Winter 2019

The Food Issue:
Meet the Makers

Winter 2019​
The Food Issue:
Meet the Makers

President's Message

SUNY Cobleskill has historically undertaken the challenge of innovating how we feed the world. Through the insights we’ve gathered in more than 100 years, and our ongoing pursuits, we continue to confront this challenge. In our business programs, to our technology programs, to our programs in the sciences and many more, we do so with a vigor and creative energy that compel us to strive for interdisciplinary excellence.

The Carriage House Cafe and General Store

In Every Sense the "Food Campus"

When we talk about food at SUNY Cobleskill, we mean more than what’s on your plate. As the “food campus,” a SUNY Cobleskill education spans the entire food system, from research and production to food communication and policy. Farm to table is just the start.

Our commitment to supporting food systems improves the present, and innovates for the future. Across disciplines students and members of faculty engage in pursuits with potential to improve our world and access to food. As phases of the food system interact, SUNY Cobleskill is present each step of the way.…


Spencer Schmerzler in America's Test Kitchen

Cooking and Cruising with Spencer Schmerzler ‘13

Kathleen King

Kathleen King ‘79 Recalls her SUNY Cobleskill Start, Tate’s Bake Shop Acclaim

Two Leading Crops, One Biotechnology Program Leading the Way

Dr. Grace Armah shows Chancellor Johnson plants in the campus greenhouse.

The Road to Sustainable Agriculture

Finding Recipes for Success

a college student and preschoolers sit around a classroom table for a snack

Nutrition Across Generations in the Early Childhood Program

AJ Fletcher

Maple Mindset Sustains AJ Fletcher’s Growing Business

Dan Dzen

On the Banks of the Podunk River, a Popcorn Prodigy


With expert advice from across the food system, SUNY Cobleskill has you covered. From the greenhouse to the kitchen, hear from some of our community’s leading voices.

Spring Vegetable Seedling Tips with Greenhouse Manager Heather Anthony

Stever Kerzner and culinary student stirring pots at the stove.

Three Dishes, One Late-Winter Meal from Chef Stephen Kerzner

Adam Daily

Designing a Product You Simply Cannot Pass Up

Chef Instructor Mike Lapi

Chef Michael Lapi’s Toothsome and Tender Potato Gnocchi

In the Spotlight

Culinary Books in Library Collection

A Collection Unlike Any Other

Dr. Sophie Ano

Thinking Like a Consumer

The Evolution of Composting at SUNY Cobleskill

Group of faculty and staff volunteers

Coby Community Lends Helping Hands

a professor and two animal science students check over a dairy cow with a stethoscope

Whichever Path you Follow, SUNY Cobleskill is where to Begin

The Iroquois Indian Museum

The Iroquois Indian Museum’s Research Collection

Dillon VanDemortel and Natalie Honken and Gregoire Deidhiou

Fantastic Fall for Fighting Tigers

Dairy Judging Team members and coach at the 2018 World Dairy Expo

Dairy Judging Dominance Starts with Education

Campus News

John Zacharek

Meet Vice President for Development John Zacharek

Stacey Sprague makes a jump-shot with the basketball as the opposing team gathers round her

Another Record: Number of Fighting Tiger Scholar-Athletes Rises Again

Alum Mark Finney and Richard Ball, NYS Ag Commissioner stand in the SUNY Cobleskill booth at the county fair.

Coby’s Best Friend

student drizzles pesto as a finishing touch on a dish to serve guests

Celebrating SUNY Cobleskill

Golf carts filled with participants for the Foundation Golf Tournament line up on the green.

Save the Date: SUNY Cobleskill’s 33rd Annual College Foundation Golf Tournament

group of culinary students in front of their pastries

Give Today, Ensure a Brighter Tomorrow

Magazine Credits

Executive Editor
Jim Feldman

Jake Saltzman

Mohamed Baligh
(Cover and all photos not listed)

Web Designer
Naomi Mekeel

Additional Photography

Steve Vaccariello • President’s Portrait

Courtesy of Dan Dzen • Popcorn Prodigy

Courtesy of Jon & Heather Franklin • Recipes for Success

Courtesy of Spencer Schmerzler • Cooking and Cruising

Renee Knapp • Nutrition Across Generations

Matthew Barney • Helping Hands

Courtesy of Carrie Edsall • Dairy Judging

Courtesy of the Iroquois Indian
Museum • Research Collection

Mitch Tomaszkiewicz • Scholar Athletes

Karyn Knaul • Homecoming Fireworks

Madison Fender • Kathleen King Profile