Spring 2015 (March 27, 2015)

  • AlumNews Spring 2015

    AlumNews spring 2015AlumNews brings you college news and classmate updates between print issues of Crossroads magazine, which is published twice a year.    

    In this issue of AlumNews:

    Alumni Connections: Find links to information about upcoming events including the Alma Mater 2015 alumni art show (4/3-20), Sage Sips (4/17) and the Alumni Basketball Game (4/18), and learn how to nominate accomplished graduates for new Alumni Association awards.  

    Class Notes: Read about alumni accomplishments, including Mark Jones [Ed.D., Esteves School of Education, 2013], honored by the Association of Educational Service Agencies; Jennifer Kercull [M.S., School of Management, 2009], named one of the Capital Region's 40 under 40 by the Albany Business Review; Jennifer Spring [Ed.D., Esteves School of Education, 2013], appointed Cohoes School District superintendent; and Gina Verrelli JCA '89, whose landscape paintings and photographs have been included in shows throughout the Capital Region.   

    Sage Spotlight: Follow the $50 million Centennial Campaign for Sage; help identify people, places and events in the Archives & Special Collections' photo collection, and catch up on athletic highlights, including the men's basketball team's Skyline Conference title win.   

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    Horizons - Sage's annual online showcase - celebrates alumnae support and its impact on teaching and learning. In the latest issue:  

    Alumni Giving Enables Sage "To Do" MORE: Donors gave more than $10 million in fiscal year 2014, allowing Sage "To Do" MORE as it approaches its second century! Enter password 2B2Know2Do to view full donor list. 

    On the Fast Track: Allison Belknap SCA '14 had her sights on a career in cancer research as a first-year student and enrolled in Sage's accelerated bachelor's in Biology/master's in Cytotechnology offered in conjunction with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is typical of the ambitious students who are drawn to programs that can lead to two degrees in less time than pursuing the degrees separately.

    The Intersection of Sage & State: Avenues for enlightening internships and the potential for meaningful post-graduate employment make the intersection of Sage and the state capital a busy place. Includes profiles of Law and Society major Philip Kwashie SCA '15; Excelsior Fellows Arin Starzyk [M.S., School of Health Sciences, 2014] and Brian Thomas [MAT, Esteves School of Education, 2013]; International Trade and Investment Specialist Kathryn Bamberger [MBA, School of Management, 2001]; former NYS Medicaid Inspector General James Cox [Sage Evening College, 1988]; graphic designer Christopher Galindez SCA '13; and NYS Deputy Education Commissioner Cosimo Tangorra [Ed.D., Esteves School of Education, 2013].


    Alma Mater 2015Alumni Events
    Upcoming events include Sage Sips (Albany campus, 4/17); Men's Alumni Basketball Game (Albany campus, 4/18); and a visit to Edna St. Vincent Millay's Steepletop (Austerlitz, N.Y., 6/18). Get more details on events for Albany alumni or graduate school alumni.

    Nominate Alumni for Awards
    The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its new awards that recognize alumni achievement. Send us the names of deserving Sage graduates today.

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    Mark JonesMark Jones' [Ed.D., Esteves School of Education, 2013] dissertation was selected for the E. Robert Stephens Award from the Association of Educational Service Agencies. His dissertation focuses on superintendents' perceptions of BOCES and factors that impact their decisions to use BOCES services. He received the award at the AESA annual conference in San Diego in December. Read a Q & A with Mark Jones.

    Jennifer Kercull [M.S., School of Management, 2009] has been named one of the Capital Region's 40 under 40 by the Albany Business Review. She is a human resources professional at Stewart's Shops.  

    Jennifer Spring [Ed.D., Esteves School of Education, 2013] has been appointed Cohoes School District superintendent.

    Gina VerrelliGina Verrelli JCA '89 is among the alumni participating in the Alma Mater 2015 art show at the Little Gallery this April. Her entry is an acrylic seascape called Summer Day; it was inspired by her sister Angela, who encouraged Gina to pursue art and who passed away from ALS shortly after Gina completed it in 2014. Gina's landscapes have been included in several shows sponsored by the Colonie Arts League and the Arts Center of the Capital Region and her photos were included in an exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of Washington Park at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Since graduating from JCA, Gina has taken classes toward her BFA at Sage and said that Professors Gary Shankman and Harold Lohner have influenced her work: They have been great mentors in the classroom she said, and she enjoys seeing them at area art shows. Gina works at Albany Medical Center, in Health Information Systems as a Enterprise Document Management analyst.   

    Write to [email protected] to see your news here or in Crossroads.   


    Centennial Campaign KickoffSage Prepares to Be, Know and Do MORE
    Alumni and students, faculty and staff, elected officials and community members celebrated on March 5 when President Susan Scrimshaw announced that Sage is closing in on its goal to raise $50 million by its centennial in 2016. The Centennial Campaign for Sage has raised $40 million since the "quiet phase" began in 2011, said President Scrimshaw to a jubilant crowd gathered to kick off the public phase of the campaign. While more than 83 percent of the gifts have been made by alumni, students are also involved: SCA student government contributed $25,000 dollars for capital improvements on the Albany campus, including eight water bottle filling stations. In addition to facility renovations and upgrades, the campaign will support academic programs and an endowment for faculty and campus needs. In fact, during the quiet phase, gifts to support scholarships and academic programs have helped increase the endowment by more than 30 percent. Follow the campaign's progress.

    Photo ID ProjectHelp the Sage Archives
    Many images in the Archives & Special Collections - like this snapshot from a reception with President Froman - are of unidentified people or events. Please help fill in the blanks by leaving a comment if you recognize the people, places or events depicted at the Archives' Photo ID Project.

    Eileen BrownellFaculty Spotlight
    Eileen Brownell, professor and chair of undergraduate programs for the School of Management, received the Partner in Education award from Brighter Choice Charter Schools. Brownell and students in her Business 340 Leadership and Diversity class worked with the Brighter Choice After-School Enrichment Program as a civic engagement project. The students created a marketing plan for Brighter Choice, including a newly designed information sheet for parents, a mobile app, a slide show for the school's in-house television monitors, and a financial and competitive analysis. In addition, one student wrote a new song for Brighter Choice that was taught to students in the after-school program. Read more Spotlight stories.

    Men's Basketball 2015 Skyline Conference ChampionsAthletics
    The men's basketball team earned the Skyline Conference title and a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament - a program first! Follow the spring 2015 teams.

    Register online now for the Sage Athletics Gator Golf Classic (6/1, Normanside Country Club)

    Arts & Lectures
    On-campus events, open to the public, include the 37th Annual Photography Regional (through 4/19) and a discussion with artist Jenny Kemp (4/30) at the Opalka Gallery. Browse the complete schedule