Message from President Susan Scrimshaw

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President Scrimshaw with the women’s basketball team, after the team defeated the College of Mount Saint Vincent and earned the Skyline conference title and a spot in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament, both firsts for  Sage!

I’m delighted to introduce the 2014 issue of Horizons, celebrating all the ways that Sage is — with alumni support — helping students Be, Know and Do more, every day.

I’ll start by introducing new administrators for academics, admissions and finance: Provost Sue Beatty, Ph.D., Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management Daniel J. Green, D.M.A, and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Jacobson-Schulte all joined Sage this year. Their experience and vision will complement the mission of The Sage Colleges as we approach our centennial in 2016.

We have much to celebrate as we count down to 2016: increased enrollment, innovative academic programs, enhanced facilities and a vibrant campus community.

Enrollment growth is important to our financial stability, and our success attracting students is related to our ability to innovate. For example, the Discovery Degree allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years (and, with an extra year or two, a graduate degree, if the student pursues a major that links with Sage’s graduate programs in education, health sciences or management). A new 4+1 Bachelor’s in Accounting /MBA in Finance allows students to earn two formidable degrees in five years instead of the six it would otherwise take and the curriculum provides the extra credits required to apply to take the CPA exam. Read more about the ambitious, talented students who are drawn to Sage’s linked and accelerated programs in On the Fast Track.

We are taking advantage of our family of colleges and schools to maximize opportunities for students, by offering a wider range of majors to all students while ensuring that the unique character of each college is preserved. 2015 is a year for hearing from you, from our students, and from our faculty and staff as we develop the plans for our second century. Please visit Sage.edu/second-century for updates and opportunities.

We’ve worked hard to improve the look, feel and function of both campuses. Over the past several years, we’ve renovated the Russell Sage library, now known as the Shea Learning Center; dedicated the Filomena Fusco Manor RSC ’48 Nutrition Science Lab in Mueller Science Hall; established The School of Health Sciences’ simulation labs for training nurses, physical and occupational therapists and dietitians; and opened a student center and a fitness center. In Albany, The Armory at Sage added 68,000 square feet of classroom, office and multi-purpose space and three acres to campus and we dedicated Esteves Science Hall, and updated the labs inside.

In 2014, we made improvements that will raise our profile with the thousands of community members who visit our campuses. Hal Schindler, the widower of Gretchen Alberty Schindler ’55, created Gretchen’s Garden in his wife’s memory in Troy. (Mr. Schindler was inspired by Avery’s Garden, the beautiful courtyard Virginia Kurtz Stowe RSC ’65 dedicated in honor of her granddaughter.) We replaced the seats on the main floor of Schacht Fine Arts Center, which is the venue for theater performances at Russell Sage, and which we’ve used increasingly for speakers who attract large audiences. In Albany, we replaced the bleachers in Kahl Campus Center, which hosts The Gators basketball and volleyball games.

It was in Kahl Campus Center that the women’s basketball team defeated the College of Mount St. Vincent to capture the 2014 Skyline Conference basketball title (a first for Sage!) and where the women’s volleyball team won several games on its way to winning the volleyball title (Its third Skyline Championship!) Four championship banners celebrating the 2013-2014 athletics teams now hang in the Kahl Gym!

Feedback from our partners in education, business and government reflect their esteem for Sage:

The Esteves School of Education received a perfect score from its accrediting agency — the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation — during its site visit in the spring. The School of Management earned accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Educators and the Nursing program received strong reviews from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education in response to its 10-year reaccreditation application.

Our School of Professional & Continuing Education launched eight completely online programs this fall. We are partnering with an organization called Learning House, which made a significant investment in Sage Online, reflecting its confidence in what we are doing to build a university for the 21st century.

Capital Region businesses have provided more than three-quarters of a million dollars in scholarship money to more than 760 students through the Corporate Connections program, since the program′s inception. This year, Thirteen new sponsors joined Corporate Connections, which presented scholarships to 90 outstanding students from the Capital Region.

While we have much to celebrate as we count down to 2016, we have work to do, too.

Gifts to The Sage Fund for Excellence — the annual fund — are crucial for scholarships, curriculum innovation, faculty resources and modern facilities.

The annual fund surpassed $1 million for the fifth year in a row in the 2014 fiscal year. This year, our goal is to raise $1.14 million by June 30, 2015. Please help us meet this goal. Your continued generosity is critical to keeping the Sage mission moving forward.

I hope you’ll take the time to read more about the students — who go on to become successful alumni — and the faculty who embody the spirit of Sage and the opportunities that your support makes possible. The Intersection of Sage & State includes several examples of students, alumni and faculty using their education and expertise for public service.

I hope you recognize yourselves in these stories of achievement and that you will continue to support opportunities for Sage students “to be” more, “to know” more and “to do” more.

Susan