Homecoming Weekend 2015

by Megan Trigg

Beautiful weather, a new President, and a large group of Alumni made for the perfect Homecoming Weekend at SUNY Cobleskill. We kicked off the Ninety Nine and Counting celebration with full force!

Alumni were blown away by the changes that have occurred on the SUNY Cobleskill campus. All morning, alumni had the opportunity to tour the brand new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Along with the open house for the new agricultural building, students gave mini tours of the new style of living on campus – Alumni Commons: Townhouses and Suites. It has been a little over a year since both of these opened and they have brought a positive change on to the campus. Along with the tours of CANR and Alumni Commons, a trolley made its way around campus, giving an educational tour of the academics and architecture of the campus.

Over 500 people ran in the Schopinsky Brothers Alumni Run. The run was in partnership with the FAM 5K run and honored Richard and Gerald Schopinsky who graduated Cobleskill in the early 1960s. Along with runners, there were many family members and volunteers at the event for support.

At the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hodder Greenhouses. The ceremony was attended by President Terenzio and Earl Hodder’s great-grandson. It occurred 50 years from the original dedication of Hodder Hall. On the other side of campus, the Van Wagenen Library held their annual book sale along with a ribbon cutting for the library archives. Afterwards, there was a community meet and greet with our new college president, Dr. Marion Terenzio.

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Saturday was the perfect day to be outside and enjoying the countless events occurring on campus. The Bouck Lawn was full of excitement all afternoon. The sidewalk was lined with tables for the Farmer’s Market. There were businesses such as Lambs Ear Acres, Green Wolf Brewing Co., and Cotton Hill Creamery. Not only were there local businesses, but also campus clubs offering fun activities. The Pre-Vet club was allowing children to finger paint a goat, Circle K Community Service Organization was painting faces, SEEDS was promoting sustainability, and the Woodsmen’s Team put on an amazing show. The Army and National Guard had a rock wall climbing competition and pull up bar.

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Student Government Officers made lemonade and handed it out on the Bouck Patio as a refreshing drink on the warm day. Student Government President, Clara Richardson said “I really enjoyed interacting with alumni, students, and their families during the Homecoming Celebration. It’s incredible to witness the innovation happening on campus and it’s great to see the alumni reminisce on their days as college students here at SUNY Cobleskill. ” In Bouck Hall, the Early Childhood Club had their annual Scholastic Book Fair. CSA had loads of fun happening in the Bouck Gym with a bounce house, exotic animals, and much more. The International Club gave people the chance to ask foreign students questions that they always wanted to know. Afterwards, they would write your name in six different languages.

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In the Grosvenor Art Gallery located in Old Gym, alumni had the opportunity to speak with current students and other alumni about their majors at “Mini Reunions.” Agricultural Business was the first reunion and was attended by many students, staff members, and alumni. Current student, Emma Briceland said, “I had the opportunity to chat with various professors and alum about how they used their degree from Cobleskill, what they liked about the college, and how they hope to improve it in the future. It was very interesting to establish connections with alumni and see where exactly my degree can take me!” Briceland is in the Bachelor’s program for Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary focus.

The next reunion was Dairy Science and Animal Husbandry. Many students, staff, and alumni were sharing laughs and memories of their times at Cobleskill. The last reunion was for Residential Directors and Assistants. Current and past RAs had the opportunity to write their favorite residential life memories in a scrapbook to be shared with future RAs. Sophie LaRochelle, a current RA in Pearson Hall, said “It was really interesting listening to all of their stories and realizing how much and how little the position has changed. You don’t realize how important the things you are doing are until after you’ve done them, so talking with RA alumni gave the importance of this, the college, and RA experience perspective.”

After the Alumni Awards Dinner, the day was wrapped up with a barbecue and live music. Many alumni attended along with faculty and current students. Emma Briceland concluded by saying “Overall, I was impressed with the event. It was an awesome way to bring students, professors and families together to celebrate our wonderful school! I attended the BBQ at the end of the day and loved it!”

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Megan Trigg, a senior Communications student, is an intern in the Office of College Advancement. She is also the President of the SUNY Cobleskill Chapter of Circle K and a senior Resident Assistant.