Winter 2015 (February 9, 2015)
AlumnaeNews brings you college news and classmate updates between print issues of Connections magazine, which is published twice a year.
In this issue of AlumnaeNews:
Alumnae Connections: Find information about upcoming events including Reunion (5/29-31); photos of past gatherings; and how to nominate alumnae of influence for RSCAA awards.
Class Notes: Read news from Jeanne Kwiatkowska Korkosz '35, who celebrated her 101st birthday in October, artist Janice Anthony '68, whose paintings will be featured at Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery in Troy, and more alumnae.
Russell Sage Spotlights: Learn how to help identify people, places and events in the Archives & Special Collections' photo collection and read about:
- A theatre student's meeting with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss as she prepares to portray Schloss on stage;
- Physical Therapy professors' research on interventions after traumatic brain injuries;
- Championship athletic teams and
- Upcoming Arts & Lectures events, on campus and open to the public.
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!
On the Fast Track: Alexandra Scoville '14 had her sights on law school as a first-year student and enrolled in RSC's 3+3 program with Albany Law School. She one of the talented students who are drawn to programs that can lead to two degrees in less time than pursuing the degrees separately. Also profiled: Discovery Degree graduates Jessica Caputo '13, Amber Fetzer '14 and Elizabeth Kissam '14 and 3+2 Mathematics/Engineering graduate Barbara Dorfschmidt '89.
The Intersection of Sage & State: Avenues for enlightening internships, the potential for meaningful post-graduate employment and opportunities to combine scholarly expertise with public service make the intersection of Russell Sage College and the state capital a busy and exciting place. Includes a profile of Erin Crotty '88, the first woman commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (she is now the first woman executive director of Audubon New York.)
Upcoming events include a visit to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA, 3/12); Reunion (campus, 5/29-31) and Lobsta'fest (Boothbay Harbor, ME, 7/19). Get all the details.
Members of the Class of 1971 at Leadership Day on campus in September. See more RSCAA event photos.
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The RSCAA is always accepting nominations for its annual awards that recognize alumnae achievement. Send us the names of deserving women today.
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Jeanne Kwiatkowska Korkosz celebrated her 101st birthday in October! Her daughter-in-law writes that her diploma hangs on her living room wall and that she frequently speaks with fondness about her days at Russell Sage!
Pictured: Jeanne Kwiatkowska Korkosz on her 101st birthday with her daughter-in-law Heidi and son Art.
Paintings by Janice Anthony will be featured in a two-person show at Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery in Troy from March 22 through April 22. Her website is janiceanthony.com.
Help the Sage Archives
Many images in the Archives & Special Collections photo collection -- like the Sagettes photo on the left -- 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.
Theatre major Kelci Fargnoli-Peterson '16 met Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss in London in January. Schloss - an author and international speaker - knew Anne Frank when they were both children; she later became stepdaughter to Otto Frank. Her story is part of "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank," at The Theatre Institute at Sage from 2/25 through 3/8. Fargnoli-Peterson will play Schloss in the production and described the meeting as "emotional," especially when Schloss shared her brother's artwork, including a portrait of their mother that he completed in hiding. "I am interested in theatre as a way to tell people's stories, and to help people learn," said Fargnoli-Peterson, "and Eva speaks and writes about her experiences for the same reasons." She said it is the first time she will play a living - as opposed to a fictional - character. "You always want to be respectful and do your character justice," she said, "but as a fictional character, you can be freer with your choices. A real person, you want to portray them as you know them." Fargnoli-Peterson has read Schloss' books, and is grateful that Schloss allowed her to record their meeting, which she refers to frequently to study Schloss' body language and speech patterns. "Discrimination still happens," said Fargnoli-Peterson. "That's what makes this play so important. I hope that teachers bring their students and parents bring their children and that a discussion of how to make the world better is part of seeing it." Read more student spotlight stories.
Physical Therapy professors Gabriele Moriello, Ph.D., Neeti Pathare, Ph.D., and James Brennan, Ph.D., and 12 Doctor of Physical Therapy students have embarked on collaborative research with Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, New York. Sunnyview recently acquired a TheraStride System, a high-tech treadmill, that when used in conjunction with a therapy called locomotor training, has dramatically improved some people's ability to walk after a spinal cord injury. The Sage team is designing a study that will investigate whether the TheraStride and locomotor training can also improve outcomes for people with a traumatic brain injury. This type of collaborative research is an important way that Sage engages with the community, said Moriello. "We need clinicians' ideas, and they need us as researchers to carry out the studies and make sure the methodology is sound." Read more faculty spotlight stories.
The 2013-2014 season truly was a banner year for Sage athletics:
- The women's basketball team won the 2013-2014 Skyline Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA tournament for the first time;
- the women's volleyball and women's softball teams won regular-Season championships and six other teams made post-season competition;
- 13 Gators earned 1st Team All-Skyline awards;
- four student-athletes were named Skyline Conference Players of the Year;
- and Sage's more than 220 student-athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better!
Arts & Lectures
On-campus events, open to the public, include the 2015 Nutrition Lecture: Eating for One, Feeding Trillions: Gut Bacteria and Your Health with research scientist Todd Gray, Ph.D.(3/2) and the Theatre Institute at Sage's productions of "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank" (2/25-3/8) and "Spring Awakening" (4/16-4/26). Browse the complete schedule.