Parents & Families
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Cobleskill community. As your student settles in for a year of exciting learning opportunities, I assure you that your family’s investment in a Cobleskill education will be well managed. This takes teamwork and we will rely on your efforts from the home-front to assist us in supporting and challenging your student to succeed. A Cobleskill education is grounded in Real Life which leads to
The 2015-2016 academic year marks the beginning of our 99th year and will end with our 100th Birthday celebration. In honor of this important milestone, we have created an academic and co-curricular agenda that will prepare our students to become premier stewards of sustainability. This goes far beyond their immediate career goals to include the ability to transfer their knowledge and skills to adapt to a changing economy, to integrate technological advancements into their work, and to contribute to the health and well-being of their chosen communities. Paving the way for successful careers ahead, our students have access to a tremendous variety of learning labs here on campus, regionally, nationally and internationally, in natural, social, cultural, and corporate settings.
At SUNY Cobleskill, we are all equal and important participants in creating a holistic education. Our Agriculture, Technology, Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences programs work in unison to create the strongest foundation for our students. Together, we will define our next century of commitment to academic excellence and cultivating innovation.
Thank you for becoming an active partner with your student and with our faculty and staff as we strive to create a sustainable future for our future leaders and for our society. I look forward to meeting you at events and forums on and off campus.
Dr. Marion Terenzio
Your college students will be starting their journeys at SUNY Cobleskill very soon! Their top priority is to learn and earn their chosen academic degrees, but learning also occurs OUTSIDE of the classroom. On their journeys, they will certainly find their own paths to success through making their own choices and opting “in” to events and organizations. Please encourage your students to take advantage of the many opportunities available on campus.
The purpose of having club events and activities is to build a sense of community on our campus. Through engagement with events and activities, your students will have many opportunities to make new friends and meet different kinds of people that goes beyond those whom they meet in their residence halls or classes.
We have over 45 active clubs on campus. There will be opportunities for your students to meet club officers during Orientation and beyond. We have exciting activities during the weekdays and weekends. Attending activities can be fun! We have a full list of activities planned including: Comedians, Hypnotists, Pre-Release Movies, Magicians, Bus Trips, Scavenger Hunts, Talent Shows, Craft Nights, Dance Nights and more.
Your students pay a student activity fee. This fee provides for all of these fun events, so why not take advantage of all of them? Students can come to Coby Late Night on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm-2am in Bouck Hall. There, they will be able to grab a late night snack, go bowling, swim, participate in fun recreational activities, perhaps win prizes, watch a movie, and many other cool activities.
Studies have shown that students who are active in campus activities, who do more than focus solely on their academic studies, and who are more engaged in the campus community succeed more academically. We are here to help them find an academic/social balance and help them enjoy the whole college experience.
One final note: Please save the date for Homecoming/Family Fall Weekend on Saturday, September 26, 2015. We will have a full range of activities for you and your family while you are here reconnecting with your students. We think you’ll have FUN too!
CAS Dining Services is seeking your favorite recipes from home be used in our dining facilities. We love trying new recipes, especially when we can locally source the ingredients. What a treat it would be for your students to find a favorite salad or cookie or side dish when they enjoy an upcoming meal at Champlin Dining Hall!
Please submit your suggestions online at the CAS Dining website (http://blog.cobleskill.edu/cas/). You’ll see a submission form in the right sidebar. Include your contact information so we can get additional information about the recipe, if needed. Thank you!
The Admissions Office has provided this visual to give a sense of our students’ originating locations. As the campus community comes together and reestablishes for another academic year, it's a good thing to know that there are others from the same “neck of the woods!”
Parents and Families:
The open letter below will be available to all incoming first year students upon arrival. Our purpose in doing this is to help them engage with one another and with the campus to ease their transitions and develop the relationships that will assist in their persistence and achievement of
educational and social goals.
Making the Leap
The first six of weeks of freshmen year are typically the hardest six weeks of your college career. Everything is new. You are living in a new place; taking more advanced classes; surrounded by people that you don’t know all that well; and most likely missing the ease of high school. This is a normal transition that most college students go through, whether they look like they are or not. Here are some tips to help make your transition to Cobleskill a little easier.
If you are struggling with your transition to college, reach out. We have all been there, and we will listen and offer advice. We want Cobleskill to feel like home, and our doors are always open!
Assistant Director of Residential Life/Director of Fake Hall