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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 (l-eco-grad-students@lists.psu.edu) 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!

Cheers,

Your ESM GSO

ESM GSO Spring Picnic THIS SATURDAY, May 13!

Hey all!

Just a reminder to come celebrate the end of the semester with the department at Bald Eagle State Park! Grad students, staff, faculty, family, and significant others (including pets) welcome. We have Pavilion #7 reserved so this event is happening rain or shine!

Hope to see you there!

ESM Spring Picnic Details!

Are you busy and stressed by the end of the semester?

Come relax and celebrate another successful spring semester with all your friends!
 
Our spring picnic will be Saturday , May 13th from 10:30 AM – 4 PM at Bald Eagle State Park , Pavilion #7.  All faculty, staff, graduate students, and their families (including pets!) 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. We have a large pavilion reserved so even if it’s raining be sure to come out!
Hope to see you all there!
 
May the force be with us all during this busy time of year. 
Have a great day!

Save the Date- ESM Departmental Spring Picnic Potluck

Hi all,
More details to be sent out soon, but please save the date for Saturday, May 13th from 1030am-4pm. All faculty, staff, graduate students, and their families are invited. It will be potluck style, and the GSO will provide burgers/hotdogs/veggie burgers as well as games and activities. The event will happen rain or shine–we have a large pavilion reserved. We will be at Beach Pavilion 7 (follow link for more details about Bald Eagle SP: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/baldeagle/index.htm)

We hope you plan to join us!

Next Diversity in Science lunch!

Hey all,

We are quickly approaching our second Diversity in Science brown bag lunch event. The aim of this event is to provide a casual space and invite a speaker to discuss what diversity currently looks like in our profession and what the future holds. This includes the challenges to diversity but also the ways to overcome such obstacles. The focus of this lunch will be challenges faced by international researchers in the US, the importance of international collaboration, and the atmosphere for female forestry researchers currently.
The lunch will be:
Date: Thursday, March 23rd from 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: FRB 217
Speaker: Dr. Laura Leites

Dr. Leites did her undergraduate degree at Universidad de la República, Uruguay before moving to the United States for her Masters and PhD at University of Idaho. She focuses on using statistical modeling to predict changes and manage forest ecosystems in response to climate change. She is also active in involving students in international research experience with a collaborative program in Italy for select undergraduate and graduate researchers.
See the attached flyer and please encourage your ESM peers to attend! This lunch is restricted to graduate students and postdocs as to cultivate a safe environment for the speaker to discuss topics without other faculty or staff present.
Feel free to come, bring your lunch, stay for the entire or part of the time, and chat with Dr. Leites.
Please feel free to contact sma279@psu.edu with suggestions, thoughts, or questions.