Parents & Families

February Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


One of the most transformative aspects of the college experience is interaction with people from diverse backgrounds. The SUNY Cobleskill community includes people from urban and rural settings; people from industry and agriculture; people from multiple states in the North, South, East and West; people who are veterans; people who have traveled the world and those who have had limited travel opportunities; and people of different nationalities, religions, races, abilities, sexual orientation, family status, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are all certainly distinguished by our preferences for food, music, movies, and even academic majors! Without a doubt, your student has met many different people on campus, developed new connections, and made new friends. Though some of those experiences are incidental, many opportunities are provided for students to learn about, meet, and work with diverse individuals. Here are some examples of campus activities that are available to all members of the campus community:


  • Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant program. To help students better understand diverse cultures, SUNY Cobleskill has participated in the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant program since 2007. Through this scholarly U.S. Department of State program, instructors of Arabic language and culture come to the campus for two semesters to conduct language courses and give cultural presentations. FLTA instructors have come from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Kuwait.
  • The Global Ambassador Network (GAN). GAN is a club composed of current international students, study abroad students who have returned to campus, alumni from around the world, and any current US students who are interested in other cultures and study abroad. The group’s mission is to create campus and community awareness about international cultures, issues, and opportunities.
  • The International Club. Members of this club educate the campus about the various international and ethnic groups on campus. They regularly host field trips, dinners, discussions, and speakers. International students are given experiences they could not have at home such as taking students from tropical or desert countries to a day of snow-tubing, and helping international students better understand US cultural diversity through events such as the Gathering of the Native American Tribes in East Greenbush.
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Union (LGBTAU). The club provides a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff to have meaningful conversations and share concerns. In addition, the club educates the campus community about sexual orientation issues and topics.
  • National Women’s History Month (March). In 2014, the national theme for this month-long celebration was “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.” We distributed curriculum materials and created displays that honored women who have used their intellect, ingenuity, tenacity and imagination to make significant contributions to societies throughout the world over the course of history. The 2015 theme is “Weaving the Story of Women’s Lives” and will focus on the stories of women’s lives and the choices they have made so as to encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder and to give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.
  • Annual celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8). This year GAN is planning an event that will educate the campus about misconceptions of different international customs, including the treatment of women and the meaning behind forms of attire.
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). We host a series of events which include authentic live music, dancing lessons, Latin American cuisine, and a Hispanic film
  • series. We display and present educational materials that depict Hispanic contributions to society.
  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration (May 5). We hold a celebratory day of events that features authentic Mexican music, cuisine, gifts, and contests.
  • Annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Honor the Man, Honor the Message. In addition to learning about Dr. King through various multimedia displays that chronicle his life and legacy, students, faculty and staff participate in many community service projects over the course of a week.
  • Annual celebration Black History Month (February). This year’s events include a poster gallery of African American people and events; the showing of I Am Ali, a documentary chronicling the life and times of Mohammed Ali during the turbulent era of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War; the showing of Selma, the Academy Award nominated motion picture that depicts the historical march led by Dr. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in non-violent protest of the injustices of civil rights; and a “Soul Food Dinner” in Champlin Hall with cuisine inspired by the African American experience.
  • swAG Week (April). In an effort to enhance community and campus interest in and celebration of the College’s heritage as a premier agricultural institution, leaders from ten student organizations from the campus’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources organize a week-long series of events affectionately referred to as “swAG” week (because, of course, “feeding the world takes ‘swAG’”). This year’s events will include a keynote address from Ben Hewitt, author of The Town that Food Saved; an awards banquet; “Ag Olympics”; a campus-wide barbecue; the annual Fish & Wildlife Festival; and a community agricultural fair at the county fairgrounds. It is important that SUNY Cobleskill students across all disciplines and from myriad personal backgrounds understand the importance of food production to our physical, economic and ecological health. We encourage everyone to participate in and learn from “swAG week” festivities.


This is just a sampling of opportunities that complement everyday interactions in and out of the classroom. Our lives are enriched, new opportunities arise, and new ideas are generated when we work with diverse people. I highly encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities available at SUNY Cobleskill.


Warm regards,

Deb Thatcher Signature

Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




February News



A Message from the Registrar's Office


Course withdrawal: Course withdrawal began on January 26. If students decide to discontinue one or more courses in the Spring 2015 semester, they must complete withdrawal documentation, including instructor and advisor signatures. Upon approval, students will receive a grade of ‘W’ on their academic transcript for each withdrawn course. The withdrawal period runs through April 3.  After April 3, students cannot request to remove themselves from any course.


Graduation application: Students expecting to graduate in May should have already submitted their graduation application.  If they have not done so, students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. We will not accept graduation applications after April 1.  Since degree applications were due in November, a late submission that reveals a missing graduation requirement may mean that the student will not be able to amend his/her course schedule in order for a degree to be conferred in May.  The graduation application can be found here >  The graduation application must include a copy of the student’s DegreeWorks audit, be signed by the advisor, and be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.  


Enrollment verification: Students can now request verification of enrollment for the Spring 2015 semester.  Students may visit the Registrar’s Office to initiate the Enrollment Verification Process.



A Message from CAS Dining Services


The family at CAS, Inc. (Cobleskill Auxiliary Services) wants to make sure your family feels at home at SUNY Cobleskill. With our numerous campus dining opportunities, you’re bound to find a meal that tempts the palate.



Champlin Hall – All you care to eat. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Prentice Café – Ala-carte and meals. Lunch and Dinner


Warner Express Café – Ala-carte, soup, pre-made sandwiches, fruits, dessert and drinks. Breakfast and Lunch.


Twisted Whiskers – Ala-carte, subs and sandwiches, soups and drinks


Farm Fresh Café (CANR building) – Ala-carte, specialty salads, soup, pre-made sandwiches, fruits, dessert and drinks. Breakfast and Lunch


Brickyard Brewhouse –  coming in February 2015! A great place to study, hang out and surf – wifi and outlets. Serving up coffees, teas, smoothies, small food items to go and more.


Do you have allergies, sensitivity to foods, or want non-meat alternatives? The staff at Champlin wants to talk to you! GENeration, our latest dining venue dedicated to allergen free meal offerings – no nuts, tree nuts, fish/shellfish, or gluten – is a safe eating environment that welcomes everyone.


Residence Hall

A Message from Student Life Center


After a five week break, we are all excited to have our students return to campus for the Spring 2015 semester.  If you are not already aware of the role that the Student Life Center plays on campus, we are the activities office for SUNY Cobleskill. We coordinate a variety of campus wide events, but beyond that we support or collaborate with a number of other offices in their efforts to provide programming for our students.  These offices include, but are not limited to, Residential Life, Campus Recreation and Intramurals, the Student Government Association, the Wellness Center, and Dining Services.  We also help all of the clubs on campus in their efforts to support student success through involvement.


If your student has already participated in any event or program offered by the Student Life Center or any of the offices listed above, congratulations!  Getting involved on campus is a key factor in student success.  If, on the other hand, your student was reluctant to "dive in" during the fall semester, we want you to know that it’s not too late to get involved in a meaningful way.  We have a number of quality events lined up for the spring, and the over 40 clubs and organizations are always open to new members.


During your conversations with your student, please encourage him or her to get involved (or to remain involved).  The co-curricular investment will pay off in so many ways both during the college years and after graduation.  If you have any questions or need guidance in having this important conversation with your student, please call us at 518-255-5300.


Graduation Cap

A Message from Campus Events


Commencement will be Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. on our Crittenden Athletic Field, weather permitting. More detailed information, including the alternative schedule for inclement weather, will be available later this month. Watch for a Commencement icon on the College’s home page,


Hand Washing

A Message from the Wellness Center


The Can Chronicle is the health education newsletter published monthly by the Beard Wellness Center and placed in all the bathroom stalls on campus - to a captive audience.  Through the Can Chronicle, students are informed of upcoming events, relevant health and wellness information, and other interesting tidbits to make their time at SUNY Cobleskill safer, healthier, and happier.  By accessing the Can Chronicle through this link in the Parent’s Newsletter, you can enjoy reading the same information as your student!


Also, to learn more about our Beard Wellness Center, please feel free to visit us on our website.





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