SUNY Cobleskill’s Alignment with
Chancellor Johnson’s Four Themes

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson has set four main themes for SUNY: Innovation and entrepreneurship, individualized education, sustainability, and partnerships. We are charting our initiatives and achievements as they align with the four themes she has outlined. Please take a moment to review the list below, and send us recent and current initiatives within your areas. C&M will add your information to the chart. As you will notice, many initiatives occur within more than one theme. Please tag each entry with as many of the four themes that apply.

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“A Need for Change” Panel on Contemporary Stereotypes

In collaboration with the Iroquois Indian Museum and “Respect for All” campaign of Schoharie County, this discussion hosted by the…

Academic Peer Advocacy

The Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE) trains peer mentors to work with students to develop and enhance effective academic skills and study habits.

Age Compliance System Adjustment

SUNY Cobleskill UPD has partnered with the New York State Unified Court System to raise the age compliance system.

Agriculture and Green Industry Career Fair

More than 50 industry employers attended this year’s conference, meeting with students and discussing internship, apprenticeship, and employment opportunities. Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha hosted an “employer reception” for visiting representatives.

Albany Law

SUNY Cobleskill nurtures a “3+3 Accelerated Degree Program” agreement with Albany Law School, enabling SUNY Cobleskill students to enroll at…

“Around the World: Yards for Yeardley”

SUNY Cobleskill led all SUNY campuses in One Love Foundation's annual “Around the World: Yards for Yeardley” walk/run in 2018, racking up more than 2.2 million yards.

Athletic Partnerships

Members of Athletics faculty, along with staff and student-athletes, work with local and regional sport clubs and secondary schools to train, educate, and develop athletes, coaches, and teachers. This includes traveling to schools and clubs to introduce SUNY Cobleskill athletics and personalities.

BBA Degree Partnership with Herkimer College

The office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) fosters a community college partnership with Herkimer College, enabling students to earn…

Body-Worn Cameras

Equipping UPD personnel with body-worn cameras promotes the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, and officers by documenting interactions and creating a resource for review and policy-making. These cameras are provided through funding from the office of the district attorney.

Campus Community Coalition

The Campus Community Coalition brings together College and community representatives with a focus on discussing topics impacting the institution and…

Career Preparation and Readiness

Each semester, CCD staff visit Internship Orientation classes taught by members of faculty to work with students on job-search fundamentals including resume writing, interview preparation, dining etiquette, and professionalism. Students engage in hands-on exercises including mock interviews as part of this training.

Career Workshops

The Office of Career Development holds workshops each semester for students at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School and the Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth students.

Carriage House Café and General Store

The newly-launched on-campus business supplements the College’s Farm & Food Business Incubator programming in partnership with the Center for Agricultural…

Coby Quest

Coby Quest, an initiative for underclassmen to develop and refine leadership skills, awards badges to students to mark progress in the areas of leadership development, civic engagement, career readiness, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

College in High School

SUNY Cobleskill’s CIHS dual enrollment programs, including Ag PTECH, transition qualified high school students into degree programs. SUNY Cobleskill currently partners with 26 high schools in NY to offer 31 unique courses.

College Information Day

The Center for Career Development hosted the 36th Annual Schoharie County Counselor’s College Information Day; more than 450 high school students from 15 area high schools were in attendance, along with representatives from 80 colleges and four branches of the military. The Liberty Partnership Program assisted schools with transportation costs.

Culinary Extravaganza

This annual event creates professional networking opportunities for culinary arts students, who prepare and serve food alongside professional chefs, while…

Cornell University Collaboration

SUNY Cobleskill partners with Cornell on the Applied Plant Science Education Collaborative, aligning degree opportunities for students at both schools.

Dairy Judging Team

SUNY Cobleskill’s Dairy Judging Team won first and second place in the dairy judging contest at the prestigious 178th Royal Highland Show, held in Scotland.

Dairy Processing Center

SUNY Cobleskill’s Dairy Processing facility equips members of the campus and area communities with the machinery and resources necessary to…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

SUNY Cobleskill’s campus-wide initiative to honor the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to service welcomes members of area…

EPA and Department of Defense

The combined EPA and Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program funds a $1.6 million grant for SUNY Cobleskill to continue developing its rotary gasifier. The grant allows the College to build and test a gasifier protoype at West Point, advancing technology to the renewable energy sector.

Facilities’ Green and Sustainable Energy Initiatives

The Office of Facilities Management has established numerous sustainability-driven policies, and continues its commitment to green and renewable energy initiatives…

Greek Life

With a common mission and vision for academic excellence, including mandatory library and peer-monitored study hours, the reintroduction of Greek Life promotes healthy student engagement.

Horseback Patrol and Trainings/Certifications

Members of the SUNY Cobleskill UPD have earned horse-patrol certifications. Patrolling on horseback presents logistical advantages in policing campus.

Individualized Counseling Services

The Wellness Center provides individualized mental health counseling, health-care, and health-education for students in accordance with their schedules, as well as their academic and social needs.

Information-Sharing with Cobleskill Police Department

Instituting guidelines for information-sharing enables both departments to access information necessary in day-to-day and emergency policing

Interview Room Cameras

These cameras allow UPD to better-serve and protect campus by assisting in the interview documentation process. These cameras are provided through funding from the office of the district attorney.

Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill

The Institute for Rural Vitality exponentially increases our ability to build and nurture partnerships. Through its mission, to engage the substantial resources of SUNY Cobleskill in collaboration with regional partners to enhance community and economic vitality in rural NY, the Institute enriches our region and its citizens. It has been recognized as a national exemplar by AASCU.

K-9 Patrol and Trainings/Certifications

SUNY Cobleskill UPD includes officers certified to work with canines. Canine patrol presents logistical advantages in policing campus.

Mohawk Valley REDC Grant Award: $60,000 for Century Tree Brewing

A $60,000 grant to Century Tree Brewing in neighboring Schoharie will aid the business in restoring an existing barn structure…

Mohawk Valley REDC Grant Award: $625,000 for Farm & Food Business Incubator

A $625,000 grant to the College in support of its partnership with CADE will fund services, the procurement of materials,…

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Grant Award: $5 Million for “Empire State Greenhouses” Project

A $5 million grant to Empire State Greenhouses will assist the business in erecting a 290,000 square-foot vertical greenhouse complex…

Mid-Term Consultation

Residence Directors meet with students exhibiting two or more academic deficiencies at the midpoint of each term to review resources and study strategies.

National Intelligence Committee

The NIC has visited SUNY Cobleskill on two occasions, highlighting the College’s reputation as a community of forward-thinkers and an inviting forum for shared dialogue.

National Public Radio

An NPR piece about SUNY Cobleskill's research on disease-resistant hops gained national attention, showcasing our biotechnology students working to support the return of hops agriculture to NY.

National Wellness Partnerships

The Wellness Center partners with the American College Health Association (ACHA) to assess student-needs by administering “Needs Assessment and Patient Satisfaction” surveys. Additionally, the Wellness Center implements EVERFI – a national educational program for the prevention of sexual violence and substance use.

Part-Time Job Fair and Downtown Expo

Local businesses are invited to campus to connect with students and share information about part-time job opportunities. The event is a valuable networking and job-search exercise.


SUNY Cobleskill partners with 28 institutions and has created 60 unique articulation agreements. These provide students significant advantages in accessing graduate education across disciplines.

Residence Advisor Conference

Res Life hosts an annual Residence Advisor (RA) Conference, communicating with RAs from colleges and universities about best-practices, the impact of RA work, and strategies.

Residence Hall Eco-Education

All residence halls are staffed with a peer mentor, responsible for educating peers on sustainable practices, and proposing suggestions based upon day-to-day residence hall life.

Rotary Gasifier

SUNY Cobleskill’s rotary gasifier is a waste-to-energy conversion device that turns compostable waste into a clean-burning gas. The gasifier greatly…

Schoharie County School Districts Superintendents Group

SUNY Cobleskill joins Schoharie-area school district superintendents for regular meetings throughout the year, outwardly extending the reach of the College…

Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation

SUNY Cobleskill works to support and align with the mission of SEEC, as well as to complement and contribute to…

“Schoharie Fresh” Online Farmers’ Market

This exclusively-digital marketplace based at SUNY Cobleskill allows area farmers, food producers, and more to market their products locally and…


Schoharie County-based community cable access television corporation SchoPEG broadcasts from SUNY Cobleskill’s television studio, working alongside communications students to enrich…

Second Opportunity @ Success (SOS) Program

The SOS program streamlines the return into good academic standing for students who have been reinstated from academic suspension. A…

Student-Athlete Leadership

SUNY Cobleskill nominates student-athletes to attend national conventions and training sessions, promoting leadership potential, including the well-known annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

Tiger Run/Walk for Autism

Res Life partners with multiple campus departments as well as a local organization to host a 5K Color Run/Walk. Proceeds, which total more than $15,000 in the last five years, go to charity.

“Total Person Project”

This life-skills, personal growth, and development program is a collaboration between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its member institutions.

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture held a listening session at the College, gathering insight from our campus and area communities on its new farm bill.

Venturing Crew

Venturing Crew is a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America that brings a coed group of high school and…

“Welcome Back”

The Department of Sport & Exercise has developed and launched its “Welcome Back” for student-athletes campaign. This campaign trains student-athletes and coaches to engage in bystander intervention in situations of sexual and interpersonal violence.

Wellness and Lifestyle Partnerships

The Wellness Center collaborates with Sexual Assault Support of Schoharie County, Schoharie County Chemical Dependency Clinic, and Schoharie County Community Mental Health Center to provide services.

Wellness Center Community Involvement

Wellness Center staff serve on committees including Schoharie County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Schoharie County Opiate Task Force Coalition, Schoharie County Mental Health Task Force, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) subcommittee.

Wellness Center Partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical Center

The Wellness Center partners with SUNY Upstate Medical Center to provide tele-counseling and tele-psychiatry services. The Wellness Center is also a state-registered Naloxone provider.