It is always a wonderful feeling when the SUNY Cobleskill campus is suddenly buzzing with excited students at the start of each fall semester. Allow me to extend a warm welcome to all our new students, our returning students, and our transfer students. Whether you are in your first year or your senior year, the coming months are sure to be full of challenges, triumphs, new opportunities, and personal growth. I encourage you to explore, to push your boundaries, and to take advantage of all that SUNY Cobleskill has to offer.
I am eager to meet each of you in person and learn about your journey to and through SUNY Cobleskill. If you see me on campus, please feel free to say, “Hi.”
I also look forward to meeting the extended SUNY Cobleskill community — family, friends, students, and alumni — at Homecoming & Family Weekend from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15. All are welcome to enjoy a full schedule of family-friendly entertainment as we lead up to the big Homecoming Parade and Fireworks Show Saturday night.
The weekend will kick off with the 6th Annual Culinary Extravaganza, our annual farm-to-table feast. Our Culinary Arts students and celebrity chefs from the Capital Region and beyond will delight you with delicious, locally sourced cuisine while you support academic programming and scholarships at SUNY Cobleskill. If you love food, this is not an event you want to miss — trust me, I speak from experience.
Photos from last year’s Homecoming and Culinary Extravaganza
This fall, we are also thrilled to host the second Lifestyle Farming Conference, where homesteaders and home farmers will gather to improve their skills in a wide variety of workshops and courses with industry experts. The inaugural conference in April was an incredible success, drawing twice the number of expected participants from as far as Buffalo, Cape Cod, Connecticut, and Long Island. This conference will cover cider and wine making, cheese making, bread baking, charcuterie, food preservation, and so much more. I encourage you to explore all the courses and mark your calendar.
Finally, I would like to introduce a new project at SUNY Cobleskill that we are launching to encourage civil discourse and constructive, honest reflection about our nation’s past, present, and future. We are calling it the Liberty Bell Initiative. On Constitution Day, September 17, we will begin a review of the tenets and meaning of the United States Constitution. I invite you to follow along as we explore this topic on our website and social media platforms.
It is a pleasure to have you all back on campus. Good luck, and I hope to see you around.