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 or Assistant Director of Student Activities in the Student Life Office on either campus.

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 or assistant director of student activities in the Student Life Offices on either campus and gain assistance with how to draw up a charter and how to petition to the college for recognition.
  • After working with the student activities staff and other prospective members of the club, the charter must be submitted to Student Government for approval.
  • Upon approval of club status, you may start conducting official meetings with the club members and will likely receive funding to support your efforts.

Examples of Recent and Active Clubs at Russell Sage College

Student clubs need to be chartered annually through the Student Government Association, so the number of clubs each year may vary depending on student interest. In recent years, Sage students have chartered academic clubs (e.g., American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Creative Arts in Therapy Club (CATS), Interior and Spatial Design Club, Nursing Club, Nutrition Club, Pre-Med, Spanish Club) and Arts Publications (e.g., The Rev – Poetry Literary Circle, Vernacular – Literary and Art magazine). Students have also formed service organizations and social/advocacy clubs, like Baking Club, Black and Latinx Student Alliance, Democracy Matters, Gaming Organization, Newman Club, Sage Dance Ensemble, Sagettes (a cappella singing group), Sage Rush Line, Spectrum (LGBTQ+ Community), Soccer Club, VEGAH (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Animal Rights).

Russell Sage College Honor Societies

Sage also has several honor societies that recognize student achievements within and outside the classroom.

Athenians
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.

Current Active Clubs

Open to all students

Mission: To encourage students to practice and promote the creative endeavors of design and become more active in the industry through events, speakers, and tours.

          Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: To build friendships / make connections with people who share the love of baking

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Primary Campus – Troy

          Mission: Our club’s mission is to give students the opportunity to continue their cheerleading career, or learn a new sport all while supporting athletic teams and raising school spirit.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: To allow students to come and play soccer for fun, whether they’re a former high school athlete or just looking for fun.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: Educate students on the operation of our nation’s criminal justice system, which includes the institutions of law, police, courts, and correctional agencies; enhance students’ awareness of the current problems, issues, and challenges facing the justice system, and accomplish these goals in a manner which strengthens students’ skills of communication, professionalism, and sense of social justice.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: We want to provide everyone the opportunity to come and dance regardless of skill level. This year we want to make dance something accessible to everyone while also catering to more experienced dancers. We will also be having classes available for people who want to dance but may not want to perform in the show.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission:Democracy Matters is a non-partisan club that gives the Sage community opportunities to advocate for political representation and influence legislation made on all levels of government. The mission of Democracy Matters is to raise awareness, promote social change, and enforce accountability through political participation.

Contact information: [email protected]

Limited Membership. Must be elected.

Mission: The EBoard’s mission is to be the voice of The Russell Sage Community. As well as foster growth within the clubs, class, and organizations on both campuses

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: To help students in our major be more ready for their careers after college, and to give non-majors a better look at what we do.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: To uphold and inform the populace about Latino culture and everything that comes with being a part of it. Also, to learn about the struggles within the Latino culture, alongside the fun aspects of it. With participating in the club, not only will you learn about the Latino culture, you will learn about the virtues and access the wealth that comes with being culturally intuitive. The club will also have various activities that will bring life to this school.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: Facilitate extracurricular art experience and discussion for both art and extended media students and others.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

The Purpose of the club is to inform students that are in the pre-pa/pre-med track of what will need to be done to achieve their career goals. Our mission is to give them the tools necessary and available for their future goals. Whether that means there in the clinical field or not.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: Sage Grows is a club for all students interested in plants, gardening, and tending to their own health. It is the goal of the club to engage  members in learning about plant care as a method of self-care

Contact information:[email protected]

Limited membership. Must audition.

Mission: We sing acapella choir music and preserve years long Sage traditions through music. 

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: This club is designed to be a place where people enrolled or interested in nursing or they do not have to be in nursing. It is a safe place to collaborate and share the same interests and make a connection with other students.  Share ides with each other and also do something good for the community by planning some event to help some communities.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: Purpose: The Sustainable Club pledge is to raise awareness about various environmental issues at Russell Sage College and our surrounding communities. Through the collective efforts of students and faculty, the Sustainable club strives to implement and engage in sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives on both campuses and in our communities. We plan to serve as a medium for students who wish to practice  environmental stewardship and a catalyst for building a culture of sustainability, establish and follow a path of improvement within RSC’s sustainable policies, programs, and practices. And lead innovative projects to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly environment on both campuses. Such projects would include recycling events, community gardening & green spaces, composting,  and upcycling.

Contact information: [email protected]

Open to all students

Mission: Purpose: The Queer Collective is a student-run organization that creates a safe space for individuals who identify or are allied with the LGBTQIA+ community. Safe spaces are necessary for marginalized communities, especially for those who are fighting oppression on multiple fronts. A goal is to offer support to local queer-owned businesses and organizations to flourish and thrive in a world that is so against them. An aspect of the QC will include a time where members can get together and talk about their experiences, ask for guidance, and/or vent about current world problems. This will allow some of us to learn about ourselves and other members of the group.

Contact information: [email protected]

Limited membership. Must be art and design or writing students.

          Mission: To create a book of published student work. (Both writing and art submissions)

Contact information: [email protected]

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