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Updates on ESM GSO Activities

Hey all,

Just a few reminders.

Next week our last Diversity in Science brown bag lunch will feature our own department head, Mike Messina, talking with us about the current and future diversity in the department. Please join us November 7th from 11:30am-1pm.

Please attend our Fifth Annual ESM GSO Chili Cookoff on November 8th, 11am-1pm. The Chili Cookoff is one of the events that raises the most money that the GSO uses for all other fun activities provided throughout the year. If you would like to submit a dish, please email for more details.

Lastly, the monthly ESM Happy Hour for November has been moved to November 9th. We will be meeting at Liberty Craft House. More details TBD!


Fifth Annual Chili Cookoff

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the annual ESM Chili Cookoff! This event is one of the largest fundraising opportunities for the ESM GSO. We spend almost $2,000 each year planning fun activities for staff, faculty, and graduate students so we look forward to having another great event this year.

The Chili Cookoff will be Wednesday, November 8th from 11-1 in 217 FRB. 

Please consider entering your award winning recipe into the cook-off! You get FREE taste testing when you enter a dish- in case you needed an incentive! Faculty, staff, and grad students are all encouraged to submit a chili entry. The more entries, the better! Please let us know by next Wednesday (November 1st) if you’d be willing to enter a dish!

There will me a monetary prize and bragging rights for the two top entries. This is also a great event to socialize and take a break from the busy semester.

Please see the attached flyer for further details.

Looking forward to some delicious competition!

Sexual Assault and Bystander Awareness Training

Hello faculty, staff, associates, and graduate students,

For our next meeting in the Diversity in Science brown bag lunch series, Stand for State will provide a free training for the ESM department concerning Sexual Assault and Bystander Awareness. This 90-minute training will focus on teaching how to identify warning signs of sexual assault and harassment, intervene in concerning situations, and help create a safer atmosphere for the Penn State community.
All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join us Friday, October 20th from 12:30-2pm in FRB 217. Light snacks will be provided. Email me or the ESM GSO with any questions you may have.

Jobs Outside Academia

Hello everyone!
Curtis Dell from USDA-ARS will be joining us Tuesday, October 3rd from 11:30-12:30 in FRB 217 to discuss job opportunities outside of academia! Curt will be discussing his experiences after graduate school, as well as what type of opportunities are available with ARS.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

ESM Bocce Ball Tournament!

Back by popular demand, the 2nd Not-So-Annual ESM GSO Bocce Ball tournament will be Friday, September 15th on the lawn in front of FRB from 1230-130. Never heard of bocce ball?  Don’t know how to play? No worries, it takes 1 minute to learn! Bring your lunch and come enjoy some friendly competition.

Please respond with the following by next Friday, September 8:

1) If you would like to participate (If yes, note whether you are grad student, faculty, or staff)

2) If you have a bocce ball set you are willing to lend for the tournament

Also, please send this to research assistants and technicians who may not receive these emails.

Can’t wait!

ESM Fall Picnic- Rescheduled Date!

Hi all!
Thanks for your patience with the scheduling shenanigans. Our fall picnic will be Tuesday, August 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Sunset Park.  All faculty, staff, graduate students, and their families are invited. It is a potluck style so please bring a side dish or dessert to share! The GSO will provide burgers/hotdogs/veggie burgers as well as beverages, games, and activities. There will also be a chance for one lucky graduate student, one lucky staff, and one lucky faculty to win a gift card to the creamery.
See you all there!

Fall 2017 Semester Lineup

We have a very exciting lineup of events underway! Scroll down to see what’s up our sleeves this semester. Remember, put us in your Google calendar, follow us on Facebook to see reminders, or keep an eye on this website for details and reminders.

Weekly coffee hour will resume on Monday mornings, 9:30-10:30am. We will alternate between 431 FRB and 405 ASI with our first hour starting August 23rd in FRB. Join us for coffee, treats, and good conversation.

Monthly happy hours will be the first Thursday of each month with details TBD as they approach. Kick back and relax with us starting September 7th.

Monthly Diversity in Science lunches will be organized again this semester, with the goal of trying to understand diversity in our profession and what challenges and opportunities exist. Stay tuned for more details.

Other fun events are in the works! The return of the popular Bocce Ball tournament will allow all of you to make good on competitive grudges you established last year. Additionally, the ever popular Chili Cookoff will be back November 8th from 11am-1pm in 217 FRB so start preparing your recipes!

Good luck and have a great semester.

ESM Fall Picnic

Come one, come all to the ESM Fall Picnic to see all the lovely faces you’ve been missing all summer (and hopefully meet some new people)!
Our fall picnic will be Tuesday, August 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Sunset Park.  All faculty, staff, graduate students, and their families are invited. It is a potluck style so please bring a side dish or dessert to share! The GSO will provide burgers/hotdogs/veggie burgers as well as games and activities.
Hope to see you all there!

ESM Lake Day!

The GSO is planning an event at Whipple Dam on Saturday, August 19th to celebrate the weekend before the new semester! The “Music on the Beach” concert series will be wrapping up so come out for a relaxing afternoon at the lake and good music!
The suggested donation for the concert is $5 and we suggest that you bring dinner or snacks for the evening. GSO will be providing s’mores so please RSVP ( so we know who to expect! Family and friends are welcome as well.
We are planning to get out there around 5pm and the concert is from 7-9pm. Bring towels, fishing gear, kayaks, whatever you need to enjoy the lake!
Look forward to seeing you all there!

Get ready for a new semester!

Hey all!

The Fall 2017 semester is nearly upon us, and your ESM GSO is already hard at work planning a fun-filled time for you all.

First, we’re happy to announce three new additions to our social co-chair position. Danielle Williams will be joined by Fei Jiang, Emily Ball, and Chelsea DeMarco in a tour de force of social planning!

Keep an eye on this website, add our calendar to your Google calendar, and/or follow us on Facebook to see more events as details become available. The Fall Picnic, Chili Cookoff, and more are approaching in the following months!