Parents & Families

A Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


Fall has arrived at SUNY Cobleskill, with cool weather, beautiful trees, and a well-deserved Fall Semester break for students. This academic year started with great excitement – new students, new faculty, a new $45M academic building (the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources) , a new townhouse/apartment style option for upper level student housing (the Alumni Commons), and new landscaping – many improvements that make SUNY Cobleskill a wonderful place for students to live and learn.


We are proud to have your college students as part of the SUNY Cobleskill community. Our emphasis on "Real Life, Real Learning" means that your students are experiencing a world-class education that prepares them intellectually, socially, and emotionally for success. They may be doing population studies of a local stream, developing graphic designs for an arts event, creating business plans for a start-up company, meeting people from around the world, collecting clothing for those in need, or presenting their research at a conference – all of these with the guidance and support of outstanding faculty and staff who provide a welcoming, safe, and challenging environment.


We take seriously our obligation to help your students develop skills, knowledge, habits of mind, and relationships that will lead to careers, provide a foundation for advanced studies, enhance their lives, and enrich their communities. Thank you for that opportunity.


Warm regards,

Deb Thatcher Signature

Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




October Happenings


Community Engagement Day 

Students Connect with the Community Through Volunteerism
A weekend highlighting community engagement ramped students up for another exciting year of community service ahead. 
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New Housing Complex Alumni Association Opens Residential Housing Complex
We celebrated the grand opening of the College's brand-new, apartment-style housing complex, "Alumni Commons" on Saturday, September 27th , 2014. 
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William Powell 7th Generation Lecture Series: "New Technologies Solving Old Problems, the Return of the American Chestnut Tree"
October 23, Lecture by William A. Powell, Director, Council on Biotechnology
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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Trip Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs: Taking the Classroom to the International Level
SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to include faculty-led study abroad opportunities for all students.
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Calendar Foundations of College Success Course

When students first enroll in the Foundations for College Success (FFCS) course, the initial few weeks of the class are spent working on their Goals for Personal Success or GPS plan. Please ask your students 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. Learn more >




Meeting Your Student's Dietary Needs

We understand that some students may require alternative options to meet their dietary needs.  One way we are working to address this  is through “GENerations”, our Champlin Hall Dining facility, which caters to students with special allergy and dietary needs.  However, if you have concerns as to how dining services may further assist you or your student with addressing their unique dietary concerns, please contact us directly or ask your student to contact us directly. We are here to help!

Audrey Rapant, Assistant Dining Director,, (518) 255-5883​

Kim Sternheimer, Lead Chef, (518) 255-5203

Learn more about dining services > 




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