Sage Dedication Ceremony to Showcase Transformation of Historic Library into State-of-the-Art Shea Learning Center

October 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

TROY, NY - The Sage Colleges is pleased to host an open house and dedication ceremony for its new Shea Learning Center on Friday, October 25, 2013 on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. The open house will take place from 4 -- 6 p.m. with remarks and a dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m.  

The historic James Wheelock Clark Library has been newly renovated and transformed into a cutting-edge learning facility which houses the campus library, temperature-controlled archives and special collections, as well as a poetry room, the writing studio, study rooms, computer labs, seminar spaces, and vibrant social/common areas.

The learning center also serves as the hub for several other key campus resources which were previously located elsewhere. Among them are the Kathleen A. Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research; the Center for Teaching and Learning; Information Technology; The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program or HEOP; the Office of Career Planning; Academic Support Services; and Disabilities Services.

“This transformation truly embodies the philosophy of creating an all-encompassing learning center in the heart of our Russell Sage campus,” noted President Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D. “The Shea Learning Center greatly compliments our mission to provide our students with the most enriching educational experience possible. Not only do students have the benefit of multiple services in one location, but they have the most modern and up-to-date technology available to support and enhance the learning resources that are being offered.”

“Integrating these resources and creating a center of activity under one roof on campus improves access to a combination of services which will result in a better overall learning experience for students,” explained Lisa Brainard, director of libraries. “By providing IT, academic support, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and numerous other services in one place, students and faculty are able to take advantage of the tools that are being offered to help them excel in their work.”

The Shea Learning Center, and the concept to house a diverse number of services along with the library, was modeled after the Sage Albany campus library which was renovated in 2009.

The $5 million Shea Learning Center remodel was funded by a generous bequest from former student Lucile Rosenfeld Shea. Shea attended Russell Sage College in 1937 and 1938 and was an avid lover of books. The café located on the first floor of the center is named Lucile’s in her honor.

Sage has invested over $160,000 in the technology for the Shea Learning Center which includes media rooms and collaborative learning spaces as well as three classroom seminar rooms. Retractable screens, projectors and audio/video conferencing capabilities are among the state-of-the-art features. There is also a technology equipped training room in the basement to provide professional development opportunities for faculty.

In addition to the 14 collaborative study areas, there are also 52 workstations for student use. Forty-four of these stations utilize visualization technology which allows for a highly customizable user experience. All workstations have an array of software for student use and collaboration. Laptops and tablets are available for use within the center.

To RSVP call (518) 244-2224 or email For more information about the open house and dedication contact Shelly Goldman Black at, or (518) 244-2393.

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