TROY, NY – The Sage Colleges will kick off its next series of Centennial events on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. with a Centennial sculpture dedication on its Russell Sage College campus.

The sculpture entitled “Celebration” was created by sculptor Kathryn Field and includes steel and paint images of Russell Sage College students based on photographs from Sage’s archives. It is a gift from Russell Sage College alumna, The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees member, and Sage’s Woman of the Century Donna Robinson Esteves.

A Centennial sculpture for the Albany campus was unveiled in April just outside of the Opalka Gallery. “Inner View Nexus Open I” was sculpted by Caroline Ramersdorfer and was a gift from Chet and Karen Opalka. Chet is a member of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees.

5:30  p.m.
      Russell Sage Centennial sculpture unveiling and dedication with remarks by  President of The Sage Colleges Susan C. Scrimshaw, Shea Learning Center, Main Lobby

On Friday, October 21, 2016 Sage will host its Centennial Gala in The Armory at Sage on the Sage College of Albany campus. More than 500 administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, elected officials and community members will be in attendance for the celebration.  A Centennial brunch will follow on Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m. on the Russell Sage College campus.

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


Russell Sage College was founded in Troy, New York, in 1916 by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage and
named in honor of her late husband, who had left her his considerable fortune. With Eliza Kellas, head of the Emma Willard School, Mrs. Sage was active in the women’s suffrage movement. In founding the new college, they proposed to offer women the means of independence through the combination of broad education in the liberal arts with preparation for specific professional careers.

In 1942 Sage conferred its first graduate degree and during World War II, an “emergency men’s division” was created to serve veterans returning from service seeking an education. In 1949, an Albany Division was opened extending the College’s mission to include the education of men on the second campus. Sage Junior College of Albany received its own degree-granting powers in 1957.

In 1995, Sage Graduate School became authorized to grant graduate degrees, Sage Evening College became recognized as a separate administrative unit; and the institution was re-chartered by the Board of Regents of the state of New York as The Sage Colleges, often referred to for the sake of convenience as “Sage”.

In 2001, Sage Junior College of Albany and Sage Evening College were combined into a single, coeducational, four-year degree granting entity, Sage College of Albany.

In 2009 Sage restructured Sage Graduate School around three key areas of strength and expertise to create the donor funded Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences, and School of Management.

Today, The Sage Colleges consists of Russell Sage College in historic downtown Troy, NY, a comprehensive four-year college for women offering bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional fields; and the coeducational comprehensive four-year Sage College of Albany, in our capital city, offering bachelor’s degrees and practical experience designed to prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. Through the School of Professional and Continuing Education, Sage offers bachelor’s degree completion programs designed for busy, working adults. Sage’s graduate schools – of Health Sciences, Management and the Esteves School of Education – are coeducational environments offering advanced study for professional practice and leadership through master’s degrees, post-master’s certification in a wide variety of applied disciplines, and doctoral degrees in professional disciplines. They serve both recent college graduates, including Sage students in accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs, and individuals already at work in their professions. Students can also pursue select bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs online through Russell Sage Online.