. Bahram Salehi (from 2/11)
Join Dr. Bahram Salehi from the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering as he shares his work in producing the first 10-meter resolution Canadian nationwide wetland inventory. View recording here.



Professionals in Sustainability: Kristine Ellsworth’15, Environmental Engineer, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (from 2/10)
View recording here.
Kristine Ellsworth works for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as an Assistant Environmental Engineer in the Organics Reduction & Recycling section. She graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in Environmental Resources Engineering in 2015.



Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception (from 2/1/21)
On February 1st, ESF welcomed new and returning students and staff during our annual Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception for the spring 2021 semester. This reception strives to celebrate traditionally marginalized groups (undergraduates, graduate students, and employees): Students of Color, Graduate Diversity Fellows, Women, LGBTQIA+ Students, International Students, and EOP Students. Click here to view a recording of the reception with closed captioning. You can visit the Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception Linktree to learn more about each department and resources here.



CareerShift Virtual Training (from 1/28/21)
CareerShift is an online system designed to help job seekers find career opportunities. The Alumni Association proudly offers this service to alumni free of charge. Learn more about the capabilities of CareerShift, including how to set up your own account, during this brief training session. Click here for Recording of the Training Session



Commencement 2020
Tune in to see this year’s December Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will feature the ESF College President, Provost, Student Speakers, the Alumni Association Graduates of Distinction, and of course, the newest members of the ESF alumni family!

December Commencement: Includes presentation of the 2020 Graduate of Distinction awards



Homecoming 2020 College Update with ESF’s CFO, Joseph Rufo
Learn about everything that is currently happening at the College, including ESF's response to the COVID crisis and the new learning modalities.



Honoring our Alumni Veterans
During Homecoming, members of SUNY ESF Veteran's Club hosted an informal gathering for our veteran alumni. The Veteran’s Club mission is to provide resources to veterans, aid in the transition from military to civilian life, and provide events and educational programs. They also aim to connect students with veterans. That's where our alumni come in! If you are a veteran, tune in to hear more about this initiative and how you can help.


Alumni Association Annual Meeting (Download to view the October 2, 2020 meeting)
Join the Alumni Association Board of Directors as they review the past year, discuss what's next for the Association, and welcome several newly-elected Board Members.


Bourbon Event with Don Leopold Join ESF's own Dr. Don Leopold, self-proclaimed bourbon aficionado, along with special guest Dr. Brian Leydet for a conversation about "America's Whiskey." Don will share some of his favorites and why, as well as give some recommendations.


Virtual Book Club with Robin Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass
Take this amazing opportunity to hear from Dr. Robin Kimmerer as she discusses her celebrated book, Braiding Sweetgrass.


"What's New on Campus?" Virtual Tour
Has it been awhile since you've visited campus? Check out what's new on this virtual tour of ESF's buildings and facilities.


Tour of the Roosevelt Wild Life Collections and Classroom
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Roosevelt Wild Life Collection. The tour will include a look at the new world-class specimen conservation facility in the basement of the Gateway Center.


Career Services: Resources for Alumni
The ESF Office of Career Services is an important resource for alumni. Learn how to utilize their expertise as well as how you can assist with current students' career paths in this valuable segment.


ESF Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to the 2020 inductees into the ESF Athletic Hall of Fame! Find out more about these outstanding athletes, coaches, and show your support for the Mighty Oaks via this virtual ceremony.


Unusual Trees of Oakwood Cemetery Walking Tour with Dr. Don Leopold
Join Dr. Leopold, Environmental & Forest Biology Professor, as he takes you to about eighteen of the more unusual trees in Oakwood Cemetery for a quick dendrology (tree identification) lesson. Purchase the "Oakwood Trees Guide" online at the ESF College Bookstore (www.esfbookstore.com) to follow along with Don.


Virtual Presentation: Return of the American Chestnut with Dr. William Powell
A little over a century ago, the American chestnut tree, once one of the most abundant trees in the eastern forests of the United States, was devastated by the chestnut blight. After 25 years of research at ESF, American chestnut trees with enhanced blight resistance have been developed using the tools of biotechnology. Take this very special opportunity to hear from one of the pioneering scientists who developed the blight-resistant tree, ESF's own Dr. William Powell. Thanks to a $3.2 million Templeton World Charity Foundation grant, the Lafayette Road Experiment Station is undergoing exciting changes to promote research opportunities for this crucial project.

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