SUNY Cobleskill Community Engagement

SUNY Cobleskill Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at SUNY Cobleskill

Community Engagement Fair

Held in August, the college’s first Community Engagement Fair was attended by over 800 members of the incoming first-year class. The Fair featured 25 community service opportunities, ranging from animal shelter support, soup kitchen outings, Special Olympics and the annual Feed the Need Food Drive.

International Service: 12/30

Each of three faculty-led trips abroad to India, Anguilla, and Peru include community service engagements, e.g., support for a homeless boy’s shelter, rural pre-school, and village farming operation. 37 students and 5 faculty staff members participated.

Martin Luther King Day Six Days of Service

Projects in this program included a multi-media presentation on the man and his message, creation of comfort toys for sick children, preparation of 350 frozen lasagna dinners for the homeless, a trip to support the Northeast Regional Food Bank, and a Red Cross Blood Drive. 

Cultural Art Series

This series featured seven performances featuring internationally themed dance, music, and film. Events are free to students and by donation from the public.

Coby’s Faculty Chat Series

Presentations showcasing SUNY Cobleskill Faculty are conducted at the off-campus café.  Chats are open to campus and community members and included discussions on the farm bill, alternative farming techniques, investment management, infectious diseases and poetry readings.

Feed the Need

This campus-wide food drive began in the fall of 2013 and was expanded to include three area businesses. The drive generated 3,246 lbs. of food in the fall semester against an academic year goal of 4,000 lbs.

Red Cross Blood Drives

Three blood drives, held in fall and spring, generated 406 units for the Red Cross. 

Veterans Affairs Dinner

An annual spaghetti dinner honors area veterans and raises funds for the Wounded Warriors Project.

Special Olympics Support

Nine students and an advisor support the Special Olympics Winter Games in Syracuse, NY, helping with free health clinics and the tear-down of arena hockey rinks.

Alternative Spring Break

Six students and an advisor spend Spring Break supporting United Way sponsored youth programming at a Newark, NJ Boys & Girls Club capped off with a fun day in NYC. 

Campus contact:
Brian Kaiser

SUNY Cobleskill

106 Suffolk Circle
Knapp Hall
Cobleskill, NY 12043
(518) 255-5011