Sage honors Ed.D. candidate killed in Sandy Hook shooting

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February 27, 2013

Memorial Service to Honor Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Rescheduled

The Sage community will join together for a memorial service to honor Sandy Hook principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung on Sunday, April 14 at 1pm. The memorial will be held in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy, and is open to the Sage community and invited guests. The memorial service will include members of the Educational Leadership faculty and her cohort sharing their memories of Dawn, as well as a musical program and time for reflection.

If you are inspired to give to the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund, you may do so online or by contacting Shelly Goldman Black at [email protected].

February 1, 2013

Sage to Establish Center in Honor of Sandy Hook Principal

The Esteves School of Education at Sage is honoring Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program, who was killed in the Newtown, CT shooting in December.

In response to the outpouring of grief and generosity that followed the tragic event, Sage created the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund. Through discussions with her colleagues in the doctoral program and her family members, it was decided that the most appropriate and impactful way to honor Dawn's life and legacy is to establish a center in the Esteves School of Education, to be called the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety.

"As educators, we see the need for more resources in schools to address mental health issues and provide a safe environment for children that is most conducive to learning," said Lori V. Quigley, dean of the Esteves School of Education.

"The idea for a center was born out of a desire to honor Dawn and to do what we can to prevent something like this from happening again," said Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw. "Safety is about more than locking doors. It is about teaching our children self respect and respect for others. It is about ensuring those who need mental health support receive it in a supportive environment."

"It makes sense for Sage to become a national leader in this area by integrating our education programs with many of our other programs," Scrimshaw said. "This may include Creative Arts Therapy, Counseling and Community Psychology, Law and Society, Theatre Institute programs on bullying, and the new PACE (Public Policy and Civic Engagement) program, as well as our Academy for Character Education."

Hochsprung will be further honored with the conferral of her Ed.D. with her cohort in May 2015.


President Susan C. Scrimshaw, The Sage Colleges
Dean Lori V. Quigley
, Esteves School of Education


December 17, 2012

As shock and disbelief turn to deep sadness and reflection, we look for ways to connect, grieve together, and remember the life of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program.

On Wednesday, December 19, during calling hours for Dawn in Newtown, Conn., members of the Sage community participated remotely in a candlelight vigil. During this time, the Sage community was encouraged to light a candle in her memory and share their memories, thoughts or wishes with Dawn’s family, friends, colleagues and peers on Sage’s Facebook page and Twitter using #honorDawn.

A memorial event honoring Dawn and her life and career as an educator and leader will be held on Saturday, February 9 on Sage’s Albany Campus. Details on the time and location will be forthcoming.

Many members of the Sage community have expressed interest in making gifts in Dawn’s memory. The Esteves School of Education dean, faculty, administrators and her fellow doctoral candidates – in consultation with her family at an appropriate time – will discuss how best to honor Dawn, and we will announce more details prior to the memorial. In the meantime, gifts may be made online to the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund and inquiries can be directed to Shelly Goldman Black at [email protected] or Melissa Komora at [email protected].

The magnitude of this senseless tragedy transcends individuals and yet they cannot be forgotten. Dawn was a remarkable individual whose life and dedicated work deserves to be celebrated. As we connect in reflection, may we find solace and strength in one another and in our special Sage community.

President Susan C. Scrimshaw, The Sage Colleges
Dean Lori V. Quigley
, Esteves School of Education


December 14, 2012

It is with shock and sadness that we learned of a Sage connection to today's horrific shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, who was killed in the shooting, was a Sage doctoral candidate. Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung started in the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership this past summer. She is described by Dean Lori V. Quigley, her advisor Bob Bradley, and faculty and peers as "a principal you'd want your children to have."

"She was vibrant, full of life, and loved her school community - she was truly a caring administrator," Dean Quigley said. "She had enrolled in the doctoral program because of her desire to expand her school leadership expertise."

This is a tragic loss, and our hearts go out to the families of everyone involved in yet another senseless tragedy. May we find solace and hope in this holiday season.

President Susan C. Scrimshaw, The Sage Colleges
Dean Lori V. Quigley, Esteves School of Education