Suny College Of Environmental Science And Forestry Orientationguide



WELCOME TO ESF!Welcome to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. As you participate in the Orientation programtoday, you will discover an incredible range of resources and opportunities open to you on both the ESF andSyracuse University campuses, all intended to make your collegiate experience more rewarding. Learning at ESFdoes not stop at the classroom door or even the campus boundaries. ESF is embedded in the Syracuse communityand engaged in partnerships and projects across the nation and around the globe: volunteer in the community,join clubs and student organizations, or become part of a research team.Our goal is to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental and sustainability leaders while tacklingthe most urgent and complex challenges facing science and society. From fundamental exploration of thebiosphere to use-inspired research to solve a currently intractable problem, you will find ESF faculty, staff, andstudents constantly pushing the boundaries and refusing to accept limitations of the past. You will receive anexcellent education from a world-class institution and be challenged to imagine what your future and that of ourplanet can be.This remarkable institution is the result of a unique combination of history, tradition, curiosity, innovation, excellence,and, above all, faculty, staff, and students of uncommon vision and courage of purpose. Like all great institutions,ESF is constantly adapting and evolving with the fresh imagination and enthusiasm of each entering class and theshifting landscape of societal needs and scientific challenges. We are delighted that you have chosen to join ESFand wish you every success in achieving your dreams and ambitions.GO MIGHTY OAKS!DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS110 and 14 Bray HallSyracuse, NY 13210E-Mail: :

TABLE OF CONTENTSReminders Before Classes Begin. 1Orientation Schedule. 2Academic Life . 6Academic Departments . 6Registration . 7Academic Advising . 8Managing Absences . . 9Decoding Computing. . 10Student Life. 12Out and About . 18Directory . 23Maps. 26

E S FO R I E N T A T I O NS P R I N G2 0 2 0REMINDERS1REMINDERS FOR STUDENTSBEFORE CLASSES STARTCHECK YOUR E-MAIL FREQUENTLYPAY YOUR BILLStep 1 to being successful at ESF is getting informed and connected. Your email is provided by Syracuse University and is the College’s official mode ofcommunication with you. Log in to your SU e-mail at semester bills due based on yourbilling cycle for both ESF and SyracuseUniversity (for SU meal plan)http://myesf.esf.eduFINALIZE YOUR SPRING SCHEDULEThis will be taken care of during Orientation in consultation with your academicdepartment. Please make sure that your final transcripts and other collegecredits are received.ORDER YOUR TEXTBOOKSOnce your class schedule is finalized, you can go online to select and purchaseyour textbooks. There are new and used options, and books can be shippedfor a 4.95 fee to the Gateway Center. More details are online at: YOUR ID CARDCOMPLETE IMMUNIZATIONHISTORY FORMComplete by January 15th. you submitted your photo through Syracuse University, your ID card will beavailable during Orientation Check-In or at Centennial Hall’s Move-In. If youdid not submit a photo, you must go to the SU ID Card Office in 206 SteeleHall.SOLIDIFY YOUR MEAL PLANTalk with your family about which meal plan option is best for you. You haveuntil Jan. 25th to make Trailhead meal plan changes through the MyESFwebsite. If you also have a SU meal plans, changes must be made on theMySlice website or in person in 206 Steele Hall.COMPLETE ALCOHOLEDU AND SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION ONLINEDue March 18. Both programs are required of all new students and arecompleted online. They focus on alcohol, sexual violence, and empoweredbystander intervention. You should have received an e-mail invitation with aregistration code for the program. Failure to complete the programs will resultin a registration hold for Fall 2020 courses.1PROVIDE HEALTHINSURANCE INFORMATIONStudents must show evidence ofexisting credible insurance coverage(coverage under another health plan)or enroll in the ESF Student HealthInsurance Plan.Deadline to waive out: February 15th.

ORIENTATIONNEW STUDENT ORIENTATIONFriday, January 108 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Taking Care of Business ESF Offices2Offices are open for business, ready to answer questions and take care oflast-minute business items: Financial Aid, Admissions, Student Affairs, theBursar, and the ESF College Bookstore.8 – 9 a.m.Orientation Check-In and Continental Breakfast ESF: Gateway CenterGet your Orientation packet, course schedule, free gifts, have questions answered, and have breakfast.Orientation staff will be here to help.8 a.m. – 3 p.m.ESF Bookstore Open ESF: Gateway Center9 a.m.Welcome and Introduction to ESF! ESF: Gateway CenterA special welcome to campus for new students and their families. This session will include generalprogram information and the opportunity to meet key resource people at ESF.9:15 a.m.A Conversation with the Dean: ESF Community Expectations ESF: Gateway CenterJoin the Vice Provost and Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Anne Lombard, for an intimate conversationabout ESF values and the expectations the College has for you.10 a.m.The ESF Academic Experience ESF: Gateway CenterThe Division of Student Affairs will discuss academic resources that are available to you on campus.10:30 a.m.Registration Tutorial and Textbooks ESF: Gateway CenterWe will teach you how to navigate the different student portals for ESF and SU. We will also go overhow to purchase textbooks online during this session.11 a.m.Campus Tours by Orientation Leaders (OL) ESF: Gateway Center12 – 1 p.m.Lunch Break ESF: Gateway Center1 p.m.Departmental Meetings: Introduction to Academic DepartmentsObtain information specific to your program of study. You must meet with your curriculum coordinatorbefore you can complete your academic registration.Chemistry: 122 Jahn LaboratoryEnvironmental and Forest Biology: 314 Baker LaboratoryEnvironmental Resources Engineering: 437 Baker LaboratoryEnvironmental Science: 309 Baker LaboratoryEnvironmental Studies: 110 Marshall HallForest and Natural Resources Management: 314 Bray HallLandscape Architecture: 327 Marshall HallPaper and Bioprocess Engineering: 211 Walters Hall1:30 – 4 p.m.Schedule Adjustments (if needed) ESF: Baker Lab Computer Clusters Room 309, 310Computers are available for you to adjust your schedule, if needed. Orientation Leaders willbe available to help you.3 – 4:30 p.m.End of Day Reception ESF: 408 Baker LabCome to this wrap up session for some refreshments, a chance to get any additional questions answered,and to meet with new students again.4 – 5 p.m.Navigating the Centro Bus System: ESF: Meet outside of Centennial Hall2

SPRINGSEMESTERSaturday, January 1110 a.m. – 4 p.m.Student ID Cards Issued SU ID Card Services, 206 Steele Hall12 – 5 p.m.Student Parking Permits Issued SU Parking Services, 621 SkytopRoad, SU South Campus.3Monday, January 13First Day of Classes for Spring 2020Tuesday, January 1411a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Engagement Panel and Lunch ESF: 110 Moon LibraryCome to this discussion and learn from some great student and staffleaders about how to make the most out of your time at ESF. Lunchwill be provided.Wednesday, January 1511:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. SU Winter Student Involvement Fair SU: Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student CenterIf you are interested in joining a student organization at SU, you should check out SU’s WinterInvolvement Fair featuring over 70 student organizations that want more members. For moreinformation, please visit, January 1611:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception ESF: Gateway CenterThe Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception helps create fellowship among students of differentunderrepresented backgrounds (e.g. students of color, international students, LGBTQ students, studentswith disabilities, members of the CSTEP and EOP programs, and others who identify asunderrepresented). This is an opportunity for new students to meet and connect with each other as wellas with current students, faculty, and staff.6 p.m.ESF Undergraduate Student Association (USA) Meeting ESF: 110 Moon LibraryCome check out the first Undergraduate Student Association (USA) meeting of the Spring semester tofind out what is going on around campus.3

Monday, January 20No classes and ESF/SU closed. Martin Luther King, Jr. DayTuesday, January 2110:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive ESF: Nifkin LoungeConsider donating blood if you meet eligibility requirements. Make an appointment online at, January 2210:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive ESF: Nifkin LoungeConsider donating blood if you meet eligibility requirements. Make an appointment online at, January 245 p.m.Annual Insomniacs Ski Trip Toggenburg Mountain, Tully, NY.Join us for the annual Insomniacs trip to one of the local ski resorts in Central New York. Sign up inadvance in 14 Bray Hall for rentals, lift passes, and even lessons. 20 for a lift ticket and 15 forrentals. Transportation included, on a first come, first served basis for ESF students only.Sunday, January 267 p.m.35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration SU: Carrier DomeThe annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is one of the largest celebrations in the country. Theprogram includes speaker and civil rights leader Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of the historicEbenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For moredetails and to learn how to purchase your 5 tickets, visit, January 314 – 6:30 p.m.Lunar New Year Celebration ESF: Gateway CenterCelebrate the Lunar New Year at ESF with cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, song and danceperformances, and more! All are welcome (students, staff, faculty, and families) as we usher in the Yearof the Rat. For more information or to help volunteer, please contact Hui Chen at

Monday, February 245:30 – 7:30 p.m.Making Connections: Alumni and Student Networking Event ESF: Nifkin LoungeNetwork with ESF alumni and learn from their professional experiences. Bring your resume to bereviewed. Discover job opportunities that might complement your aspirations after graduation.Tuesday, February 2510:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Environmental Career Fair ESF: Gateway CenterEach year, we typically draw over 90 companies and organizations to our Environmental Career Fair.Employers are recruiting for internships, part-time openings, and full-time openings for students of allmajors and departments. Invited organizations will include corporate, government, and nonprofit agencies. For a list of employers attending this year’s Career Fair, r.htm5

ACADEMICLIFEINTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC LIFE6Founded in 1911, ESF is the nation’s oldest and most respected College dedicatedsolely to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, andbuilding a sustainable future. At ESF, you will study with professors whose workimproves and sustains the environment from Alaska to the Yucatan, and whoseexpertise is sought by governments and corporations worldwide. That same faculty will be personallyconcerned with your progress towards your degree completion.ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS AT ESFDepartment of ChemistryDepartment of Environmental and Forest BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryAquatic and Fisheries Science, Biotechnology, ConservationBiology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education andInterpretation, Forest Health, and Wildlife ScienceChair: Dr. Avik ChatterjeeCurriculum Coordinator: Dr. Mark Teece221 Jahn Dr. Melissa FierkeCurriculum Coordinator: Dr. Greg McGee224 Illick of Environmental StudiesDivision of Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Science and Environmental HealthEnvironmental StudiesChair: Dr. Russell BriggsCurriculum Coordinators: Dr. Neal Abrams & Dr.Mark Teece204 Baker partment of Environmental Resources EngineeringChair: Dr. Benette WhitmoreCurriculum Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Parker106 Marshall of Forest and Natural ResourcesManagementEnvironmental Resources EngineeringChair: Dr. Lindi QuackenbushCurriculum Coordinator: Dr. Theodore Endreny404 Baker Management, Forest Ecosystem Science, ForestResources Management, Natural Resources Management, andSustainable Energy ManagementChair: Dr. Christopher NowakCurriculum Coordinator: Dr. Eddie Bevilacqua305 Bray of Paper and Bioprocess EngineeringDepartment of Landscape ArchitectureLandscape ArchitectureBioprocess Engineering, Paper Engineering, and RenewableMaterials ScienceChair: Dr. Doug JohnstonCurriculum Coordinator: Robin Hoffman331 Marshal Chair: Dr. Bandaru RamaraoCurriculum Coordinator: Dr. Klaus Doelle310 Walters

Registrar and Course RegistrationLocated in 111 Bray Hall, this is the place to go to for all things academic including academic records,transcript requests, course registration questions, transfer credits, final grades, and degree completion.Students register for classes using the MySlice Web registration system. You may register any time on or after youraccess time, which you may find on the MySlice system, but not before. Holds that you may have include advisinghold; administrative hold; financial hold at ESF or SU, including library and parking holds; and health insurancehold. Any holds must be removed before you will be permitted to register. A registration form is also known as acourse selection sheet, and it is just that. List the courses you want to take on it, and then meet with youradvisor/major professor for approval. After you meet with your advisor, you will need to bring your registrationform to 111 Bray to have the advising hold removed before you can operates a virtual bookstore in partnership with the Syracuse University Bookstore. You may order yourtextbooks online and have them delivered to the ESF Alumni Office for pick-up. There is a delivery fee of 4.95 per order through Friday, January 31st. Please allow 48 hours after you place your order for yourorder to be processed and available at the ESF Alumni Office,219 Bray Hall. If you need to purchase books after Friday,January 31st, go directly to the SU Bookstore in the SchineStudent Center.ESF Pick-Up Times & LocationsJan. 13-17 219 Bray Hall 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Jan. 21-24 219 Bray Hall 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Jan. 27-31 219 Bray Hall 9 a.m. – 3:30 F. Franklin Moon Library is located on the western side of the ESF Quad and provides a variety of resourcesand services to the ESF community. With abundant spaces for study and collaboration, you can meet with alibrarian and your fellow students to conduct your research and study using the databases, peer reviewed journals,course reserves, archives and special collections, and the institutional repository that are provided to you. Beyondtraditional library services, the Library offers conveniences such as passport services, locker rentals, phone chargers,adapters, computer access, printing, wireless network, and more to help you succeed. Additionally, the WritingCenter and the Public Speaking Lab are located in the Library. ESF students have access to the libraries atSyracuse University, including a 24/7 space in Bird c Success CenterWe are committed to the success of ESF students by preparing them with holistically challenging studentdevelopment opportunities that assist in their current academic pursuits and future personal goals. Theprinciple supports in the Academic Success Center include peer tutoring, tutor training seminars, academiccoaching for at-risk students, and academic success workshops through the S.E.E.D.S. program.7 AdvisingThe relationship between advisor and student is one of shared responsibility. The role of your advisor is toassist you with educational choices and to help assess your progress toward meeting degree requirements.Ultimately, however, the student is responsible for making sure that all degree requirements are met.ADVISOR RESPONSIBILITIESSTUDENT RESPONSIBILITIESInterpret and provide rationale for Collegepolicies, regulations, programs, and procedures.Help students make connections between majorsand careers.Be available to meet with students each semester.Establish and maintain regular advising hours. Actas a resource for both students and the largercampus community.Become knowledgeable and follow Collegepolicies, procedures, requirements, and deadlines.If you do not understand, ask questions until you do!Get to know advisees as individuals and create anatmosphere of caring and professional concern forstudents. Help students connect to each other,campus events, programs, and opportunities.Get to know yourself. What are your personalinterests, abilities, values, and goals? Seek out andtake advantage of the ESF college experience.Explore and enrich your time at ESF.Offer advice on selecting courses and assist indeveloping an academic plan consistent withstudent goals. Assist students to define anddevelop realistic goals.Provide your advisor with all the facts, keepingthem informed about changes in your academicprogress, course selection, and career goals.Know how to interpret a degree audit and helpmonitor students’ progress. Encourage timely stepstowards degree completion.Know how to run a degree audit and keep apersonal record of your progress towards yourdegree completion.Be responsive to student needs, and whenappropriate, inform and refer students to campusservices available for acceleration, academicassistance, or other concerns.Follow through with suggestions identified duringadvising sessions and take action whereappropriate (file the form; make the call; schedulethe appointment, etc.).Initiate contact with your advisor and be preparedfor advising sessions – make a list of questions orconcerns, and plan a tentative course schedule.Take the time to write down questions you want toclarify.Accessibility and AccommodationsESF partners with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Syracuse University to provide support andassistance for students who identify a current or potential need for disability-related academicaccommodations. ODS is located at 804 University Avenue, Room 309. Students should begin this processby going to the ODS website and registering online. Documentation guidelines are available online to assistin completing this process. Since accommodations may require early planning and are not providedretroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible. An appointment will be scheduled with a counselorupon receipt of completed paperwork where needs and approved accommodations will be explained. ESFStudent Affairs and ODS work together to provide a seamless delivery of service to students, as well as aresource for faculty in the implementation of accommodations in the classroom. Requests regarding mealplan exceptions, housing assignment adjustments, assistance/emotional support animals, or any buildingaugmentation that creates a significant or permanent physical adjustment to the building are directed to use8

the Housing Accommodation Request process. Students may also contact the ESF Division of Student Affairs,110 Bray Hall, (315) 470-6660 for assistance with the process.disabilityservices.syr.eduManaging AbsencesStudents may find themselves missing classes for a variety of reasons; however ESF does not have anexcused absence policy. Students are expected to adhere to the attendance policy set by each instructorand stated within each course syllabus. Students who are absent for non-emergency situations areencouraged to directly contact their instructors as soon as possible regarding any absence (examples of nonemergency situations include one-day absences, doctor’s appointments, pre-planned travel, etc.). Whenpossible, students finding it necessary to be absent from class should make arrangements with theirinstructors prior to being absent. The student is responsible for contacting each faculty member in a timely manner to discuss any lateassignments/missed work. There is no College policy related to missed work; this decision belongsto the faculty member. If granted extensions/make-ups/incompletes, it is the responsibility of thestudent to complete the work in the agreed upon timeframe.If a faculty member requires verification of an absence, students should be prepared to providedocumentation to their faculty when they return. The Division of Student Affairs will not provideverification or proof of legitimacy for a non-emergency absence.Students can contact the Division of Student Affairs upon return to campus to review any additionalresources that may be needed to assist in the transition back to campus.When a student is absent for a period of time (generally two or more consecutive days) due tohospitalization, emergency, or other critical incident, the Division of Student Affairs can assist to coordinatenotification to instructors. Some emergency or critical incidents may necessitate the Division of Student Affairscoordinating communication on behalf of the student and instructors until a time when the student is able toresume these activities themselves.9

DECODING COMPUTING: YOUR IDS, ONLINE PORTALS, AND E-MAILSIt can be confusing at first to make sense of the ESF’s online/computing resources. Here’s what you need toknow as simply as we can put it.SUID NumberThis 9-digit number will be on your school ID card (provided by SU). You need your SUID to activate yourNetID at and to set up your ESFiD at Your ID card isessential for access to facilities, services, and your SU Meal Plan, and thus you should always carry it withyou.SU NetIDYour SU NetID is everything left of the @ in student e-mail: NetID@syr.eduExample: If e-mail address is,NetID is azsmith.You use your NetID to access: MySlice – class registration Blackboard – course management system SUmail (your mail is your officialstudent e-mail) Any student services on the SU campus(AirOrangeX wireless, SU printing, AdobeConnect, etc.)ESFiDYour ESFiD matches your SU NetID:Example: If e-mail address is,the SU NetID and ESFiD are both is the preferred format to use whenentering your username into most systems.You use your ESFiD to access: Evergreen – ESF’s wireless network ESF Computing Center Lab/Library PCs MyESF student records portal ESF.EDU student e-mail ESF Office 365 SUNY Portal and other SUNY systems*You will have 2 passwords – Two electronic IDs (ESFiD and SU NetID) 2 passwords.College E-MailsYour official ESF student e-mail is your e-mail account. You will also have access to an @esf.edue-mail for your use, but it will not be used for official campus communications. Log in to SUMail: (Your SU NetID must be activated before you can do this)Log in to ESF e-mail: (Your ESFiD must be set up before you can do this)Online PortalsMyESF PORTALThe MyESF portal is where you find: Curriculum plan sheets Grade reports FERPA waiver for academic and financialrecords Meal plan and housing information Emergency contact information Billing and financial aid informationLog in with your ESFiD and passwordhttp://MyESF.esf.eduMySLICE PORTALThe SU MySlice portal is where you find: Course schedules – Note all newundergraduate students are fullypreregistered for their first semester. Youcan view schedules on the MyESF portal Find and register for classes (both SU andESF courses) Obtain a parking permitLog in with your SU NetID and passwordhttp://MySlice.syr.edu10

ESF Wireless Network: EVERGREENESF’s wireless network provides a secure connection to the ESF campus network from mobile computingdevices. You must log in with your ESFiD and password. If your mobile device has software installed that usesBit torrent, your device will be quarantined on the Evergreen network until the software is removed. Forassistance, please visit the CNS Help Desk in 317 Baker Labs.Computer and Printing LabsESF students have access to computer labs at ESF and Syracuse University. You can log into them by usingyour ESFiD and password at the ESF computer labs and your SU NetID at any SU computer labs. ESFcomputer labs are located in Baker Lab, Moon Library, and some departmental spaces with over 125computer stations.Printing is available in Baker Labs, Moon Library, and in the computer labs at Syracuse University. ESFstudents are given a quota of 500 printing units per year at ESF and also 500 at SU. Additional printingunits of 500 can be purchased for 20 through the ESF Cashier’s Office (103 Bray Hall) and online for SU.helpdesk.esf.eduPassword SecurityThe first line of defense to improve network/information security is to use strong passwords with your ESFiDand SU NetID. Following are some basic principles to consider when choosing and using your password: Never share your password with anyone.Create passwords that are hard to guess and don't use personal information.Be sure to include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.Select a password that is a minimum of 12 – 15 characters in length. Remember that longerpasswords are more secure.Consider using a phrase as your password. Using a phrase as a password may actually make thepassword easier to remember.Use a different password for each of your online accounts.If available, use multi-factor (two-factor) authentication.Advice and SupportFor issues involving access to ESF campus networks and systems such as MyESF and the Evergreen wirelessnetwork, visit the Computing and Network Services Help Desk in 317 Baker Labs (

STUDENTLIFEINTRODUCTION TO STUDENT LIFE12There are programs, and opportunities available to ESF students outside of theclassroom. Engagement in activities that take place outside of the classroom canadd a great deal to your education and your development as a person. You canmake a positive contribution to the community through volunteer service andstudent leadership. Whether you eventually work for yourself or someone else, your organizational,communication, and management skills combined with your academic achievements will give you a distinctedge. You can gain new skills or fine-tune those you already have through becoming involved in studentorganizations and activities.Many of the major events and programs at ESF are planned and managed by students. Conducting campustours, assisting new students during Orientation, planning the annual awards banquets, or hosting familiesand alumni during the fall barbecue are all ways in which you can become involved. You will have theopportunity to gain new skills, manage finances, expand your knowledge about a particular topic, contributeto and improve campus life and, most importantly, have a good time doing it!The spice and variety of your out-of-class experience depends on your involvement. Define your role GETINVOLVED ON CAMPUS. EXPLORE, ENGAGE, EXCEL!DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRSAcademic SuccessSee page 7 for further information.ESF AthleticsTeam sports at ESF began in 1912 with the College’s firststudent group, the Woodsmen Team (previously namedForestry Club). Today, in addition to the Woodsmen Team, ESFhas competitive teams in soccer, men’s basketball, golf, crosscountry, track, and bass fishing. The varsity teams at ESF aremembers of the USCAA ( All of these teamshave provided ESF students the chance to compete at thecollege level. We strongly encourage students to come out tohome events and cheer on the Mighty Oaks!www.esfathletics.comIn addition, our unique relationship with Syracuse University allows ESF students to participate in a variety ofclub sports, intramural sports, and off-campus recreation trips throughout the year.recreationservices.syr.eduCareer ServicesThe Career Services Office is here to help you accomplish your career goals. From day one, they can helpyou develop your future plans for jobs, internships, and more. Services are comprised of resume r

Obtain information specific to your program of study. You must meet with your curriculum coordinator before you can complete your academic registration. Chemistry: 122 Jahn Laboratory Environmental and Forest Biology: 314 Baker Laboratory Environmental Resources Engineering: 437 Baker Laboratory Environmental Science: 309 Baker Laboratory