Contact Information
For questions regarding the conference, please contact Associate Director of Residential Life Will Kelly

T: 518-255-5158

2018 RA Conference at SUNY Cobleskill

February 10th, 2018

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Cobleskill's 2018 RA Conference! Below, please find all of the information regarding registration, program proposals, keynote speakers, hotel, directions and more! The theme for this year's conference is "Travel!"



Please make payment via cash or check. Please make checks payable to SUNY Cobleskill Auxiliary Services. Payment can be mailed to 107 Schenectady Ave, Cobleskill NY 12043 or paid on arrival.


Registration deadline Cost per person
On or before January 19th 2018 $50.00
After January 19th 2018
(No guarantee of conference t-shirt)
Presenter Registration Price  $40.00












*By registering to attend this conference, I give permission to SUNY Cobleskill to use any photos taken at the conference that include my image on their website and in future advertising for SUNY Cobleskill conferences. 

Program Proposals



This year's conference theme is "Travel" and we will be accepting program presentation proposals based on the following categories:



T: Transferable Skills - Tools and strategies learned in the RA role                  that are relevant across different areas of life
      e.g. Communication, conflict resolution, time management etc.


R: Rookie RAs (1st year)- Developing techniques to be successful with            transitioning to the RA role
      e.g. Programming basics, floor meetings, listening 101, mentoring etc.


A: Awareness/Acceptance- Embracing and welcoming diversity, equity            and inclusion on your floor and in your building
      e.g. Self-awareness, social justice, disability support services etc.


V: Veteran RAs (2nd year and beyond)-  Developing beyond the basics            into a staff leader
      e.g. Avoiding burnout, creativity, peer mentoring etc.


E: Exploration - A category of miscellaneous "exploratory" topics
      e.g. Personality assessment, interview skills, self-care, Student Development        as a career etc.


L: Lifers (Professional staff)- presentations for all levels of Residential              Life professionals 
      e.g. Staff supervision, motivation, work-life balance etc.



The deadline for program proposals is January 19th, 2018. 









Registration/Breakfast: 8am-9am 
*Registration will be held in the Bouck Hall Ballroom

Welcome: 9:00-9:15

Keynote: 9:15-9:45

Session 1: 10-10:45

Session 2: 11-11:45

Lunch: 12:00-1:15

Session 3: 1:30- 2:15

Session 4: 2:30-3:15

Session 5: 3:30- 4:15

Closing/Departure: 4:30pm 

Keynote Speaker


M Asselin

Martha Jo Asselin, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Leadership and Service/Visiting Professor
State University of New York – University at Albany


 Martha Jo Asselin, Ph.D. has proudly served the State University of New York for over thirty years while employed at SUNY-Cobleskill, Schenectady County Community College and now, the University at Albany.  She credits her three years as a Resident Assistant at SUNY- Oswego in the early 1980s as her gateway into a higher education career.   In 1984, she became a Residence Hall Director at SUNY-Cobleskill and, upon completing her masters, she served as Director of Residential Life. 


In May 2017, Dr. Asselin became the Director of The Center for Leadership and Service and is a Visiting Professor for the Educational Administration and Leadership program at the State University of New York – University at Albany.  She has introduced the institution to a new, interdisciplinary Leadership Minor and various non-credit leadership development opportunities.


Her professional experience includes serving for 17 months as the Acting President of Schenectady County Community College and serving for almost 20 years as the Vice President/Dean of Student Development. Dr. Asselin has more than 30 years of professional experience in higher education overall. She has had a diverse career with progressive increases in position and level of responsibilities.


Dr. Asselin is recognized by the Schenectady Business Professional Women as ‘Woman of the Year 2015”; the Schalmont High School’s Alumni Wall of Distinction (2014), the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service (1994) and the Good News Award from the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce (2010), the YWCA of Schenectady as a Woman of Achievement (2011), and the SUNY Student Development and Special Programs Award (2008). In addition, Dr. Asselin is a graduate of various leadership programs to include: the Future Presidents Institute by American Association of Community Colleges (2016), the SUNY and Isaacson Miller Executive Leadership Academy (June 2015), the year-long Schenectady Leadership Development Program through Union Graduate College (2012) and the weeklong SUNY Leadership Institute (2012).


Dr. Asselin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Sociology from SUNY-Oswego, a Master’s of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany. 


In 2012, Dr. Asselin published her dissertation, Utilizing Social Networks in Times of Crisis: Understanding, Exploring and Analyzing Critical Incident Management at Institutions of Higher Education.  Recently, she co-authored a chapter, “A Governance Challenge Presents a Governance Opportunity: Lessons from the State University of New York Sexual Assault Prevention Working Group” in Shared Governance in Higher Education: New Paradigms, Evolving Perspectives (2017).


Featured Speakers


Thomas Latzkowski Thomas Latzkowski

BT Agriculture Business 2013

RA Fake-Ten Eyck 2012-2013


Thomas started at SUNY Cobleskill in the fall of 2010 with ambition to be an agricultural educator. During his time on campus Thomas was involved in various activities, most notably as the president of our PAS chapter, establishing the universities affiliation with the AFA, and Co-founding the Agricultural council. It was in his time at Cobleskill that Thomas' career goals became oriented toward business and entrepreneurship. With the support of the Center for Career Development he was able to obtain an internship with an industry leading produce importer where he spent four years before stepping down as their operations manager to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Thomas is now the office manager at Legacy Cold storage and still holds SUNY Cobleskill dear in his heart.



Ashley CelestinAshley Casandra Celestin

BS Agricultural Business 2015

RA Fake Hall Spring 2015


Originally from Haiti, Ashley came to the States 6 years ago and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Business at SUNY Cobleskill. During her time on campus, Ashley was involved in various clubs such as NAMA, Plant Science and the International Club, and was also a member of the Epsilon Pi Tau honor society. Ashley had a part-time position at the Center for Career Development and became a Resident Assistant for Fake Hall in the Spring of 2015. After Graduation, Ashley completed an internship with AJ Trucco, a produce importer, and she currently oversees the operations for the sales office. In her own words: “My best years were in college at SUNY Cobleskill. I pursued the major that I am passionate about, completed two study abroad experiences and one agricultural field study, built strong relationships and made amazing friends. Cobleskill will always have a place in my heart. Thank you Coby!”






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Check in will be held in Bouck Hall. Please follow signs from the parking lot. 


Hotel Information


Rodeway Inn and Suites

121 Burgin Dr, Cobleskill, NY 12043

(518) 234-4321


If reservation is booked before January 1, 2018- $49.99 per room per night

If reservation is booked after January 1, 2018- $99.99 per night per room