SUNY Cobleskill to Host SUNY “Opinform” Program for School Counselors
October 17th SUNY “Opinform” event expected to attract more than 150 participants from across New York State
SUNY Cobleskill was selected as one of eight host sites for a SUNY-wide program offered to high school and college counselors, SUNY college administrators, and student advocates from across New York State.
The October 17th event is an annual professional development opportunity featuring workshops addressing a variety of topics and the chance to converse with counseling colleagues while exploring current topics in higher education. Programming for participants—which includes topics such as SUNY resources for counselors, college readiness, and bridging pre- and post-college interests—runs from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Bouck and Wheeler Halls on the SUNY Cobleskill campus with breakfast served in Bouck Ballroom from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
The event is the perfect opportunity for counselors to enjoy the rolling hills of Schoharie County at the height of the fall foliage season. They will tour SUNY Cobleskill’s 782-acre campus, which houses hands-on agricultural and environmental programs including a 200-cow dairy facility, an equestrian center, a fish hatchery, and a contiguous farm. These programs along with the Agricultural Engineering Technology program, with its technologically advanced tractors and farm equipment, will soon share space and exchange projects in the $38.7 million Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources due to open in 2014. Counselors will have the chance to see the College’s specialized classrooms and laboratories that support programs in the natural sciences. They will view the athletic facilities, gym, auditorium and Barnes & Noble bookstore in Bouck Hall along with cafés such as Twisted Whiskers, Prentice and Champlin dining halls, and the new Shop24 kiosk that dispenses food and personal products to the campus community day and night. As they travel through the downtown area, the visitors can stop at Coby’s: a café of distinction, where culinary and business students receive real-life experience in a restaurant setting.