The SUNY Cobleskill Student Chapter of Ducks Unlimited traveled this past weekend to Ducks Unlimited headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee for the Third Term Ducks University Leadership Summit.
This important meeting gave SUNY Cobleskill students an opportunity to meet and interact with students from other colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Five students and one advisor from the SUNY Cobleskill student chapter took part in the weekend event, joining 170 students from 46 college and university student chapters.
“I am extremely proud of the SUNY Cobleskill DU Chapter for making the drive all the way to Memphis, Tennesse for the third annual collegiate leadership summit, Third Term,” said Manager of Youth and Education Coordinator of DU, Mark Horobetz. “This shows tremendous commitment to wetland conservation and to their organization as a whole.”
During breakout sessions students discussed conservation and the mission of Ducks Unlimited, committee structure and leadership, and alumni involvement. Students also attended seminars and learned how to grow their chapters through fundraising strategies, how to organize banquets and events to help fund wetland conservation, and how officers can play a vital role in their committees. To top it all off, students had the great pleasure of meeting the CEO of DU, Dale Hall, who has been a tremendous leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation in the U.S. and Canada.
Top: SUNY Cobleskill Ducks Unlimited Chapter in front of the “Gale Winds and Mallards” sculpture at DU National headquarters before the awards banquet (left to right: Julia Priolo, Trevor Bentley, Isaac Urffer, Advisor Eric Struening, Robyn Crouthamel, and Andrew Cushman). Bottom: The iconic sculpture”Gale Winds and Mallards” by Ronnie Wells outside of DU National headquarters.
The chapter will host the Fifth Annual Outdoorsman’s Night Out on Thursday, November 9 in the Bouck Ballroom at SUNY Cobleskill to benefit wetland habitat conservation and waterfowl research. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for students, $35 for non-students, and $250 for sponsorship tables (*sponsored tables includes 8 tickets to the event and recognition). Ticket include a one-year DU membership, all-you-can-eat buffet, and more. There will raffles and many prizes from donors as well — come wearing camo/blaze orange and be entered to win the door prize.
The SUNY Cobleskill Student Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is the largest and longest-running student chapter in New York State, having been deemed an official Ducks University in 2013. It promotes the conservation of waterfowl and their habitats through education, research and outreach. It recognizes that ducks, geese, and swans are a vital part of the human environment, ecologically, economically and recreationally.
Header image: SUNY Cobelskill DU Chapter with Purina Pro Plan DU dog (left to right: Isaac Urffer, Trevor Bentley, Advisor Eric Struening, Robyn Crouthamel, Julia Priolo, and Andrew Cushman)