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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


18th - 20th: 72-hour screening window for “Picture a Scientist”
21st: Panel Discussion - 7:00 pm

Panel will feature: Dr. Mary Collins (ESF Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies); Jennifer Keating (Project Coordinator, Choose Action Network); Nicole Williams '05 (Finance & Operations Director, Ocean Outcomes); Rebecca Hoda-Kearse (ESF Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer) and moderated by: Dr. Malika Carter, ESF's Chief Diversity Officer. *Please note that the Discussion Panel will NOT be recorded.

Join us for a screening of the documentary, "Picture a Scientist," a 2020 Tribeca Film Festival selection. The documentary features well-chosen personal histories and statistical data to help investigate why female scientists are still a minority in the U.S., and seeks to raise visibility around the critical issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in science. We also invite you to join us for a follow-up discussion on 1/21 about how to make science more inclusive. Register Here

ESF Alumni Association Racial Equity Committee Meet and Greet

Join members of the Alumni Association Equity Committee for a virtual meet and greet. We will introduce our committee members, discuss committee goals and solicit ideas from the general alumni population. Event will also feature a presentation on an environmental justice issue. This event is open to all black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), ESF alumni and allies. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Register Here

CareerShift Training for Alumni: 7:00pm

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. Pre-registration is required. Register Here


Meet the President Event
Join us for our virtual "Meet the President" event in February. Join ESF’s 5th president, Joanie Mahoney, for a College Update. Specific date coming soon!

Faculty Presentation: 1:00 pm
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.


Join us throughout the month for a four-part series about ESF’s role in the NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management (SMM).

The Center for Sustainable Materials Management at ESF aims to make New York State a driving force of the future by galvanizing and leading all sectors of the State to apply the principles of sustainable materials management, propelling the State to become the least resource consumptive and most circular in the country.  The Center for SMM will collectively challenge the concept of “waste”, through redefining, recreating and reimagining how we produce, consume, market and manage materials.  Topics will include a general overview of the center, Recycling Market Development, Education and Outreach initiatives, including Recycle Right NY Campaign, Composting/Conversion Options for Non-Recyclable Fibrous (Paper) Materials.


Stay tuned for virtual Earth Week 2021!

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

In case you missed it!

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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.