I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and that 2007 is off to a good start for you and yours.
It certainly will be a busy year for the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association. Our Association’s Nominating & Awards Committee has selected five outstanding Russell Sage alumnae to be the first recipients of the new Women of Influence award. This award was established
by our Board of Directors to recognize the remarkable achievements of alumnae in their chosen professions and in service to their communities. These awards will be announced in upcoming issues of Connections, and presented at various events throughout the coming months. As you read about the award recipients and what they have accomplished, think about alumnae you know who should be recognized as Women of Influence in the future. Please send that information to the Alumnae Association at email@example.com.
This is a very exciting year at Sage. With the INVEST incubator center up and running and projects underway to renovate the Schacht Fine Arts Center and our new athletic facility, Sage is a busy place.
Alumnae Association outreach work has seen a series of regional events that will continue throughout 2007, bringing alumnae together in California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rochester, New York City, and of course, the Capital Region. Our Board is updating our strategic plan, in preparation for the transition of Association leadership in July. We also are building a targeted student/alumnae mentor program, to meet the needs of current RSC students. And we continue to be actively involved in the Alumnae Admission Program to recruit well-qualified young women to Sage.
One of our most active AAP volunteers, Susan Moyle Lynch ’71, was recognized for her years of work last June at our Annual Meeting, when she was presented with the Association’s AAP award. Susan’s energy in this endeavor sets the standard for all of us.
At this time of year our Association is very busy with Reunion planning. I am taking a very personal interest in planning for this year, as it is my 40th Class Reunion year (Yikes, I said it in print!) Our Reunion Committee is chaired by Deborah Brownell Foley ’95 and Meredith Patik ’02. Committee members are: Karin Williams LaBanca ’94, Rachel Dinness-Tourtellott ’02, Betsy Lukasik Gram ’84 and Janice Hurd High ’77. They have been hard at work looking at ways to improve the total Reunion experience for alumnae of all ages.
Reunion Class leaders had great input during Leadership Day last fall, and many ideas were generated. Our Association Board members are working with Reunion Class leaders to build enthusiasm with all the “2s” and “7s” for taking part in Reunion. I have said this before, but it bears repeating: Reunion is truly a special experience. I often wonder why all our alumnae do not regularly come back for Reunion. We always have so much fun: we remember, we learn, we laugh and cry, we see old friends and we make new friends, among our own classmates and in other classes. It is one of the most cost effective and enjoyable ways I know to have a real weekend get-away: 2 and 1/2 days, relaxing, talking, singing, doing nothing difficult, and spending time simultaneously in the past and the present. Where else can you get that kind of experience? If you have not done so before, do join us this year!
Mary Ann Oppenheimer ’67
President, Russell Sage College Alumnae Association