Advancing Sage

As good stewards of the gifts you have given and in support of our campuswide effort to encourage green environmental practices, The Sage Colleges now publishes its Report of Appreciation online. This electronic list recognizes those who have given generously to the college in fiscal year 2017.

Thank you for your support!

The Sage College’s 2016-17 donor report gratefully acknowledges the 4,000 alumni, parents and friends who contributed to the college’s mission between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The highlights that follow are but a few examples of the ways donors help Sage prepare students to succeed and lead. Thank you for your continued involvement in sustaining the Sage experience.

A few of the year’s highlights include:

THE SAGE FUND FOR EXCELLENCE

Each year, thousands of alumni and friends give to the annual fund. Your pledge to The Sage Fund for Excellence supports scholarships and financial aid, faculty resources, student enrichment programs, technology, campus renovations and the low student-to-faculty ratio.

In the 2017 fiscal year, 3,767 donors participated in The Sage Fund for Excellence, contributing a total of $1,116,013. With your help and generosity, this marks the eighth year in a row The Sage Fund for Excellence has raised more than $1 million.

Founders Day Celebration
Each year on September 19, we celebrate Founders Day. To mark this occasion in 2017, Sage held its second 24-hour fundraising event and set a challenge to raise $101K in a Day. We were humbled by the response. With your help, we surpassed our goal and raised $125,625 from 402 donors, spanning from the Class of 1942 all the way to the Class of 2021.

You Make a Difference!

We are grateful for every annual fund donor who gave to The Sage Fund for Excellence. With your support, 883 students received their Sage diploma this past year. Their success would not have been possible without you.

On behalf of our students, thank you for your generous participation in The Sage Fund for Excellence.

LEADERSHIP AND MAJOR GIFTS HIGHLIGHTS

Stained Glass Windows

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation partnered with The Sage Colleges to have Chapman Stained Glass Studio restore five beautiful and historic stained glass windows in Bush Memorial Center. The new windows were dedicated on September 1, 2016. Pictured: Former President Susan Scrimshaw and Representatives from the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation partnered with The Sage Colleges to have Chapman Stained Glass Studio restore five beautiful and historic stained glass windows in Bush Memorial Center at Russell Sage College. The new windows were dedicated on September 1, 2016. Pictured: Former President Susan Scrimshaw and Representatives from the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

 

Russell Sage College Sculpture

Distinguished donor and former chair of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees Donna Robinson Esteves RSC ’70 and Russell Sage College jointly commissioned sculptor Kathryn Field to create Celebration, a steel and paint sculpture celebrating the women and the history of Russell Sage College. Celebration was dedicated in Shea Learning Center on October 20, 2016.

Distinguished donor and former chair of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees Donna Robinson Esteves RSC ’70 and Russell Sage College jointly commissioned sculptor Kathryn Field to create Celebration, a steel and paint sculpture celebrating the women and the history of Russell Sage College. Celebration was dedicated in Shea Learning Center at Russell Sage College on October 20, 2016.

 

Renaissance Room

Renaissance Corporation of Albany, a longtime supporter of The Sage Colleges, enabled the creation of a beautiful student lounge at Sage College of Albany, replete with a fireplace, TV, and a ceiling constructed of wood repurposed from gym bleachers. Sage’s facilities team did all the renovations. The Renaissance Room in the Armory at Sage was dedicated on November 9, 2016.

Renaissance Corporation of Albany, a longtime supporter of The Sage Colleges, enabled the creation of a beautiful student lounge at Sage College of Albany, replete with a fireplace, TV, and a ceiling constructed of wood repurposed from gym bleachers. Sage’s facilities team did all the renovations. The Renaissance Room in the Armory at Sage was dedicated on November 9, 2016.

 

Scrimshaw Classroom and Stern Seminar Room

Former President Susan Scrimshaw and her spouse Allan Stern were honored with named rooms at Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany, a legacy of their commitment to The Sage Colleges. The Scrimshaw Classroom in the Armory at Sage College of Albany and the Stern Seminar Room in Gurley Hall at Russell Sage College were dedicated on March 2, 2017.

In recognition of their generous Centennial Campaign commitment, former President Susan and her spouse Allan Stern were honored with named rooms at Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany, a legacy of their commitment to The Sage Colleges. The Scrimshaw Classroom in the Armory at Sage College of Albany and the Stern Seminar Room in Gurley Hall at Russell Sage College were dedicated on March 2, 2017.

 

Jones Medical-Surgical Suite

Both Jim and Janet Jones RSC ’68 have served as trustees for The Sage Colleges and given their support throughout the years. In appreciation of their generosity, a nursing simulation lab in McKinstry Student Center was named the Jones Medical-Surgical Suite and dedicated on March 3, 2017.

Both Jim and Janet Jones RSC ’68 have served as trustees for The Sage Colleges and given their support throughout the years. In appreciation of their generosity, a nursing simulation lab in McKinstry Student Center at Russell Sage College was named the Jones Medical-Surgical Suite and dedicated on March 3, 2017.

 

The Bentley Floor in German House

The first floor of German House has been named the Bentley Floor in honor of Trustee Therese Bentley RSC ’82 (pictured) and her husband, Raymond. German House was Therese’s dorm when she was a student at Russell Sage College. The Bentley Floor was dedicated on March 3, 2017.

The first floor of German House at Russell Sage College has been named the Bentley Floor in honor of Trustee Therese Bentley RSC ’82 (pictured) and her husband, Raymond. German House was Therese’s dorm when she was a student. The Bentley Floor was dedicated on March 3, 2017.

 

Slingerland Family Foundation Classroom

Students meet in the Slingerland Family Foundation Classroom in Kahl Campus Center at Sage College of Albany.

In recognition of a legacy of generosity that began with Fredericka Slingerland RSC ’36 and is continued by the Slingerland Family Foundation, Room 101 in Kahl Campus Center at Sage College of Albany was named the Slingerland Family Foundation Classroom and dedicated on April 21, 2017.

 

Maggs Classroom

The Maggs Classroom in honor of Amy and Tom Maggs was dedicated at Sage College of Albany in 2017.

In recognition of a generous Centennial campaign commitment from Amy and Tom Maggs JCA ’67, Room 101 in Froman Hall at Sage College of Albany was named the Maggs Classroom and dedicated on April 21, 2017.

 

Jamie Elizabeth Abraham Lab

Trustee Emerita Lynn Abraham RSC ’73, with typical thoughtfulness, requested that her generosity be recognized with a lab named not for her, but for her niece. The Jamie Elizabeth Abraham Lab in Mueller Science Hall at Russell Sage College was dedicated on May 11, 2017.

 

Jupin Lounge and Jupin Study

Rooms on both campuses were dedicated in honor of former trustee Alexandra Jupin JCA ’65, RSC ’67, in 2017.

The second floor lounge in the Armory at Sage College of Albany and the second floor study area in Shea Learning Center at Russell Sage College have been named in honor of former trustee Alexandra Jupin JCA ’65, RSC ’67, in appreciation of her extraordinary generosity. The Jupin Lounge and the Jupin Study were dedicated on June 2, 2017.

 

Centennial Plaque

The historical Centennial Campaign for Sage had a foundation of leadership gifts from loyal alumni and friends of the college. A Centennial plaque in Bush Memorial Center at Russell Sage College lists the leadership donors who made the campaign’s success possible. The plaque was revealed on June 3, 2017.

 

Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall

The former Ricketts Hall at Russell Sage College was renamed Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall. Renovations were made possible by gifts in honor of Former President Susan Scrimshaw.

In recognition of Past President Susan C. Scrimshaw’s career in health sciences, the former Ricketts Hall at Russell Sage College was renamed Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall. Renovations to the exterior and first floor were made possible by gifts in honor of Scrimshaw. Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall was dedicated on June 3, 2017.

 

Brinton and Avery’s Place

Virginia Stowe RSC ’65 with her grandchildren outside of Brinton and Avery’s Place.

Virginia Stowe RSC ’65 continued to beautify the Russell Sage College campus with a magnificent garden named in honor of her grandchildren. Her generosity transformed an uninviting corner into a welcoming green space. Brinton and Avery’s Place was dedicated on June 17, 2017.

 

New Endowments

Louise Devine Cioppa Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
Trustee Jeanne Marie Cioppa-Mosca RSC ’82 established this scholarship endowment to benefit students attending Russell Sage College.

Sally Lawrence Endowed Scholarship Fund
Former Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally Lawrence established this fund for academically worthy students at The Sage Colleges.

Nina Marinello Leadership Award in Nutrition Science Fund
Former Associate Professor and Chair of Nutrition Science Nina Marinello, Ph.D., created this fund upon retiring from Sage. It will be used to recognize students in the Nutrition Science program at Russell Sage College who show promise and whose academic work is worthy of recognition.

Kimberly Peregrim RSC 1993 Endowed Scholarship Fund
Trustee Kimberly A. Peregrim, D.O., RSC ’93 established this scholarship to support Russell Sage College students.

Terry Wolgang Ragazzini RSC 1969 Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established through a planned gift, this scholarship fund, when realized, will provide tuition assistance to female Russell Sage College students.

Lisa Schieffelin RSC 1985 and Andrew Svarre Last Mile Scholarship Fund
Lisa Schieffelin RSC ’85 and Andrew Svarre created a scholarship fund to assist students who are in jeopardy of leaving The Sage Colleges due to financial constraints during their junior or senior year.

Dorothy Slocum RSC 1921 Sociology Award Fund
This fund was established by the estate of Dorothy Collins Knepper RSC ’47 in memory of her aunt, Dorothy Slocum RSC ’21, and to recognize the exemplary achievements of students enrolled in a Sociology major at Russell Sage College.

Gertrude Slocum Collins RSC 1920 Nutrition Award Fund
This fund was established by the estate of Dorothy Collins Knepper RSC ’47 in memory of her mother, Gertrude Slocum Collins RSC ’20, and to recognize the exemplary achievements of students enrolled in a Nutrition major at Russell Sage College.

Additional Significant Gifts to Endowments and Scholarships

The Buchman Foundation Fund in memory of Louis and Natalie Buchman RSC ’64
The Buchman Foundation, Inc.

CDPHP Endowed Fund for the Health Sciences
CDPHP

Lisa V. Carl Library Archive Fund
Lisa V. Carl RSC ’78

Roxanne Hosier Drnevich RSC 1962 Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Sciences
Vincent and Roxanne Hosier Drnevich RSC ’62

Francine Ebersman RSC 1979 Last Mile Scholarship Fund
Francine Ebersman RSC ’79

General Endowed Fund
Chester and Karen Opalka

Gicca-Coomes Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
Francis and Joan Coomes Gicca RSC ’54

Nancy M. Hopfenspirger Scholarship
Arthur Schoenstadt

Alexandra Jupin Endowed Scholarship Fund
Alexandra Jupin SCA ’65, RSC ’67 and John Bean

Dr. Glenda Bartholomew Kelman RSC 1972, SGS 1974 Nursing Scholarship
Donald Kelman
Glenda Bartholomew Kelman RSC ’72, SGS ’74
NHKelman, Inc.

Marion Rockwell C. Mason Scholarship Fund
Marion Rockwell C. Mason FD UA

David and Carol Sweet Morse RSC 1966 Unrestricted Endowed Fund
David and Carol Sweet Morse RSC ’66

Elizabeth “Biff” K. Ogden RSC 1942 General Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Elizabeth “Biff” Kohnstamm Ogden RSC ’42

Sheila Sutland Pakula RSC 1956 Scholarship Fund
Lawrence Pakula

Wanda Ratsek RSC 1958 Scholarship Fund
Fred Plagens

Marcia Luloff Sabesin RSC 1956 Endowed Scholarship Fund
Marcia Luloff Sabesin RSC ’56

Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Fund
Susan C. Scrimshaw and Allan Stern

Evelyn Donaldson Steinkirchner Scholarship Fund
Kay Steinkirchner Rock, RSC ’67

Aggie Stillman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jane Wardwell Roberts RSC ’50

Charlotte Shaw Tracy RSC 1966 Unrestricted Endowed Fund
J. Charles and Charlotte Shaw Tracy RSC ’66

Unrestricted Endowed Fund
Alexander and Elizabeth Campbell Young RSC ’58

BEQUESTS AND PLANNED GIFTS

The Sage Ring Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who have remembered Sage through bequests and other planned gifts. Each one of these gifts, no matter the dollar amount, provides meaningful support to Sage. We are grateful to those who have made the college a beneficiary in their wills, and take this opportunity to honor them and share the news of their gifts which have been realized this year.

Bequest gifts which were unrestricted and have provided significant additions to the operating and capital needs of The Sage Colleges came from the following generous donors:

Ruth Dickinson RSC ’44
• Roberta Moniz Lasley, former trustee
Betty Freise Steward RSC ’45
• Irwin Welber, widower of Ellen Willbach Welber RSC ’46

Sage received gifts from the following generous alumnae and friends who designated their gifts to a specific purpose:

Jane Gale RSC ’48 added funding to the previously established Kathryn Gale Award in Music Fund in addition to a generous unrestricted bequest.
• Leslie Hoffman, widower of Muriel Eldon Hoffman RSC ’44 added funding to the previously established Marion Eldon Dollard Award Fund in addition to a generous unrestricted bequest.
Dorothy Collins Knepper RSC ’47 designated her gift to honor her mother and her aunt by establishing the Gertrude Slocum Collins RSC 1920 Nutrition Award Fund and the Dorothy Slocum RSC 1921 Sociology Award Fund.
Elizabeth Kohnstamm Ogden RSC ’42 designated her bequest to fully endow the previously established Elizabeth “Biff” K. Ogden RSC ’42 General Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Jane Wardwell Roberts RSC ’50 designated her gift to significantly increase the Aggie C. Stillman Scholarship Fund providing much needed funds to Russell Sage College students.
• The bequest from Lucile Rosenfeld Shea RSC ’41 continued to add to the funding for the Shea Learning Center.

OFFICE OF CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS

Government Relations

In 2017, the Office of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations continued to build and maintain relationships with elected officials and to participate in advocacy efforts through Sage’s membership in the Council for Independent Colleges and Universities.

Foundation Relations

Throughout 2017, the Office of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations worked with a number of foundations to bring in additional support for students, programs and capital projects.

Sage received a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to act as the seed gift to expand the Nursing and Health Sciences simulation lab at Russell Sage College. The gift will be used to add a lab and control room for faculty to monitor and critique Nursing students’ performances in a safe environment.

The Julia O. Wells Memorial Education Foundation continued to provide scholarship funds which help recruit and retain talented Nursing students.

The A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and Sage enjoyed another year of partnership which saw an increase of scholarship funds for students at Sage College of Albany and Russell Sage College.

The Cleveland Foundation, Cohoes Savings Foundation, Irene B. Miller Foundation, the MVMA Foundation, Hudson River Bank Trust Co. Foundation, Inc., McGregor Links Foundation and other generous foundation partners continued to support Sage and help us continue to make an impact in the Capital Region and beyond.

Corporate Relations

The Sage Colleges continued to build relationships with corporate partners. Corporate sponsorships provided funding for scholarships, scholar-athletes, and events such as the annual CDPHP Nutrition Lecture and the Best Practices in the Treatment of Autism conference.

Sponsors and scholars at the Corporate Connections Reception in September 2016.

Sponsors and scholars at the Corporate Connections Reception in September 2016.

The Corporate Connections scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to students entering their final year of study, presented 122 scholarships (up from 115 the previous year) to outstanding students from the Capital Region. The program enjoyed its fifth consecutive record-breaking year with 10 new corporate and foundation partners and an overall growth of 100 percent since 2012. Corporate Connections continues to grow as companies see the impact the program has on the ability of students to graduate, and the recognition it brings to participating companies. Partners in the Corporate Connections program include longtime supporters Sodexo Education, M&T Bank, Stewart’s Shops, BBL Companies, CDPHP and UHY Advisors, as well as new sponsors ATEC Group, Windham Professionals, Rose & Kiernan, Crossgates Mall, Monolith Solar and Mosaic Associates Architects. As we look to the future, we are excited to grow our number of corporate partners.

The Office of Corporate, Government and Foundation relations worked with Sage’s Department of Athletics to host the most successful Gator Golf Tournament to date, with more than $41,000 in sponsorship dollars from generous area companies.