Parents & Families

January Message from Acting President Thatcher


Deb Thatcher, Acting PresidentDear Families,


The new year is upon us and inspires us to try new things. SUNY Cobleskill offers excellent opportunities for students to spread their wings and to venture into new territories. What better way to be challenged than to go to new places and learn from others. At SUNY Cobleskill, there are abundant opportunities to do just that.



  • Faculty regularly take students into the field to experience firsthand what is being taught in the classroom. Examples include trips to farm producers, Beechnut, Hunts Point, and Wegman’s Bakery Plant.
  • Students get involved in meaningful service projects, such as helping with a youth pheasant and chukar hunt at Stonewall Game Preserve and assisting the NY Ducks Unlimited with a wetland walkover to advise landowners who are interested in deeding their property as wildlife conservation areas.
  • Students complete amazing internships such as conducting research with Word Start, a language and literacy program developed by the music composer, Dr. Peter Phillips, emeritus professor from New York University; conducting biotechnology research at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma; working at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in North Carolina; and serving at the Raptor Education Group in Wisconsin.
  • Several students spent the Fall 2014 semester studying in New Zealand, Turkey, and Madagascar, while other students spent their winter break on faculty-led study trips to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and to Costa Rica. Students have also studied in South Africa, Hungary, Italy, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, India, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Peru, and Anguilla.
  • In Fall 2014, students accompanied faculty to professional conferences such as the International Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, the National Meeting of the Wildlife Society, and the World Aquaculture Society Conference.


Encourage your students to spread their wings and seek these great opportunities! Information is available through faculty, in the Office of Student Success, in the Office of International Education, and on the SUNY Cobleskill website.


Once again, thank you for the privilege of working with your students. They enrich our lives every day, and we in turn do our best to assure that your students soar!


Warm regards,

Deb Thatcher Signature

Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President




January News



A Message from the Registrar's Office


Happy New Year!


Important Dates:


Add/Drop is still available to returning students online via Banner Web.  Add/Drop will continue until January 23rd online and in the Registrar’s Office for all students.   Course withdrawal begins on January 26th, which means if a student decides to discontinue a course(s) they will need to complete withdrawal documentation and will receive a grade of ‘W’ on their academic transcript.  The withdrawal period runs through April 3rd.  After April 3rd, students cannot request to remove themselves from a course.


Advancement Office calling

A Message from the Advancement Office


At SUNY Cobleskill, we work very hard to raise funds for our students and to help keep you aware of other opportunities when they arise. We are excited to announce that Farm Credit East’s 2015 Scholarship is now open for applications. Applications must be submitted through their website by 5pm on Friday, April 3, 2015. Encourage your student to apply. Additional SUNY Cobleskill scholarship opportunities will be available later this semester. We will let you know to remind your student to APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!

This year, we raised $10,152 from parents during our week-long Parent Annual Fund calling. Our students worked for seven weeks during the fall semester and seven weeks in the spring to call alumni, friends, and parents to support our annual fund. The annual fund goes toward student-centered activities and curriculum that affect all students on campus. This year we had an outstanding response from our parents. This money will be used for new classroom equipment, faculty-led trips, and campus initiatives that serve all students. We thank each one of you who contributed to our students. If you would like to make a contribution to the Annual Fund at SUNY Cobleskill, please visit our giving page.  Thank you very much for your donations!


Residence Hall

A Message from Student Life Center


After a five week break, we are all excited to have our students return to campus for the Spring 2015 semester.  If you are not already aware of the role that the Student Life Center plays on campus, we are the activities office for SUNY Cobleskill. We coordinate a variety of campus wide events, but beyond that we support or collaborate with a number of other offices in their efforts to provide programming for our students.  These offices include, but are not limited to, Residential Life, Campus Recreation and Intramurals, the Student Government Association, the Wellness Center, and Dining Services.  We also help all of the clubs on campus in their efforts to support student success through involvement.


If your student has already participated in any event or program offered by the Student Life Center or any of the offices listed above, congratulations!  Getting involved on campus is a key factor in student success.  If, on the other hand, your student was reluctant to "dive in" during the fall semester, we want you to know that it’s not too late to get involved in a meaningful way.  We have a number of quality events lined up for the spring, and the over 40 clubs and organizations are always open to new members.


During your conversations with your student, please encourage him or her to get involved (or to remain involved).  The co-curricular investment will pay off in so many ways both during the college years and after graduation.  If you have any questions or need guidance in having this important conversation with your student, please call us at 518-255-5300.





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