Message from President Susan Scrimshaw

Susan_Scrimshaw_Portrait_100-236x300In early 2015, I announced to alumni and students, faculty and staff, elected officials and community members gathered on the Russell Sage campus that we are closing in on our goal to raise $50 million to commemorate The Sage Colleges’ Centennial!

Since that celebration, “Be. Know. Do. MORE” – a modern and simple iteration of The Sage Colleges’ enduring motto “To Be, To Know, To Do” – has taken off as the tag line for the hugely successful Centennial Campaign for Sage and as an opportunity to tell the stories of students, faculty and alumni who are doing MORE in New York’s Capital District and around the world, in academic pursuits, in the visual and performing arts, on the Gators athletic teams, and to position Sage for a second century as a higher education leader. In this, the 2015 issue of Horizons, I am delighted to introduce you to some of these faculty, students and alumni, including:

  • Associate Provost Donna Heald, Ph.D., Russell Sage College Dean Deb Lawrence, Ph.D. RSC ’88, and Sage College of Albany Dean Joanne Curran, Ph.D., who –  with contributions from faculty members throughout the sciences and health sciences – secured a $2 million New York state grant to support students seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, math or licensed health professions. Read about opportunities for STEM students – and the advantages that Sage’s Visual Arts resources bring to problem solving and ingenuity – in The STE(A)M is Rising.
  • Jess Loskowitz RSC ’17 and Kelly Shanahan RSC ’17, who were among dozens of students to present their research at conferences and/or have work published in 2015; English Professor and Honors Program Director Tonya Moutray, Ph.D., who has helped grow the Honors Program by more than 50 percent over three years; and Management Professor Eileen Brownell, who accepted a Partner in Education Award on behalf of Sage College of Albany students in her Leadership and Diversity class. They – and several other faculty and students — talk about the classes that inspire them in Special Topics: Signature Selections from Sage’s Course Catalog.
  • Donna Heald, Deborah Lawrence, Kim Fredericks, Ph.D., MPH, RD, and Theresa Hand OTD, OTR/L, CHT, were promoted to academic leadership positions this year. All are incredible mentors and advocates for our students and three of the four are Sage graduates.

In January 2016, we will kick off The Sage Colleges’ Centennial Celebration, a milestone Sage could not have reached without the support of generous alumni and friends. Thank you for all you have given to help the faculty and students in the 2015 issue of Horizons – and all the Sage faculty and students past, present and future, whom they represent – Be. Know. Do. MORE

Susan