The Center for Community Engagement
The Center for Community Engagement at SUNY Cobleskill is responsible for developing partnerships that integrate campus and regional resources in a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the community. The emphasis is on creating opportunities to engage our students, faculty, staff and community partners in service projects and educational initiatives that provide meaningful learning outcomes for our students and tangible benefits for our partners. In delivering on this mission, The Center for Community Engagement serves as a focal point that sources projects, allocates resources, compiles assessment data, and promotes the value of community engagement.
News and Announcements
Welcome to a New Year of Service: The New Year is off to an incredible start! With dedicated groups like EOP, Merit's and the RA Staff to help kick start the year, great things can happen. Each of these standout groups completed a large scale service project within their first week of arrival. EOP led the charge with a day of disaster relief here in Schoharie County doing restoration work at a local church that had waited diligently for flood relief. Then, the entire RA staff, 90+ strong, committed a day of service in support of the North East Regional Food Bank, putting in a half day at the farm processing fresh produce, and a half day at the warehouse sorting and packing food donations for area food pantries. Not to be outdone, 40+ Merit students assisted with painting the historic grand stands at the local fairgrounds.
As the year unfolds, there will be numerous opportunities to get engaged. For our incoming freshmen, don't forget to check out the Club Expo and Community Engagement Fair on Saturday, August 22nd. Stop by the CKI International table and consider joining the largest, student led community service organization in the country. Start the semester off right by participating in the 8th annual Community Engagement Day of Service on Sunday, August 23rd where teams of students head out with local service projects. It's a great bonding opportunity and chance to learn a bit about your new community.
Throughout the year there will be trips to the local animal shelter, regional soup kitchens, a homeless shelter, a horse retirement farm and Special Olympics along with a YMCA work weekend at a 500 acre camp in Ct. Don't like to travel! There will be plenty to do right here on campus. You can help raise food for the hungry through our Feed the Need and Empty Bowls initiatives. We also host a community trick or treat, collect winter coats for kids, raise money for local veterans and help out with the annual holiday parade down Main Street.
Have an idea of your own for a service project? Love to hear about it! Just stop by the Center for Community Engagement in Bouck Hall or email Center Director, Brian Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to report your community service hours right here on the webpage. That's how we take credit for all the wonderful things you and our amazing Coby community does for those in need.
Community Engagement Day 2015 was a resounding success! Ninety of the most dedicated students ever tackled 8 service projects. New friends were made, leadership skills were tested and students learned about their new community. Thanks to the amazing orientation leaders and community partners who made this event possible.
Join CKI International: SUNY Cobleskill chapter of the world's largest student led community service group is welcoming new members. Under the leadership of President, Megan Trigg, lots of fun and challenging events are planned including "work weekends" at Camp Kiwanis and Camp Jewell, a conference in Lake George, food and clothing drives, and support for the local animal shelter. Like us on Facebook or contact Megan at Trigg, Megan TriggM219@cobleskill.edu for meeting times.
2nd Annual Patriot Highlander Challenge: Get ready for a test of your courage, strength and willingness to get down and dirty. This year's Patriot Highlander Challenge on August 29th is expected to be bigger, better and badder than last year's. Don't worry. There are course for people of all abilities including children. All proceeds go to benefit local veterans here in Schoharie County. For more information and to sign up, check this link: http://www.patriothighlander.com/
ARC Coby Challenge Games: Join your peers for our local version of Special Olympics when SUNY Cobleskill hosts the local ARC's Coby Challenge games Sun, October 25th from 9am – 1pm in the field house. Support local, special needs athletes by volunteering to help organize sporting events and share in the joy of their accomplishments. You won't find a more appreciative group of folks anywhere. This on campus event is an easy walk from the residence halls and includes a free T-Shirt and pizza lunch. Come help make this a day for all participants to remember.
CKI Helps Fight Maternal & Infant Tetanus: Members of SUNY Cobleskill's CKI Community Service Club raised over $133 from a bake sale in support of Circle K International's world wide effort to combat maternal and infant tetanus. Although it may not seem like a lot of money at first, at $1.80 per vaccination, the money will help treat 74 people. Just goes to how a little goes a long way! Thanks CKI for stepping up to help make a difference in the lives of those in need.
2nd Annal Tiger Run for Autism: SUNY Cobleskill's 2nd Annual Tiger Color Run/Walk for Autism was held Sunday, April 26th. Thanks to the SRA's, faculty and staff who made this event another huge success and helped raise close to $4,000 for the fight against autism. See you again in the Spring of 2016!
Alternative Spring Break Raises the Bar: SUNY Cobleskill Students, supported by the Directors of Community Engagement and Student Activities, joined 120 students from around the country who spent their spring break volunteering at the Long Island Disaster Relief Center. The team was assigned to help insulate and sheet rock the basement of a home in Valley Stream that had been flooded during Super Storm Sandy. Upon arrival, the team encountered bare and partially finished walls in several rooms. By the end of the week the walls had been completely restored and primed in preparation for final trim work and paint garnering praise from the construction coordinator that SUNY Cobleskill's Team was the most productive group of volunteers he has worked with. As a reward for their hard work, the team was treated to an overnight stay in NYC during which they toured area attractions and saw a Broadway show.
Circle K Club Shines at District Conference: SUNY Cobleskill's Circle K Club distinguished itself at the 53rd Annual Circle K District Convention held in Albany, NY over Spring Break. This event brought together 190 representatives from 24 schools, including NYU, Cornell and St. John's University. Several honors were received over the course of the weekend. Club Vice President, Mackenah Simmons was selected to sing the National Anthem and Club President, Megan Trigg received a special service award for her dedicated leadership. They were also selected to present a workshop on How to Host a CKI Convention. Capping off the event, SUNY Cobleskill received the Total Achievement Award which recognizes the club with the most service activity over the course of the year. What a wonderful honor to receive in our clubs first year! Congrats to all the exceptional students for their service to others and for bringing honor to SUNY Cobleskill.
Empty Bowls are Overflowing! The fourth annual Empty Bowls Event was a huge success! Over $6,900 was raised for Schoharie County food pantries, a new record well above the goal of $5,000. Events like these are not possible without a lot of support and a fully engaged partner like SUNY Cobleskill. Thanks SGA for sponsoring the event. Thanks also to the 9 clubs and 50 student volunteers, along with members of the Student Life Center, CAS, Culinary, and Facilities whose collaboration helped make the event shine. Thanks also to the 26 participating restaurants who donated soup, the local businesses that donated raffle prizes, the musicians for providing such wonderful entertainment, and the Girl Scouts and other community volunteers who helped with logistics. Thanks also to the members of the public who gave so generously to help make a difference in he lives of those in need.
Conference on Volunteerism:The Center for Community Engagement, in partnership with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Oneonta, hosted the 14th Annual Conference on Volunteerism and Social Responsibility. Twenty Cobleskill students joined their peers at Delhi and Oneonta for a day of “Funshops” on topics including homelessness, animal rights, help for the mentally disabled, and leadership development. A special thanks goes out to dining services which donated supplies to make 350 PB&J Sandwiches for the homeless.
SUNY Cobleskill Wins National Service Award: SUNY Cobleskill was the proud recipient of the 2014 Service Engagement Award from APCA, a 400 member, national organization for the promotion of campus activities. This much coveted award honors the school that best demonstrates a commitment to innovative and sustained community service. Many thanks to the all of the dedicated students, faculty and staff who made reaching this milestone possible. You really make SUNY Cobleskill shine.
Feed the Need: Our annual food drive brought in 3,250lbs. of food which brought our three year total to just shy of 11,000 lbs! What a wonderful collaborative effort on the part of Dinning Services, Res Life, student volunteers, and area businesses who helped establish this new benchmark.
SUNY Student Wins Essay Contest: The Center for Community Engagement would like to recognize Megan Trigg for submitting the winning essay in a three way competition with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Oneonta. Megan's work on the theme, "How Helping Others Helps Me" took the first place prize of a new I-pad Mini. Way to go Megan!
The Center for Community Engagement is administered by Director Brian Kaiser, who is supported by student assistants and an advisory board consisting of faculty, staff, and community representatives.
Contact the Center for Community Engagement at 518-255-5303.