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Oakie Acorn, large yellow acorn mascot, dances with students outside a brick building.

SUNY ESF’s Oakie the Acorn Enters New York’s Mascot Madness Elite Eight

SYRACUSE, NY – March 22, 2024 - In a rematch of the 2022 and 2023 championship rounds, Oakie the Acorn from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) takes on Stony Brooks’ Wolfie in Round 3 of SUNY Mascot Madness.

The annual competition pits SUNY mascots against each other in an online voting competition to determine the fan favorite. Like the NCAA March Madness tournament, voting takes place in five rounds.

Round 3 voting runs from noon Friday, March 22, to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Votes can be cast every 12 hours from any electronic device. Votes for Oakie can be cast here.

Oakie has a strong fanbase with ESF students, alumni, families, and employees, but with a student enrollment more than 10 times smaller than Stony Brook, ESF looks to the Syracuse community to give the Sea Wolf a run for his money.

“The third time is going to be the charm,” said Oakie. “I know I can count on the Syracuse community to help me show what a great college ESF is and how much our students, faculty, and staff do to improve our world.”

To get to the Elite Eight, Oakie went neck and neck – assuming acorns have necks – against SUNY Plattsburgh and Adirondack Community College.

Oakie won the Mascot Madness crown against SUNY Geneseo’s Victor E. Knight in 2017. You can read Oakie’s Mascot Madness Q&A here.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.