ALBANY, NY – The Sage Colleges will dedicate a new and unique student lounge space on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Armory at Sage. This new multipurpose creative space is being dedicated as the Renaissance Room and was made possible by a generous donation from the Renaissance Corporation of Albany. The Renaissance Corporation of Albany was formed in 1997 by Morris “Marty” Silverman to collaborate and support the efforts of the surrounding educational organizations in the University Heights area, including Sage College of Albany.

“Thank you to the Renaissance Corporation for your generosity in making this beautiful space for our students a reality,” said Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, President of The Sage Colleges. “Since 2011, Renaissance has supported many Sage initiatives, projects and programs. In addition to this room, Renaissance’s most recent gift established an endowed fund dedicated to helping first generation undergraduate students on our Albany campus.  Renaissance truly understands the value of investing in educational initiatives, both big and small. Sage would not be what it is today without the support of Renaissance.”

“We are so excited to be a part of the creation of this new multipurpose space that will benefit so many Sage students,” stated Carla Chiaro, President of the Renaissance Corporation. “It completely encompasses the vision of both Marty Silverman and John Egan for the continued growth of the Sage College of Albany campus.”

Until his death, John Egan served as the President of the Renaissance Corporation. He was a former member of Sage’s Board of Trustees and a generous supporter of The Sage Colleges who helped to bring the gift to renovate the Renaissance Room to fruition. In his capacity in managing the University Heights College Suites, John was an informal advisor and cheerleader to many students and a valued friend of President Scrimshaw and so many others.

Dedication and Grand Opening of the Renaissance Room

WHEN:         Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:       The Armory at Sage, Room 234, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

VISUALS:     Sage President Susan Scrimshaw and Renaissance Corporation President Carla  Chiaro will cut the ribbon to officially open the Renaissance Room. The ceiling,  skylight casings, and all the ceiling and baseboard trim were all re-purposed from the bleachers in Sage’s Kahl Campus Center gym that were replaced in 2014.

Media contact: Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges, (518) 244-4593 (O), (518) 598-4927 (C), [email protected]


Interdisciplinary academics, combining the professions and the liberal arts, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses; adult education through the School of Professional and Continuing Education and via the Internet through Russell Sage Online. The Sage Colleges, founded in 1916, is celebrating its Centennial. For a complete listing of Centennial events visit us at