Parents & Families

October News

     Letter from the President

President Terenzio

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Cobleskill community. As your student settles in for a year of exciting learning opportunities, I assure you that your family’s investment in a Cobleskill education will be well managed. This takes teamwork and we will rely on your efforts from the home-front to assist us in supporting and challenging your student to succeed. A Cobleskill education is grounded in Real Life which leads to Real Learning.

The 2015-2016 academic year marks the beginning of our 99th year and will end with our 100th Birthday celebration. In honor of this important milestone, we have created an academic and co-curricular agenda that will prepare our students to become premier stewards of sustainability. This goes far beyond their immediate career goals to include the ability to transfer their knowledge and skills to adapt to a changing economy, to integrate technological advancements into their work, and to contribute to the health and well-being of their chosen communities. Paving the way for successful careers ahead, our students have access to a tremendous variety of learning labs here on campus, regionally, nationally and internationally, in natural, social, cultural, and corporate settings.

At SUNY Cobleskill, we are all equal and important participants in creating a holistic education. Our Agriculture, Technology, Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences programs work in unison to create the strongest foundation for our students. Together, we will define our next century of commitment to academic excellence and cultivating innovation.

Thank you for becoming an active partner with your student and with our faculty and staff as we strive to create a sustainable future for our future leaders and for our society. I look forward to meeting you at events and forums on and off campus.

Dr. Marion Terenzio
SUNY Cobleskill President

     From the Residential Life Office

Perks of the Resident Assistant Position!
Will Kelly, Assistant Director of Residential Life

As we enter October, the Residential Life Office begins its recruitment process for future Resident Assistants (RAs). The RA position is one of the most significant leadership role that the college offers. RAs are peer mentors that guide residents through their time living on campus. There are enormous benefits to the RA position, as outlined below, and we hope that you will encourage your son or daughter to consider applying for the role.

Transferrable Skills – The RA position gives students an opportunity to gain skills that are useful in any professional career that they may have post-graduation. RAs will gain skills in organization, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, budgeting, planning, time management, administration, creativity, team work and many more. Through this role, RAs refine these skills and gain experiences to discuss in interviews to showcase why they will be the best candidate for any job!

Connections to Campus Resources – RAs attend a week-long training in January and a two-week training in August. Many of the training sessions that RAs attend help them to learn about various offices on campus and what they offer students. These unique sessions allow RAs to meet people who can help them in various ways during their tenure on campus.

Compensation – The RA position compensates students with a free Superior Single room (currently valued at $4,165 a semester), a full sized bed, $120 book store gift card, early course registration, and a bi-weekly stipend of $55.00.

Lifelong Bonds – The RA position helps students to meet people that they would not have met otherwise. Many RAs remain friends long after graduation, and it provides them with a strong network of contacts, not only with Cobleskill RAs, but with RAs from colleges and universities across the country. We offer our RAs the opportunity to attend a number of conferences throughout the semester as well.

We think that the RA position is a fantastic opportunity for students to build their resume. The process tends to be competitive, especially when applying for a January start. Please encourage your student to apply even if the odds are long. Going through the process allows students to gain interview skills and understand what we look for in a candidate. We highly encourage candidates to apply a second time, especially when we will have more vacancies.  By having already been through the process, they may have a leg up on other candidates.

Minimum qualifications for the position include: a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher; no significant judicial history; a full-time course load (12 credits or more); and living on campus. Students can apply beginning their first semester on campus.

Applications will be available on beginning September 21st. Applications will be due OCTOBER 23rd. If at any time you or your student has questions about the application, the selection process, or the role, please do not hesitate to reach out to their RD, or myself (

     From the Office of Community Engagement

SUNY Cobleskill Gets Engaged

Over 90 SUNY Cobleskill first year students turned out for the ninth annual Community Engagement Day on Sunday, August 23rd before starting classes on Monday, August 24th. Working with partners from the Village Police, Village Building/Grounds and Maintenance, Village Tree Committee and Mayor’s office, along with representatives from the Fairgrounds and Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter, these dedicated student volunteers tackled numerous service projects. These included painting tables and benches in the park, mulching trees on South Grand Street, scrubbing the Golding Park Youth Center, washing and waxing village police cars, painting the green metal fence on East Main Street, various beautification projects at the Fairgrounds and sprucing up the community plaza.

This event, sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill’s Center for Community Engagement, immerses our first year students in their new community. It provides them with a peer bonding opportunity, an introduction to community leaders, and our community partners get help completing ongoing maintenance projects. According to Center Director Brian Kaiser, “This was one of the largest, most enthusiastic groups ever!  They really had a great time and, with the support of community leaders, got a lot accomplished.” In the words of Cobleskill Mayor Linda Holmes, “I am very pleased to have met so many wonderful young people who were willing to make a difference in their community.”

Promoting community service continues to be a core value in SUNY Cobleskill’s ongoing effort to nurture well rounded citizens who step forward to get engaged and make a difference. Thanks to all who helped make this year’s Community Engagement Day event such a huge success!

     From the Office of Professional and Continuing Education

Raw Milk Workshop

SUNY Cobleskill, in cooperation with New York State Ag & Markets and Cornell Quality Milk Productions Services is pleased to offer the first educational opportunity in NYS to promote best practices when producing raw milk products. Click the Raw Milk Workshop link above to learn more!

Beverage Trial

Justin Behan from Green Wolf Brewing Co., & Craig Gravina author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer, are going to discuss a bit of beer history over an awesome dinner! Click the Beverage Trial link above to learn more!

     Special Notes

>> So many worthwhile events will be happening in the month of October.  Students are encouraged to be attentive to media (flyers, posters, the Involvio Ap, emails, texts, and so on) so that they can engage in these and the dozens of other campus happenings in the month ahead.

>> Fire Safety Awareness Month Program on October 15 in the F Parking Lot Extension

>> Around the World, celebrating the cultures of seven continents on October 20 in Bouck Ballroom

>> Community Halloween Open House on October 29 in Bouck Ballroom and select residence halls

>> Residence halls close for the October Break at 10:00am on Saturday, October 10 and will reopen at noon on Tuesday, October 13. Resident students are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly. Meetings are being conducted and flyers distributed to guide residents through the closing/opening process for the break. Those students with specific questions are directed to their Residence Hall Directors or the Residential Life Office for assistance.

>> The mid-point of the semester is nearly upon us! As we approach this milestone, students are encouraged to remain academically focused, refine their reading, study and test taking skills, and take advantage of all the assistance that is offered at the Center for Academic Support and Excellence (, located in the lower level of Van Wagenen Library.


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