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ESM Chili Cook-Off TOMORROW!

Hey everyone!

This is a reminder that the ESM Chili Cook-Off is TOMORROW Tuesday November 15th from 11:30 to 1:30! Please join us to taste and vote for your favorite vegetarian and meat chili dishes. Let us know if you have any questions! Please consider bringing your own tupperware or bowl and utensils.
Hope to see everyone there!
2nd Annual Chili Cook-off

ESM Chili Cookoff!

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the annual ESM Chili Cookoff! This event is by far the most popular among students, faculty, and staff, and we look forward to having another great event this year. The Chili Cookoff will be Tuesday November 15th from 11:30-1:30 in 217 FRB.

Please consider entering your award winning recipe into the cook-off! Email us by this Friday November 4th if you are interested. Faculty, staff, and grad students are all encouraged to submit a chili entry. The more entries, the better!

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.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
2nd Annual Chili Cook-off

ESM Fall Picnic Potluck

Come welcome our new students and enjoy some great food at the ESM Fall Picnic on Wednesday August 24th! We have reserved Pavilion 2 at Sunset Park in State College from 5-7. Let us know if you have any questions, and we hope to see you there!

ESM Service Event at the Penn State Arboretum!

The GSO is organizing a spring service event that is open to all graduate students, faculty, staff, and their families. We will be helping with invasive species removal and trail maintenance at the Arboretum from 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, March 26th. The GSO will provide coffee and donuts, and the Arboretum will provide some beautiful nature! This will be a fun opportunity to spend time outdoors while helping achieve management goals for land near and dear to our hearts.

More details to come but be sure to mark your calendars!

Fall Picnic Potluck

Come celebrate the beginning of the year with our annual potluck at Sunset Park–rain or shine. All ESM faculty, staff, graduate students, and family/guests are invited! We will provide burgers (both veggie and meat), hotdogs, drinks, cutlery/plates, and some yard games. All you need to bring is a side to share. For directions, click here. We hope to see you there!


Retreat Cancelled!

Given the forecast of thunderstorms all day tomorrow, we are sorry to say that we are cancelling the retreat planned at Black Moshannon State Park. Please spread the word! Given that the grills and activities are all outside, we wouldn’t want people to drive out there for thunderstorms.

Thank you to all of those who were planning on attending. We are looking at rescheduling the event for later in the summer. Stat tuned for other events this summer too!



Celebrate the End of the Semester

After getting feedback from students and faculty, the spring retreat has been scheduled for Saturday, May 16th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The retreat, which will be all food, fun, and games, is a family and pet-friendly event held at Black Moshannon State Park (Pavilion # 5). We hope you can join us!

Part of the old bog and lake at Black Moshannon.

Part of the old bog and lake at Black Moshannon.

The ESM GSO will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, and a vegetarian option as well as drinks. Please bring a dessert, appetizer, or side to share! Lunch will be at 12:30pm, and we are still in the process of planning some family friendly games. As time gets closer, we will try and figure out carpooling for those without personal vehicles. Looking forward to seeing you there.