Parents & Families

November Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


As the semester enters its final weeks, SUNY Cobleskill students continue to enrich the lives of others. To kick off the holiday season, students hosted the 12th annual Halloween event on October 30. Over 1500 local children and families visited the campus and were provided games, crafts, hayrides, and trick-or-treating. What an extraordinary community celebration! In the upcoming weeks, students will have multiple opportunities to help others through activities such as contributing to the “Feed the Need” food drive, raising money for food pantries through the “Empty Bowls” event, serving a meal at a homeless shelter, providing hats and mittens for children, and adopting a local family for the holidays. Please encourage your student to find one or more of these service opportunities and help make a difference in the lives of others. We are proud of the contributions our students make to the community!


The 2014 Fall Semester ends on December 12, just a few short weeks away. The end of the semester is satisfying in so many ways as students look back and realize just how much has been learned. But the end of the term can also be stressful as students work to complete projects, take final exams, and assure passing grades in their courses. How can you help your student through this demanding time? Here are a few suggestions to discuss with your student:


  • Attend all classes!
  • Discuss any concerns about classes with professors now; don’t wait until the last week of class to tell a professor about difficulties.
  • Use the campus tutoring services for assistance.
  • Make a daily list of things that need to be done for classes and stick with the list.
  • Take study breaks every couple hours – a little stretching, walking, or exercising helps a person stay alert.
  • And, of course, eat healthy and get plenty of rest.


There’s nothing we want more than to have your student be successful. Let’s work together to make that happen. My best wishes for a happy holiday season. 


Warm regards,

Deb Thatcher Signature

Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




November News



Thanksgiving Break:
No Classes, Residence Halls Closed 


Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 26 - Friday, November 28. Classes will not be in session. Residence Halls will close at 10am on Wednesday, November 26 and reopen at noon on Sunday, November 30. Please make arrangements with your student in advance so they are prepared to leave the building prior to 10am. Classes will resume on December 1.



Students Learn What it’s Like to Sincerely Struggle During Homelessness Awareness Event


Boxville is an annual event here at SUNY Cobleskill and a great opportunity to raise awareness about homelessness. The Circle K International Club of Cobleskill sponsors and organizes the event. Our club is dedicated to community service and this is an event that we look forward to planning every year.


The night started out with service projects for the students to complete. Students crafted birthday cards to give to the shelter to hand out to residents on their birthdays. The second project was packaging small personal care bags to donate. These bags contain various personal hygiene items in sample sizes to allow residents a way of taking care of themselves when they come into the shelter. Thanks to Preferred Dental Care, we were able to include toothbrushes and toothpaste in these bags. The night was filled with other fun activities and food to peak student’s interest, however, there was a lot of educational components involved as well, including a slide show of facts, an educational documentary on homelessness and a cardboard box decorating contest for the clubs which required them to research and include facts about homelessness in their designs.


This event was a great success and we are so grateful to Preferred Dental Care for their donation. We were able to donate over 100 care packages to the Interfaith Partnership Shelter of Albany, NY and raised over $200 at the event.


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More Food!


CAS is coming to Brickyard Point
Currently undergoing the beginning stages of renovation, the upstairs lounge of Brickyard Point is being converted in to an e-Café -a quiet and relaxing location to unwind from the day’s events.  This new café is looking to serve students by making the fast-paced college experience just a bit more peaceful. Would your student like a place where they can go to study or work on homework and sip on one of our specialty coffee beverage selections? This new e-Café will be full of essential amenities aimed at helping your student achieve their academic ambitions. We will be opening in Spring 2015.


New Farm Fresh Café
Healthy dining options are becoming increasingly difficult for the student on-the-go. At the Farm Fresh Café, located on the second floor of the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, CAS is featuring a new salad tossery concept complete with signature salads, or, the option to make your own. With fresh soup and warm chili served daily, the Farm Fresh Café offers a variety of options to get you through your busy day. Did we mention the Coca-Cola™ Freestyle machine? With over 100 potentially and completely customizable flavors, this revolutionary beverage machine is like no other. So, remind your students to visit us in our new café, open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Fridays, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. 


graduation cap 

A Message from the Registrar's Office


Want to make sure that your student is signing up for next semester classes?
So do we! Please talk with you student to make surethatat they are prepared to register for their next round of classes. November 3-7 is our advisement week, and registration for the Winter 2014 Intersession, as well as the Spring 2015 class terms.


Want to make sure that they graduate on time?
So do we! On November 21.  graduation applications for those intending to graduate in May 2015 are due. Applications must include a copy of the students Degree Works Audit and be signed by the student’s academic advisor. Students will be pre-reviewed for completion following course selection for the Spring 2015 semester. They will receive an email confirming a preliminary audit has been done and they are registered for courses that will allow them to be eligible to graduate in May. They should receive this email before the start of the Spring 2015 term. If they have not registered for what they need to complete in May, they will receive an email letting them know what they’re missing. This allows the student to modify their schedule so they may be cleared. Students who will be interning during the summer may request to walk in the May ceremony, but their degree would be conferred in August upon completion of the internship. 


Questions? Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 518-255-5521 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.


Hand Washing

A Message from the Wellness Center:
Ebola and the Seasonal Flu


As is our normal practice, the Campus leadership has been discussing and making plans for our annual educational campaign regarding the seasonal flu and, recently, the possible implication of the very unlikely event of an Ebola incident.  We are in constant communications with our local and state health department, reviewing information and keeping updated accordingly. The success in the management of any crisis or potential outbreakis dependent on various things, but especially the involvement of our campus community and coordination with local and state officials. 


It is uncertain what the coming year may bring regarding the spread of the flu virus or if Ebola will have an impact in the Northeast. With that said, it’s always good to take responsibly to be proactive and preventative, especially when it comes to one’s health. To help guide the campus community, we are strongly suggesting that you implement each of the following actions to prepare yourself and to help us manage these issues:


  •  Get vaccinated. Seasonal flu vaccine will be available across campus at clinics throughout late October and November. Receiving a the seasonal flu vaccine will prevent absence from work and class.
  • Keep informed. Check SharePoint periodically for any updates we have.
  • Keep appropriate medical supplies available. This includes a thermometer, acetaminophen, decongestants, tissues, and hand sanitizers.
  • Recognize the symptoms. Symptoms of season flu and Ebola can be very similar. However, Ebola may only be contracted after direct contact with the bodily fluids from someone who has Ebola or possibly after travel to or from West Africa. The flu is far more contagious and prevalent than Ebola. Symptoms of the flu include: sudden onset of fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feeling tired. If you have any concerns, call your personal physician for evaluation. Students are encouraged to contact the Wellness Center at (518) 255-5525.
  • Practice good hygiene. Avoid touching your face. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Use soap and water or hand sanitizers. Take care of yourself by eating a healthful diet and getting enough sleep.
  • Stay out of circulation. If you are ill, stay away from work, classes, and public spaces.
  • Register for the New York Alert program. To do this, log onto, click on faculty, staff and employment, then click on SUNY secure sign on. Once there, look for SUNY Emergency contact system NY Alert. Click there and enter your information.


Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

- Mary D. Radliff, ANP, Co-Director, Wellness Center


The Mitten Book

Mittens for Kids


SUNY Cobleskill is working collaboratively as a campus community to collect warm weather clothing for children in the Schoharie County this winter season.  We are participating in the Coats for Kids drive, as well as collecting mittens to coincide with the November 28 book signing by Jan Brett, children’s author/illustrator.  Donation boxes are located across campus including all residence hall lobbies.  We encourage the donation of any new or gently used items for children in need this winter.




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