Parents & Families
Letter from the President
As we approach the completion of our Spring 2016 semester, we can all be proud of the accomplishments of our students. I applaud their deep engagement in learning, their participation in the campus and the community around us, and I applaud your partnership in their education.
During this first semester of our second century, we are honored to welcome the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) to our campus. SURC is the culmination of extensive learning engagement beyond the classroom by student researchers and performers, their faculty and mentors from around the SUNY and CUNY systems. Over 500 “thinkers and doers” will gather at SUNY Cobleskill for a full day.
SURC is an extraordinary opportunity for our students to participate, learn and share their knowledge with their peers from across New York State. Hosting this event in our 100th year is especially fitting, as applied learning, scientific methodology and critical inquiry have been embedded in the SUNY Cobleskill curriculum since our inception in 1916.
As students approach the end of the semester, I am approaching the completion of my first year as President of SUNY Cobleskill. Working with the remarkable students, faculty and staff here through the 2015-2016 academic year has only elevated my optimism for the next century. It is my great honor to be inaugurated as this College’s twelfth president this Spring.
Some of you will watch your students cross the stage at our Commencement ceremony on May 14, while others will be welcoming them home for summer. As your student prepares for the next semester, or for life after commencement, we are here to help every step of the way. We are, with you, teammates in your student’s success.
Finally, I invite you to join us for our 100th Birthday Celebration during our Centennial Homecoming on September 24. We have a great day planned, capped off with a grand Campus and Community Parade and Fireworks. It is a wonderful time to meet and mingle with the Cobleskill community, experience our campus first hand and enjoy our beautiful surroundings in early Autumn. I hope to see you there.
Dr. Marion Terenzio
SUNY Cobleskill President
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.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
For all details, please go to: www.cobleskill.edu/academics/commencement.asp
Continuing Student Housing – Selection Process Basics
The application process for requesting 2016-17 residence hall housing assignments will be open effective March 30. Students are encouraged to watch for posters, emails, and floor meetings to receive helpful information and guidance to complete the process. Questions regarding the process can be addressed by our live-in professional staff.
The Office of the Registrar Wants You to Know...
– Mid-term grades will be turned on and viewable to students March 30th. If your student has a financial hold or other account hold, they will not be able to view their mid-term grades or participate in course registration.
– Registration for fall and summer 2016 semesters begins April 11. Your student should have already met with their academic advisor to select courses for next semester and obtain their “Alt Pin” necessary to submit their schedule in banner web. If the advisor meeting has not yet happened, students are reminded to do so immediately.
Graduation for December
– If you have a student graduating in August or December, applications are due Friday, April 29th. The student will not be graduated without the graduation application. All potential graduates must have paid the $50 graduation fee as well. The August or December graduates will be invited in March/April to participate in May 2017 commencement. They will be notified via their Cobleskill email account.
Graduation application for May Graduates
– Students expecting to graduate in May 2016 should have already turned in their graduation applications (November 20). The graduation application can be found here >. The graduation application must include a copy of the student’s Degree Works audit, be signed by the academic advisor and be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. The $50 graduation fee will be added to their bill.
– Final grades will be available on-line to students on May 20th. If your student has a financial hold or other account hold, they will not be able to view their final grades.
Official Transcripts – For students who have requested an official transcript(s) with final grades or graduation status, transcripts will not be available or sent until the first week of June.
CAS Dining Services – News Bites
There are some exciting happenings in Dining Services this semester! We now have Chef Kris German doing display cooking at various locations. The pop-up display cooking events are being held in Champlin Dining Hall, Prentice Hall Café and the Farm Fresh Café in the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources – look for promo posters. So far, we’ve enjoyed serving delicious Cappuccino Mousse Crepes, Mac ‘n Cheese Bar, Burger Sliders, Pulled Pork Sliders and Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. If you’ve missed out, check our Facebook page for pictures. Look for Chef Kris German and his display cooking around campus!
Our End-of-Year BBQ on May 4 will be featuring campus-sourced chicken! This is a great opportunity to “Know Your Farmer” (US!). We’re hoping the weather is fantastic and we can eat outside.
We anticipate a grand re-opening of the lower level of Brickyard Point during the second week of April. Stop by the Brickyard Brewhouse upstairs and enjoy a hot beverage or smoothie along with something fresh and delicious from our campus bakery. Take a comfortable seat upstairs OR downstairs and study, socialize, or simply relax and recharge during the afternoon or evening.
Here is a list of the remaining specials for the semester:
Friday, 4/1 – April Fools Lunch
Tuesday, 4/5 – Complimentary Ice Cream @ Prentice
Wednesday, 4/6 – Spring Dinner
Wednesday, 4/20 – Farm-to-Table Pig Roast
Monday, 5/2 – ZEN Week Events
Wednesday, 5/4 – End-of-Year BBQ
Thursday, 5/9 – Late-Nite Breakfast
Ongoing Champlin Dining Hall specials include:
Friday Night Pizza-To-Go (16” w/ choice of two toppings, two sodas and two cookies) for $12
Sunday Night Wings-To-Go (dozen wings, carrots/celery, cheesy garlic biscuit, cookie and soda) for $9. Pre-order and pickup either of these specials at Champlin Atrium.
There will also be Study Buddy boxes available from May 2-12 for $8 payable with a bonus meal, cash, CobyCash, downtown dollars, or credit/debit cards. These Study Buddy boxes can be ordered as gifts right on our website cas.cobleskill.edu on the forms page.
Did you know? To date CAS, Inc. has given back over $16,000 to various organizations including Die Hard Dairy 4H Club, Cub Scouts, Cobleskill Partnership, Inc., SUNY Cobleskill – CAS Scholarships, Residential Life and donation of a vehicle to the campus’ Capital Crew.
If students have dietary concerns, they are encouraged to contact Audrey Rapant in the Champlin Dining Hall or firstname.lastname@example.org (518-255-5883).