In 2013, three Agricultural Business Management students were inspired after attending a national conference to start a new student organization on campus — Ag Council — that would be comprised of all of the officers of existing Agricultural and Natural Resource clubs. In its first year, Council, with the support of the Student Government Association, sponsored “swAG” week, a celebration of all things “ag” and a nod to the notion that “Feeding the World takes swAG”.
Now four years strong, “swAg Week” 2016 will celebrate the pivotal role of women in agriculture both on campus and beyond. The week’s events are slated for April 23 – 30. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the campus and community.
Saturday, April 23
Livestock Judging Clinic // Fairgrounds 8am – 4:30pm
Sponsored by the American Animal Producers Club, more info >>
Monday, April 25
Ag Council Awards Banquet // Upper Champlin 5:30pm, Invitation only
Honoring faculty, students and community members who have made significant contributions to agriculture at SUNY Cobleskill and beyond. Guest speakers to include alumni Gabby Glenister and Mary Murray.
Tuesday, April 26
Staff & Faculty v. Student Donkey Basketball // Bouck Gym 6pm
Cheer and jeer at friends and colleagues as they play basketball seated atop their steeds. $8 admission, with funds supporting Ag council initiatives for 2016-2017.
Wednesday, April 27
Ag Council Breakfast Sandwich Giveaway //Center of Campus in front of Twisted Whiskers 7:45am till Gone!
Featuring ingredients from women-owned local businesses
Thursday, April 28
Ag Olympics! // Center of Campus in front of Twisted Whiskers 12:30 – 2pm
A series of Olympic-style games, all with an Ag twist.
Faculty Staff Dunk Tank // Center of Campus in front of Twisted Whiskers 12:30 – 2pm Sponsored by the Havlock Society for the second year to raise money for the senior class gift. Come and sink your favorite professor!
Luau // Ski Lodge 6 – 11pm
Join the fun at this social sponsored by the Ag Engineering Club. Food will be available for purchase including roasted-on-site pork sandwiches! Games and activities provided by Ag clubs, including another opportunity to dunk faculty and staff.
Saturday, April 30
Fourth Annual “Commencement Auction” // Livestock Barn 3pm
Sale of college-produced livestock.
Ag Council Club Demonstrations // Fairgrounds 10am – 2pm
See the clubs in action at the Schoharie County Maple Fest
Fish & Wildlife Festival & Earth Day Celebration // Village Park 10am – 4pm
Something for every one: a large host of vendors, wildlife rehabilitators with some of their animals, falconers with their hunting raptors, Bwanna Jim’s Wildlife Show and a free Youth Fishing Derby for young children!