Sage Sponsors Week of Events Celebrating and Commemorating Veterans

October 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

The Sage Colleges, in partnership with the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region, is proud to sponsor Veterans Week, a week-long celebration and commemoration of veterans and their families.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit

The week of Nov. 8-12, Sage will be offering an abundance of interactive activities and celebratory events including: local and national speakers, multi-media presentations, community resources, education and employment counseling, and therapeutic, spiritual, and practical approaches for dealing with the complex issues confronting those who have served our country and their families.

See a complete schedule of events.

Monday, Nov. 8: Women and War

Veterans Week will open with a keynote address and panel discussion in Bush Memorial from 7 - 9 pm on the theme of Women and War. Susan Scrimshaw, Ph.D.  president of The Sage Colleges, will begin the evening with opening remarks on the evenings theme and introduce the keynote speaker, Terri Tanielian, co-author of the seminal book, "The invisible wounds of war: Psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery." Tanielian will speak about the unique challenges faced by servicewomen and facilitate discussion among panelists comprised of distinguished servicewomen from World War II, Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Participation is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Multimedia Day

Vietnamese Children's Art : Emotions of War, Dreams of Peace: The exhibit will be held in the Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Troy campus and The Little Gallery on the Albany campus from November 5 - 23. The opening reception with President Susan Scrimshaw, Dr. Edward Tick, and guests from Vietnam will be held in the Schacht Fine Arts Gallery on November 9 from 12:30 - 2 pm.

Documentary films will be shown throughout the day on the Troy campus. Titles include: No Such Thing as a Former Marine; Healing and Forgiveness; Agent Orange; The Good Soldier, and; From Albany to Saigon.

View the complete list and schedule of films.

Wednesday, Nov. 10: Community Day

Community Resource Day will be held at the Aggie Multi-Purpose Room from 1 - 7 pm. This free event is an opportunity for veterans and their families to learn about services, support, and resources currently available to them. Counselors from the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs will be on site assist with benefits. The New York State Department of Labor will have staff present to provide job search assistance. Admissions counselors from The Sage Colleges will be available to answer questions about educational benefits and Sage's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Approximately 30 to 40 providers and peer support groups from the greater capital region will be on hand to provide additional information on services and support for veterans and their family members. Connection and conversation will be the highlight of the day.

Voices of Vietnam: A Poetry Reading
Wednesday, November 10th from 5:00 - 6:00  p.m., Troy Campus Library, Hare Poetry Room

Join us in welcoming poets Vu Quan Phuong, Nguyen Minh Thai and Tran Dinh Song to the Sage community. This event will feature original poems by the poets as well as traditional Vietnamese poetry. Discussion to follow the reading. Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Medusa.  For more information, contact Tonya Moutray at

Veterans Poetry Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm, Troy Campus Library, Hare Poetry Room

The Armchair Poets, with the Sage Community, invite you to join us for an evening to honor and remember our war veterans through poetry, stories, letters, and music.  Come to listen or read!  Bring your own or favorite material to share. Selected readings from the Sage Library collection will also be available. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Amy Pass at or Joan Gran at 

Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day

The Reading of the Names ceremony will be held in the Buchman Pavilion from 11 am - 4 pm. Members of the Sage community and community at large are invited to participate in remembering the service women and men who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dr. David Olsen, executive director of Samaritan Counseling Center, will speak on Coming Home: The Power of Spirituality from 7 - 9 pm in Bush Auditorium in an evening of commemoration and celebration that will include selections by the Sage Chamber Choir. There will be a formal dedication of the Commemorative Flags. The public is warmly welcome to participate in this free event honoring veterans and their family members.

Learn more about the dedication of the Commemorative Flags.

From Nov. 11 - 14, Sage will present A Piece of My Heart, "the nation's most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War." (The VVA Veteran) The Creative and Performing Arts Department at Russell Sage College will dramatize the true stories of six courageous nurses sent to  Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that changed them and a nation that shunned them. Play by Shirley Lauro, directed by David Baecker.

Show times and ticket information

Friday, Nov. 12 : Mental Health Clinical Conference

A conference on Mental Health Services: Healing from a Holistic Perspective will be held on Friday, Nov. 12 from 9 am - 3:30 pm on the Troy Campus (Bush Memorial Center). Mental health professionals interested in working with veterans and their families are invited to learn from interdisciplinary speakers on a variety of topics including therapeutic, spiritual, & practical approaches for treating complex issues confronting veterans as they reintegrate into an ever changing societal landscape.

Keynote speaker Edward Tick, PhD, internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans' issues, will speak on War and the Soul: Transforming PTSD from Wound to Blessing. At the luncheon, the featured speaker is David Soares, Albany County District Attorney, whose address will be Veterans' Courts.

The conference fee is $90 and includes lunch. Continuing education certificates will be available to attendees.

On Going

Honoring Our Veterans:  A Quilting Bee of Acknowledgment

Bush Memorial
The Sage Colleges' Troy campus
Noon - 8:00pm Nov. 4 - 12

The Veterans Quilt, crafted by volunteers at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, consists of two panels, each 10' x 8'.  The companion catalog, chronicles the lives of the veterans depicted on the Quilt and was produced by The Sage Colleges Visual Arts department.  

Books are available through The Sage Colleges at a cost of $17.50 (shipping included) with proceeds benefiting the Major Helen A. Vartigian USA (Ret.), and Lieutenant Colonel Frances M. Liberty USA (Ret.). Scholarship Fund to benefit U.S. Veterans and their children enrolled at The Sage Colleges, Albany/Troy, NY in the Health Sciences program.  To order, visit

Battlesight:  Dispatches from Irag and Afghanistan by International Photographers 

Featuring the works of internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Balazs Gardi, and Teru Kuwayama 

October 22 through December 19 

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy

Exhibition curated and organized by Tim Cahill of the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges