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!



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!