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ESF, VA Celebrate 10 Years of Connecting Veterans to Nature

A rooftop space transformed into an outdoor garden at the Syracuse VA Medical Center by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been impacting the lives of veterans for 10 years. The Therapeutic Horticulture Rooftop Garden program at the Syracuse VA Medical Center uses the connection between nature and health to benefit veterans. Started by ESF faculty member and chair of the Chemistry department Dr. Lee Newman and graduate student Daniel Collins, the VA and ESF celebrated their decade-long partnership on Sept. 13.

ESF Named a Best College by U.S. News and World Report

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the most distinguished institution in the nation that focuses on the study of the environment, has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation, according to the 2022-2023 ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

Staff Spotlight: James Sitnik

James Sitnik is a Central New York native, husband, father of two, and a military veteran. He has served as a University Police Officer for the past five years. Recently, he was promoted to University Police Officer 2 for his dedicated service to the College.

Mighty Oak Monday: Maryam Saffari Aman

Maryam Saffari Aman wants to work on issues related to environmental pollution, which is why she came to ESF from Iran to pursue her Ph.D. in Environmental Resources Engineering. Many people think of pollution in the context of air and water. Her master's thesis was on this very topic.

Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Feeney

Rachel Feeney is living a life abroad in the clean energy sector that would make anyone envious, and it all started at ESF. Her degree in Sustainable Energy Management, strong work ethic, and a little bit of luck landed her in London following graduation.

ESF Named a Best College for 2023 by The Princeton Review

A new report from The Princeton Review names the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) one of the Best 388 Colleges for 2023. ESF, the most distinguished institution in the nation that focuses on the study of the environment, was also ranked No. 2 in The Princeton Review's Green Matters: Everyone Cares About Conservation list, landed at No. 14 on the Best College Dorms ranking, and made the Best Northeastern Colleges list.

Mighty Oak Monday: Kathryn McKenzie

Kathryn McKenzie didn't know what she would do when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As a dancer in New York City, things completely shut down and she was laid off from all three of her jobs. Without a steady income, she moved in with her parents and started caring for garden that her dad planted. The seemingly small act revealed a passion she didn't know she had.

ESF Celebrates Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, we are sending a special thank you to all union leaders that serve the College throughout the year. Below is a list of the reps by union. If you see them around campus, give them a shoutout for their service.

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Penhollow, ’92

Mark Penhollow graduated from ESF in 1992 and served in wildlife roles at Colorado State University, the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. During this time, Mark earned a master's degree in wildlife sciences from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Mighty Oak Monday: Silas Cochran

Silas Cochran got involved in MOSA as a senator-at-large his first year and last spring, he was elected to be the student president for the 2022-2023 academic year. As president, Silas hopes to place more focus on student mental health and drive further engagement with the newly rebranded MOSA. He is proud of the work done with the student run Mental Health Panel in the spring.