The Center for Community Engagement
The Center for Community Engagement at SUNY Cobleskill is responsible for developing partnerships that integrate campus and regional resources in a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the community. The emphasis is on creating opportunities to engage our students, faculty, staff and community partners in service projects and educational initiatives that provide meaningful learning outcomes for our students and tangible benefits for our partners. In delivering on this mission, The Center for Community Engagement serves as a focal point that sources projects, allocates resources, compiles assessment data, and promotes the value of community engagement.
News and Announcements
Tiger Run for Autism Ramps Up: SUNY Cobleskill's 2nd Annual Tiger Color Run/Walk for Autism will be held Sunday, April 26th. Members of the campus and local community are encouraged to participate. The 5k route will run around campus and the money raised will go to Autism Speaks. Please come and show your support for a great cause! Registration: 9:00am -start: 10:00am. A $15 entry fee comes with free shirt and the proceeds goes to Autism Speaks. Write checks to CAS. If mailing the registration form and fee mail to the Residential Life Office, 106 Suffolk Circle, Cobleskill NY 12043. Please note that red, white, and blue colors will be thrown so sunglasses are suggested!
Alternative Spring Break Raises the Bar: SUNY Cobleskill Students, supported by the Directors of Community Engagement and Student Activities, joined 120 students from around the country who spent their spring break volunteering at the Long Island Disaster Relief Center. The team was assigned to help insulate and sheet rock the basement of a home in Valley Stream that had been flooded during Super Storm Sandy. Upon arrival, the team encountered bare and partially finished walls in several rooms. By the end of the week the walls had been completely restored and primed in preparation for final trim work and paint garnering praise from the construction coordinator that SUNY Cobleskill's Team was the most productive group of volunteers he has worked with. As a reward for their hard work, the team was treated to an overnight stay in NYC during which they toured area attractions and saw a Broadway show.
Circle K Club Shines at District Conference: SUNY Cobleskill's Circle K Club distinguished itself at the 53rd Annual Circle K District Convention held in Albany, NY over Spring Break. This event brought together 190 representatives from 24 schools, including NYU, Cornell and St. John's University. Several honors were received over the course of the weekend. Club Vice President, Mackenah Simmons was selected to sing the National Anthem and Club President, Megan Trigg received a special service award for her dedicated leadership. They were also selected to present a workshop on How to Host a CKI Convention. Capping off the event, SUNY Cobleskill received the Total Achievement Award which recognizes the club with the most service activity over the course of the year. What a wonderful honor to receive in our clubs first year! Congrats to all the exceptional students for their service to others and for bringing honor to SUNY Cobleskill.Empty Bowls are overflowing!
Empty Bowls are Overflowing! The fourth annual Empty Bowls Event was a huge success! Over $6,900 was raised for Schoharie County food pantries, a new record well above the goal of $5,000. Events like these are not possible without a lot of support and a fully engaged partner like SUNY Cobleskill. Thanks SGA for sponsoring the event. Thanks also to the 9 clubs and 50 student volunteers, along with members of the Student Life Center, CAS, Culinary, and Facilities whose collaboration helped make the event shine. Thanks also to the 26 participating restaurants who donated soup, the local businesses that donated raffle prizes, the musicians for providing such wonderful entertainment, and the Girl Scouts and other community volunteers who helped with logistics. Thanks also to the members of the public who gave so generously to help make a difference in he lives of those in need.
Conference on Volunteerism:The Center for Community Engagement, in partnership with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Oneonta, hosted the 14th Annual Conference on Volunteerism and Social Responsibility. Twenty Cobleskill students joined their peers at Delhi and Oneonta for a day of “Funshops” on topics including homelessness, animal rights, help for the mentally disabled, and leadership development. A special thanks goes out to dining services which donated supplies to make 350 PB&J Sandwiches for the homeless.
SUNY Cobleskill Wins National Service Award: SUNY Cobleskill was the proud recipient of the 2014 Service Engagement Award from APCA, a 400 member, national organization for the promotion of campus activities. This much coveted award honors the school that best demonstrates a commitment to innovative and sustained community service. Many thanks to the all of the dedicated students, faculty and staff who made reaching this milestone possible. You really make SUNY Cobleskill shine.
Martin Luther King Six Days of Service: Honor the Man, Honor the Message: SUNY Cobleskill’s MLK 6 Days of Service initiative wrapped up on Friday, January 31st and the results were impressive indeed. Over 160 faculty, staff and student volunteers participated. Projects included serving meals in the dining halls and making Boo Boo Bunnies for sick children. In addition, 132 pints of blood were donated to the Red Cross, 350 individual lasagna dinners were delivered to the Albany Homeless Shelter, and 150 boxes of food were sorted and packaged at the North East Regional Food Bank. EOP and the Center for Community Engagement would like to thank all the volunteers who made this year’s MLK Day projects such a huge success.
Feed the Need: Our annual food drive set a new record! 4,119 lbs of food was collected and donated to area food pantries! What a wonderfully collaborative effort on the part of Dinning Services, Res Life, student volunteers, and area businesses who helped establish this new benchmark.
Empty Bowls are Overflowing: Hats off to the Student Government Association for their leadership and all the campus volunteers who helped make this year’s Empty Bowls event a huge success! This broad based partnership to combat hunger speaks to the heart of community engagement and exemplifies the enormous power of leveraging campus resources with those of the community. Over 700 bowls were fabricated and $4,100 was raised to support local food pantries.
SUNY Student Wins Essay Contest: The Center for Community Engagement would like to recognize Meghan Trigg for submitting the winning essay in a three way competition with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Oneonta. Meghan's work on the theme, "How Helping Others Helps Me" took the first place prize of a new Kindle Fire. Way to go Meghan!
The Center for Community Engagement is administered by Director Brian Kaiser, who is supported by student assistants and an advisory board consisting of faculty, staff, and community representatives.
Contact the Center for Community Engagement at 518-255-5303.