Pair Pioneers Ecology & Religion Program by Liliana Varman

After spending four days by himself in the Mojave desert without access to food, Stephen Blackmer FES ’83 DIV ’12 found his calling. The 49-year-old had spent his life working to conserve New England forests, but said that trip expanded his views on how to protect the environment…

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New Haven's Arts and Culture

I’m really excited—tomorrow night I’m going to my first New Haven Symphony concert at Woolsey Hall in close to 15 years. For over a hundred years, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra has been playing for the citizens of the Elm City, and I really can’t wait to re-expose myself to some of the cultural history of New Haven. Something about entering a space like Woolsey Hall (see the picture!), and being transported to another place through sights and sounds… it is just an occasional indulgence into the arts for me (I’m more of a sports girl), but one I really look forward to!

When living in New York City, my favorite thing to do every summer was claim a piece of grass as my own for a few hours…

Two conference participants viewing the ISTF photo contest

The 18th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference has begun! Last night we enjoyed our opening Jan McAlpine, and our skype presentation by David Lamb, then joined together for poster presentations and a reception in beautiful, LEED certified Kroon Hall. During this time, many people enjoyed the student photographs on view in the hallway outside of Burke Auditorium. I encourage participants of the contest to cast their vote for their favorite!…

I know I promised you at least two more postings on why I love New Haven (“arts & culture” and “parks and recreation”)… don’t worry, they are coming! However, I wanted to quickly share some important and some fun info for you during this busy admission season.

As the Admissions Office and Admissions Committee pours through applications in order to create the strongest and most exciting incoming class for a Fall 2012 start, I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting final decisions. We do release all decisions at the same time, around March 15… so try and relax and enjoy your winter without worrying too much! Keep developing your careers, study hard, and continue to nurture your interests… it will only benefit you by continuing to help…

In case any prospective FESers might like to view what our neighbors at Yale SOM think about life in New Haven…

Yale SOM students on New Haven

After a whirlwind semester and a two-week long break, I am in the throes of school life again! Am I glad that school has started again? In all frankness, I was initially reluctant to tear myself away from family and friends in my freezing hometown of Ulaanbaatar. However, I did also realize that during my first semester, I was able to build a life here in New Haven. I had a nice apartment and roommates to return to (East Rock is a great neighborhood). I also had friends, a job, classes and the prospect of concocting a whole new thoroughly fulfilling semester. Our semester is not entirely predictable with only classes and academics filling our days. It is ours to enhance with extracurricular activities, social events, weekend outings and independent…

New year’s wishes from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Dean Peter Crane, “We are all looking forward to welcoming students, staff and faculty back for another busy semester this coming Monday. We return from the holidays in sadness from the tragic loss of our wonderful alumnus and friend David Gaillard, but also with great hope for all that our alumni and the broader F&ES community will accomplish in 2012.
Happy New Year!
Peter”…

I’d like to take a pause in my “fun” series on New Haven (stay tuned for one on “Arts & Culture” and “The Great Outdoors” coming in December) to address what I consider the most frequently asked question by prospective students that I meet with: What really is the difference between the Master of Environmental Science (MESC) and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) (or similarly, the Master of Forest Science [MFS] versus the Master of Forestry [MF])? This is an especially important question as you are undoubtedly carefully considering your application that is due in just 2 short weeks (December 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST… don’t be late!) and this is one thing you will have to hammer out before then. It isn’t a decision to take lightly—it may…

The F&ES Admissions Committee consists of 2 staff members and 10 faculty members, and we all actively review application files.  Our goal is to select students from a wide variety of backgrounds – academically, geographically and professionally.  We do not want our students to look alike, think alike, dream alike or sound alike.  We want a class that, when taken together, has a sum greater than all of its individual parts. So what does this mean for you?

First and foremost, we conduct holistic application reviews looking at your 1) academic preparation, 2) your commitment to the “environment” (whatever your specific area of interest), and 3) your experience/leadership/maturity.

The “academic” portion of the admissions file consists of:

  • transcripts – types of courses taken, trends over time

After two long months of recruitment travel where I met with prospective students, alumni and advisors across the country (from Boston to Honolulu and too many cities to mention in between), I have finally arrived back in New Haven. I’ve got to say, it was a joyous reunion with the “Elm City.” As I’ve mentioned previously, the travel season is really one of my favorite parts of the job, since I get to meet so many of you (and get to see the country too, while I’m at it!) but life on the road gets a bit old after a while. Lugging bags everywhere, airport delays, or stressing about missing FedEx boxes quickly loses its glamour… But, I’m most excited for my time back in New Haven simply because I…