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:

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 with suggestions, thoughts, or questions.

Reminder: Crockpot Cook-Off tomorrow!

Come to the Crockpot Cook-Off tomorrow from 11am-1pm in 217 FRB! We have ten entries for you to try ($2 to taste all the dishes). You’ll also feel good about yourself for supporting the graduate student organization! Food, friends, and contributing? Does it get any better?
Remember to bring bowls, mugs, and utensils if you can to help cut down on the waste. 
Hope to see you all there!

ESM GSO updates

Hey all,

Some notes regarding events happening this semester.

Writing group will be held Wednesdays from 1:30-3pm in ASI room 205.  Every-other meetup will involve a chance to exchange writing for peer review for the first 45 minutes.  This way, if you are only interested in peer review, you can target which meetings to attend.  Otherwise, it is a space to focus on writing and to be held accountable for any writing goals you wish to set for yourself. All are welcome to attend!

We will also be hosting a monthly Diversity in Science brown bag lunch with a guest speaker. This is an event designed to allow students to have a frank conversation with each other and an invited speaker regarding their perspective on diversity in our profession and opportunities to overcome any obstacles. The schedule so far is:

Dr. Margaret Brittingham, February 27th, 11:30am-1pm in FRB 217 (see attached flyer)

Dr. Laura Leites, March 23rd, TBD

Dr. Lisette Waits, April 17th, TBD

Stay tuned for more details!

Third Annual ESM Crockpot Cookoff!

Are you starved for delicious crockpot treats? 

Don’t worry! Your friendly ESM GSO has your back! Come join us for our annual Crockpot Cook-off nextThursday March 2nd! This event will be held in 217 FRB from 11 – 1. 

Do you want to make a delicious crockpot treat?
We are looking for entries for this friendly competition! Please email us by Friday, February 24th to enter this once-in-a-year opportunity! 
All proceeds support the ESM GSO and future fun activities we have planned.  See flier for more details on prices, information on raffle tickets, and so much more!

General Body Meeting and Careers in NPS Discussion

Do you LOVE snacks and meeting with your ESM GSO friends? Come to our general body meeting next week!
Folks were interested in jobs outside of academia, so we will be having three speakers come discuss career opportunities in different federal agencies over the course of the semester. Join us next Tuesday (21st) to hear from Dr. Matt Marshall, the program manager for the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network of the National Parks Service.
We’ll spend the first few minutes going over GSO happenings, then we’ll have a presentation and discussion with Matt. See attached flier for details.
See you there!

Spring 2017 Updates

Hello everyone!

Some upcoming events to keep in mind this semester:

Coffee Hour will be weekly on Thursdays  from 10-11am starting this week (Jan. 26th). We will again alternate between the Forest Resources Building (FRB; room TBD) and the Ag Sciences and Industries Building (ASI; room TBD). Come enjoy some caffeinated beverages and snacks with other grad students, faculty, and staff!

Happy Hour is back and will be held monthly on the first Thursday of each month (note, February’s date is not the first Thursday). Make sure to save the upcoming dates on your calendar and keep an eye out for future times and details!

Feb-9th: Local Whiskey
Mar-2nd: Rathskeller CANCELLED> rescheduled to Spring Break
Apr-6th: Otto’s
May-4th: Z-Bar

Other upcoming exciting events include the spring crockpot cook-off, a departmental picnic, and more! Stay tuned to this website, our Facebook group, or your email for more details!

And, as a reminder, come to the ESM GSO general body meeting tomorrow (Wed, Jan. 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in FRB 105) to discuss what you’d additionally like to see happen this semester.

ESM GSO new officers and first general body meeting!

Hello everyone!

We hope your new semester is off to a great start. Please give a warm welcome to our new 2017-2018 ESM GSO officers:

President – David Muñoz
Vice President – Sarah Isbell
Secretary – Tess Gingery
Treasurer – Alison Franklin
Webmaster – Staci Amburgey
Alumni Board Representative – Warren Reed
Co-Social Chair – Danielle Williams and Janet Ellsworth
Faculty Liaison – Will Miller
Faculty Social Committee Liaison – Shannon White

Please also mark your calendars with our first general body meeting on Wednesday, January 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in FRB 105. Come tell us what events you’d like to see your GSO plan!