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ESF Celebrates Centennial with Birthday Picnic

Faculty, staff, students celebrate success of Centennial Campaign

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) marked its 100th birthday celebration July 28 with an afternoon picnic for 375 members of the College community.

Students, faculty and staff members, and friends of the College attended the afternoon event, at which two faculty members who helped lead ESF's first-ever comprehensive capital campaign announced that the college has raised $11.5 million toward the campaign's $20 million goal.

"I'm pleased to announce we've raised more than $11 million to date during the 'quiet' phase of this campaign," said George W. Curry, the Endowed Kennedy Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. Members of the faculty and staff, he said, have together contributed more than $1 million to the effort.

The picnic also included the premiere of a video about the history of the College and entertainment by Ranger School Professor Jamie Savage, an accomplished musician.

The Centennial Celebration will continue with a semi-formal "Green Tie Dinner" on the Quad in the evening. The evening event was dubbed the "Green Tie Dinner" as a salute to the College's dedication to environmental stewardship. The dinner will be linked via a video feed with alumni Centennial celebrations in Boston, Saratoga and Scarsdale.

The program will include comments from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, an ESF alumnus. It will also include the presentation of the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award to the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation, which has supported ESF graduate students with more than $1.35 million in funding since 1985.

ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., will present his vision about the future of ESF.

A dessert reception will conclude the evening.

ESF kicked off its yearlong Centennial Celebration in January with convocations at Lyman Hall on the Syracuse University campus, where the first ESF classes were held in 1911, and on the ESF campus. The final Centennial events will be in December, when the year concludes with the traditional December Convocation for students who are graduating in the middle of the academic year and the annual December Soiree.

ESF was founded as the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1911 with three faculty members and 52 students. A year later, there were nine faculty members and 12 acres had been purchased adjacent to SU for a campus. ESF has since grown into the largest college in the nation devoted exclusively to the environment. It has a student body of about 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students and 25,000 acres of regional campuses and field stations in the Adirondacks, the Thousand Islands, Central New York and Costa Rica.