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  • Clubs and other student-run organizations are a great way to make friends, broaden your horizons, take on a cause or just have fun during your time at Russell Sage College. Involvement and leadership in student organizations are also great resume-builders.

    The college has a variety of clubs for students to join — as well as the option to start new clubs by working with the Student Life offices in Albany and Troy. For more information on clubs, contact the Director of Student Activities in the Student Life Office.

    Russell Sage College Student Government Association

    Student government is a driving force in the success of a college. Learn how you can get involved in the Russell Sage College Student Government Association.

    How to Start a New Organization

    To start a new organization or revive an old club, contact the Student Life Office for assistance on how to get organized, find an advisor, recruit members and complete the Student Government recognition process. Students who have an idea for a new club or would like to reactivate an inactive club should do the following:

    • Survey other students on campus to see if there is a reasonable amount of interest for the proposed club. If the club is major-related, contact students taking that particular major.
    • Find and designate a club advisor (Sage faculty or staff member) who can help with the details of organizing and carrying out the long-range objectives of the club.
    • Bring the proposal to the director of student activities in the Student Life Office and gain assistance with how to draw up a charter and constitution and how to petition to the college for recognition.
    • After working with the director of student activities and other prospective members of the club, the charter and constitution must be submitted to Student Government for approval.
    • Upon approval of club status, you may start conducting official meetings with the club members.

    Examples of Recent and Active Clubs at Russell Sage College

    Academic Organizations
    American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
    Biology Club
    Creative Arts in Therapy Club (CATS)
    Law and Society
    Nursing Club
    Nutrition Club
    OT Club
    Spanish Club

    The Rev (Poetry and Literary Circle)
    Vernacular (Literary and Art Magazine)

    Service Organizations
    Circle K (service organization)
    Habitat for Humanity

    Social Organizations
    Anime Club
    Baking Club
    Black and Latinx Student Alliance
    Gaming Organization
    Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
    Muslim Student Association
    Newman Club
    Residence Hall Council
    Sage African, Latino, Asian and Native American (SALANA)
    Sage Dance Ensemble
    Sage Fishing Club
    Sagettes (a cappella singing group)
    Spectrum (LGBTQ+ Community)
    VEGAH (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Animal Rights)

    Russell Sage College Honor Societies

    The Athenians is the Russell Sage Academic Honor Society. It is composed of juniors and seniors who have achieved a cumulative average of 3.4 after four terms of work.

    Sage Circle
    This society of Russell Sage College recognizes student participation, leadership and service in the college community. Members of Sage Circle are students who exemplify high standards of character, good sportsmanship and conduct. The members are expected to continue to promote and retain interest and service in the college community. The criteria for membership include a class standing of at least a second-semester sophomore, a cumulative average of at least a 2.700, the accumulation of a required number of points as prescribed by the Sage Circle Point Sheets and the overall recognition of high standards exhibited by the student as viewed by the current members of Sage Circle.

    Other Academic Honor Societies
    Many academic departments have their own nationally recognized honor societies. Students can consult with faculty department chairs to find out about what opportunities are available in their academic programs.

    Director of Student Activities
    Assistant Director of Student Activities