Parents & Families
Letter from the President
This spring is bringing exciting changes to SUNY Cobleskill. As your students return to campus with renewed energy, they will begin discovering expansive new educational opportunities that carry our belief in applied learning to new heights.
Learning by doing has always been at the heart of a SUNY Cobleskill education. In November, we elevated our role as a destination for hands-on education by announcing a new applied learning requirement for all graduates beginning in the fall of 2017. As the first SUNY institution to formally commit to providing every student a real-world learning experience, SUNY Cobleskill established itself as a leader in career readiness. I encourage you to learn more about this requirement and what it means for your student.
I am thrilled to announce that over the winter we received substantial funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to enact a wide array of long-term projects to increase access to agriculture-related higher education, improve college completion rates, expand applied learning opportunities, and revitalize regional communities and economies. That means your students will have countless new opportunities to take their learning outside the classroom and engage the community in meaningful, cooperative projects. These initiatives will continue to be a source of innovative educational opportunities over the coming year and far beyond.
This year will also see the further development of our new Food Systems & Technology and Therapeutic Horsemanship degree programs, which have both grabbed headlines for their innovation and vision. You can expect to hear more about our trailblazing Fermentation Science and Applied Fermentation degree programs as they launch later this year, keeping our students on the cutting edge of a burgeoning field that touches everything from beer and yogurt production to pharmaceuticals and renewable energy.
I am, as always, incredibly proud to be leading SUNY Cobleskill as it adapts to the demands of tomorrow’s workforce to continue preparing the thinkers and doers of the future. I look forward to meeting your students on campus and seeing how their ideas, enthusiasm, and resolve carry SUNY Cobleskill into the beginning of its second century.
Dr. Marion Terenzio
SUNY Cobleskill President
Welcome to CAS Dining @ SUNY Cobleskill
What an exciting fall semester we just had in CAS Dining. Our redesigned Prentice Café was the hit of the campus, with handmade pizza, new ovens, and delivery service. Soon, we will be adding specialty pizzas, stromboli, calzones, pepperoni/sausage rolls, and take-out specials. Prentice has also moved the Burrito Bar right up front and the “Not Just Grilled Cheese” and Pasta/Wok Bars are still available in the back. The best news yet is that it now has Late Night Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10:30pm - 2am; and a delivery schedule: Sunday - Thursday, 8pm - Midnight.
Champlin has begun renovations on its new food concept that will be complete in the spring semester – look for more information as construction progresses. Champlin continues to offer an all-you-care-to-eat service with everything from hamburgers and fries to pizza, salad bar, hot bar, cook-to-order, deli, ice cream, and more.
Brickyard Brewhouse now has outdoor rooftop seating — a great location (with wifi) to grab a coffee, smoothie, bagel, or bakery item while you study, meet with friends, or just relax. There is also expanded seating on the first level with plenty of outdoor tables and chairs, along with indoor seating and large-screen TVs.
Coby’s is working on its spring schedule which looks to be filled with music and pub food on select Wednesday nights. We’re looking into our Thursday/Friday night dinners, plus our Pairing dinners. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Lemon Grass Café (located in Champlin Hall) is free of food allergens such as gluten, fish/shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts. Everyone is welcome to eat at Lemon Grass Café. Food prepared there will not contain any of the previously-mentioned ingredients. We have gluten-free cereals and packaged products available all day. Please let the staff know what dietary restrictions you have and we will be happy to accommodate your needs. You are more than welcome to come and speak with Kimberly Sternheimer, Head Chef, or call her at (518) 255-5203, if you have additional questions or requests.
Lemon Grass Café service hours: Monday - Friday: Breakfast 7 - 10:30am; Lunch 11am – 2pm; Dinner 4:15 – 7pm Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 11am – 4pm; Dinner 4 – 7pm
Topping off all the news is that we are now a Pepsi campus. We have a whole line of Pepsi products including Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Starbucks and a variety of bottled beverages throughout dining services and vending.
Find more information on our CAS Dining Services and Coby's websites
CAS Dining Services Wants Your Food for Thought
Home to Campus Menu Ideas
CAS Dining Services wants your favorite recipes from home so we can make them in our dining facilities. We love trying new recipes and as long as we can get the ingredients, we’d be happy to discuss your recipe with you.
Please submit your suggestions online at the CAS Dining website and don’t forget to give us your contact information in case we need additional recipe information. You’ll see a submission form in the right sidebar on our web page.
Is Your Student’s Meningitis Vaccine Up to Date?
Did you know that there is a meningitis vaccine that is only effective for five years? If your student received the vaccine more than five years ago, they are not protected against Meningococcal Meningitis. Your student’s health is important to us at SUNY Cobleskill. When your student’s meningitis vaccine expires (while they are attending SUNY Cobleskill), the Wellness Center notifies them and encourages them to receive another meningitis vaccination OR sign a statement that they decline the vaccine. Ask your student if they have received notification and discuss these options with them. For more information, visit www.health.ny.gov/publications/2168.
Flu Vaccines Available Now
The flu vaccine is available at the Wellness Center for all currently enrolled students. Encourage your student to make an appointment to receive this important vaccination! There is a $20 fee.
Currently Happening in Foundations for College Success
For the next several weeks, our students in Foundation for College Success (FFCS) are working on their Goals for Personal Success or GPS plan. Please ask your son or daughter about completing the plan and the process so that they begin to understand the usefulness and importance of looking at the short-term and long-term educational and career planning processes.
The first part of the plan, the Academic plan, is designed to help students build their academic schedules for their entire education at Cobleskill. It includes exploring and choosing General Education courses, required Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, and electives. As you can imagine, it is a very important task so students know exactly what they need to take in order to graduate on time.
The next part of the GPS is the Career Plan. Students use our computer program, FOCUS, to assess what careers match their various interests and skills. Within the program they can see a huge range of careers, how much they could potentially make, education needed, and whether their skills match with the skills needed of those employed. Students need to choose a primary career and two back-up options since we all know that career prospects can change. Our classes also have an enlightening lesson on financial literacy, typically including student loan debt and the cost of living after college. This is a great time to chat with your son or daughter about finances, budgeting, credit, and even how much it costs to live within a desired lifestyle.
The last part of the GPS is the Educational Plan. In this part students are encouraged to look at institutions that have the degree programs needed to get to those careers. They need to explore the admissions requirements, including GPA needed. It is very important to know what GPA to strive for, even from the first semester. Our FFCS instructors have even included discussions on extra educational opportunities like studying abroad. Our students have some amazing opportunities with the tools and services SUNY Cobleskill provides.
The GPS is a lengthy and sometimes overwhelming process for students. We do let them know that it is a PLAN and that things will inevitably change. Some changes are small, like classes, and some changes may be big, like changing a major. With your support from home and the support we provide here on campus, our young adults will make their way toward their own successes.