Parents & Families

March Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


Who knew when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day what was really in store for us! Locals tell me this has been one of the longest sustained periods of below average cold weather on record for Cobleskill. Kudos for your students braving the weather to go to class, club meetings, athletic practices and games, and campus jobs! I’m sure they are all looking forward to spring break later this month.


Spring break is a time-honored tradition in college. Why? It comes about halfway through the semester and provides a much needed respite from the demanding schedule of a student. So enjoy spring break as your student sleeps in, catches up on classes, and visits with family and friends. The goal is to recharge and return to college for a strong effort in the second half of the semester.


Spring break is also a perfect time to discuss plans with your student. What courses will be selected for the summer and fall terms? What internship possibilities are being explored? What summer employment is available? If graduating, are plans in progress for Commencement, further study at SUNY Cobleskill or another university, or a job? Please be assured that the faculty and staff are poised to help students with these decisions. Faculty advisors are adept at course selection and career opportunities, and the Student Advisement Handbook is available online. The Student Success Center helps students navigate the internship process, prepare for job interviews, and explore transfer and graduate school opportunities. The Registrar’s Office verifies readiness for graduation, and our website offers details on the Commencement ceremony.


Thank you again for the opportunity to work with your student and for your support.


Warm regards,

Deb Thatcher Signature

Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




March News


Residence Hall 

A Message from Residential Life


The Residence Halls will close on Saturday, March 14 at 10am for Spring Break. Halls will re-open Sunday, March 22 at noon.


Continuing student Housing Survey will become available to all continuing students on Monday, March 23 and remain open through Wednesday, April 15. Continuing students who complete the survey will then be placed into a housing lottery process and they will be able to select their room based on their credit status. Students do not need to place a deposit to take the survey or select their rooms for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students will need to have a full-time class schedule at the start of their occupancy in August 2015 to reside on campus. An item to note, all first-year SUNY Cobleskill students must fulfill a two-year residency requirement. All transfer students to SUNY Cobleskill students must fulfill a one-year residency requirement. These requirements are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Residence Hall Occupancy.


ax and tree

SUNY Cobleskill to Host the 7th Annual Timbersports Collegiate Competition


Timbersports Team 


The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen Club will host the seventh annual intercollegiate Woodsmen's Competition on Saturday, March 7, from 8 am to 4 pm at the Schoharie Sunshine Fairgrounds. The competition will include participants from UCONN, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Paul Smith's College, Finger Lakes Community College and more.

Timbersports combines precision and speed while employing traditional woodsmen techniques. The seventh annual intercollegiate Woodsmen's Competition will showcase students throwing axes, tossing wood, working with chainsaws and highlighting old-fashioned logging practices. Competition-oriented events, such as the ax throw and the cross-cut will be sure to keep audiences on their feet.

Proceeds for the event will go towards a scholarship in the name of Nicholas Failla, a SUNY Cobleskill student who passed away earlier this past November in a motor vehicle accident. Nick was in his senior year, working towards his Bachelors of Technology degree. He would have graduated this spring.

Linda Serdy, Advisor to the Woodsmen Club states, "Unlike other athletic teams, the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen are a club. They raise money for the majority of their equipment and travel expenses. Instead of practicing indoors, they practice in a field at the college which requires shoveling in the winter. The club members are very dedicated and still manage to maintain strong grade point averages. I am very proud their hard work individually and as an entire team."
Lunch will be available for purchase by spectators.


graduation cap

A Message from the Office of Alumni Relations


SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association is excited to announce that the Association, in partnership with Arcadia Publishing Group, will be publishing a pictorial history of SUNY Cobleskill and will feature more than 120 photographs spanning from 1900 thru today. Just in time for the Centennial of SUNY Cobleskill, this book will be available (for purchase) this fall. Below is one of our early photos that will be featured in the book from a dairy cattle show in the 1920s.


SUNY Cobleskill 1920s


The Agricultural Engineering Club along with the Woodsmen's Club at SUNY Cobleskill announce a scholarship in honor of Nicholas Failla. Nicholas Failla, a senior here at SUNY Cobleskill, passed away suddenly late last fall. Nick was an incredibly talented student and was very active with the Woodsmen's Club and Ag Engineering Club. The two organizations will be joining forces to raise funds for a scholarship in his honor. The fundraising campaign will be kicked off on March 2nd with students from both clubs calling alumni through our Annual Fund Phonathon. On Saturday, March 7th the Woodsmen's team will host a meet at the Cobleskill fairgrounds where money raised that day will go toward the scholarship. For further information about the Nicholas Failla Scholarship, please contact The Office of Advancement at 518-255-5524.



Culinary Extravaganza


Join us at the 2015 Culinary Extravaganza: Farm to Table, Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. in the Bouck Hall Ballroom. Each year, students work under the direction of faculty with local and alumni chefs to prepare an exquisite night of culinary delights. $50 per person includes appetizers, entrees, desserts, beer and wine tasting. Albany Chef Widjiono (Yono) Purnomo, Yono's Restaurant, is this year's Honorary Chair. Entertainment provided by The Kristina Johnson Band. Make your reservation with the Office of College Advancement by Friday, April 10 at 518-255-5524 or online >



A Message from CAS Dining Services


WOW – Our students are pretty psyched!

Not sure if they've shared the news with you at home, but Brickyard Brewhouse is now open and serving up specialty coffees, cappuccinos, espressos, teas, smoothies, small food items to-go and more. Brickyard Brewhouse is a great place to study and lounge with power outlets for easy access to the web.

The Café is open Monday – Friday 2-10pm upstairs in Brickyard Point. The building is open daily from 1-11pm. Learn more and see pictures >

Don't forget that if your student has allergies, sensitivity to foods, or wants non-meat alternatives, the staff at Champlin Dining Hall wants to talk to them! Our latest dining venue is dedicated to allergen-free meal offerings – No nuts, tree nuts, fish/shellfish, gluten. It's a safe eating environment and everyone is welcome at GENerations.

Email your questions to Audrey Rapant:

hand washing

A Message from the Wellness Center


Did you know that the classroom is not the only place your student learns? Check out these programs that are coming up on campus!

Weekly (scheduled to begin next week) – "Myth vs. Fact" e-mail blast slides on substance use information.

March 3, 2015 @ 8pm – Bouck Theater – The Wellness Center is co-sponsoring, Fed Up , a documentary about diet in America (focusing on the diabetes epidemic).

March 10, 2015 @ 7pm – Bouck Theater – The Wellness Center is sponsoring, How I Found Mental Health Recovery – with Jason Paden. Jason Paden is a mental health consumer and former SUNY Cobleskill student with a very unique and informative perspective regarding recovery from mental illness. Diagnosed in 2000 with the combination of two of the most difficult to treat mental health disorders – bipolar and schizophrenia – his situation could easily have been a "worst case scenario." Today – 15 years later – Jason is well and in full recovery. Combining dialogue, music and multimedia, Jason will share his optimistic story and instill hope that mental recovery is always possible.

March 24, 2015 – 11am-1pm – Champlin Hall and 5pm – 7pm in Prentice Hall. The Substance Task Force, Wellness Task Force, and the Wellness Center are co-sponsoring "Drunk Driving Simulator." This interactive drunk driving simulator will demonstrate to students how alcohol impairs their response time behind the wheel.
Encourage your students to attend these amazing programs! Thank you for your support! 


Men's Basketball

Congratulations to SUNY Cobleskill Men's Basketball Team


Congratulations to SUNY Cobleskill men's basketball team, who won their first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship. The Fighting Tigers punched their ticket to the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament on Sunday (3/1) afternoon by defeating the host Chargers of Lancaster Bible College 49-46 in the league's championship game. The Fighting Tigers, who will be making their first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance by virtue of the victory, improve to 17-10 overall on the season. 




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