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

Celebrating SUNY Cobleskill

New Record Set at 2018 Culinary Extravaganza

For the past seven years, SUNY Cobleskill’s Culinary Extravaganza has showcased the talents of Culinary Arts students and renowned chefs, while raising funds for the College. This year’s event was no exception; generous contributors helped exceed our previous record for money raised. Gifts totaling more than $30,000 are now being used to purchase industry-quality broadcast equipment for the campus TV studio.

Confetti showing donation goal of $30,000 was achieved

With the Bouck Ballroom spotlight shining on emcees Doug Plummer and Garth Roberts, of the award-winning American Hotel in Sharon Springs, the stars of the evening were those working at the culinary stations. Student-chefs worked alongside their professional counterparts, including Joan Dembinski and Yono Purnomo, of Yono’s, Michael Spain, of Druther’s, Michael Kaphan, of Farmer & the Fish, and Ryan Brooks, of Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q. Student-chefs prepared, cooked, and plated under direction of Chef-Instructor Stephen Kerzner.

The 2019 Extravaganza returns during Homecoming and Family Weekend. The event is scheduled for Friday night, October 4, 2019. 

In with the New at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018

a group of students with Dr. Marion Terenzio cut the ribbon on the Carriage House General Store and Cafe.
Students, faculty, staff, and guests help launch the Carriage House Café & General Store into business.

A brisk September weekend did more than welcome guests to campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018. In a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony on Homecoming Saturday, SUNY Cobleskill launched the Carriage House Café and General Store, selling food products and goods made on campus and area farms.

Later in the morning, five former Fighting Tiger student-athletes were inducted into the SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Hall of Fame. The SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association presented awards to six distinguished alumni at the ceremony.

purple fireworks in the sky above the roof of Alumni Commons Pavilion

Annual favorite events took center stage in the evening, with a roaring Homecoming Parade followed by a sparkling fireworks show. A carousel of food trucks in Bouck Circle more than satisfied the booming lunch crowd. In 2019, Homecoming and Family Weekend will take place from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6.

Golden Grads Celebration Welcomes Back Special Guests

a group of alumni gather around a yearbook to look at photos from the 1960s

two alumni from the 1960s clink glasses in a toast at the luncheon

Marking 50 or more years since graduating from SUNY Cobleskill, members of the College’s classes of 1948, ’53, ‘58, ‘63, and ’68 enjoyed the welcome-back festivities at a Golden Grads Reunion, held in May. Returning alumni marveled at half a century (or more) of campus growth, exploring many facilities and buildings they were seeing for the first time.

The annual celebration moves to Homecoming and Family Weekend in 2019, and is slated for Saturday, October 5, 2019. Featured guests will include graduates from the classes of 1939, ‘44, ‘49, ‘54, ‘59, ‘64, and ’69.

Scholarship Luncheon Brings out Coby’s Best

Bouck Ballroom full of tables with guests of the 2018 scholarship luncheon.

A jam-packed Bouck Ballroom hosted multiple generations of SUNY Cobleskill students, faculty, staff, and friends at the 2018 Scholarship Luncheon. Current scholarship recipients joined their benefactors, celebrating opportunity and engaging in discussion about giving back and paying it forward.

More than 150 scholarship recipients and 50 benefactors attended this year’s luncheon. SUNY Cobleskill students earned in excess of $600,000 in scholarships in 2018.

Derwin Bennett, scholarship donor and student recipient Ronny Huertas-Lugo
Scholarship recipient Ronny Huertas-Lugo poses with benefactor Derwin D. Bennett

Student speaks into a microphone to the crowd at the scholarship luncheon
Student Nathan Wilson talks “paying it forward”

After Thomas Coene ‘20 addressed the audience, President Terenzio encouraged scholarship recipients to share how the notion of paying it forward applies to their educations and future goals. Students responded in inspiring fashion, opening up about plans for community service, accessible education, and public health promotion. The 2019 Scholarship Luncheon will be held Thursday, October 17.

Feature photo: Student-chef Omar Rosales plates a dish at the 2018 Culinary Extravaganza