Emeriti & Retirees

SUNY Cobleskill Retiree Bulletin Board

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Condolences Extended to the Family of Dwight G. Harpp

Dwight G. Harpp 82, of St. Rte. #145, Cobleskill, NY died Friday April 1st at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY after a brief illness.

Mr. Harpp was born October 18, 1933 in Chestertown, NY a son of Harvey H. and Mertie (Purvee) Harpp.  He attended Chestertown School and later, enlisted in the US Marine Corps serving from 1951 to 1954 when he was honorably discharged.

He later began his career as a carpenter working for himself and finally for SUNY Cobleskill until his retirement in 1995.  He enjoyed dealing in antiques, attending auctions and tending to his bird sanctuary.  He was a member of the Old Stone Fort Museum and the Schoharie County Historical Society, the Husdon-Mohawk Chapter, Pioneer Gas Engine Association (Gas-Up),  the Schoharie County Maple Festival, Schoharie Valley Hayshakers and was a member of the Cobleskill Fire Department and Fire Police.

He married Ruth Slater on August 22, 1955 until her death on November 17, 1977.  He later married Marguerita Cleveland on September 15, 1979.  She predeceased him on July 17, 2006.

Survivors include his children; David (Alice) Harpp of Cobleskill, Pam (John) Mace of Cobleskill, Joan (Dennis) Gregory of Schenevus, Barbara (Roger) Williams of Ft. Edward, Debra Clements of Glens Falls and Michael (Beverly) Clements of Norfolk, VA, 12 Grandchildren, 7 Great-grandchildren, his brothers; Ike Harpp and Walter Harpp both of Chestertown along with several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by an infant son, George and his brothers Gerald and Henry.

Calling hours will be held from 2-4 PM on Friday April 8th at the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 108 Chapel Street Cobleskill.  A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, April 9th at the funeral home followed by interment in the Cobleskill Rural Cemetery with military honors.  Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Harpp to the Cobleskill Fire Department, PO Box 697, Cobleskill, NY 12043 OR to Roo’s Kingdom, 4820 St. Rte.#145, Cobleskill, NY 12043.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Condolences to the Family of Robert Miller

Condolences are extended to Esther Miller upon the death of her husband, Robert D. Miller on March 26, 2016. Both Esther and Robert are retirees of the SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Arts Department.

Robert D. Miller, “Bob”, 68, of Lincoln, Delaware and formerly of Cobleskill, died on Monday, March 25, 2016 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Delaware after an eight-month battle with lung cancer.

He was a graduate of Auburn East High School ’65 and earned a BS at SUNY Oswego. Bob was a SSgt in the US Air Force from 1968–1972. He worked as a professional chef at various restaurants in Otsego and Schoharie counties from 1975–2013.  He was a co owner of Jack London’s Restaurant in Sidney from 1989– 1991 and was a Culinary Arts instructor at SUNY Cobleskill from 1994–2008.

He was predeceased by his parents, William D. and Beatrice Miller. Bob is survived by Esther J. Miller, his wife of 46 years of Lincoln, Delaware; daughter, Amy J. Miller and her partner Cindy D. Rowe; grandson, Zachary Miller Rowe, all of Glenside, Pennsylvania; and brother, William H. Miller of Claymont, Delaware. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and grandnephews.

A memorial gathering will be held in Cobleskill in June. An anatomical gift of his body was made to the University of Delaware. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, 1310 S. Tryon St., Suite 105, Charlotte, NC 28203, or jeffgordonchildrens.org/get-involved/donate.  Please specify Bob’s name on any memorial donation.

For online condolences visit, www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Condolences Extended Upon the Death of Albert J. Zeppieri

Albert was an assistant professor in Humanities until 1997.

Al Zeppieri died at sunrise on Easter morning. His sister was grateful for the cards and thoughts that were sent to him and said it buoyed the family and Albert. She said: Visiting hours for Albert are on March 31, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at the DeMarco/Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Schenectady, NY 12306, (518) 355-5770.

Full details will be in 3 newspapers on Wednesday.  Burial will be private but any friend or relative who would like to attend is welcome.  It is the Mt. Carmel Cemetery on Truax Road in Amsterdam or (Cranesville) at 11:00am.  Route 5 West to Truax Road (across from old power plant with smoke stacks and just before Amsterdam. Cemetery is at the top of the hill on left.

A memorial concert will be held at a future date.

Much affection & love to all of you for your continued support.

Janet Mikovich
373 Masullo Parkway
Schenectady, NY  12306


Friday, February 5, 2016
Condolences of the Family of Loraine O. Funk
July 29, 1924 – January 25, 2016

Loraine O. Funk passed quietly on January 25, 2016 at Focus Rehabilitation at Otsego in Cooperstown, she was 91.

She was born in Cobleskill, to Jesse, Sr. and Myrtle (Wellman) Oliver on July 29, 1924.

Loraine attended nursing school in Kingston from 1942-1943. She married Carl H. Funk in December 1943 and lived for some time on his parents’ dairy farm. Loraine worked for New York State; was a telephone operator in Schoharie; did housekeeping until she graduated from Spencer Business School in 1967. She sold Life Insurance and then worked for 20 years ‘til retirement at The Learning Resource Center, SUNY Cobleskill.

Loraine is survived by her children, Michael and Ruth (Hotaling) Funk, Richard, Sr. and Donna (Jones) Funk, Ronald Funk, Carleen (Funk) and Leonard Stimpson. She is also survived by several grandchildren as well as great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Leona, Jean and Elinor; her brother, Jesse Jr.; her grandson, Michael P. Funk.

There will be a celebration of life at a time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820.

Arrangements are with Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta; www.lhpfuneralhome.com


Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Condolences to the Family of Edwin Andrews
It is with sadness that SUNY Cobleskill announces the passing of emeriti Dr. Edwin Andrews. Dr. Andrews served SUNY Cobleskill for 23 years, as a social science professor and as Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences for 18 years. Angelika Hoeher praised his campus and community leadership saying “Dr. Andrews was an outstanding dean, who always championed for his faculty, and a personal friend and mentor to many in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division.  Affectionately known as ‘General Ed,’ he will be missed by those whose lives he touched.”

Calling hours will be Monday, February 1 from 4 – 7 pm. at the Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union Street, Schenectady. Funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady. Dr. Andrews’ full obituary is posted here at the Daily Gazette.


Friday, January 15, 2016
Condolences to Diane Geerken and Family

The Office of College Advancement received a call from Diane Geerken to share that her husband, Henry Geerken ’56, passed away this morning.  He had been increasingly sick and she called it a blessing.  He passed away peacefully at their South Carolina home.  Diane will be in touch with the obituary or any service plans (likely in May) when she has them.

Diane Geerken (daughter Katie)
1106 Louise Costin Ln
Unit 1507
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

She would appreciate hearing from their SUNY Cobleskill friends.


Friday, September 25, 2015
Condolences to the Family of Harold B. Vroman
Harold was born on September 5, 1923 and passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Harold was a resident of Hugo, Minnesota at the time of his passing. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday September 26 2015 at the Palmer Shaylor Funeral Home 134 River St. Middleburgh NY. Burial will take place in the Middleburgh Cemetery. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday September 25 2015 at the funeral home.


Monday, July 27, 2015
Condolences to the Family of Walter “Jack” Clark

Walter J. “Jack” Clark died Friday July 24th at Robinson Terrace Nursing home in Stamford after a declining illness. While his family was close, he was under the loving care of Catskill Area Hospice as well as the wonderful nurses & staff at Robinson Terrace.  Complete obituary available here.


Friday, February 20, 2015
Condolences to Families of Louise M. DiCerbo and Irving Paul Fleishman
Louise M. DiCerbo Albany Louise M. DiCerbo passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 2, 2015. She was born in Schenectady on May 1, 1932 to the late Louis and Jennie (Sansone) DiCerbo. Louise received her B.A. degree from the College of St. Rose and went on to receive her M.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame. She went to Greece and taught English for several years, and upon returning to the United States, she became an English professor at SUNY Cobleskill, retiring after 20 years. Louise is survived by her sister, Marion (Charlie) Judson of Schenectady. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends from the Avila Retirement Community, where she resided for the past 10 years. Along with her parents, Louise was predeceased by her three siblings, Constance Tyrrell, Guy DiCerbo and Theresa Parascandola. Funeral services and burial will be private. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.demarcostonefuneralhome.com.

Irving Paul Fleishman, 85, formerly of Warnerville, departed this world on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Teresian House Elder Care Center in Albany. Born on January 23, 1930 and raised in Albany, the first son of Irving S. and Margaret M. Fleishman, he received his primary and secondary school education at The Albany Academy. From there he went on to attend Bowdoin College from which he graduated in 1952. He subsequently earned his advanced degree at Tufts and Wesleyan Universities. During the Korean War, he served active duty with the U.S. Army as a communications officer; first on a destroyer escort stationed in Key West, Fla. and later at shore command in Florida. Following his military service, he began his teaching career at Berlin Central School and after four years, moved on to Middletown High School. In 1961 he joined the faculty at what was soon to become SUNY Cobleskill where he spent the next 30 years teaching various courses in the Humanities. In 1969 he married Yachiyo Shimizu, a former student of his from Japan and took up residence in Warnerville. In 1981, he became one of the founding trustees of the Iroquois Indian Museum which subsequently established its home in a new museum building in the nearby hamlet of Howes Cave. Both he and his wife were active members and regular volunteers of the museum during the 80’s and early 90’s. In 2004 after having retired from their work and their positions at the museum, the couple moved to Albany to become residents of Avila that had become a retirement community created under the sponsorship of the Albany Catholic Diocese. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fleishman is survived by a brother, a sister and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced at a later date to be held at the Teresian House in Albany. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Fleishman to the Teresian House Annual Foundation Fund, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. The Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie is assisting the Fleishman family. Further information is available at langanfuneralhome.com


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Untimely Passing of SUNY Cobleskill Coach

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – Christopher J. Curran, 45 of Barrington, NH and Guilderland, N.Y. died Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
He was born April 18, 1969, in San Francisco, California the son of Michael and Kathleen (O’Donnell) Curran.
Chris graduated Spaulding High School, attended UNH, graduated from University System New Hampshire of Lifelong Learning, and received his MA at the University of Akron. He began coaching at Oyster River High School, then Plymouth College, Mt Seen in Ladysmith, WI, Mt Union College in Alliance Ohio, University of Akron, and Suny Cobleskill.
He is predeceased by his grandparents, Margaret and William Berg and Marion and Patrick Curran.
He is survived by his parents, Kathleen and Michael, sister Trish Grewal (Bob) nieces Ally Soden, Maya Grewal, nephews Ayden and Ishan Grewal; aunts, Arline Stull, Chico Ca. and Patricia Presnal of Newport RI and uncles, John Curran of Newport RI and Dan Cain (Ann) LaHonda Calif. and many cousins in California and Texas as well as his extended family: Mallego Road Boys and The Crew.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave., Dover.
The funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Untimely Passing of SUNY Cobleskill Faculty Member
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of Dr.  Zhongchun “ZJ” Jiang, who passed away unexpectedly at his Cobleskill home today.

ZJ joined the SUNY Cobleskill faculty in January 2003 and was a professor of plant science, a recipient of multiple teaching and service awards, an involved campus member, and a well-published scholar. Active in the turf industry and a passionate advocate for his students, ZJ was a valued colleague and friend who will be sorely missed by the campus and local community.

ZJ is survived by his wife and two daughters. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

When available, we will announce details regarding a campus memorial service.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Condolences to the Family of Dr. John F. Dietrich
Loving and devoted husband and father, Dr. John F. Dietrich, 65, of Cocoa, Florida passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma (bone cancer).  In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 2, 1949 to Charles Dietrich and Liz O’Brien.  He graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in 1967, attended SUNY Cobleskill, Ohio State, SUNY Albany, and Virginia Tech, where he earned his Ed.D in 1991.

John married the love of his life, Christine Allen, on June 21, 1969 in Cobleskill, New York.

John worked as a college administrator for over 40 years, most recently as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success at Eastern Florida State College.

John is survived by his loving wife, Christine and their four daughters and four grandchildren, who have been his source of love and joy – Heather Sewell and son Christopher, Michele (Stanley) Miller and children – Blaine, Isabel, and Lance; Candace; and Patricia (Shawn) Delaney. He is also survived by his father, Charles Dietrich, Sr., brother, Charles Dietrich, Jr., father-in-law John Allen, and half-sisters Kathleen Gibbs and Maureen McDowell.

A private family service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or ACS/Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge, 1938 W. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32603.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to John’s local doctors, nurses, and staff, and especially those at UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and MICU Unit.


Monday, September 1, 2014
Update on Henry Geerken
Henry Geerken is currently in rehabilitation.  Athough he is expereincing some health issues he is improving.  Your notes and cards would surely be welcome. Mail can be sent to:
Henry Geerken
261 Brighton Road
Worcester, NY 12197-1921


Monday, September 1, 2014
Condolences to the Family of Marcia Germain
It is with deep sadness that we share with you, Marcia Germain passed away today. She served on the College Council, Alumni Association and most recently was a member of the College Foundation. She was esteemed by her classmates from the Class of 1956 and led the effort to create the Class of 1956 Scholarship Endowment. She and her husband Ray, established the Marcia Hammond Germain Scholarship Endowment that has generously supported many SUNY Cobleskill scholars.

Calling hours are scheduled for Friday, September 5 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Glenville Funeral Home. And the funeral service is Saturday, at 9 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville on Route 50.

For those who would like to send cards to Marcia’s husband and family:

Raymond Germain
20 Via Maria Dr
Scotia, NY 12302-5735


Monday, August 25, 2014
Condolences to the Family of Ruby Doane
Her obituary appeared in the Bradenton Herald:
Ruby Doane, 98, Bradenton, died August 9, 2014. Born in Lansing, NY she moved to Bradenton in 1998 from Cobleskill, NY and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Predeceased by parents, Henry and Ella (Mitchell) Smith; husband, Edwin Carter Doane; survived by son, Edwin Henry Doane of Worcester, NY; daughter, Nancy L. Perry of Bradenton, FL; 6 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. There will be no local Services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014
See You at the Fair!

The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair will be held July 26 – August 2, followed by the Great New York State Fair August 21 – September 4. At both fairs, the SUNY Cobleskill booth will feature presentations and live demonstrations with the help of faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni. All ideas are welcomed by Fair Coordinator Mark Finney. To volunteer, please contact him atfinneymf@cobleskill.edu or 607-745-9241. Please share this with alumni, fellow emeriti and retirees who may be interested.


Thursday, May 8, 2014
Condolences to the Family of Charles Lagasse
Charles L. ‘Chuck’ Lagasse, 76, of Clinton Circle, Cobleskill, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at his residence. Chuck is survived by his wife, Carol (Stewart) Lagasse; two children, Michele Meyer of Troy and Joseph (Lori) Lagasse of Rutherford, NJ; four grandchildren, Ben, Ryan, Emma, and Megan. Read the complete obituary from The Daily Gazette here.


Thursday, December 4, 2013
In Sympathy: Former College President Cornelius V. Robbins
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of former college president Cornelius V. Robbins. Dr. Robbins, who served from  1986-1991, passed away at his home in Delmar December 1. The complete obituary is available here.

To recognize Dr. Robbins’ distinguished service and leadership, the College flag will fly at half-mast until after his memorial service. This represents a new policy, adopted by the Cabinet, to honor all former college presidents upon their death. Members of the College community who wish to honor Dr. Robbins’ legacy are encouraged to make the gift to the College Foundation in care of the Neal V. Robbins Scholarship Endowment. The College will match all gifts to the endowment.  Online giving available here.


Friday, October 4, 2013
SUNY Retirees Conference, Connecting SUNY Retirees in the Digital Age
A variety of notable speakers will address diverse and interesting topics including the SUNY Retirees Network, an exciting new component of the SUNY Retirees Service Corps website and much more.  The conference is Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 6 and is limited to 100 people.  If you have an interest in attending or would like more details please contact the Office for College Advancement at 518-255-5524.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Condolences to the Family of Paul Berard
Warnerville, NY- Paul Berard passed away on July 17, 2013 after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was born on February 25, 1933 in Cobleskill, to Alphonse Joseph (George) Berard and Mary Alice L’Ecuyer. He attended Cobleskill schools, graduating with the Cobleskill Bicentennial, class of 1952. Paul served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. He attended Hartwick College and earned an associate degree with a major in business administration from SUNY Cobleskill in 1961. Read the complete obituary here.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Condolences to the Family of Kathryn Parke
Black Mountain, N.C. – Kathryn Parke, born in Fairport, N.Y., February 12, 1915, died May 3, 2013. She graduated from Fairport High School and earned degrees – BA from Smith College, North Hampton, Mass., BS in library science from SUNY, Albany, N.Y., MS in library science from the University of Illinois.

After teaching high school English to three high schools and two colleges for several years, her longest career (1951-1973) was as head librarian at SUNY Agricultural and Technical College at Cobleskill, N.Y. For most of that time her mother accompanied her as homemaker and hostess. Miss Parke was active in the development of regional library service in Western New York. At Cobleskill, she was instrumental in similar development in the Capital District.

In 1958 – 1959, she spent a sabbatical year in Scandinavia, studying the folk-college movement. Several later visits, including one of three months, extended her knowledge of the folk-college and also gave her greater facility with the Norwegian language, which she later used to translate three books and a large number of historical and educational magazine articles. Always interested in furthering intercultural knowledge, she sponsored one-year sojourns of a Dutch student and later a Norwegian librarian at the Cobleskill College.

In 1973, Miss Parke co-founded the Folk College Association of America, hoping to encourage the use of a freer kind of education for young people, similar to what has been a strength of the small Scandinavian countries for more than a century. For 10 years she edited and translated for the FCAA’s semi-annual journal, OPTION.

In 1962, she joined the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and over the following years was active in Monthly Meetings (churches) in Quaker Street and Rochester, N.Y, and in Asheville and Black Mountain. In some of these, she occasionally served as presiding clerk. She was instrumental in the establishment of Swannanoa Valley Monthly Meeting in 1996. She was involved in the foundation and early years of Friends World College. She represented the New York Yearly Meeting of Friends twice at annual meetings of the Friends World Committee for Consultation in the U.S. and once at the triennial World Meeting held in the Netherlands.

After retiring from Cobleskill in 1973, she moved first to Rochester, and later to the Highland Farms Retirement Community in Black Mountain, where she served one two-year term as president of the residents’ council. For several years, while living at Highland Farms, she volunteered her library skills at Warren Wilson College and other places that could use such capability.

She is survived by three generations of nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions should be made to American Friends Service Committee, Friends World Committee for Consultations, or the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Condolences to the Family of Eric J. Laubmeier

Eric J. Laubmeier, 82, of State Route 7, Warnerville died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, PA. Born April 7, 1931 in Brooklyn, he was the son of Joseph and Theresia (Obermaier) Laubmeier. Eric was a 1949 graduate of the former Cobleskill Central School and furthered his education at Cornell University for a year. He then studied agricultural business at SUNY Cobleskill. Eric was a dairy farmer all his life, working the family farm. He was also a school bus driver for Cobleskill Central School District and retired from SUNY Cobleskill where he was a herdsman. Read the entire obituary here.


Thursday, April 18, 2013
Mac Holmes Recovering from Surgery
Mac Holmes is recovering from recent surgery at Roswell Park Medical Center.  He will be recovering at home at 206 LIttle York Rd, Cobleskill, NY 12043.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Condolences to the Family of George Berner
George L. Berner, 91, of Cobleskill died Thursday February 14, 2013 at the St. Johnsville Nursing Home. Born on September 21, 1921 in Cobleskill, he was the son of Willard J. Berner and Mabel Danforth Berner. During his childhood he lived on several farms with his family in Cobleskill before moving to Portlandville in 1932.  Read the entire obituary here.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Cultural Arts Series 2013
According to AARP, many retired seniors look for a college town for their retirement home location. For many of us, this means simply staying right where we are. Anne Donnelly has made available the privileges and benefits that are available to us through the COBY Retiree Network. In addition, I want to recognize Brian Kaiser and the College Student Government for providing us with a SUNY Cobleskill Cultural Arts Series. Although this Series was first directed toward the interests of college students, Brian is open to quality programs that cover a wide range of interests, including those requested by emeriti and community cultural leaders.

Presenting three to four events each semester, the performances are free and open to the community. Brian acknowledges that the greater the support shown from attendance by the community, the better he will be able to justify a better quality of presentations.  Above is a link to the program schedule for this spring semester. Mark your calendars now to reserve these dates. I will try to offer more complete information on each event individually as time gets closer.

To attract members of the community who dread searching for parking spaces and long walks to Bouck Hall, they have made arrangements for a bus to provide transportation from downtown Cobleskill to the events on February 5, March 28, and April 12. Plans are to pick up riders from the West end of the Cobleskill Fire House public parking area on Center St. at 6:35, at Union St. and Main at 6:40 and again at Coby’s on Main St. at 6:45 PM before the start of the event and drive to the East entrance of Bouck Hall.  The vehicle will come by to return riders to these locations from the East entrance of Bouck Theater at 8:50 PM and again at 9:30 PM after the program.

On Thursday and Friday nights, you could make it a special night out by having a before program meal or an after program drink at Coby’s. They are closed on Tuesdays. One final note: please notice the “Donation Appreciated” on the poster. I’m sure a suggestion along with your donation would be welcomed. Print out the schedule of events as a reminder and share this with your friends.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Dr. Murphy and Other Fulbright Scholars Make a Global Impact
Read more here.


Friday, December 21, 2012
SUNY Cobleskill retiree Dorothy Erland passed away December 14, 2012.  Read a portion of the obituary printed in The Daily Gazette here.

A complete listing of 2012 SUNY Cobleskill friends, alumni and retiree passings is located here.


Monday, December 17, 2012
Dear SUNY Cobleskill Retirees,

Congratulations on your retirement from SUNY Cobleskill! A list of benefits has been granted to us by the campus (which has been very generous as compared to most SUNY units, I’m proud to say). Related paperwork to access these continued benefits including a campus e-mail account, free parking pass, 10% discount at the bookstore (with your CobyCard), use of campus facilities and limited ITS assistance and discounts for ordering computers is available here.

In addition, we have put together a SUNY Cobleskill Retiree* Network. Retirees represent an experienced, educated, talented and largely untapped resource with a wide variety of expertise and skills. For those who would like to stay connected to their campus and colleagues while giving back to their campus and community, the Retiree Network at SUNY Cobleskill will facilitate this connection. E-mail will be our principle mode of communication, so we will need your e-mail (note that you may keep your campus email or supply a different personal one).   You must actively opt in to the network and can choose to discontinue at any time. Formal meetings, officers or dues are not required.  When you register yourself on CobyConnection you’ll be able to select the connections you wish to make and join affinity groups based on interests and former friendships.

CobyConnection and this electronic bulletin board can easily be reached from the College webpage by clicking on Alumni. To submit items to be posted (events, retiree changes in address, requests for help, and deaths) please e-mail me.

In return for hosting the organization, SUNY envisions retirees staying connected and serving the College in whatever way they choose, for instance by: giving tours, mentoring and recruiting students, guest lectures by invitation, teaching non-credit classes through the SCHOOL program, or participating in alumni events. Many graduates ask about the people who have meant much to them while they were students here and very often it is staff and professionals, not just faculty who have touched their lives. This will give the office a reference to contact retirees and let us know and encourage our presence at campus and alumni events. To join, just send a message saying you’d like to be included.  Contact myself Anne Donnelly at donnelal@cobleskill.edu. I promise you will NOT be swamped by e-mail messages.  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Eager to hear from you,

Happily Retired Anne Donnelly

*Retiree defined to include all job classifications; faculty, administrative, auxiliary services, classified support staff, etc. plus spouses/partners.