Princess of Thailand Visit

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In recognition of her life's work, President Susan Scrimshaw confers upon Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand the degree of Doctor of Public Service at the Sage Colleges' 2012 Commencement. 

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand has spent decades working for Their Majesties development projects in a number of fields including, health and hygiene, education, water resource development and agriculture. She began her teaching career in 1979 at Chulalongkorn University and later joined the Department of Law and Social Sciences in the Academic Division of Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, where she is the Director of the Department of History.

Her Royal Highness presently serves as executive vice president of the Thai Red Cross Society, executive chairwoman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in charge of His Majesty's development and environmental preservation projects), the Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King Rama II Foundation (to preserve and promote Thai culture) and is president of the Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans) and the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public health).

Her Royal Highness has done a great deal to make education a priority in Thailand and continues to work to make education accessible to all, especially students with special needs. She’s known as the Technology Princess because of her focus on bringing technology to Thailand. In addition to her advocacy and philanthropic efforts, Her Royal Highness writes poetry, articles and short stories. She travels extensively and internationally to promote health, education and her country.


Her Royal Highness also visited The Sage Colleges in 2009.  Read more about her visit, and browse the photo gallery below (click on any thumbnail to start a slide show of photos in each section).

Troy Campus

Women of Influence Breakfast
President Susan Scrimshaw hosted a welcome breakfast for Her Royal Highness at Vail House for "women of influence" including Shirley Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Sally Lawrence, Sage's then-vice president of academic affairs; and several members of the princess' entourage.
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Troy Campus Tour
Russell Sage College Student Body President (2009) Erin Menzer welcomed Her Royal Highness to campus and presented her with flowers as the princess set off on a tour of the Troy campus, followed by members of the media.
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Nursing Department - SIM Lab Demonstration
Kathy Buono, assistant professor of nursing, showed Her Royal Highness how the high-tech simulation mannequins are used in teaching nursing. Also involved in the demonstration were assistant professors of nursing Michelle Hayward and Kathleen Kelly.
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INVEST Tour
Her Royal Highness toured Evident Technologies, flagship resident of Sage's Incubator for New Ventures in Emerging Sciences and Technologies (INVEST). CEO Clint Ballinger presented her with "the world's first purple LEDs" (purple is the princess' signature color).
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Women's History & Women in the World
Russell Sage College Dean Sharon Robinson gave a presentation about Sage's history of women's education and the innovative WORLD curriculum, which stands for Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing.
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Albany Campus

Luncheon
Sage College of Albany student Amber Winslow welcomed Her Royal Highness to the Albany campus. Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman Jack McEneny, and Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino attended the luncheon, as well as members of the Sage Board of Trustees and Cabinet, and Sage faculty members. Special guest Emshika Alberini, a 2005 Sage Graduate School graduate and native of Thailand, and her family were honored to meet their nation's princess at Sage.
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i.Think Presentation
Associate Provost Kevin Stoner, then Dean of Sage College of Albany, gave a presentation about the Innovation Thinking curriculum.
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Student Art Exhibit - Opalka Gallery
Jim Richard Wilson, director of the Opalka Gallery, gave Her Royal Highness a guided tour of the exhibit of artwork by Sage's Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) graduates.
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Art + Design Building Tour
Visual arts professors Linda Morrell and Chris Jordan gave Her Royal Highness a tour of Sage's Art & Design Building.
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