Sage's Sally Lawrence Receives Lifetime Distinguished Award
Dr. Sally A. Lawrence, Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Sage Colleges, was honored with a special Lifetime Distinguished Award at the Academy for Character Education's 7th Annual "Champions of Character" Awards Banquet held March 24 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy.
Almost 300 educators, students, parents, business and community leaders from across New York State gathered at this event to honor Dr. Lawrence and other members of The Sage Colleges, as well as school, community and business leaders who were selected to receive this year's awards.
This prestigious award, presented only three times since the Academy's inception, recognizes the culmination of a lifetime of exemplary service, commitment and contributions to character education in both education and community. Dr. Lawrence is most responsible for bringing The Academy for Character Education, which is affiliated with the School of Education, to Sage in 2003. Dr. Lawrence has served as a model of outstanding character throughout her lifetime of distinguished service. Previous winners include Dr. Thomas Lickona (Mr. Character Education) in 2003 and Congressman Michael McNulty in 2009.
Dr. Lawrence retires this year as Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Sage Colleges. A Sage colleague summed up her professional leadership and impact at Sage saying, "As in so many other areas of Sage's last 25 years, her influence is seen in the outcomes. Sally often works quietly and effectively to advance an agenda and to solve problems. She is a transformational leader who makes things happen and who makes it possible for the rest of us to do our work."
Additional members of the Sage community received special recognitions including:
- Administrator Champion of Character: Jill Grebert, Director of Recreation & Fitness
- Faculty Member Champion of Character: Dr. Jean Poppei, Department Chair and Program Coordinator, RSC Psychology
- Staff Member Champion of Character: Deyette Koyon, Residence Life, Administrative Assistant
- Albany Campus Student Champion of Character: Allyson Van Houten
- Troy Campus Student Champion of Character: Willa Davie
Additional information available at: www.sage.edu/centers/charactered
Champions of Character Awards Banquet March 2010
From left to right: Anthony Leva (event Co-chair/nfrastructure technologies, Inc.), Mel Horowitz (Associate Director, The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges), Dr. Sally Lawrence, Dr. John Walko (Director, The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges), Richie Phillips (Emcee/WGNA), Fredrick W. Erlich (Chair of The Academy's Community Advisory Board/ CEO of Living Resources) and Dr. Philip Fusco (Assistant Director, The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges).