Parents & Families

April Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


Have you ever had a water heater unexpectedly stop working? Or tree roots block your sewer line? Or a leak develop in your roof? Even with the effort and time put into caring for a home, there are times when such problems arise. Now imagine having to maintain a home for 2,500 students and over 500 employees! Despite SUNY Cobleskill's well-considered, multi-year facilities upgrade and construction cycle, on occasion we are surprised by unexpected issues.Our current Facilities Master Plan was designed to inform our decision making through 2023. Since 2008, we have invested over $109M to make SUNY Cobleskill a state-of-the-art, safe, and efficient place for students to live and learn. However, recently, we experienced difficulty with parts of our electric system, requiring us to place approximately 14% of our campus buildings on temporary generator power. Two pieces of good news: 1. All the buildings on generators are operating at regular capacity. 2. The repair, which is underway and is scheduled to be completed during the summer months, will include an upgrade to the electrical system.

Permit me to share highlights of facilities improvements and construction projects that have transformed the SUNY Cobleskill campus:


Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources: Opened in 2014, the new CANR integrates academic programs in Animal Science, Plant Science, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science.

Alumni Commons – Suite and Townhouse Complex: Opened in Fall 2014, Alumni Commons is a 158-bed housing complex offering juniors and seniors the option of townhouse or suite style living on campus.


Water and Storm Sewer Improvements: Refurbishment of the campus water storage tank and the replacement of many of the main water lines throughout the campus improved fire flow rates and water quality.Site Infrastructure and Safety Upgrades: This project involves improvement and reconstruction of campus green spaces, plazas and walkways, and includes a critical upgrade in ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessibility. Two additional phases are planned. In addition, fire alarm upgrades were made across the entire campus and additional lighting and safety blue lights were installed.

Frisbie Hall Renovation: Frisbie Hall, the oldest building on campus and part of the original quad, was fully renovated.

Wheeler Hall Renovation and Addition: Complete renovation of the original Wheeler Hall was completed in 2012 and a 25,000 square-foot laboratory/classroom addition was constructed to provide appropriate space for baccalaureate study in the natural sciences.

Center for Environmental Science and Technology: Built to house a grant-funded experimental gasifer, this new building also includes classrooms, labs and office space.

Library Upgrades: Renovation of the library involved building systems, energy, and cosmetic improvements.

Dairy Complex Upgrades: A new Dairy Complex lagoon project was constructed, along with a new barn to house up to 85 heifers.

Curtiss-Mott Upgrades: A new engine exhaust system and compressed air system were installed for Agricultural Engineering labs.

Residence Halls Upgrades: The residence halls are on a continuous maintenance and upgrade schedule, with major improvements completed every summer. Included in these projects are new roofs, shower and bathroom upgrades, fire alarm upgrades, exterior door upgrades, painting, carpet, elevator upgrades, and brick restoration.

Additional projects. Johnson Hall (the police station), Kniskern House, the beef barn, Warner Hall, Old Gym, Home Economics Hall, Carriage House, and Prentice Hall received design, construction, renovation, and/or upgrades.


We are proud of the facilities and grounds at SUNY Cobleskill. We continually look for ways to make everything even better – all so that we can serve your students and give them a rewarding experience that leads to lifelong success. 


Warm regards,

Deb Thatcher Signature

Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




April News



The Student Success Center, Here for Your Student from Start to Finish.


From resumes and cover letters to job search assistance, the Student Success Center supports students every step of the way. Student interns offer one-to-one support in creating resumes and cover letters every afternoon in Knapp 223. Professional staff provide feedback on resumes and cover letters through Optimal Resume, our online resume-building tool. College Central Network (CCN) is our online source to assist students in finding internships and employment opportunities. Internship guidance, career and transfer counseling, job search assistance and information about graduate school information are also available. The Student Success Center website is


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Campus Celebrates Student Leaders at the 2nd Annual Excellence in Student Leadership Awards. 



SUNY Cobleskill students and faculty gathered together on Monday, March 30, 2015 to celebrate the Second Annual Excellence in Student Leadership Awards dinner. An evening dedicated to students who continually demonstrate excellence in leadership, the College is proud to show its appreciation with five distinct awards highlighting their exceptional achievements.

For more information, please see here



Kristi Confortin and Emma Tiner receive the 2015 Chancellors Award for Student Excellence

 Chancellor Award


SUNY Cobleskill is proud to recognize Kristi Confortin and Emma Tiner, the 2015 recipients of the Chancellors Award for Student Excellence. Excelling academically and as leaders on their campus and in their community, this is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a student in the State University of New York system.
For more information, please see here.



Hitting Refresh: Cobleskill Auxiliary Services Launches Redesigned Website.


Cobleskill Auxiliary Services (CAS) recently launched their redesigned website, to be found here. With an easier layout, updated information and additional ways to contact us, this is a significant improvement from the previous website.   Additionally, CAS now has a twitter feed. Our followers can keep up on current happenings, links to each dining facility, CobyCard information, and much more. Our Facebook page, CAS SUNY Cobleskill Auxiliary Services, Inc., showcases current happenings on campus involving our Dining Facilities. Cobys: A Cafe of Distinction, has its own Facebook page as well. This will keep you up-to-date on daily specials, culinary dinners, Live Music Thursdays and more.

If your student has allergies, sensitivity to foods, or wants non-meat alternatives, the staff at Champlin Dining Hall would like to talk to them. Our latest dining venue, GENerations, is dedicated to allergen-free meal offerings – no nuts, tree nuts, fish/shellfish and gluten. We will also cater to any additional dietary needs, as per requested by students who contact us.It's a safe eating environment and everyone is welcome at GENerations.

Email your questions to Audrey Rapant:



University Police Announces Anonymous Tip Line


The University Police Department would like to announce the implementation of a new web-based Anonymous Tip Line, which can be found at this link:


Web-based anonymous reporting and email reporting are a good way to provide University Police with tips, leads and information. The Anonymous Tip Line is not an appropriate way to report an emergency or request police assistance when you need it. If there is an emergency, call University Police at (518) 255 – 5317 or dial 911.
Please be aware that our ability to fully investigate criminal incidents based solely on anonymous tip reporting may be limited due to legal restrictions. We guarantee anonymity and therefore cannot re-contact you for additional information. If you wish to be contacted for additional information, please provide your contact information so that we may follow up on your report. Your contact information will always be kept confidential unless you choose to become actively involved in an investigation and agree to the use of your name.


Bioinformatics Workshop Held at SUNY Cobleskill 


Emily Lescak, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, held a bioinformatics workshop at the College from Friday, April 3 to Tuesday, April 7. The workshop concentrated on population genetics and phylogenetics, introducing students to a variety of methods for uncovering population structure and quantifying genetic variation and will served as an introduction to bioinformatics. It was held in computer classroom Warner 021. Lunch was provided on Saturday and snacks were offered to all in attendance.

For more information, please see here.


Important Insurance Wavier Process Message for Students Enrolled in the Fall 2015 Semester


The college is changing the process for opting out of the school’s insurance. Starting in the fall semester, all students enrolled at SUNY Cobleskill will need to complete the insurance waiver process in order to remove the student health insurance from the tuition bill.  This Insurance Waiver process will need to be completed annually.  For complete insurance information and guidelines, please go to the Wellness Center website, found here, and then select “Insurance” on the left-hand side. In July, all continuing students will receive information on how to complete this process.  


Commencement 2015


Commencement is FAST approaching, for more information on our Commencement Ceremony, please click here.





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